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

Atchison Weekly Champion

Articles in database from Atchison Weekly Champion:    10

Kirwin, Nov. 11 -- The Northwest Kansas editors, w ...
November 14, 1885, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2355)

Kirwin, Nov. 11 -- The Northwest Kansas editors, which properly ought to include 75 or more, met here on Tuesday to the number of 15, discussed subjects of importance only to the fraternity, notably foreign advertising, accepted the hospitalities of the generous and kind people of the thriving burg....

The president of the association, C. J. Lamb of the Independent, and A. G. McBride, secretary, formerly of the Republican, now suspended, both live here....There were present C. W. McDonald of the Concordia Empire; J. W. Bliss, Greenleaf Independent; W. R. McCrea, Norton Courier; P. H. Loomis and J. W. Conway, Norton Champion; C. A. Lewis, Phillipsburg Herald; M. H. Hoyt, Portis Patriot; A. B. Wilder, Scandia Journal; Lew Headley, Gaylord Herald; Dr. W. D. Jenkins, Kirwin Chief; C. J. Lamb, Kirwin Independent; F. E. Eldred of the Garden City (Ill.) Type Foundry, and a representative of the Champion.

The association held their meetings in Moulton's Hall....One of the editors of the Kirwin Independent, Wm. A. Garretson, was absent, he lying upon a sick bed....J. W. Conway of the Norton Champion was chosen president, and Lew Headley of the Gaylord Herald, secretary....The oldest editor present was Dr. W. D. Jenkins of the Kirwin Chief, who also started the first paper in Kirwin in 1873, and also the Smith Center Pioneer in 1872. W. R. McCrea of the Norton Courier was the youngest editor; Mark Hoyt of the Portis Patriot the prettiest; J. W. Conway of the Norton Champion the homeliest; C. J. Lamb of the Kirwin Independent the heaviest; and C. W. McDonald of the Concordia Empire the most graceful dancer....


The train bearing the Central Branch editors arriv ...
November 28, 1885, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2359)

The train bearing the Central Branch editors arrived promptly at 3:50....There was a large crowd of citizens at the depot...and as the engine hove in sight Phillips' band struck up a lively air....When all had been registered, our reporter made the rounds and found that the following named editors and their wives and ladies were recorded:

At the Windsor: M. H. Hoyt, Portis Patriot; Mark J. Kelley, M. H. Williams and wife, Enterprise, Barnes; J. W. Bliss and wife, Independent Journal, Greenleaf; F. M. Bonham, Record, Muscotah; W. C. Brown, News, Whiting; W. J. Granger, Miss Cora Moren, Journal, Centralia; T. F. Van Volger, Democrat, Jewell City; L. C. Headley and wife, Herald, Gaylord; W. H. Whitmore, Chief, Harlan;

At the Union Depot: G. W. Reed and wife, Argus, Salem; S. H. Dodge and wife, Gazette, Beloit; Green F. Chase and wife, Times, Concordia; J. W. McBride and wife, Journal, Cawker City; H. C. Robinson, Republican, Washington; J. W. Branson, Review, Clifton; John B. Rupe and wife, Herald, Clyde; W. D. Street, Sentinel, Kenneth; W. D. Jenkins and wife, Chief, Kirwin; James Burton and wife, Kansan, Jamestown; M. Winsor and wife, Review, Mankato; Lum C. McCarn, Bee, Frankfort; W. L. Chambers and lady, Record, Stockton;

At the Byram: R. T. Vaughn, Monitor, Mankato; F. J. Hulaniski and wife, Empire; L. L. Alrich and wife, Record, Cawker City; J. M. Hagaman, Blade, Concordia; E. N. Emmons and wife, Register, Washington; A. B. Wilder and wife, Journal, Scandia; Ralph K. Hill and wife, Clipper, Hardy, Neb.; H. S. Drummond, Pioneer, Smith Center; Miss Mildred Lamb, E. J. Lamb, Independent, Kirwin; Gomer T. Davies, News, Republic City; S. E. Ruede, Farmer, Osborne; H. N. Boyd, Freeman, Logan; W. H. Caldwell and wife, Courier, Beloit; J. Q. Royce, Bulletin, Smith Center; J. S. Cline and wife, Advance, Ames; E. F. Korns and wife, C. A. Lewis, Miss Rose M. Eldred, Herald, Phillipsburg; A. S. Green and wife, Mail, Clyde; B. Hill and lady, News, Stockton; E. M. Brice and wife, Blue Rapids.

