The August 15, 2012, Watchtower says: “In July 1879, the Bible Students published the first issue of … Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence. …. Twenty-seven-year-old Charles Taze Russell was chosen to be the editor, with five other mature Bible Students serving as regular contributors.” A similar claim appears in the January 15, 1955, Watchtower: “Having now withdrawn their editorial and financial support from … The Herald of the Morning, the Pittsburgh Bible class decided to embark upon a great project, that of publishing for the first time their own monthly magazine.”
These statements imply that starting Zion’s Watch Tower was a group decision and that Russell was elected editor. I cannot find support for this in contemporary records. Can you point me to an original source that shows a group choice, an election of Russell as editor?