Willow Creek Journal (NE, 1873)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Willow Creek Farm, Waverly, Nebraska

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, n.d.; author apparently intended to publish more:  No. 1 ends a serialized story with “to be continued”

Size and Format:  Ledger paper, 7.5 x 12 inches; pen and ink; 2 cols., 2 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Charles A. Pierce, “Editor and Proprietor”

Title Changes and Continuations:  Immediate continuation of the March 1873 (Vol. 1, No. 4) issue of The Experiment

General Description and Notes:

The Willow Creek Journal is an immediate continuation of The Experiment, which was published March 1873.

The Journal contains Chapters 7 and 8 of “Johnny’s Adventures or the life of a boy among the Indians,” a serial story whose first six chapters appeared in The Experiment.  Unlike The Experiment, The Journal‘s first number contains only this story.  A headline for an “Editorial” appears over a single seven inch blank column, but no other news, advertisements or stories appear in the issue.  Only the “Terms” are published on page one:  “One contribution for each number of the paper.”

The motto of the Journal is the same as The Experiment’s, “Progress and Perseverance.”  Both newspapers are self-described as “A family paper, devoted to Literature, Agriculture, News, Family affairs, and General Improvement.”

One of the student editors, Charles A. Pierce, was the son of Charles W. Pierce, a civil war veteran, who was transferred to Demopolis, Alabama in 1866 as a major with the Freedman’s Bureau and District commander of western Alabama.  The senior Pierce served one term in the 41st Congress from Alabama’s fourth district in 1867.  I was during this time that his son, Charles A., began his first handwritten newspaper, The Experiment, at Oakland Hall, Chunchula, Alabama.  In 1872 the family moved to Waverly, Nebraska, where The Experiment, and its successor, Willow Creek Journal were published by Charles A. in 1873.  The Casket appeared in Nebraska in 1875 as a school effort, no doubt with the help of Charles A.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations: Charles W. Pierce Papers, Ms. 554, Nebraska State Historical Society, State Archives, Lincoln, NB,

Philomathean Gazette (UT, 1873)

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Philomathean Gazette (UT, 1873)

Place of Publication: Payson City, Utah County, Utah Territory

Frequency:  “Published every Monday”

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 2, No. 18, Feb. 24, 1873

Size and Format:  8.5 x 14 inches; single column; pen and ink, 8+ pp.

Editor/Publisher:  John Redington, editor

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

The Gazette was “devoted to the interest of the Payson Philomathean Society,” an organization apparently supportive of the Mormon Church and its mission activities.  Vol. 2, No. 18, contains “original poetry” on “The Union of Souls” on pages one and two with an editor’s note: “To [sic] lengthy to publish in full, Ed.”

A story on “Travels on the Islands in the South Pacific Ocean” (pp. 2-5) recounts the efforts of the editor who “was called by the First Presidency of our Church to go on a mission to the South Pacific Islands, to preach the gospel to the inhabitants of that part of the world.”

Another story, “How Mr. Gray became a Farmer,” is continued from the previous issue of the paper, and continues to the issue to follow.

At least two pages are devoted to correspondence (dated Feb. 23) to the editor.  Both letters published refer to the Philomathean Society’s meetings, but provide no details as to its purpose or membership.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations: Utah State Historical Society, Mss A 2591, Salt Lake City, UT

Mount Idaho Radiator (ID, 1873)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Mount Idaho (Grangeville), Idaho

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Feb. 1873

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:


Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Kenneth L. Robison, “Idaho Territorial Newspapers,” unpublished M.S. thesis, University of Oregon, 1966

Citations: “The Mount Idaho Radiator.” Idaho Signal [Lewiston, Idaho] 8 Mar. 1873: n.p. Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers. Web accessed: 7 Sept. 2015.URL: http://find.galegroup.com/dvnw/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=DVNW&userGroupName=acd_dvnw&tabID=T003&docPage=article&docId=GT3015499776&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0; Gale Document Number: GT3015499776

Locations:  None

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