Star of the West (IL, 1859)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Rockford, IL: Union High School

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1859, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Size and Format:  (in numerical order) 14 pp., 19 pp., 16 pp., 15 pp., 32 pp. and 24 pp.

Editor/Publisher: Variable

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

All issues of this paper are bound in one volume.  Some pages are torn while others have ink so light that they are difficult to read.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Union High School, No. 2 (BV), Rockford, IL, in  Manuscripts, Illinois State Historical Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

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Owl (CA, 1859)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: North Bloomfield, California (1859)

Frequency:  Only one issue known

Volume and Issue Data:  ca. February 1859

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None (see Miner’s News)

General Description and Notes:

According to Kennedy, North Bloomfield, a mining town on the South Fork of the Yuba River, did not have a printed newspaper in the 1850s, but the Hydraulic Press identified at least two manuscript papers, the Owl and the Miner’s News.

In the Feb. 5, 1859 issue of the Press, the editor reported that the Owl was North Bloomfield’s paper:

THE OWL.  This is the name of a manuscript paper published at North Bloomfield, and of which we have received a copy.  The owl was Minerva’s bird; but there is not much wisdom about this one.  We learn from its advertising columns that one gentleman holds all of the following positions:  Post Master, Express Agent, Justice of the Peace, Road Overseer, School Director, Gold Dust buyer and News Agent.  There’s honor for you.  Talk about republics being ungrateful.

B.P. Avery, editor of the Hydraulic Press, did not identify the editor or provide other details about the Owl.  No other references to the manuscript paper are known.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: ChesterB. Kennedy, “Newspapers of the California Northern Mines, 1850-1860–A Record of Life, Letters and Culture,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1949, pp. 25, 39, 511-12, 608

Locations:  None located, but cited in Hydraulic Press, Feb. 5, 1859

Miner’s News (CA, 1859)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: North Bloomfield, California

Frequency:  Monthly (Only two issues known)

Volume and Issue Data:  ca. February and March, 1859

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  James Marriot (1859)

Title Changes and Continuation:  None (see the OWL)

General Description and Notes:

According to Kennedy, North Bloomfield, California, had no printed newspapers, but it did have two manuscript publications:  the Owl and the Miner’s News.  The appearance of the Miner’s News was announced in the Hydraulic Press:

THE MINER’S NEWS–This is the title of a new manuscript newspaper published at North Bloomfield by Jas. Marriot, and of which we have received the first number.  It presents quite a neat appearance, the head being ornamented by a drawing of an honest miner with this pick and shovel on his way to work.

The editor of the Hydraulic Press, B.P. Avery, then quoted a discussion of chronic grumblers from the Miner’s News, and said, “As our cotem. [sic] intends to devote his paper to the mining interest, we wish him success, and will gladly exchange.”

On March 12, 1859, the Hydraulic Press editor noted another issued of the Miner’s News, but the North Bloomfield paper did not appear in the columns of the press again.  Kennedy observes, “Whether both the Owl and the Miner’s News suspended publication shortly after they started, or Avery was tired of mentioning them cannot be determined” (p. 512).

Information Sources:

Bibliography: ChesterP. Kennedy, “Newspapers of the California Northern Mines, 1850-1860–A Record of Life, Letters and Culture,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1949, pp. 25, 37, 512, 608)

Locations:  None located, but cited in Hydraulic Press,Feb. 19, 1859andMarch 12, 1859

Cheviot Coquette (OH, 1859)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Cheviot, Ohio; “Published (indiscriminately) on the NW corner of Sprat & Musty Streets”

Frequency:

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol 1, No. 4, Sept. 7, 1859, and No. 7, Oct. 3, 1859.

Size and Format:

Editor/Publisher:  “Sans & Souci”, anonymous writers who say of themselves: “Now my friends there is such persons as the above they have and bare a partial resemblance to old grand father Adam.  And they are men too who take pleasure in walking your streets, . . .  First we see a Mr. A—, painted out as the bonified Editor, next comes Mr. B—.”

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

“Devoted to the scattering news and gossip of the town and country.  Liberal in religion and politics.  Always open for conviction.”

“Tell All We Know.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Rare Books & Special Collections, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Cincinnati, OH

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