Lake Peak News (NV, 1906)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Walker Lake Reservation, Nevada

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: Oct. 29, 1906, only known issue reported

Size and Format:  Four pages

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

A story in the Reno Nevada State Journal, of Oct. 31, 1906, p. 5, under the headline, “First Newspaper is ‘Printed’ with Pencil,” states:

“The first newspaper published in the newly opened Walker Lake reservation has come into the hands of the Journal.  It is a curiosity.  Four pages constitute its dimensions and it is written with a pencil.  It is called the Lake Peak News.  The principal article, the “lead,” written under date of October 29 [1906], concerns a townsite already laid out and called Lake Peak.

“Prospectors report,” says the article, “that thirty claims have been staked out at Lake Peak in the porphyry hills.  it is estimated that 2400 men made the dash into the reservation today.  One hundred from Cat Creek, near Hawthorne, 500 from Montella, 200 from Bald Mountain, 150 from Buck Brush, 100 from Schurz, 50 from Thorne and neighboring hills, 150 from Hawthorne and 400 from miscellaneous points.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Cited in Reno, Nevada State Journal, Wed., Oct. 31, 1906, p.5; reprinted in Fallon Churchill Standard, Nov. 10, 1906.

Locations: Unknown

The Grindstone Bee (SD, 1906)

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Grindstone Bee (SD, 1906)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Grindstone, South Dakota

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1, 1906; “whenever we feel like it”

Size and Format:  11 x 14 in.; 4 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Wm. Henry Bruno

Title Changes and Continuations:  NA

General Description and Notes:

Grindstone Bee (SD, 1906)

The date hints that it may be a spoof. Other indicators, such as the subscription rates on page 3 (“One year: cord of wood; six months: bushel of beans; three months: slab of bacon; one month: shave & hair cut”) and the motto,” Don’t kick if you happen to get stung,” also point toward an “April Fool’s” edition paper.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Grindstone Bee (SD, 1906)

Locations: South Dakota Historical Society

Bum Hill Gazette (CA, 1906)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  San Francisco, California

Frequency:  Two issues

Volume and Issue Data:  May [no day], and May 23, both 1906

Size and Format:  56-60 x 42 cm.; May (no date) May 23 issue is 2 pp.; “three folio leaves”; pen and ink; illustrated with watercolor

Editor/Publisher:  Published by “Prowlers of Ashbarrel Street, New San Francisco;” compiled, written and illustrated by Hazel Snell; also edited by “U.R.A. Bum, I.B.A. Tramp”

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description & Notes:

Two issues of a newspaper edited by Hazel Snell (Holmes), San Francisco, were donated to the Bancroft Library by the editor.  In her own undated description of the Gazette, which accompanied the donation, Ms. Holmes writes:

“Three folio leaves compiled, written and illustrated by Snell as a neighborhood paper, residing with her parents on Ashbury Street between Hayes and Fell near the pan-handle of Golden Gate Park.  Some of the humorous jibes were contributed by William Jones Hanlon, now a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force.  As far as known, first amateur paper issued after earthquake and fire in San Francisco on April 18, 1906.”

The first number which was dated “May, 1906,” contained sections on business, society, poetry, and local news, and includes want ads and advertisements.  The two-page second number, dated “May 23, 1906,” noted:

“Editors:  U.R.A. Bum, I.B.A. Tramp.  Published any old time.  Sub. Price–six doughnut holes on a toothpick.  When your subscription expires–call an undertaker.  Price per copy–a can of corn bread.”

The motto of the paper, as indicated in the second issue was, “To see ourselves as others saw us.”  The second issue also announced on page one:

“The editors wish to inform the general public that a third and last Edition of the B.H.G. will be published and for the suckers of the same they will depend on the reports of the citizens of this street.  The names of reporters will not be mentioned.

“Kindly place reports in hands of Editors.

“The painting at head of the edition is the reproduction of the famous masterpiece rescued from Hopkins Art Institute during the ‘grate’ fire.”

The editor also claimed, “The first edition of the B.H.G. was probably the most elaborate publication since the earthquake.  It was encased in a beautiful gold and silver frame and given a warm reception in St. Nick’s Kitchen, evidently keeping its circulation in a good condition.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  University of California, Berkeley Bancroft Library manuscripts collection, C-II 81.

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