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The Butler Eagle is in a unique position in the American newspaper industry. It is family owned. There are close to 1,500 daily newspapers nationwide, with only about 200 that are family owned. But some family owned papers include those that are part of newspaper chains. Of those 200 family owned newspapers nationwide, about 45 are in Pennsylvania. That means nearly 25 percent of all independent family owned papers in America are in the Keystone State. The Wise family of Butler, which owns the Butler Eagle, got into the newspaper business in 1895 when Butler attorney Levi M. Wise became part owner of the Evans City Times. Its name was changed to the Butler County Observer. In 1903, it merged with the Butler Eagle. At that time, the newspaper was owned by Wise and Eli D. Robinson, the son of one of the men who founded the Eagle. On March 27, 1903, the Eagle Printing Co., which publishes the Butler Eagle, was incorporated. On Oct. 21, 1903, Robinson sold his interest to Wise, who became the sole owner. For the past 100 years, it has been owned by the Wise family