The Jefferson Jimplecute is the newspaper of record in the city of Jefferson, Texas. It was founded in 1848 by Ward Taylor and is the fifth-oldest newspaper in the state.
The origin of the paper's unusual name is not known, as the original publisher did not leave any clues. However, four theories have arisen as to the origin:
An early editor dropped several pieces of type on the floor, and upon returning them to his composing stick, randomly spelled out the word "jimplecute".
A mythical creature developed to frighten superstitious slaves during the American Civil War.
A slang term meaning "sweetheart", "slim", or "neat" (the word "jimp" is defined as such in some dictionaries)
An acronym for the motto "Joining Industry, Manufacturing, Planting, Labor, Energy, Capital (in) Unity Together Everlastingly." (This is the motto which exists in the newspaper heading.)
In 2015, the Jimplecute's entire staff quit at once in a dispute over pay and announced plans to start a rival newspaper, the Marion County Herald. Source