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First and Only Paper in Flourishing Territory 1854

First Press in the Kansas Territory 1854

The Press in Kansas; Towns Springing Up 1854

Herald of Freedom Founded in Lawrence 1855

Vol. 1, No. 31. J. Speer & W. W. Ross, editors.: * 1855

Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! 1859

From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick." 1862

The Press of Kansas. We believe the following to b 1862

We have neglected to notice the Fort Scott Monitor 1863

*The fight between Ewing and Anthony is still wagi 1863

*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!.. 1863

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!. 1863

*It will be remembered that John Speer of the Lawr 1864

Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprieto 1872

Modern Improved Methods of Printing 1900

Hutchinson News

Articles in database from Hutchinson News:    45

Volume 1, Number 1. Perry Bros. & Co., editors and ...
July 4, 1872, Hutchinson News (ID 1165)

Volume 1, Number 1. Perry Bros. & Co., editors and publishers. A weekly Republican journal, devoted principally to the interests of the people of Hutchinson...and the great Arkansas Valley....

...Hash and the accumulation of a reasonable amount of ducats are of course the primary needs to be supplied. But the News has still higher and nobler aspirations than the mere accumulation of filthy lucre. Its publishers will make it the medium through which thousands of the poor, struggling people of the densely populated eastern districts shall come to know of the wealth and comfort that awaits them as tillers of the rich soil of Reno County and the Great Arkansas Valley. We are here, in short, to write up and help build up the country....We shall have very little time or space to spare for politics....In local affairs, the News will be conservative in tone, and shall try hard not to tread upon people's toes....

 

Volume 4, Number 1. Fletcher Meridith, proprietor. ...
July 15, 1875, Hutchinson News (ID 1453)

Volume 4, Number 1. Fletcher Meridith, proprietor.

 

An Unmitigated Swindle. It is customary for the K. ...
January 13, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1479)

An Unmitigated Swindle. It is customary for the K.C. Times, as well as other and better papers, to send agents out over the country to towns reached by dead-heads held by them, to write up the business of the citizens of those towns, in the hope of getting a few recruits to a lean and hungry subscription list. These agents will come to a town to which their reputations as liars and blackmailers have preceded them. They will put up at the hotel, whose landlord will toady to them to a prospective puff, and from the hotel they sally forth and visit the business men of the city....For instance: Ford comes here representing the K.C. Times. The paper has no circulation to speak of and certainly none that would do one of our merchants or business men any good as an advertising medium. It has a reputation as an irresponsible, lying sheet that can make ugly remarks about men, and when its agent enters the office of a business man he knows, if he don't subscribe or pay something, the agent's slime and filth will be spilled on him in the next issue of the paper. Most men are non-combative and prefer to give two dollars and a half to kicking the agent into the street as he deserves, and so he goes about, prostituting the calling of a newspaper man and obtaining a living by means that compare unfavorably with stealing....

 

We had the pleasure of renewing our acquaintance w ...
January 20, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1481)

We had the pleasure of renewing our acquaintance with Mr. Cowgill, the gentleman who has started a paper at Peace....There was a good opening for a paper there, and we believe he can and will fill it.

 

We have received the Rice County Gazette, the firs ...
January 27, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1482)

We have received the Rice County Gazette, the first number, E. B. Cowgill, editor. It is a seven column, well printed, and has quite a number of advertisements.

 

Proposals will be received at this office for a fe ...
March 16, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1484)

Proposals will be received at this office for a few days from persons desiring the position of "devil" in a one-horse newspaper office. The pay will not be large, and the duties heavy. Don't all speak at once.

 

The News man will leave tomorrow morning for Cinci ...
June 8, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1508)

The News man will leave tomorrow morning for Cincinnati to attend the Republican national convention.

Henry Wilson, who formerly worked at the News office, died in Fort Scott on the 24th of May.

 

Frank A. Root has revived the North Topeka Times.: ...
June 15, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1510)

Frank A. Root has revived the North Topeka Times.

