Redwing Carrier-Pigeon (KS, 1886)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: Barton County, Kansas

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 2, Dec. 2, 1886

Size and Format:  Single column; masthead includes motto: “Justice and Impartiality”

Editor/Publisher:  H.C. Banke (1886); Dec. 2, 1886 paper identifies two women and one man as part of the “editorial staff,” and refers to the Redwing Literary Society, as if it were a primary sponsor and/or publisher

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

The second number of this paper, signed by H.C. Banke, complains about the lack of news around town and urges contributions.  The editor writes:

“Owing to the fact that but few contributions have arrived during the past week, and some of those that have arrived have been very dull, we have not such a large and interesting paper to present as we did last week.  But believing that, what little we have will be cheerfully accepted by the members of the lyceum, this, No. 2 of our Lines, will be dedicated.  Invitation is extended to all the members of the Redwing Literary Society to contribute something towards making the Red-wing (sic) Carrier-Pigeon interesting, which will also add to the well fare of our Society and to individual pleasure.  All contributions which are not disrespectful or too personal in their nature will be cheerfully excepted (sic), and if they arrive before Wednesday will be published in the current issue of the paper.  However, everything of a personal or disrespectful nature will be avoided from obvious reasons.

“The editorial staff is now composed of Mrs. H.E. Smith, Mr. B.C. Cofer and Mrs. L.J. Gifford.  Contributions sent to either of the before mentioned ladies will reach the editor-in-chief safely.  Contributors are requested to send their contributions and to them will be most convenient.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Robert F. Karolevitz, Newspapering in the Old West:  A Pictorial History of Journalism and Printing on the Frontier (New York:  Bonanza Books, 1969), p. 87; Bob Karolevitz, “Pen and Ink Newspapers of the Old West,” Frontier Times, 44:2 (Feb.-March 1970), 30, 62

Locations:  KSHi-Topeka; front page, Vol. 1, No. 1, Dec. 3, 1886, reproduced in Karolevitz (1969), p. 87, and Karolevitz (1970), p. 30.