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

Kirwin Chief

Articles in database from Kirwin Chief:    8

Goodbye. With this number of the Chief, our connex ...
June 24, 1876, Kirwin Chief (ID 1512)

Goodbye. With this number of the Chief, our connexion as editor ceases....The Chief has passed through one of the most terrible grasshopper seasons ever witnessed in the West and, through the liberality of its patrons, lived while its contemporaries went down beneath the pressure.... -- W. D. Jenkins.


The newspapers of Phillips County:: The first pape ...
January 1, 1879, Kirwin Chief (ID 1761)

The newspapers of Phillips County:

The first paper published in this county was issued on the 2nd day of August, 1873, by Dr. W. D. Jenkins as editor, publisher and proprietor and called the Kirwin Chief. He continued the publication of that paper until the 24th day of June, 1876, when by purchase A. G. McBride and W. T. Belford became the proprietors and publishers with the former as editor. On the 1st day of July, 1877, A. G. McBride, the present publisher and proprietor, purchased the entire office and has since then continued its publication. For the past year the Chief has been the official paper of the county, within which time the proprietor has added a complete job office and is now furnishing the county with its printed stationery and blanks....The first daily paper ever published in this county and, in fact, the first in the Solomon Valley, was issued on the 19th day of September, 1877, by the publisher of the Chief....Its publication was continued only during the district fair....

The next paper started in the county appeared under the name of the Kirwin Progress, which changed hands three times within less than 18 months and was purchased...by John J. McClimont, and turned into a Democratic organ, bearing the name of Solomon Valley Democrat....

The next paper appeared in the fall of 1876 in Phillipsburg by O. J. Dennison, which was called the Papoose. It was published for not to exceed three weeks, when the material was sold, and was next used in publishing the Advance, which proved to be a failure under the editorial management of Charles Dickey, Sr.

The next paper...was the Phillips County Herald with D. A. Cox proprietor and C. F. Jenkins editor and publisher. The first number appeared Feb. 13, 1878, and in less than six months it died....George W. Stinson, a short time thereafter, purchased the material of that office and resurrected the corpse, and has since published a paper under the same name.

The next change in the newspaper line was the purchase of the Advance by J. D. Bradley, when the name was changed to the Phillips County Democrat....Mr. Bradley lacked newspaper experience...and in a few short months found an anxious purchaser in the person of the before mentioned O. J. Dennison. Dennison is still...running the Democrat, and it is, plainly speaking, a disgrace to the county and a libel on the profession....


Vol. 6, No. 1. ...It is indeed with pride that we ...
January 8, 1879, Kirwin Chief (ID 1763)

Vol. 6, No. 1. ...It is indeed with pride that we take a glimpse at the early history and present prospects of this paper. Five years ago, the publication of the Chief was commenced at this place and was continued, with slight exception (at Phillipsburg for a while), up to the present time. While in the hands of a former publisher, the Chief passed through the terrible grasshopper scourge but, backed by the live, enterprising and energetic business men of Kirwin, it survived the adversity....

It is now two and one-half years since the present publisher has been connected with the Chief, during which time an effort was made to wipe out the existence of this paper by a party claiming the ownership of the principal part of the material of the office. Backed by a land office lobby and perjured witnesses, who still walk the streets of Kirwin, the new claimant, after a fair and impartial trial, was defeated, to the great dissatisfaction of himself and lobby, and we were left the owner of the property we had paid a valuable consideration for. Since then, the Chief has prospered as a paper....


With this issue ceases our connection with the bus ...
March 19, 1879, Kirwin Chief (ID 1787)

With this issue ceases our connection with the business management and publishing department of the Chief, which has been turned over to J. W. McBride....This change occasions the withdrawal of W. H. McBride as one of the editors, who is succeeded by J. W. McBride. We still retain our position as one of the editors.... -- A. G. McBride.


This week we present our readers with an enlarged ...
September 10, 1879, Kirwin Chief (ID 1856)

This week we present our readers with an enlarged paper....Our facilities for publishing have been much improved, a new power press having been supplied to take the place of the hand press so long in use in the Chief office....


To our brethren in the press, information wanted: ...
September 17, 1879, Kirwin Chief (ID 1860)

To our brethren in the press, information wanted: We employ lady compositors in our office and much of their time is taken from us by bachelors hanging around the office during working hours and attracting their attention from work to hold conversations with them. We have put up notices in our office, have localized upon the matter, and we find the evil no nearer remedied. We don't feel ourselves physically competent to kick them out, and we don't want to injure their feelings by telling them to stay out. For God's sake, tell us what to do.


It is with considerable pride that we inform our p ...
September 1, 1880, Kirwin Chief (ID 2009)

It is with considerable pride that we inform our patrons and readers that we this week print the Chief by steam power, having just got our new engine in perfect running order....The Chief was started in 1873 as a six-column folio and, until September 1879, no enlargement took place, at which time a new Taylor power press was purchased and immediately one column was added....After issuing a seven-column paper for a few months, we enlarged to eight columns,...and is in size one of the two largest home-print newspapers in the northwest.


Some papers are not much account as to appearance, ...
November 17, 1880, Kirwin Chief (ID 2029)

Some papers are not much account as to appearance, but I never took one that didn't pay, in some way, more than I paid for it. One time an old friend started a little paper away down in southwest Georgia and sent it to me, and I subscribed just to encourage him. After a while, it published a notice that an administrator had an order to sell several lots of land at public outcry, and one of the lots was in my county. So I inquired about the lot, and wrote to my friend to attend the sale and run it to $50. He did so, and bid off the lot for me at $30, and I sold it in a month to a man it joined for $100, and so I made $68 clear by taking that paper. My father told me that, when he was a young man, he saw a notice in a paper that a school teacher was wanted away off in a distant county, and he went there and got the situation, and a little girl was sent to him, and after a while she grew up mighty sweet and pretty, and he fell in love with her and married her. Now, if he hadn't taken that paper, what do you reckon would have become of me? Wouldn't I be some other feller, or maybe not at all? -- Bill Ark.