The Paola Spirit has put on a new dress and is much improved.

 

J. E. Duncan, an ex-representative of Harvey Count ...
September 7, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1532)

J. E. Duncan, an ex-representative of Harvey County and once editor of the Harvey County News, is working in the office of the Topeka Commonwealth.

 

What Newspapers Can Do. "It will not require great ...
October 5, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1542)

What Newspapers Can Do. "It will not require great sagacity in anyone to understand the benefits of a paper resulting to any given town or community....Look for a moment at the flourishing young city of Hutchinson and see what the News has done for her, and in fact the whole county, in the short space of three or four years. We say the Hutchinson News did it. See again the proud and beautiful city of Wichita and what, we ask, would she have been if the Eagle had not taken her upon his pinions and bound her up towards the skies, and sent her fame o'er the lands, until she stands today without a peer in the great Arkansas Valley. The same is true of Emporia and Independence and indeed of every important town and city in Kansas....A place that starves out its newspaper will surely die, ought to die...." ? Chataqua News.

 

No one can censure a man in business who does not ...
November 2, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1546)

No one can censure a man in business who does not advertise if he has nothing worth advertising.

You can't eat enough in one week to last a whole year, and you can't advertise on that plan either.

 

The Kansas Capital is the title of a literary week ...
November 30, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1552)

The Kansas Capital is the title of a literary weekly newspaper to be issued at Topeka by J. L. King. Capt. Henry King is to assist in the editorial department. There is no doubt but there is a splendid opening in Topeka for a newspaper. There has only been three or four newspaper fizzles up there in the last year.

 

*"John Speer proposes to contest the seat of Chas. ...
December 21, 1876, Hutchinson News (ID 1557)

*"John Speer proposes to contest the seat of Chas. Robinson in the legislature as senator from Douglas County." ?- Exchange.

Mr. Speer was defeated by about 50 majority in a county that gave everybody else on the Republican ticket a majority of several hundred. The alleged cause for the contest is that students in the state university were allowed to vote. Mr. Speer had better dismiss his case and, in the solitude of private life, reflect how unfortunate it is to be a defaulter and appeal to the "party" for vindication....

 

One of our exchanges, whose proprietor ought to be ...
January 11, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1563)

One of our exchanges, whose proprietor ought to be posted, writes as follows on the subject of state printer: "The incumbent, Geo. W. Martin, will be a candidate for re-election. He has had the office with all its emoluments for four years. Hence he ought not to be very bitterly disappointed if a successor is chosen. The other prominent candidates are Leslie J. Perry of the Paola Spirit, Frank A. Root of the North Topeka Times, and Capt. Duncan, formerly of the Harvey County News."...

 

The Manhattan Nationalist and the Troy Chief have ...
March 1, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1575)

The Manhattan Nationalist and the Troy Chief have been discussing the question of newspapers. The former deplores the fact that, if a publisher is independent and outspoken, he is sure to tread on someone's toes, make an enemy and lose patronage, while those who approve his course will stand back and urge him on and quietly approve of his course, but never do a thing to help him financially ? a very faithful picture of the facts.

 

"(Kansas) supports more newspapers to the populati ...
March 22, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1579)

"(Kansas) supports more newspapers to the population than any other state in the Union, an excellent commentary upon the intelligence and thrift of the people of Kansas. Many of these papers are conducted by practical printers who perform the duties of editor, compositor and pressman, in some instances transacting all business connected with the office....The county newspaper has been the school and college for many a poor man's child, who has in after life attained to honorable distinction in the world. Greeley and Weed had no other schooling than the printer's case, to speak of, and the best illustration of the efficiency of the newspaper as an instructor is presented in the fact that so many of our public men have begun their career in a printing office...."

Our city was full of newspaper men last week. In addition to our home talent ? Boles and Hardy ? Cowgill of the Rice County Gazette, and McClintock of the McPherson Independent, the leading paper in the western part of the state, were in our city.

 

"The ElDorado Press. We have received the first co ...
April 12, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1590)

"The ElDorado Press. We have received the first copy of the above named paper with J. M. Satterthwaite as editor and proprietor. The Times has been the only paper published in ElDorado up to this time, but it is hardly to be expected that we would continue without opposition, especially with our present railroad prospects. Mr. Satterthwaite commenced work in the Times office Nov. 29, 1870, and from that time till the 1st day of January, 1877, a period of over six years, was a faithful, honest, capable workman, very often having entire control of the mechanical department of this paper for months at a time. He has been printer, foreman, pressman, and job printer at various times and always gave entire satisfaction. His paper is neat and newsy and would be a credit to any town in the state....We shall not be the first to, in any manner, public or privately, attempt to injure or make war on the ElDorado Press. We hope its editor will be successful in building up a substantial newspaper on a paying basis." ? ElDorado Times.

We print the above notice...for the purpose of showing the contrast between the way they do it there and here. There it "is established by a faithful, honest, capable workman on a purely business basis."...Here the "new paper" was established on the personal ambition of a few small politicians and will run, as long as it does run, on factional hate and bitterness....

 

*The Sacking of Lawrence: By an Ex-Confederate: On ...
April 26, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1594)

*The Sacking of Lawrence

By an Ex-Confederate

On Blackwater in Johnson County, and at the house of Capt. Purdee, Quantrell called the guerillas together for the Lawrence massacre. Todd, Jarrett, Blunt, Gregg, Anderson, Yager, Younger, Etis and Holt all were there and, when the roll was called, the 110 answered promptly to their names.

Up to the mustering hour, Quantrell had probably not let his left hand know what his right hand intended. Secrecy necessarily was to be the salvation of the expedition if, indeed, there was any salvation for it.

The rendezvous night was an August night. Grouped about him, Quantrell sat grave and calm in the midst of his chieftains. Farther away, where the shadows were, the men massed themselves in silent companies, or spoke low to one another, and briefly....

Without the least degree increasing or decreasing the difficulties of the undertaking, Quantrell laid before his officers his plan for attacking Lawrence. For a week, a man of the command ? a cold-blooded, plausible, desperate man ? had been in the city, through it, over it, about it and around it, and he was here in the midst of them to report. Would they listen to him?

"Let him speak," said Todd, sententiously. Lieut. Fletcher Taylor came out from the shadow, bowed gravely to the group and, with the brevity of a soldier who knew better how to fight than to talk, laid bare the situation. Disguised as a stock trader, or rather assuming the role of a speculating man, he had boldly entered Lawrence. Liberal, bountifully supplied with money, keeping open rooms at the Eldridge House, and agreeable in every way and upon every occasion, he had seen all that it was necessary to see, and learned all that could be of any possible advantage to the guerrillas.

The city proper was but weakly garrisoned; the camp beyond the river was not strong; the idea of a raid by Quantrell was honestly derided; supineness next to unbelief was the most predominant madness of the people; the streets were broad and good for charging horsemen, and the hour for the venture was near at hand.

"You have heard the report," Quantrell's deep voice broke in, "but before you decide it is proper that you should know it all. The march to Lawrence is a long one; in every little town there are soldiers; we leave soldiers behind us; we march through soldiers; and, when we rest and refit after the exhaustive expedition, we have to do the best we can in the midst of a multitude of soldiers. Come, speak out, somebody.

"What is it, Anderson?" "Lawrence or hell, but with one proviso, that we kill every male thing."

"Todd?" "Lawrence, if I knew that not a man would get back alive."

"Gregg?" "Lawrence; it is the home of Jim Lane; the foster-mother of the Red Legs, the nurse of the Jayhawkers."

"Sheppard?" "Lawrence; I know it of old, niggers and white people are just the same there; it's a Boston colony and it should be wiped out."

