Citys oldest business, states 6th oldest newspaperThe Hudson Star-Observer, the longest operating business and sixth oldest weekly newspaper in Wisconsin is the outgrowth of nine different papers published in Hudson in the past 150 years.Today it continues to be the area's dominant information provider via its weekly paid publication, weekend shopper, its web site www.hudsonstarobserver
and a group web site fed primarily by five area newspapers www.rivertowns.net
The North Star, the direct ancestor of the present Star-Observer was founded by Edmund Otis and Otis Hoyt in 1854. The next decade saw numerous newspapers come and go. Among the titles were The Shield & Banner, The Pathfinder, the Hudson Chronicle, Hudson City Times, the Star & Times and the Croix Observer.
In 1909, the latter pair merged to form the present Star-Observer. Clarence J. Reiter arrived on the scene in 1928, purchasing the Star-Observer and a fl