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The Ward County Independent Archive

  • Minot, North Dakota
  • 19031922

About

The Ward County Independent  was launched in Minot, North Dakota, on April 1, 1902, under the guidance of Charles R. Truax. Born in 1868 in Minnesota, Truax, a former printer, came to Minot in 1890 as a boilermaker for the Great Northern Railroad. When failing health forced him to give up rigorous physical activity, he looked for another occupation. Another former printer, Glenn Colcord, who had come to Minot to take up a homestead, was working for the Ward County Reporter as a journalist to supplement his farm income. Colcord joined Truax in launching the Independent, taking the job of editor. At the turn of the century, Minot was a growing community with a population of more than 1,200. There were already two established newspapers, the Minot Optic and the aforementioned Ward County Reporter, both of which would establish daily editions by the middle of the decade while retaining their weekly editions.

Archive Info

  • 15,468
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • 19031922

Source Information

The Ward County Independent, 1903–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: May 14, 2016

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Information from the trial of John Staff

Information from the trial of John Staff

The Ward County Independent
Minot, North Dakota
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Mrs. John Staff's remains buried

Mrs. John Staff's remains buried

The Ward County Independent
Minot, North Dakota
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John Staff refused to sign over property for the care his children
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Inquest over the remains of Mrs. Staff

Inquest over the remains of Mrs. Staff

The Ward County Independent
Minot, North Dakota
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Stolen Good found on Staff Farm

Stolen Good found on Staff Farm

The Ward County Independent
Minot, North Dakota
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Account of the murder by John Staf of his wife

Account of the murder by John Staf of his wife

The Ward County Independent
Minot, North Dakota
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Archive Info

  • 15,468
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • 19031922

Source Information

The Ward County Independent, 1903–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: May 14, 2016