Butler County resident visits Illinois Advocate

Published 3:51 pm Monday, October 13, 2008

You are probably well aware there are plenty of towns and cities across the U.S. sharing Greenville’s name, but did you know there is also another small town newspaper named The Greenville Advocate?

Georgiana’s Delphine Hartin discovered this recently when making a visit to Greenville, Illinois.

She traveled north to watch son Caleb, a member of the Huntingdon Hawk’s gridiron gang, play Greenville College.

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Hartin did some sightseeing in the town of 6,000, which sits alongside Interstate 70, approximately 45 minutes away from the big city amenities of St. Louis.

“We saw their newspaper had the same exact name and I thought that was really interesting. We brought a copy of their paper back for The Greenville Advocate staff here to see,” Hartin said.

She and friend Phyllis Watson also posed for photos in front of a delightful “trompe l’oeil” wall mural showing a 50s’era bicycle with a delivery bag emblazoned with the newspaper’s name on it.

Another photo shows the Illinois paper’s masthead, which coincidentally bears a striking resemblance to The Greenville (Ala.) Advocate.

The Illinois paper, like its Alabama counterpart, has a long history. It was founded 150 years ago in 1858, while the Camellia City version was founded in 1865.

The local Greenville Advocate staff has sometimes fielded phone calls, faxes and e-mails from individuals, organizations and businesses actually looking for their Illinois counterpart.

To confuse things even further, there is a Daily Advocate located in Greenville, Ohio.