Page 22 Greeley (Colo.) Tribune Mon., April 16,1973 i 'JÂ§t; 3 '. rlcii" ( i l v Tribune was founded in 1870 by Nathan Meeker bune was founded in naner in fhp fail nt 1*71 uÂ« Â»/*,, nn i.. Â«Â«._i.__ ... * .. _ .. The Tribune was founded in 1870 by Nathan C. Meeker, founder of Union Colony and the City ef Greeley. He was the first editor and publisher of the newspaper named in honor of the New York Tribune, the news paper for which he worked before coming to Colorado. From the initial issue on Nov. 16,1870, until Jan. 25, 1875, the masthead of the Tribune listed Meeker as sole editor and publisher. At that time it was announced that E. J. Carver had become the publisher, with Meeker as editor. Meeker becoming weary of his task as editor and publisher as early as 1872, sold a half interest in the Tribune to Carver who had come west to assist in publication of the paper in the fall of 1871. He too had been an employe of the New York Tribune. For some time before the death of N. C. Meeker, his son, Ralph, had taken an active part in the Tribune, also. Within six months after the founding of the paper, contemporaries mentioned him-as the "managing editor" of the Tribune. Ralph Meeker and Carver owned the Tribune in partnership from the time of N. C. Meeker's death in the Meeker massacre in September, 1879, until June, 10, 1885. On that date a notice appearing in the Tribune said: . "Notice, I have purchased the entire interest of Ralph Meeker in the Greeley Tribune and have assumed his share of the indebtedness. E. J. Carver.." For a short time after that the only Meeker connection with the Tribune was the association of Carver with W. S. Fullerton in the management. Fullerton, after Meeker's death, had married Meeker's daughter, Mary. Long before Ralph Meeker sold his share in the Tribune he had returned to the New York Herald, a newspaper for which he served as a correspondent for more than 40years. As early as 1875 he had traveled 2,000 miles along the Missouri River, uncovering Indian frauds for the Herald. In 1883 he returned to Greeley and for two years was editor of the Tribune while Carver was listed as business manager. Meeker's easy, flowing style of writing added greatly to the style of the Â· newspaper while he served as editor and correspondent. Ralph Meeker returned to Greeley in 1920 and at the time of his death in 1921 was working on a history of the Platte Valley. Only one of the articles of this history was published in the Tribune. New Corporation After buying out Ralph Meeker, Carver served as head of the Tribune, in association at various times with Fullerton, H. L. Dunning and W. C. Packard until June 11, 1890, when the Tribune was taken over by a new corporation headed by J. J. Stevens who served as president for a short time to be succeeded by Ovid Plumb. Directors of the new corporation, the Greeley Tribune Publishing Company, included Carver, Stevens, Plumb, G. W. Currier, S. A. Bradfield, Oliver Howard and F. E. Smith. J. Max Clark was editor, a position he held for about 10 years. Clark had contributed to the Tribune from almost the first edition on such topics as irrigation, crops and agriculture in general. He continued to write letters for publication until just before his death in Los Angeles on March 29, 1928. In March, 1901, C. H. Wolfe purchased controlling interest in the Tribune and E. J. Carver retired. In 1902 a young newspaper man from Michigan, Charles Hansen, joined the staff of the Tribune and for about a year worked on special projects, one of which was editing a special edition which was not part of the Tribune's regular circulation. He then became editor of the Tribune on July 1, 1903, and on June 29, 1904, began the first daily publication 'of the Tribune. The first daily edition was printed only during the election campaign of that year and suspended on Nov. 8, 1904, without printing the results of the election. Present Daily Begun Four years later Hansen began the daily edition which has continued to this day. A few days before the Tribune's daily edition began the Daily Sun and the Pioneer began, making three daily newspapers in the town which had a population at that time of less than 10,000. The Tribune and its two daily competitors, each of which also published weeklies besides in competition with the Weld County News, started in a lively time in Greeley's history. There was plenty of news to be covered but the merchants found it difficult to support so many newspapers. A bitter struggle for supremacy began among the- dailies with particularly stiff competition between the Tribune and C. C. Townsend's Pioneer. Finally a way out of the difficulty presented itself and Hansen broke away from the Tribune to go out to purchase Continued on page 23 FIRST BUILDING - The first building to house the Tribune was built in 1870 by Nathan C. Meeker on 7th Street near the present King Lumber Co. It was vacated in 1903 when the Tribune was moved across the street. Script on sign was hand-painted. C. H. Wolfe Charles Hansen Floyd Merrill OFFICE IN CAMFIELD - Before the Tribune was moved to its present location in 1929 it had offices in the old Camfield Hotel at 7th Street and 8th Avenue. The Camfield has since been razed. Shown is the business office in this 1927 photo.
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