English and Journalism

Mary Allensworth Creighton

Mary Allensworth Creighton (1895-1995)

By Bill Knight

A Galesburg native, Creighton began her journalism career at the Chicago American in 1917 after graduating from Knox College a year earlier. She later worked at the New York American and the Dowagiac (Mich.) Daily, where she was assistant editor.

In 1935, Creighton and husband Walter founded the Galesburg Post, where she became publisher and also briefly served as France and England correspondent for the newspaper.

The Post was a reform-minded, independent weekly that started the local Children’s Milk Fund for needy families.

In 1950, she also became owner and publisher of the Knoxville Journal, which had merged with the Knox County Republican.

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