About The Dillon Tribune (Dillon, Mont.) 1881-1941
- Dates available on this site:
- Dec. 23, 1887-July 31, 1941
- Dates published:
- Geographic coverage:
- Contributing institution:
- Carson Library, University of Montana Western, Dillon, Montana
The Dillon Tribune began publication on Feb 19, 1881 under the ownership of Hiram Brundage with J. F. Kline acting as editor. It would be another few weeks before the town of Terminus, on the Utah and Northern railway, became Dillon. Brundage had moved his plant from Sheridan, MT where he had been publishing The Messenger since 1879. Francis E. Foote worked at the Dillon Tribune starting in 1882/1883, became editor in early 1887, and finally bought the paper in June 1887. He would run the paper until his death on June 2, 1936. His death was a major blow to the community he had served for over 50 years, and it took almost a year for the paper to be sold to Albert and Dorothy Erickson in 1937. As World War II came closer to the United States, the Post Office determined that the 5 day a week, The Dillon Daily Messenger, was too similar to The Dillon Tribune, so the Ericksons decided to turn The Dillon Tribune into The Dillon Daily Tribune. Until 1949, the Daily was actually published 4 days a week (Monday-Wednesday plus Friday). From 1949 until it merged with the Dillon Examiner, the Daily was published every weekday. December 1947 brought another major change to the Tribune. Edwin “Pop” Townsend bought the paper. He, and then his son, would run first the Dillon Daily Tribune and then The Dillon Daily Tribune-Examine until 1965. In April 1953, Townsend was elected mayor, but he lost reelection in 1955 by three votes. In November 1962, the Townsends bought The Dillon Examiner and combined the two papers into one paper for all of Dillon and the surrounding area.
- Copyright Information:
- Issues published or later, © Yellowstone Newspaper Group, Livingston, MT. Used with permission.
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- Catalog Record (MARC)