Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 36
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Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa · Page 36

Cherokee, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 31, 1960
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SECTION TWO CENTENNIAL SECTION TWO Courier CHEROKEE, IOWA, MAY 31, 1956 Founded In 1870 ryii /^n i vi/^r •< I/A The Cherokee Cmet Was First Newspaper •V "/•'' .: . . . . . It Lasted Only Three Months Late in the year : 1869, a man by the name of J. F r Ford came to old Cherokee (Blair : City). He brought with' him a .printing press, some type, and otherequip- ment. Mr. Ford : thus established the first newspaper in Cherokee, calling it "The Cherokee ChieJ". It was a six-column newspaper measuring 15x21 inches, and had four pages. Only two of these pages however -were printed locally, the other two 'containing national and state news. The • nevy .publisher . arranged for space on the second floor of : the old courthouse- in Old Chero- -kee. When the equipment arrived, he found many helping hands and when ; the'--paper was finally -. to press, he said;. "The. life -of a pioneer, printer is >nything but easy and, pleasant at best, b,ut -it relieves him-of much care and makes him feel; himself at home to receive the aid and enocurage- meht of such friends' as. those we have met with in Cherokee." Cherokee Times. Copies of ' both the first,' and last issue of The "Cherokee Chief, were recently uncovered by Roy Little. They were made available to the Cherokee .Newspapers for reproduction in- this Centennial issue. - The first issue "of Thc"CKero- kee Chief, v?Ss published after several weeks delay. It appeared under the- dateline, of Friday, January 28, 1870, and much of the type had been set many weeks previous .when . Mr. Ford expected to publish the first issue. This .:first ..newspaper ...lasted only a few months. The town- people apparently took a disliking to the new editor when he complained about the lack of schools in Cherokee county. His last issue was'dated October 7, 1870. Robert Buchanan had purchased the equipment, and weti then establishing the The following are items, taken word for word, from the first and the last issue of The Cherokee Chief: • - x , THE CHEROKEE CHIEF CHEROKEE, IOWA FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1870 (First Issue) . Homesteads and preemptions are being bought and sold by Kellogg Q Lewis. Cherokee is now connected- with the remainder of the civilized world by means of the telegraph. . '. Messr. John I. Blair and W-. W. Walker, well known" railroad men, were in, town a few days since. It is 'said they were out east of town, on the Maple, trying to find a homestead-. How true it is we are not aware. The singing school which was : being . carried; on, at the school house here in town- seems to have died rather permalurely. We hope, that our young people will take interest enough in the matter to not let it "fizzle" so ingloriously. The members of the Odd Fellow fraternity among us are taking measures for the organization of a lodge. The time appointed for their first regular meeting as a lodge is next Wednesday evening. Success to them and- all similar undertakings. The Iowa Falls and Sioux City R. R. has reached the Little Sioux Since. Founding Of Town They Have Recorded Gopd Fortune And Tragedy and .the work of building the bridge is being pushed ahead quite rapidly. The' deep cut on the east side of the river is also receiving due attention, there being a good force of hands at work on each end. The Good Templars, of this place have recently organized themselves into a lodge and hold their meetings every Friday evening in. the Court House Hall. They start out under unusually favorable circumstances, and give promise of doing a good work in the community. They have a wide field for their labor, and it is the hope of every good citizen that it may'be well improved:'! ! It will be. observed that some of our local items are rather stale to pass .very creditably 'for news. The excuses w-e have to offer, is the fact that a portion of ; our type has been set and ready for press for several weeks, ..but some of the most indispensable,of our material -was delayed in coming, and in • consequence we were compelled Ito 'lay over' until it arrived. .We are . now happy to "greet 'our patrons-with No. 1, and will endeavor to be as punctual in publication as circumstances will allow. Our county": legislature, the Board of Supervisors, was in- session during the greater part of the week commencing on Monday, the third inst. A portion of their proceedings will be found in another column. An unusual amount of business was on hand, and in consequence the meeting was i more protraced than any heretofore held in Cherokee County, (See CHIEF On Page 4) . 