...Supper over, Phillips' band was on hand again and played in front of the hotels. Most of the fellows strolled around to see the Champion, and at 8:00...the entire party went to the opera house to witness the performance of "The Mikado."...The ball at the freight depot was a great success....By taking in "the Mikado,"...our editorial friends did not reach the ballroom until nearly 11:00 o'clock....At 12:00 the banquet was announced...at the expense of the city and a royal spread. The feast over, dancing was resumed....Our visitors will remain with us until 12:25 today, when they will return to their homes....


W. H. Besack has started the Northwestern Swine Br ...
December 2, 1885, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2360)

W. H. Besack has started the Northwestern Swine Breeders Gazette, published at Washington, and edited by J. O. Young, with J. B. Besack as associate editor. The Gazette will be devoted exclusively to the swine breeding interests of the northwest, and be the official organ of the Northwestern Poland-China Swine Breeders Association.


M. Winsor, a veteran Jewell County journalist, has ...
December 26, 1885, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2368)

M. Winsor, a veteran Jewell County journalist, has sold his Mankato Review and will locate in Van Buren, Ark....Several years ago he wrote and published the best county history ever written....

The World is the name of a new newspaper just started in Oberlin....It is edited and published by A. G. McBride, formerly of Kirwin....It is an eight-page paper, Republican in politics....


Newspaper notes: The Clifton Local News is printed ...
January 16, 1886, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2371)

Newspaper notes:

The Clifton Local News is printed by steam.

The Garden City Sentinel is now issued as a daily.

The Abilene Gazette is to be issued as a morning paper.

Wichita County has a paper called the Coronada Star.

Our old journalistic friend, Thomas McBreen, has opened a job office in Stockton.

E. H. Rohrer has sold his interest in the Iola Register to Chas. F. Scott, who now has exclusive control.

Jim Ross and H. Nye, of the firm of Nye & Funk, have purchased the Axtell Anchor.

Two new papers -- a daily and a weekly -- were launched last week in Independence. This makes five newspaper offices for that city.

Frank Prouty, son of Col. S. S. Prouty, has just commenced the publication of a paper at Ryansville, the name of which is the Boomer.

The latest addition to Montgomery County journalism is the Montgomery Monitor, published at Independence by the Monitor Company, with R. E. Hicks as editor.


Newspaper notes: The Anthony Daily Herald has susp ...
January 23, 1886, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2372)

Newspaper notes:

The Anthony Daily Herald has suspended.

The Cherryvale Clarion and Bulletin have merged.

The Rising Sun, a Third Party paper, has been established at Salina.

Sherman County has its first newspaper, the Adviser, published at Voltaire.

N. A. Burnam of the Lane Tribune has been arrested on a charge of criminal libel.

C. T. Richardson has bought the Daily Garnett Republican Plaindealer, and the name Plaindealer, long and honorably known in Anderson County, will probably disappear.


The Art of Printing ...
July 23, 1887, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2461)

The art of printing -- historical facts

The world has many times come near to printing, and just missed it. The ancient Assyrians stamped their records deep in bricks or cylinders of clay, using a raised wood block, or possibly separate characters. A wooden hand stamp discovered in a tomb at Thebes left upon the Egyptian bricks for which it was used, in raised hieroglyphics, the name of Amenoph -- possibly the very master who was the taskmaster of the Israelites -- which was cut into it. The Greeks not only cut exquisite seals, leaving raised impressions upon wax, but used also the contrary process of engraving maps upon smooth metal plates, from which they might have taken ink impressions "if they had only thought of it."

