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The Pioneer Express Archive

  • Pembina, North Dakota
  • 18831922

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The premier issue of the Pioneer Express of Pembina, Dakota Territory, dated April 20, 1883, carried congratulations from newspapers on both sides of the Dakota-Manitoba border. Previously, Pembina was served by two weeklies. Prince Albert Gatchell and Mark A. Brown produced the Pembina Pioneer on a Washington hand press beginning in 1879; they claimed it was the first paper published in northern Dakota Territory, and the second in what would become North Dakota. Robert H. Young's Northern Express started in Drayton in 1881, but would relocate to Pembina one year later. Young bought out Gatchell and christened the combined paper the Pioneer Express. At its birth, the Express boasted a circulation larger than any other weekly in northern Dakota, and described its style as "newsy without being trashy, readable without being sensational, instructive without being dull." In October 1883, it had expanded its coverage to Pembina, Cavalier, and Rolette counties. By January 1884, the Pioneer Express claimed over 1,000 subscribers in Pembina County, and regularly published news from Walhalla, Bathgate, Drayton, and Cavalier, as well as international coverage from Emerson, Manitoba.

Archive Info

  • 12,562
  • Pembina, North Dakota
  • 18831922

Source Information

The Pioneer Express, 1883–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 13, 2022

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Pioneer Express 02/28/1902

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Mattie McDonald
Pioneer Express Pembina ND 01/01/1897

Mattie McDonald Pioneer Express Pembina ND 01/01/1897

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Archie McDonald sells blacksmith shop 
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Archive Info

  • 12,562
  • Pembina, North Dakota
  • 18831922

Source Information

The Pioneer Express, 1883–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 13, 2022