"Jarrett?" "Lawrence, by all means. I've had my eye upon it for a year. The head devil of all this killing and burning in Jackson County, I vote to fight it with fire ? to burn it before we leave it."

"Dick Maddox?" "Lawrence; an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. God understands better than we do the equilibrium of civil war."

"Holt?" "Lawrence and quick about it."

"Yager?" "Where my house once stood there is a heap of ashes. I haven't a neighbor that's got a house. Lawrence and the torch."

"Blunt?" "Count me in wherever there's any killing. Lawrence first, and then some other Kansas town; the name is nothing."

"Have you all voted?"

"All."

"Then Lawrence it is; saddle up men!" Thus was the Lawrence massacre inaugurated.

It was the night of August 16, 1863, that the guerrilla column, having at its head an ominous black banner, marched west from Purdee's place on Blackwater. With its simple soldiers, or rather volunteers for the expedition, were Col's. Joseph Holt and Boaz Roberts, officers of the regular Confederate army; they were in Missouri on a recruiting service when the march began, and fell into line as much from habit as from inclination.

The first camp was upon a stream midway between Pleasant Hill and Lone Jack, where the water was good and the hiding place excellent. All day Quantrell concealed himself here, getting to saddle just at dark and ordering Todd up from the rear to the advance. Passing Pleasant Hill to the north, and marching on rapidly 15 miles, the second camp was at Harrelson's, 25 miles from the place of starting. At 3 o'clock on the afternoon of the second day, the route was resumed and followed due west to the Aubrey, a pleasant Kansas stream, abounding in grass and timber. Here Quantrell halted until the darkness set in, feeding the horses well and permitting the men to cook and eat heartily. At 8 o'clock the march continued again and continued throughout the night in the direction of Lawrence. Three pilots were pressed into service, carried with the command as far as they knew aught of the road and country, and then shot down remorselessly in the timber.

On the morning of the 21st, Lawrence was in sight. An old man, a short distance upon the right of the road, was feeding his hogs in the gray dawn, the first person seen to stir about the doomed place. Quantrell sent Cole Younger over to the hog pen to catechize the industrious old farmer and learn from him what changes had taken place in that situation since Taylor had so thoroughly accomplished his mission. Younger, dressed as a federal lieutenant, exhausted speedily the old man's limited stock. Really but little change had taken place.

Across the Kansas River there were probably 400 soldiers in camp, and on the Lawrence side about 75. As for the rebels, he didn't suppose there was one nearer than Missouri; certainly none within striking distance of Lawrence. It was a lovely morning. The green of the fields and the blue of the sky were glad together. Birds sung everywhere.

"Form fours!" The column agitated itself as though stirred by an electrical impulse, galloped a little to the right and left, reined up and dressed up, and looked as though a massive wedge had fallen there with the blunt point toward Lawrence.

Near Mount Oread, which rises in beauty up from the lower country at the southwestern edge of the city, a lady and gentleman rode leisurely along to enjoy the morning breeze and view the splendors of the rising sun. As they rode, they laughed long and lightsomely.

"Look!" and the bloom had fled from the woman's face and the tenderness from her eyes as she pointed to the southwest, and to the blunt wedge there, and to the black flag waving in the summer wind. The man looked and saw the wedge transform itself into a column, and the column dash at the door. Then he heard shots, shrieks, the rush of horsemen, the roar of the revolver volley and then ? hidden by the brave young girl to do so ? this man dashed away into the open country, pursued by two of Quantrell's worst guerrillas. Run out of two corn fields, across a dozen fences, and from hiding place to hiding place, he finally baffled his pursuers and survived the slaughter. His name was Johany Donnelly and he lives today as an illustration of what trivial circumstances go sometimes to make up the warp and woof of human life.

"The camp first!" was the cry which ran through the ranks and Todd, leading Quantrell's old company, dashed down upon it, yelling and shooting. Scarcely any resistance was made. Surprised, ridden over, shot in their blankets, paralyzed some of them with terror, and running frantically about, what could they do against the quickest and deadliest pistol shots along the border?

