About The Ekalaka Eagle (Ekalaka, Mont.) 1923-current
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- Jan. 5, 1923-Dec. 29, 1944
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- Carter County Museum, Ekalaka, Montana
Oscar Dahl began publishing the Ekalaka Eagle on January 1, 1909, and continued doing so until he sold the newspaper to Tom and Gladys Taylor in 1946. In 1916, a rival paper The Beaver Valley Press was established in Ekalaka. The Press was a Republican paper, while the Eagle supported the Democratic party. With the founding of Carter County and the selection of Ekalaka as the county seat in 1917, the two papers were soon feuding over politics and the county printing contract. In June 1920, the owner of the Beaver Valley Press sold everything to the Eagle. Dahl published both papers for a month before deciding to consolidate. With the merger a new approach to politics was announced, “we wish to state that any properly signed communication pertaining to local, state or national political issues out of the ‘mud’ slinging class will receive our due consideration.” Oscar Dahl continued to run the paper until his death in May 1942. His legacy and impact on Ekalaka were such that the new hospital which opened in 1943 was named the Oscar Dahl Memorial Hospital. With his widow in charge, the Ekalaka Eagle continued to be a cornerstone of the community by always putting local events and people at the center of its coverage.
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