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The Delta Independent Archive

  • Delta, Colorado
  • 18861923

About

The inaugural issue of the Delta Chief, the first venture of its kind in Delta County, Colorado, was published on March 7, 1883, in a "little shack" where, according to an account that appeared years afterward in the Steamboat Pilot, "the news man was owner, proprietor, editor, reporter, printer, fire-boss, cook and everything was housed in one room." The "news man" at the Delta Chief was Robert D. Blair, "genial, big hearted rotound [sic] Bob," a well-seasoned journalist who started his career as a typesetter on the Denver Tribune and then the Denver Republican. Blair wrote in the first issue that the Delta Chief would "endeavor to give our patrons a readable paper...to work for the best interests of the country, representing no clique nor party." He also added, "[i]n politics the paper will be neutral, but will have an opinion on all questions of interest to our people," although the Delta Chief was later listed as Republican in N.W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual and Directory. It was described as a "neat, sensible sort of paper from a business standpoint" and Blair's editorial style as "promiscuous," reminding one of the reporters at Leadville's Carbonate Chronicle of the occasion when Blair "threw three desperadoes down stairs at the [Denver] Tribune office and then fell down on top of them."

Archive Info

  • 11,652
  • Delta, Colorado
  • 18861923

Source Information

The Delta Independent, 1886–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 28, 2022

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Archive Info

  • 11,652
  • Delta, Colorado
  • 18861923

Source Information

The Delta Independent, 1886–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 28, 2022