Bill Anderson claimed as his share of the killing, and in the count afterward, the number was allowed to him 14 soldiers and citizens. Todd, Jarrett, Anderson, Little, Andy McGuire, Peyton, Long, William McGuire, Richard Kinney, Allen Parmer, Jesse James, Frank James, Archie Clements, Shepherd, Oath, Hinton, Blunt and the balance of the old men did most of the killing.

They went in for revenge and they took it. Some plundered ? these men killed. They all burned. The federals on the opposite side of the river made scarcely an attempt to cross to the rescue of their butchered comrades; a few skirmishers held them in check.

It was a day of darkness and woe. Distracted women ran about the streets. Fathers were killed with infants in their arms. Husbands in the embrace of their wives were shot down. One man, shot several times and not yet dead, raised a little upon one elbow and begged for his life in an agony so piteous that it haunted the after dreams of men; the eighth shot finished him. None who saw that dying expression upon his face ever forgot it.

Killing ran riot; the torch was applied to every residence; the air was filled with cries for mercy; on every breeze came the wailing of women and the screams of children. Dead lay in cellars, upon the streets, in parlors where costly furniture was; on velvet carpets; in hovels, lowly and squalid; by fountains where azure water played; in the hidden places everywhere. The sun came up and flooded all the sky with its radiance, and yet the devil's work was not done. Still the smoke ascended, and yet could be heard the shots, the crackling of blazing rafters, and the crash of fallen walls.

The true story of the day's terrible work will never be told. Nobody knows it. It is a story of episodes, tragic but isolated; a story full of colossal horrors and unexpected deliverances. Sometimes a pleasant word saved a life, at another time a witticism or a repartee. The heroic devotion of the women shone out amid the black wreck of things ? a star. Many a husband was saved by his wife; many a lover by his sweetheart. Some things about most of the guerrillas was human, if the way t

 

The News office has been again moved and now rests ...
May 3, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1598)

The News office has been again moved and now rests in the building opposite Goldberg & Mincer's dry goods store, where we will be glad to see the friends of the leading paper, a few at a time.

 

That the Americans are a reading people is manifes ...
May 17, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1603)

That the Americans are a reading people is manifested by the statistics of the newspaper press of the country as given in the Newspaper Directory for 1877, just issued by S. M. Petengill & Co., the well known advertising agents in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. There are reported in it...795 dailies, 79 tri-weeklies, 125 semi-weeklies, 6,606 weeklies, 122 semi-monthlies, 771 monthlies, 16 bi-monthlies, and 60 quarterlies published in the United States and the British American provinces....

 

...The starting of a third paper in Hutchinson is ...
June 14, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1615)

...The starting of a third paper in Hutchinson is a damage to the community in every aspect. It is a benefit to no one, either morally, socially, politically or financially. Morally, it appeals to the old morbid prejudices of its readers; politically it strives to keep alive the old factional feuds and hatreds; socially it widens and deepens the bad feelings between men and families who ought to be friends; while financially it is not of any advantage to the community, and is a dead loss to its pretended owners....The publication of the Interior in this city is the third paper alluded to. It is founded on the selfishness of a few men and aims to force public opinion. The Herald, as a democratic paper, is a legitimate, respectable institution and speaks for the democracy of Reno County....But the Interior represents nothing but the old venom of five years of disappointment in office seeking by a small number of small, unprincipled men. It personifies dissensions in the politics of this county as long as it shall survive....

 

At the closing session of the editorial convention ...
June 21, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1617)

At the closing session of the editorial convention in Leavenworth last Thursday morning, before the excursion left on their trip to the mountains, the following gentlemen were elected as the officers for the ensuing year: President, Jno. A. Martin of the Atchison Champion; vice-president, B. J. F. Hanna of the Salina Herald; secretary, E. A. Wasser of the Girard Press; treasurer, J. S. Collister of the Newton News; orator for the next meeting, Hon. J. J. Ingalls of Atchison; alternate, Senator P. B. Plumb of Emporia; poet, Eugene Ware of Fort Scott....It was ordered that 1,000 copies of Capt. Henry King's address be printed in pamphlet form.

 

The power press for our neighbor, the Herald, arri ...
August 23, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1633)

The power press for our neighbor, the Herald, arrived Monday. That office is now ahead, having a power press and a lady "devil."

 

On Saturday, Boles-Taylor-Clymer-Hardy procured a ...
September 13, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1637)

On Saturday, Boles-Taylor-Clymer-Hardy procured a new man to run the brains part of the Inferior. They selected J. W. Kanaga, who has heretofore borne a good character considering the fact that he is somewhat of a sorehead politician....Mr. Lewis was gently notified that his services were no longer needed, and Kanaga received his letter of instructions. It is evident that the Posterior is on its last legs....So Kanaga has volunteered to pen and prepare for print the new ring's sentiments at the remarkably low salary of nothing per month, and board himself!...

 

Lady Compositors. "Miss Ada Thompson, a lady of fo ...
December 20, 1877, Hutchinson News (ID 1665)

Lady Compositors. "Miss Ada Thompson, a lady of four months experience in the 'art preservative,' set 3,000 ems primer type in a little over four hours last Tuesday morning which, when proven, was found perfectly correct. This lady 'learned the boxes' one day last August...." ? Herald. That is very good, but there is a lady in the News office, Miss Clara Humphrey, who set 1,000 per hour for three consecutive hours....It was brevier and the proof was not absolutely free from errors, but was about as proofs usually are. Miss Humphrey set her first type in September....

"The wife of W. F. Wallace has obtained a divorce from her husband at Paola...on the ground of desertion. Mr. Wallace will be remembered as the eccentric, unstable and unpopular editor of the defunct Rice County Herald, which lived and died at Atlanta and at Peace." ? Rice County Gazette. That is our Wallace, imported here by Beatty, Taylor, Hardy & Co., who started the Independent two years ago.

 

You can pay your subscription to the News in cash, ...
January 17, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1674)

You can pay your subscription to the News in cash, wheat, corn, oats, rye, barley, flour, meal, buckwheat, bacon, pork, beef, buffalo, venison, lard, chickens, turkeys, eggs, potatoes or anything that can be used in a well-regulated family....

 

M. M. Lewis has purchased the Kinsley Republican a ...
April 18, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1696)

M. M. Lewis has purchased the Kinsley Republican and will soon make it the good paper it was when he left it and a land agent began to run it for a pastime.

 

Major Henry Inman has at last taken charge of the ...
June 13, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1705)

Major Henry Inman has at last taken charge of the Larned Enterprise and...changed its name to the Chronoscope.

 

Six years ago today, the News first saw the light. ...
July 4, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1718)

Six years ago today, the News first saw the light. Perry Bros. & Co., the "Co." being H. Whiteside, still of this city, were the proprietors. The first number was as ably edited and as well printed as any of its subsequent numbers....

 

The Kansas publishing house has just issued a seco ...
July 11, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1720)

The Kansas publishing house has just issued a second edition of Mr. Prentis's book, "A Kansan Abroad"...of 240 pages, tinted paper, full muslin embossed after design by the Kansas artist Henry Worrall; price by mail $1.45. In this volume, Mr. Prentis has collected his letters first published in the Commonwealth under the title of "Prentis in Europe," "Pike of Pike's Peak," the interesting address originally delivered under the auspices of the Kansas State Historical Society and never before printed; and "The World a School," the annual address before the State Agricultural College, delivered May 25, 1875. Address Geo. W. Martin, publisher, Topeka, Kansas.

 

We have received the first number of the McPherson ...
August 15, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1730)

We have received the first number of the McPherson Freeman. It is a large improvement on the Independent and our friend McClintock will be compelled to hustle around or lose the persimmons.