The Roman potter used, it would seem, movable types to stamp his vessels with the owner's name or a contents label; the private loaves of bread sent to the public oven were stamped with an owner's mark; cattle and slaves were "branded" by a heated stamp; the "signum of Cecilias Hermias" in raised brass, which saved that Roman citizen the trouble of writing his name or of learning how to write it, as well as several incised brass stamps which seem intended for use with ink, are in the British museum. Quintilian suggested the use of a stencil to teach Roman school boys to write, since by following its lines with their stylus they could trace the letters; Cicero and other Latin writers came very near the idea of printing types when they speak of the absurdity of expecting an intelligent sentence from chance mixing of engraved characters; Pliny, indeed, speaks of "a certain invention" by which Marcus Varro proposed to insert in his books "the images of 700 illustrious persons," thus "saving their features from oblivion," and "making them known over the wide world," which sounds very like our wood cut printing.

Yet, so far as we know, all Roman books were made by slave copyists, so cheaply that Horace complains that his books were too common, while Martial's first book of epigrams could be bought for six sesterces (24 cents) in plain and five denarii (80 cents) in fine binding, and the daily newspaper of Cicero's Rome, the Acta Diurna, which contained local news and gossip of marriages and divorces, as well as acts of the senate, was probably made in like manner. The Emperor Justin, who could not write, used a stencil to sign his name, and merchants had trade marks to the same purpose.

The Codex Argenteus, or Silver Book, at Upsala, Sweden, which dates from the Sixth Century or earlier, must have had its silver letters stamped on its purple vellum one by one, since some of the letters are upside down, and such engraved letters were in use by many calligraphers of the Middle ages to outline letters for their illumination. Woven fabrics of silk and of linen were printed in colored inks from hand stamps in Italy possibly as early as the Twelfth Century; indeed, Breitkopf holds that the Egyptians thus printed cloths, and the Mexicans and Polynesians had perhaps a like practice.

The printing press itself was rather an adaptation of the wine press or cheese press used in all countries than an invention, and the playing cards and block books of the Middle Ages, made from engraved wooden blocks, which preceded the use of movable types, were probably printed on it. -- R. R. Bowker in Harper's Magazine.


Of the 852 daily and weekly newspapers published i ...
December 31, 1887, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2509)

Of the 852 daily and weekly newspapers published in Kansas, northern Kansas...has a total of 164. Of this number, six are daily and weeklies, two semi-weeklies, and two monthlies. The dailies are the Atchison Champion, Atchison Patriot, Atchison Globe, Concordia Blade, Smith Centre Pioneer, and Horton Headlight. The semi-weeklies are the Oberlin Eye and Norton Courier. The monthlies are the Western Breeder of Beattie, and the Western Odd Fellow of Osborne. The Atchison Champion is the only morning daily, the other dailies being evening papers....

The Nicodemus Cyclone and Enterprise are to be consolidated and made into one good paper. One paper in a place like Nicodemus is enough, and if rightly conducted will be of more benefit to the town than a dozen starvelings, and more profitable to the man that runs it. -- Logan Republican.

The Enterprise is the only paper edited and published by a colored man in northwestern Kansas. -- Nicodemus Enterprise.


The meeting of the Northwestern Kansas editors at ...
May 31, 1888, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2536)

The meeting of the Northwestern Kansas editors at Stockton was unanimously voted the largest and most successful ever held by this association. It was the most interesting too, because her generous people took special care of the editors and their wives and sweethearts by entertaining them in their happy homes; feasting them on the fat of the land, and driving them around their beautiful and prosperous city.

On the arrival of the editorial train, a large concourse of her people had turned out to royally welcome them to their city. Their splendid cornet band was at the depot discoursing welcome music and, having been assigned to various private houses, carriages were awaiting to convey them to their hospitable homes. The two days spent in their wide-awake, pushing city was one continual scene of feast and enjoyment....

