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Title:
The Oklahoma City times. : (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 1908-1984
Alternative Titles:
  • Oklahoma times
  • Times
Place of publication:
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Geographic coverage:
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Publisher:
Oklahoma City Times Co.
Dates of publication:
1908-1984
Description:
  • Vol. 19, no. 345 (Apr. 1, 1908)-v. 95, no. 6 (Feb. 29, 1984).
Frequency:
Daily (except Sat. and Sun.)
Language:
  • English
Subjects:
  • Oklahoma City (Okla.)--Newspapers.
  • Oklahoma County (Okla.)--Newspapers.
Notes:
  • Also issued on microfilm from UMI.
LCCN:
sn 86064187
OCLC:
13764083
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The Oklahoma City Times first appeared December 29, 1888. Hamlin Whitmore Sawyer was editor-publisher and B. R. Harrington worked as reporter. The first issues had to be printed in a neighboring state, because it was illegal for non-Indians to establish a business within the Oklahoma Territory. The copy was written by Harrington in Oklahoma City, which was then just a railroad depot, and sent to Wichita, Kansas, for printing. The weekly circulated worldwide, through the Oklahoma City Post Office.

Familiar with the territory, Harrington created prolific material for the Times. Newspapers in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, and other cities, quoted from the Oklahoma City Times. The novelty of a newspaper from Indian country spiked curiosity. Thirty days after the first issue, the Times circulated through every state and territory in the Union. Subscriptions reached as far as Canada and Great Britain.

The paper’s success spurred Sawyer and Harrington to move the printing plant to Oklahoma City and to work illegally at the depot. Unfortunately, on February 10, 1889, Lieutenant Malcomb and a company of U.S. troops raided Harrington’s plant. It was moved to Purcell, in the Chickasaw Nation, and later back to Wichita. Harrington maintained contact with several sources in the Oklahoma City area. Local news was furnished regularly and the Times scarcely missed an issue.

The Times returned to Oklahoma City after the Run of 1889, when thousands of settlers occupied Oklahoma Territory. Sawyer issued a daily edition, the Oklahoma City Daily Times, on June 30, 1889. Dozens of dailies were being issued from the territory, and the Times immediately ran into financial problems. A rival paper with a similar name, the Oklahoma Times,started publication two months before the Times returned to Oklahoma City. Within the first few weeks of operation, the Oklahoma Timeshad won much of the advertising and circulation that the Oklahoma City Times would have received.

Before the end of the year, the Daily Journal had bought the Oklahoma City Times and formed the Oklahoma Daily Times-Journal, an afternoon daily. The Times-Journal went through several names and owners in the following years. In 1916, the Oklahoma Publishing Company purchased the Times-Journal at a foreclosure sale. The Oklahoma City Times continued as an evening supplement to the Daily Oklahoman   until 1984. It was incorporated into the Oklahoman and ceased publication.

Before the end of the year, the Daily Journal had bought the Oklahoma City Times and formed the Oklahoma Daily Times-Journal [LCCN: sn86063895], an afternoon daily. The Times-Journal went through several names and owners in the following years. In 1916, the Oklahoma Publishing Company purchased the Times-Journalat a foreclosure sale. The Oklahoma City Times continued as an evening supplement to the Daily Oklahoman [LCCN: sn83025113] until 1984. It was incorporated into the Oklahoman and ceased publication.

 

The brothers Angelo Scott and Winfield Scott first issued the Oklahoma Times, on May 9, 1889. The paper proclaimed: “We want it thoroughly understood that this paper is not the Oklahoma City Times. That paper is published in Wichita, Kansas.” The Scotts proposed that both newspapers change their names, but Sawyer refused. By the second issue, the Scott brothers changed their minds, and the title was changed to the Oklahoma Journal. A few weeks later, the Scotts sold their interests to Elmer Brown and J.J. Burke, who debuted a daily edition, the Oklahoma Daily Journal, on June 3, 1889.

Before the end of the year, the Daily Journal had bought the Oklahoma City Times and formed the Oklahoma Daily Times-Journal, an afternoon daily. The Times-Journal went through several names and owners in the following years. In 1916, the Oklahoma Publishing Company purchased the Times-Journalat a foreclosure sale. The Oklahoma City Times continued as an evening supplement to the Daily Oklahoman   until 1984. It was incorporated into the Oklahoman and ceased publication.

Provided by: Oklahoma Historical Society