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The daily morning oasis. [volume] : (Nogales, Ariz.) 1917-1920
Alternative Titles:
  • Daily oasis
Place of publication:
Nogales, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Nogales, Santa Cruz, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Oasis Print. House, Inc.
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased 1920.
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 1, 1917)-
Daily (except Mon.)
  • English
  • Arizona--Nogales.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01209594
  • Arizona--Santa Cruz County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01207404
  • Nogales (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Santa Cruz County (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • "An International newspaper."
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
  • Editor: 1917-1920, Allen T. Bird.
sn 83025458
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The Daily Morning Oasis

With abundant walnut groves, silver mines, and railways ultimately "linking Mexico and the United States for the first time" in 1882, Nogales, Arizona, was closely connected to its "sister town" in Mexico, Nogales, Sonora. Journalist Alma Ready also described early newspapers in the Arizona-Mexico border town: "…one Sunday paper, six weeklies and four daily newspapers were established in Nogales between 1885 and 1905…" While most were short-lived, other titles like the Spanish-language paper El Monitor Fronterizo, the Border Vidette, and the Oasis had longer runs. These papers regularly included news from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Allen T. Bird established the Daily Morning Oasis in Nogales, Arizona, in December 1917, after publishing the weekly version of the paper. Both owner and editor, Bird adopted the slogan: "A Newspaper of the International Border. Devoted to the interests of Southern Arizona and the West Coast of Mexico."

In the first issue, Bird described the purpose and need for the daily paper, separate from the weekly: "…to make The Daily Morning Oasis as truly representatice [sic] of the town and its best interests as has been The Oasis. The outside circulation of the weekly edition is too large and valuable to be abandoned, and it will continue to go to a large clientelle [sic] who desire the news of the international line, yet care not to have it daily." Recurring columns included "Mexican News" and "Rippling Rhymes." The Nogales Theatre and other local businesses regularly advertised in the paper. Potential advertisers were enticed to "reach big business in Mexico" – the paper "has a fast growing circulation in the West Coast region of Mexico." The paper printed local, national, and international news, from happenings in Nogales and the rest of Arizona, to the women's suffrage movement and the last days of World War I.

Bird was a Civil War veteran, railroader, miner, and journalist (Jane Eppinga, Nogales: Life and Times on the Frontier). Some contemporary newspapers reported tensions with Bird, such as the Arizona Daily Star's commentary in November 1918 on "reciprocal editorial bombardments" between Bird's Daily Morning Oasis and the Nogales Herald, which resulted in physical scuffles and the denouncements of Bird's editorials by the community. But others, like the Daily Arizona Silver Belt, called him "one of the best known mining writers in the southwest." In October 1920, the Daily Morning Oasis included a statement of ownership listing J. E. Wise as the president of the Oasis Printing House with Allen T. Bird as editor. Wise was described by the Tombstone Epitaph as a "wealthy Nogales business man." The Border Vidette reported in February 1921 that the Daily Oasis had suspended publication because of financial conditions, but that the weekly Oasis would continue.

Provided by: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