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

Granite Times (NV, 1908)

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Granite Times (NV, 1908)

Place of Publication:  Granite (seven miles west of Schurz in present-day Mineral County), Nevada

Frequency:  Weekly?

Volume and Issue Data:  March 20, 1908-May 1, 1908

Size and Format:  Two-page, three columns; graphite pencil and blue pencil headlines, or black ink in longhand, with occasional shading and coloring with crayon

Editor/Publisher:  Frank Eugene Bugbee (elected to Nevada Assembly 1931, 1933, and 1937) (1908)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Richard E. Lingenfelter, The Newspapers of Nevada (San Francisco:  John Howell-Books, 1964), 131, identifies paper as the Granite News.

General Description & Notes:

The Granite Times, according to its 1908 Easter edition, was “Devoted to the Mining and Material Interests of Granite and the Mountain View District.”  According to Highton, the paper was regularly sold for $1, while the special the Easter edition was $5.  The paper included general local news, editorials and poetry.  Stories addressed such events as the completion of an automobile road between Granite and Schurz.  The Rawhide Rustler, April 18, 1908, reproduced a portion of the Granite Times:  “We reproduce . . . a section of the Times, a paper printed in lead pencil in the new town of Granite . . . .  It shows the usual progressiveness of new mining camps in Nevada.”  Lingenfelter and Gash speculate that the Times suspended publication with its seventh number on May 1, 1908.

Earl and Moody report that editor Bugbee was an Ohio native who taught school in Kansas before arriving in Nevada at the turn of the century.  He visited several mining towns before joining the rush to Granite and starting the Times.  Bugbee reported in one issue that he had ordered a carload of type to print his paper, but through an error he received a mess of tripe.  He offered “a bar of soap and a pound of tripe” to those who solicited others for new subscriptions to the Times.  Noted the editor, “Do not get discouraged because have not the tools and equipment you should have to run your lease.  The editor has only three lead pencils, but he gets out a paper every week.”

The two extant issue of the Granite Times at the Nevada Historical Society were donated by Bugbee in 1909.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Phillip I. Earl and Eric Moody, “Type, Tripe and the Granite Times,” Nevada Magazine, (May-June 1982), 17-18; Jake Highton, Nevada Newspaper Days:  A History of Journalism in the Silver State (Stockton, Calif.:  Heritage West Books, 1990), pp. 97;  Richard E. Lingenfelter, The Newspapers of Nevada (San Francisco:  John Howell-Books, 1964), 131 (identifies paper as the Granite News); Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen R. Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada (Reno:  University of Nevada Press, 1984), 110.

Locations:  April 17, May 1, 1908:  NvHi (also on microfilm)

The Gold Canon Switch (NV, 1854)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Johntown, Utah Territory (four miles from what became Virginia City, Nevada)

Frequency:  Frequency disputed:  weekly, monthly or irregular

Volume and Issue Data:  Ca. 1854

Size and Format:  “Often several sheets

Editor/Publisher:  Joseph Webb (1854)

Title Changes and Continuations:  Unknown

General Description & Notes:

According to De Quille and Highton, the Switch was “a spicy, handwritten weekly, ‘often several sheets,’ and passed from hand to hand.”  Lingenfelter and Gash say the paper was “probably issued monthly on letter paper and in a very small edition.”  De Quille claims the paper was widely circulated and read in Johntown when it was a major mining center.  The editor, Joe Webb, was a partner of “Old Virginy” Fenimore, for whom Virginia City was later named, according to Lingenfelter.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Bob Karolevitz, “Pen and Ink Newspapers of the Old West,” Frontier Times, 44:2 (Feb.-Mar., 1970), 31; Robert F. Karolevitz, Newspapering in the Old West:  A Pictorial History of Journalism and Printing on the Frontier (New York:  Bonanza Books, 1969), p. 114; Jake Highton, Nevada Newspaper Days:  A History of Journalism in the Silver State (Stockton, Calif.:  Heritage West Books, 1990), pp. 2; Dan De Quille, History of The Big Bonanza (New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1947), p. 11.

Index Sources:  Richard E. Lingenfelter, The Newspapers of Nevada (San Francisco:  John Howell-Books, 1964), 61; Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen R. Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada (Reno:  University of Nevada Press, 1984).

Locations:  None

Esmeralda Sun (NV, 1872)

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East of the Nevada; or The Miner’s Voice from Colorado (NV, 1861?)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Potosi, Nevada (then in northwest corner of New Mexico Territory)

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, Feb. 19, 1861-?

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  J. A. Talbott

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description & Notes:

According to Lingenfelter and Gash, editor J.A. Talbott, a former printer from Calaveras, came to Potosi following a silver discovery in 1860 without printing equipment.  Talbott justified publishing the East of the Nevada in its first issue:  “The manifold wants of our community rendering it necessary, owing to our isolated position, shut out from those sources of information and instruction that is as familiar as ‘household words’ in a settled community, renders it necessary to have a vehicle of thought amongst us by which an interchange of intelligence should be disseminated, questions discussed, wit circulated, and those precious gems preserved, without which ‘this world would be a void.’  For this end, and under our peculiar circumstances, our sheet is issued.”  The paper included a description of the principal mines of the district, a notice of the construction a theater and other local news.  The paper probably ran only a few issues, since the silver boom in Potosi was exhausted by October 1860, and Talbott joined the rush to Holcomb Valley.

The short life of the Miner’s Voice included competition with another local handwritten newspaper, the Potosi Nix Cum Rouscht, edited by Capt. J.E. Stevens, president of the Colorado Mining Company and founder of Potosi.

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. 119; Richard E. Lingenfelter, The Newspapers of Nevada (San Francisco:  John Howell-Books, 1964), 66-67; Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen R. Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada (Reno:  University of Nevada Press, 1984), pp. 170-171.

Index Sources:  None

Locations:  No issues located, but Feb. 19, 1861 issue (Vol. 1, No. 1) quoted in Los Angeles Star, March 9, 1861.

Bugle (NV, 1880)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Junctionville (also known as Bonelli’s Ferry), Nevada

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  c. Feb. 1880-c. 1880

Size and Format:  Written on letter sheets

Editor/Publisher:  Leonard Bonelli, Bugle Publishing Co.

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description & Notes:

The Pioche Record, Feb. 28, 1880, reports that the Bugle was a weekly written on letter sheets by the ferryman’s son, Leonard Bonelli, who lists himself as the editor and the Bugle Publishing Co. as publisher.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Pioche Record, Feb. 28, 1880; Lingenfelter and Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada (Reno:  University of Nevada Press, 1984), p. 123.

Locations:  No extant issues located

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