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The Powder River Examiner and the Broadus Independent of Broadus, Montana, grew out two different short-lived publishing efforts: the Olive Branch and the Broadus Independent. The Examiner began in May 1919 with R.L. Linder as publisher. Several other editors followed in quick succession, but in 1925 Edwin Jones Sr. and his son E. Ashton Jones came from Great Falls to purchase the paper. Jones brought with him more than 29 years of experience with newspapers.

The initial issues of the Examiner highlighted agricultural news and wheat prices. The six-column, eight-page weekly provided a fair amount of local as well as national and international news, including syndicated columns. The Examiner played a crucial role in the successful 1920 campaign to establish Broadus as the seat of Powder River County, thanks in large part to the town's good supply of artesian water.

A politically conservative newspaper, the Examiner spoke out regularly against the Non-Partisan League, which called for state control of farm-related industries, and emphasized the negative impact of the League in neighboring North Dakota. The Powder River Examiner and the Broadus Independent ceased publication in 1935.

Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT