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

Kansas Spirit

Articles in database from Kansas Spirit:    11

A Journal of Home and Husbandry by I. S. Kalloch. ...
February 3, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1098)

A Journal of Home and Husbandry by I. S. Kalloch. Volume 1, Number 1.

Salutatory. We are happy to present our readers with the first number of The Spirit of Kansas....We have no apologies to offer for it, for we have taken our time to make it suit us. We, of course, expect to improve it from week to week until it becomes all that we or our most partial friends can desire it to be...A working connection with the newspaper press, interrupted at times, but continuing in all for 15 years, has given us a warmer love for the business than for any other in which we have ever engaged....We have also taken especial pains during the last 10 years to become acquainted with the farm, garden and stock interests of Kansas....

As long ago as last June we published the following prospectus. A series of untoward circumstances, which it is useless to detail here, have prevented the appearance of our paper until now. We secured some 300 subscribers at the State Fair, 200 at the Ottawa Fair, 150 at the Atchison Fair, and others from time to time....


Capt. G. C. West has purchased a half interest in ...
February 24, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1108)

Capt. G. C. West has purchased a half interest in the Parsons Sun and will continue it in connection with M. W. Reynolds.


The Ottawa Journal. The many old friends of the Jo ...
March 2, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1112)

The Ottawa Journal. The many old friends of the Journal will be glad to see the name of Warren Anderson, in connection with Mr. Snow, announced as its publishers.


The Independent Press. Within the past few years t ...
April 13, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1126)

The Independent Press. Within the past few years there has been a growing tendency, on the part of the conductors of the American press, to depend more on subscribers and patrons for support, and less on political leaders and their partisans. In most, if not all, of the large cities in our country, the press has outgrown the degrading necessity of depending on politicians and, in the cities where we are acquainted,...the independent papers are rapidly increasing in circulation and patronage, while the political papers, as a class, are each year becoming less valuable to their owners....Intelligent men of all parties prefer a high-toned paper, which will sometimes even challenge their dissent, to a journal that gives...only a repetition or rehash of their own individual views or opinions....In order to have journals useful and profitable, it is of the highest importance that their editors should be frank, fearless, free, true to their own convictions, avoiding profitless discussion, ill-natured controversy, and bitter personalities....The statistics of American newspapers show that, as a class, the independent papers have more than three times the patronage received by political journals -- the latter having an average circulation of 1170, while the former have an average circulation of 3659....


We find, through a document forwarded to us by Sen ...
May 4, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1139)

We find, through a document forwarded to us by Senator Pomeroy,...that Kansas has, or had at the time of its publication, 109 newspapers. Of these, 100 were weeklies and nine dailies. In addition to these are four monthlies: one agricultural, one medical, one educational, and one of our pet Kansas Magazine....Ninety-five are set down as Republican, 13 Democratic, and one neutral....


The Kansas Editors' and Publishers' Convention met ...
June 1, 1872, Kansas Spirit (ID 1149)

The Kansas Editors' and Publishers' Convention met at Emporia on the 28th. T. D. Thacher was elected president for the ensuing year and Griffin, Wilder and Walker vice-presidents. The editor of The Spirit (Kalloch) was chosen orator for the next meeting, with George W. Martin for alternate. The convention accepted the invitation...for an excursion to Wichita over the AT&SF road, to which place they proceeded by special train Wednesday morning,...returning to Topeka in the evening....


The unexpected turn of events which made me a memb ...
February 8, 1873, Kansas Spirit (ID 1229)

The unexpected turn of events which made me a member of the Legislature, and the more unexpected turn of events since the Legislature convened, have so occupied my time the past few weeks that I have been unable to give that attention to The Spirit which I would have enjoyed giving....I have therefore reluctantly concluded to announce the severance my connection with it with this concluding number of the year....I leave it in the hands of J. T. Stevens, who will spare no pains to keep up its high and healthy tone.... -- I. S. Kalloch.

...We shall spare no pains nor labor to make The Spirit in all respects a first class family and agricultural journal, and a worthy and welcome visitor in every Kansas household.... -- J. T. Stevens.


The office of The Spirit has been removed to Fraze ...
March 1, 1873, Kansas Spirit (ID 1232)

The office of The Spirit has been removed to Frazer's Hall, and we now have one of the largest, finest and best appointed printing offices in the state. We have the best power press in Lawrence, together with a large and well selected assortment of job type....


We have associated with us in the publication of T ...
March 15, 1873, Kansas Spirit (ID 1237)

We have associated with us in the publication of The Spirit the Hon. E. G. Ross, late U.S. Senator from this state. Mr. Ross is an old newspaper man and practical printer, and brings to the Spirit a large experience in the newspaper business....

Prouty v. Martin. This is the title of a case that will come on for a hearing before the Supreme Court of the state on the 25th. The question to be decided is "who shall work for the state the next two years in the capacity of public printer?" The Legislature has said "Martin." The contestant prays the Supreme Court to say "Prouty."


W. S. Blakely, one of the original proprietors of ...
March 22, 1873, Kansas Spirit (ID 1238)

W. S. Blakely, one of the original proprietors of the Junction City Union,...has been appointed postmaster of Junction City.


Some 36 years ago,...the first regular ocean steam ...
April 5, 1873, Kansas Spirit (ID 1241)

Some 36 years ago,...the first regular ocean steamer between Europe and America, called the Great Western, appeared in New York Harbor....It was this steamer that brought, either on this first trip or the next one, the first steam printing press that was ever used in this country. The press was imported for the New York Sun, and was always afterwards known as the Great Western.

The introduction of this press was afterwards the cause of quite as great a commotion as the arrival of the steamer herself. All kinds of press work was then done entirely by hand, and the work of the pressman was a much more distinctive branch of the printing business than it is now....These pressmen thought they saw a dangerous rival in the new apparatus, which...was capable of doing the work of four or five men with the common hand press then used.

So great became the apprehension of this rivalry that an indignation meeting was held in New York in the fall of 1837 -- excited speeches were made and the new press voted an infernal machine, which threatened the fraternity of pressmen with starvation.

...Happily, however, the pressmen were not long in finding that the introduction of the steam press was really a benefaction, instead of a disaster, to them. The multiplication of newspapers and all descriptions of printing, which resulted from the increased facilities afforded by the steam press, gave the pressmen more and easier employment and better pay....