Minneapolis was chosen for the next annual meeting. The officers for the ensuing year are: L. L. Alrich of the Cawker City Record, president; R. F. Vaughn of the Mankato Monitor, vice-president; C. M. Dunn of the Minneapolis Messenger, secretary and treasurer.

Judge F. G. Adams, the painstaking and efficient secretary of the State Historical Society, delivered the annual address....

The excursion to Topeka and Fort Scott, over the popular Missouri Pacific, was a rich treat to our northwest Kansas editors. Upwards of 100 editors and their wives and ladies, crowding two chair cars, enjoyed the hospitality of the Missouri Pacific company. They passed through Atchison at 4:00 o'clock Friday morning. Two streamers were securely fastened to the sides of the cars bearing the inscription "Northwest Kansas Editorial Association."...

The following, copied from the Commonwealth, is the address of welcome delivered by Governor Martin to the northwest Kansas editors at the reception tendered them on the 25th inst. by the Topeka Press Club:

"In arranging your excursion, did any of you remember that this year is, or ought to be, an anniversary of notable interest to newspaper men? It is true that there is now some question about it, but it was for many years accepted as a fact, and is still asserted by many authorities, that the first English newspaper ever printed made its appearance in 1588. Just three hundred years ago. It was called the English Mercurie, was published under the authority of Queen Elizabeth, and its purpose, as stated, was 'the prevention of false reports.'

"This tri-centennial anniversary ought, therefore, be a year of jubilee for editors and publishers. You, ladies and gentlemen, are first among the fraternity in Kansas to celebrate it. I am glad to see you, and proud that to me has been assigned the very pleasant duty of formally welcoming you to the capital...."


Northwest Newspaper Notes: The material of the Sto ...
July 19, 1888, Atchison Weekly Champion (ID 2545)

Northwest newspaper notes:

The material of the Stockton Eagle is being moved to Downs, where Hoyt & Baker will continue its publication. This will give Osborne County seven papers, published in a radius of 10 miles.

The Alton Empire is for sale, and its publisher offers a bargain to anyone wishing to engage in the newspaper business there.

S. E. Ruede of the Osborne Farmer and George Dodge of the Beloit Gazette will shortly begin the publication of the Mirror at the new Santa Fe town of Marceline, 100 miles east of the Missouri River....

Hon. Webb McNall of Smith County, for many years editor and publisher of the Gaylord Herald, will be a candidate for the legislature from his county next fall. He has been there before....

C. A. Lewis of Phillips County, a member of the law firm of Pratt & Lewis of Phillipsburg, is favorably mentioned as a candidate for the legislature....For a long time, Mr. Lewis was editorially connected with the Phillipsburg Herald.

Three papers each in Downs and Cawker City, only five miles apart, is looked upon as considerable of a burden to the people of these enterprising towns. As they all seem to be filling a long-felt want, it is hoped they may all succeed in getting rich.

Wm. Bissell of Phillips County, for several years editor and publisher of the Herald of Phillipsburg, has donated $500 for the building of the new hotel there....

Frank P. Kellogg of Cloud County, cashier and a large stockholder in the Exchange Bank of Jamestown, started and published for several years the Tribune at Roscoe, Graham County. He was in the first county seat fight in that county, doing good work for Roscoe, and when the votes were counted and his town "got left," he left too, since which time the place has almost been blotted from the maps of Graham County.

J. N. McNay, editor of the Phillipsburg Dispatch, says he will take wood, oats, hay and a few old tough chickens on subscriptions....

Mark J. Kelley of Norton County, editor and publisher of the Edmond Times, also one of the commissioners of that county, is an aspirant for the legislature from Norton County....

H. N. Boyd, member of the legislature from Phillips County, is editor and publisher of the Logan Freeman. He is a candidate for re-election on the Union Labor Greenback and Monopoly ticket....