G. W. McClintock, editor of the McPherson Independent,...last week was shot in the neck by a piece of steel belonging to the barrel of a shotgun, which had exploded. A gash two inches long was inflicted, causing a serious, though not fatal, wound.

 

The Sterling Gazette claims a circulation of over ...
September 12, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1735)

The Sterling Gazette claims a circulation of over 1,100. This is evidence of appreciation by the people of Rice County....Friend Cowgill has built up a paper and business that anyone might be proud of.

 

H. H. Doyle has bought the Larned Herald....He has ...
December 5, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1751)

H. H. Doyle has bought the Larned Herald....He has improved it considerably and made it a good local paper.

 

Jake Stotler of the Emporia News and Marsh Murdock ...
December 26, 1878, Hutchinson News (ID 1757)

Jake Stotler of the Emporia News and Marsh Murdock of the Wichita Eagle have each been reappointed postmasters of their respective towns.

 

One year ago the News was located in a little wood ...
January 2, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1762)

One year ago the News was located in a little wooden shanty 16 by 24 feet, for which it paid a little over $8 a month rent. It was the only room in the city available for the purpose, and it was not fit at all. In April, it moved upstairs into a brick building located on Main Street, owned by itself, and now occupies a commodious, comfortable, well-lighted room on Main Street. In addition, considerable additions and improvements have been made to the material in the office....Its contemporaries, the Interior and Herald, are, each in its own sphere, having their full measure of success....

 

The Arkansas Valley Editorial Association met in t ...
March 27, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1788)

The Arkansas Valley Editorial Association met in the office of the Hutchinson Interior at two p.m. last Saturday, Fletcher Meridith in the chair....The following names were enrolled as members: A. C. Bowman, Telephone, Burrton; Thos. L. Powers, Express, Ellinwood; C. L. Hubbs, Republican, Kinsley; H. D. Morgan, Herald, Florence; C. D. Ulmer, Bulletin, Sterling; E. B. Cowgill, Gazette, Sterling; W. R. Davis, Graphic, Kinsley; Ed W. Wood, Democrat, Lyons; J. B. King, Press, Iuka; Fletcher Meridith, News, Hutchinson; C. G. Coutant, Interior, Hutchinson; R. M. Easley, Interior, Hutchinson; C. J. Burke, Herald, Hutchinson; Philip Schmitz, Volks Freund, Great Bend; H. Von Langen, Das Neue Vaterland, Newton; J. S. Collister, News, Newton; J. B. Fugate, Democrat, Great Bend; J. W. Sarjent, Argosy, Nickerson; W. H. Walker, Gazette, Peabody; J. O. Graham, Times, Harper City.

On motion of Collister, a committee of three was appointed to draft a constitution. The chair appointed Collister, Cowgill, and Fugate. The subject of limitation of membership was introduced and finally referred to the above committee.

Letters were read from H. C. Ashbaugh of the Newton Kansas; Henry King, president of the state association; J. W. McNeal of the Barbour County Mail, and J. G. Albright of the Howard City Journal....

The following officers were elected: president, J. S. Collister; vice-president, C. G. Coutant; treasurer, E. B. Cowgill; secretary, H. D. Morgan.

The association went into committee of the whole on foreign advertising....Charles A. Gitchell of the Kansas City Times, who was present as a visitor, made statements regarding patent outsides.

The following resolution was introduced and laid on the table as a special order for next meeting: "Resolved, that the members of this association pledge themselves that no foreign advertisements shall be published in their papers for less than 75 percent, in cash or equivalent, of our regular rates."

Motion was carried appointing F. Meridith of the Hutchinson News and J. S. Collister of the Newton News to correspond with the U.S. Express Company and, if possible, secure better rates of transportation for publishers....