1, No. 1, of The First Newspaper In Cherokee Since the founding of New Cherokee, newspapers have been chronicling the affairs of Cher- j tokee county residents. Their I good fortune and their tragedies have found space in these publications and their bitter political controversies have raged through the columns. In the early days, newspapers were shortlived, often being established solely for the purpose of preaching a "cause". Through the years, however, ''personal" journalism has gone into the discard and its place has been taken by briefer, unbiased reporting: The early history of Cherokee is well marked with the graves of early newspapers. Some flour^ ished for years, others for month 1 some" for. weeks and some for only one edition. '"/•:...... Cherokee did .not-have'a local newspaper until the period 1 which; ,also marked the coming of the fraiiroad. The -first attempt at establishing a local journal, was made by J. F. Ford in January of 1870, who landed here with a six-column hand press. He -had only a few fonts of type and after securing a in the old courthouse, he set up shop. The postoffice was a mile distant and there was no 'house within a half mile of this "location, all of which did not offer an ideal field for gathering and sending out any amount of valuable news. This pioneer paper was called tihe "Cherokee Chief". It was a six-column folio, one side of which was printed at home. Mr. Ford, although inexperienced, was a writer of ability and of "forceful expression. For a few- months, his editorials were a lil- tle shy, from the fact thai, his columns were filled with stats laws which were dished up in eloquent style at 33% cents per square, as provided by lav/. One day, Mr. Ford's ire was roused by the lack of schools in the county and he wrote, "The children nf the settlers grow up like the dusky savages arounri them". Henceforth,'he was looked up on as public .enemy number one and notice was given him to vacate 'his office . . . Exit the disillusioned Mr. Ford who believed in the freedom of the. press, but overlooked the fact that harsh criticism is always hard to swallow. The second newspaper to nvike its debut in the county was the "Cherokee Times". It was known as the organ of Republicanism and yielded great infiunecc in this area. Robert Buchanan was the man who founded the "Times" in September of 1870. A few months prior to the founding of the new town, he paid Mr. Ford of the "-Chief" S300 to leave Cherokee and give him this territory, subscription list and good will. The people raised this amount and in October, _ Mr. Buchanan moved in an eight- column outfit and an eighth- medium jobber. The first issue of the "Cherokee Times" appeared on October 20, 1870. It was then a seven-column folio, half home and. half foreign print. The small printing office was located in a frame building on what was | later called the Allison Block. By -the end of the first year of ' its publication, the "Times" enjoyed a subscription list of over five hundred. The rate was S2 .per annum, which was standard price for most Iowa weeklies at that time. In December of 1876, the "Times" was sold to Ainsworth & Walrath, who conducted it about a year, when Mr. Buchanan re-purchased, it. He was greeted, upon his return, by two neighbor competitors; one a Democrat and the other.a'green- backer, but "Buck" held his own and continued to flourish. The "Times" became housed in a brick block, which stood on the site of the "Opera House", across from the library. It was built at This issue of the Cherokee Newspapers, Times; Margurite Button, Courier, the Daily Times and Courier, is the largest Production: Wayne Hatterman, Gerald ever produced in the history of Cherokee. Dilocker, Margurite Sutton, Gary Good, The newspaper history of Cherokee dates, of the Courier staff; Marion Butler, Donald back prior to the incorporation of the city. Mongan, Dale Morrow, Ray A. Johnson, Both the Times and Chief had been in operation previous to this incorporation in the year 1870. The publisher of the two newspapers wishes .to acknowledge the cooperation of the community in the production of this issue. Only through the complete cooperation of all, was it possible to compile and produce this large historic edition. Credit to personnel of the newspapers is also acknowledged". . . to the Advertising Staff, Cecil , Lash; manager, and Lois -Engelhardt. :••' News Personnel: Warren Reed, Courier Editor; >i ( ) ( fc'WssrtS'i . D. R, CLARK, Publishar The Cherokee Newspapers Frank Buckingham, Daily Times editor; Ellen Reeser, Times; Angelinc Heincn, Courier; and Burnetta Sinkey, Times. Albert Aling, Clarice Butler and Lee Knight of the Times Staff. Press work on the edition: Mitchell Johnson, Courier; and Virgil Wentworth and Lyle Martin, Times. The Times is the oldest business in Cherokee . . . the only business established in 1870 now operating under the same name. We are very proud of the part the newspapers have played in Cherto- kee's past . . .and we, like the city itself, are looking forward to many more wonderful years for a great community. The newspapers will continue to carry accounts of the present, which rapidly turn to history. For 86 years, the Times has adhered to the motto of its JUllt'l, ailU I3LU liei-'jtl iJUHXU-y, J.J11JV.O. "•"- 1-1 I ' Photographers: Warren Reed, Courier original founder, Robert Buchanan . . . O i fittr' n . . . .. 