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 Whitman County Newspapers

Colfax
Commoner
, established on October 2, 1885, by R. C. Blair and E. C. Warner. It has been published continuously as a weekly. For several years a daily was also issued. Complete files have been saved in the office and there are several series of the issues on file in the State Library at Olympia. It was listed by the Lord & Thomas Newspaper Directory, 1890, as a Democratic weekly.

Northwest Tribune, established in Colfax in 1879, moved to Cheney in 1883 and to Spokane Falls in 1886. Files of Volumes I and II, 1880-1881, are in the Spokane Public Library.

Palouse Gazette, established on September 29, 1877, by L. E. Kellogg and Charles B. Hopkins. On August 3, 1888, the paper published a sketch of its own history from which the following is taken: "The paper was issued in its original size until May, 1878, when it was enlarged to seven columns, and in June, 1879, the patent inside was discarded, since which time it has been an all home production. L. E. Kellogg, the senior partner, retired from the firm at this time. In the winter of 1880-1881 the growing business demanded increased facilities, and a steam press was accordingly added to the plant, the paper also being enlarged to eight columns. In May, 1882, the business was further enlarged by the addition of a book bindery. This adjunct had a brilliant though brief career, the plant being destroyed in the great fire three months later. In February, 1887, the firm of Hopkins & Chase [Ivan Chase] took charge and four months later the paper passed into the hands of the present management. The third enlargement became necessary in 1887, when another column was added, making nine to the page, and the largest four-page paper in the territory." Complete files have been saved in the Gazette office.

Garfield
Enterprise,
established in July, 1890, by John U. Hamilton. (Edwin N. Fuller, in Washington Press Association Proceedings, 1887-1890, page 85.)

Oakesdale
Oakesdale Sun, established on September 27, 1888, by B. J. Baker and J. G. Foss, as the Oakesdale Breeze. In March, 1889, the name was changed and W. G. Gilstrap, the new editor, wrote: "Gone, the Oakesdale Breeze. Like all things mortal, this publication has lived its ephemeral day and passed to the beyond. It will blow no more; those who were accustomed to await its zephyr like fluttering will now await in vain. But from the ashes of its windy ancestor has sprung the Sun, which rises above the literary horizon with modest but benignant light, which to shine with an equal ray on all." (Charles Prosch in Washington Press Association Proceedings, 1887-1890, page 42.)

Palouse
Boomerang
, files from Volume I., number 2, September 20, 1882, to February 22, 1884, are in the Seattle Public Library.

News, established the last week in May, 1884, by Pickerell, Irwin & McMillin. (Edwin N. Fuller, in Washington Press Association Proceedings, 1887-1890, page 82.) No files have been located.

Pulman
Herald
, established on November 3, 1888, with Thomas Neill as publisher and J. J. Sargent as editor. (Charles Prosch, in Washington Press Association Proceedings, 1887-1890, page 42.) Publication has been continuous and two complete files are in Pullman, one at the office of publication and the other in the editor's home.

Rosalia
Rustler,
established by Matthews & Ruker on August 2, 1888. (Edwin N. Fuller, in Washington Press Association Proceedings, 1887-1890, page 85.) It was listed as an independent weekly using patent insides. (Lord & Thomas Newspaper Directory, for 1890.) No files have been reported.

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Source: Washington Historical Quarterly, Volume 13-14, 1923


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