A talk occurred on newspaper postage, and on newspaper bookkeeping, and a motion was adopted requesting exhibits at the next session of systems of bookkeeping used by different members.

Association adjourned to meet in Newton at 10 a.m. April 19, 1879.

 

The Newton Bee, a new paper, owned and published b ...
April 17, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1795)

The Newton Bee, a new paper, owned and published by Werner & Taylor, two young men of considerable experience, is on our table. It is a handsomely gotten up sheet.

 

The Herald is sold out. Turpen is going to leave. ...
April 24, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1796)

The Herald is sold out. Turpen is going to leave. The "new ring" has been too much for him. McKinstry & Scheble have purchased it....It is to be printed in and by the Interior outfit and that tells the whole story.

"We have secured the services of Ben Wible as foreman of this office, formerly foreman of the Hutchinson News. He is just the kind we want." ? Newton Kansan.

 

The Kansas City Journal now receives news from St. ...
May 22, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1804)

The Kansas City Journal now receives news from St. Joseph, 70 miles, Lawrence, 40 miles, and Leavenworth, 27 miles, by telephone, their correspondents in these cities giving them the news direct by word of mouth.

 

The News man (Fletcher Meridith) celebrated the 18 ...
June 5, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1819)

The News man (Fletcher Meridith) celebrated the 18th anniversary of the first battle he ever took part in last Tuesday. It was the battle of Phillipi, West Virginia, and was, we believe, the first battle of the rebellion. It resulted in a victory for the republicans over the democrats by a large majority. The News man then carried a musket and was a high private in the rear rank.

 

"From way down in the wilds of New Mexico comes a ...
June 12, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1821)

"From way down in the wilds of New Mexico comes a new paper with a request to exchange. It is the Otero Optic, published by W. J. Turpen, formerly of the Hutchinson Herald...." ? Peabody Gazette.

"That genial oddity, Turpen, has turned up at Otero, N.M., where he is publishing a well patronized paper named the Otero Optic. We should judge from the tone of the paper that Turpen has turned over a new leaf, joined a church, or something, as he gives the news in his original style, of course, but does not throw mud and things at everybody in general...as he did while running the Hutchinson Herald. In fact, he reads the new managers of the Herald a lecture on their low style of criticism." ? Pratt County Press.

Since the consolidation of the Herald and Interior, McKinstry and Coutant have each procured a new suit of clothes. This shows unprecedented prosperity.

 

J. B. King has retired from the Pratt County Press ...
June 19, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1823)

J. B. King has retired from the Pratt County Press, leaving the paper in the hands of M. C. Davis. Mr. King was probably one of the best newspaper men in the Arkansas Valley.

 

Ness County has a new paper, the Pioneer.: The Cha ...
June 26, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1827)

Ness County has a new paper, the Pioneer.

The Chase County Leader is building a new office and a summer kitchen.

Stafford will soon boast of a new paper if she has not one now: the Herald.

The first number of another paper has made its appearance at Nickerson. It is called the Age.

The editor of the Newton Kansan, H. C. Ashbaugh, has a post office, is in a brand new office which he owns and has paid for, and is arrested for libel.

With this issue of the News, it has attained the full age of seven years....We shall begin the new volume with new type and other new material which will replace the old that has been in use for seven years....

 

"The Harvey County News is now owned by Coutant & ...
July 4, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1832)

"The Harvey County News is now owned by Coutant & Easley. Besides this paper, they own the Hutchinson Interior, Sterling Bulletin, Hutchinson Herald, Burrton Telephone and, we are told, trying to buy up many other county papers. What the object is in getting hold of so many country papers we can't imagine for there certainly is no money in owning one, let alone a dozen, country papers." ? McPherson Independent.

 

"...J. W. Kanaga, one of Kansas' brightest newspap ...
July 31, 1879, Hutchinson News (ID 1842)

"...J. W. Kanaga, one of Kansas' brightest newspaper men, has purchased of Coutant & Easley the Hutchinson Interior." ? Capital.