1 : ^ _ 4 ,-.,..,-. ,.s4 i*«ny-i ITTlfh fil-l Cl V1T17 -and Irv Begler, Times. Billing Departments: Juanita Hill, , "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right." a cost of $4000 and at vnrinusT the ear'nmcnt ; was crrallv once more befell Thomns lowed more years of new owner- ta. H, purchased Ihe in- ship and changing management, whose first issue appeared on April 24, 1872. It was .a neat, seven-column edition put out by L. B. Raymond. His salutatory was very "brief, to wit, "This is volumne-one, number .one of- the "Cherokee Leader", a weekly republican newspaper hereafter and until further notice to be published ' in. Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa - terms, S2 per year. Mr. Raymond associated .himself in publication of the "Leader" with a James Sheppard on January ,,29, 1373. Mr. Sheppard soon severed his connection with this paper, but not until he had roused the 'temper of the "Times" editor, who had this to say upon. his departure: "Sheppard, the retiring luminary of the Leader, whose brilliant cqrruscations and scintillating anumbrations have dazzled the wondering nations with his - glare, feels badly at Cherokee - the dear d— town and. to give it; a whole .ell. .with I an 'H', shoots from behind I .the new management of that ! paper. Doubtless, what he conj sidered a sock-dolliger into the I Times. In tears we ; bid adieu to ' the young man with "Ithe big shirt front. 7; May '; "his" : shadow-, .-.'never grow - less and his shanks - never fail him." ' On July. 9, 1873, Mr. Raymond sold out to C.-.W. Ainsworth but by November 8, the paper appeared with .Eli Johnson '• as editor and proprietor. Upon 'assum- iingj 'control, Mr. Johnson said that he would advocate "none but good men for office and will try to be on the right side of all the crowing 'questions of the day, viz .~ labor, money, tariff, worn- an - s suffrage and temperance." larged to a nine-column folio. Naturally, a-man of such agrc:;- siveness was destined to become, involved in a number of controversies, before long, with politically prominent men. Consequently, personal journalism became rampant in Cherokee. The opposing factions established editors to represent them until, in 1885, there were four newspapers published in this city. The "Times" contained many rirliclrr. bitterly attacking Judge Charles Lewis, with whom Mr. Buchanan had t;iken issue quite seriously: still, he was clever enough to avoid wording which would subject him to criminal prosecution. However, one clay he wrote about "a certain district, judge, living not 1,000 miles from Cherokee etc." but through some error, zero was omitted which proved his' undoing. There was no district judge, other than Lewis, living within a "hundred" mile-; of Cherokee and Mr. Buchamm was finally indicted for libel. Shortly thereafter, the pfipor was sold to F. L. Rowe, who assumed possession on January 1, 1885. The new editor was an in" tellectual who was greatly absorbed with the subject of the (tariff, the great political issue 'of the day,'and he neglected the local columns of the paper to its detriment. When the first of March rolled around, Mr. Rowe called in the men who had gone security for him and frankly told them he could not make a financial success of the paper, nor meet his obligation, and asked if they would cancel his indebtedness to them,. Three attorneys among these men agreed-to edit the paper, each taking charge for a week, until other arrangements could be made. These gentlemen were M. Watofield, A. F. Meservey and Thomas Me Culla. It v/asn't until April 28, when Lew Raher was secured as editor and manager of the "Times". "He did not, however, find editorial work to his liking and resigned after only a few weeks. The task of editing the s^i^tejSSw&KSSSS JtiJ3i2r'i5ff?l2l** • SS^^^S* ** •kO-Hlta U.1M4 '. I. 'AMWttlj^* "12**^"*'*** *""* **£[Jj)' l 'i ffrtsssass srvH^SfiSa ""^^K'S - «s - ,—ItJ ^*!Sn-**~JC! —** w»«t<gy^f«w trin*V'»!' _-_„._._w** 1 **^... _ _ _ First Issue Of The Cherokee Times

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