Sanders County Ledger, , Image 1

About Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current

Dates available on this site:
Jan. 29, 1959-Dec. 29, 1977
Dates published:
Geographic coverage:
  • Thompson Falls, Sanders, Montana
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Contributing institution:
Thompson Falls Public Library, Thompson Falls, Montana

More about this newspaper

The Sanders County Ledger published its first issue on February 24, 1905, just 17 days after the creation of Sanders County. On January 17, 1918, the newspaper’s name changed to The Sanders County Independent Ledger after a merger with The Independent-Enterprise. The January 29, 1959 issue saw a name change to Sanders County Ledger, which is the name it continues to be published as today. Through the decades, the paper’s focus has been on boasting for Sanders County and reporting on local news. This local emphasis is particularly apparent during World War II. On Dec 10, 1941, the first issue after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the editor includes the following statement of intent. “This is only a small country paper. We cannot attempt to give our readers the latest news flashes. We are not organized for such a program. You will have to read the war releases in the daily papers, but we will try to give you continued good local coverage of simple rural county and small town life.” In this way, the Sanders County papers are valuable because they show how national and international events and policies affected Thompson Falls and how the community reacted to the changing times.

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