The Dillon Examiner, , Image 1

About The Dillon Examiner (Dillon, Mont.) 1891-1962

Dates available on this site:
May 24, 1893-Dec. 25, 1957
Dates published:
Weekly Dec. 31, 1902-Nov. 21, 1962
Geographic coverage:
  • Dillon, Beaverhead, Montana
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Contributing institution:
Carson Library, University of Montana Western, Dillon, Montana

More about this newspaper

First published on Sept 16, 1891, The Dillon Examiner began as a democratic paper, though it would transition to an independent stance and then on Oct 6th, 1926 announced its change to republican. During the 71 years of publication, there were many owner/editors. F. C. Kress and E.R. Barker originated the paper, though Barker would sell his share in 1900, Kress would remain at the helm until his unexpected death in Feb 1906. Eugene Poindexter who bought the paper in 1906 but starting in 1913 he became less hands on. In 1915, he sold partially interest to Clara Adams and George Ainsely (or Ainslie) until in 1926, Clara Adams bought his interest. She had significant newspaper experience and ran the paper until her death in June 1935 by which time she was the sole owner. Otto Sassman with Dan Henneberry and his wife became the new owners after Clara’s death though in 1953 the Henneberrys sold to Sassman. Otto ran the paper alone until 1962 when he sold the Examiner to the Townsends who also ran the Dillon Daily Tribune creating the Dillon Tribune-Examiner. The plant was sold to Robert and Gerald Hawkins for operation of a commercial printing company. Over the years, the Dillon Examiner reported on the most important issues of the day. It supported Anaconda during the capitol fight in 1894, was an early supporter of women’s suffrage, and before US entry in WWI, early declared that Austria-Hungry and Germany were to blame but stayed supportive of Wilson throughout. Links between the Examiner and the Butte Daily Post, later the Montana Standard were strong with several editors also serving as the Beaverhead correspondent for the Butte paper. In 1962 when the Examiner was sold the Montana Standard declared that “It fully lived up to its slogan: ‘Published in the interests of Beaverhead county, the southern gate to the Treasure State.’”

Copyright Information:
Issues published or later, © Yellowstone Newspaper Group, Livingston, MT. Used with permission.
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