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Douglas daily dispatch. [volume] : (Douglas, Ariz.) 1903-1961
Alternative Titles:
  • Douglas dispatch
Place of publication:
Douglas, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Douglas, Cochise, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
F.B. Dorr
Dates of publication:
  • -v. 58, no. 48 (May 10, 1961).
  • Began in Apr. 1903.
Daily (except Sat.) Jan. 1, 1951-May 10, 1961
  • English
  • Arizona--Cochise County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01207405
  • Arizona--Douglas.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01218843
  • Cochise County (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Douglas (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 236 (Jan. 28, 1904).
  • Includes weekly color comic section, July 6, 1947-May 7, 1961.
  • Issue for Oct. 20, 1952 called also 50th anniversary ed.
sn 84020064
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Douglas Daily Dispatch

Douglas, Arizona, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, saw the debut of its first two newspapers within a month of each other in early 1902. The weekly Douglas International (later titled the Daily International-American) appeared first, followed by the weekly Douglas Dispatch. Experienced publisher and editor Albert Franklin Banta started the Dispatch, but within a year, Franklin B. Dorr purchased the paper and took Banta's place as editor and proprietor.

Under Dorr, the newspaper started publishing daily, except Mondays, in 1903, and the paper's name was changed to the Douglas Daily Dispatch to reflect this. The Bisbee Daily Review from the neighboring town commented that "a daily paper at Douglas is but another evidence [sic] of the wonderful growth of that town." Initially, the Daily Dispatch focused on local issues, with a 1904 slogan "What is home without the Dispatch?" The paper featured a "Local and Personal News" column and listed accomplishments of community members. Douglas was the home to smelters for nearby copper mining operations, and the paper regularly reported mining news. The Bisbee Daily Review commented on the Daily Dispatch's Annual Industrial Edition in 1904, noting that its mining news coverage crosses the border into Mexico. Even with the local focus, the paper often ran wire stories from the Associated Press to provide readers with national and international news. The newspaper also covered local and national politics. As a Republican publication, the Daily Dispatch frequently included news about the party's conventions and candidates.

Dorr remained at the helm of the paper until George Kelly from the Douglas International took over as manager in 1907. James Logie, who had been working at the International for several years, was placed in charge of the Daily Dispatch by Kelly. Two years later, Logie took over as manager and expanded the coverage of the newspaper, such as adding a "With Arizona Editors" section that sampled the opinions of editors of various Arizona newspapers. In 1925, the newspaper included comics, crossword puzzles, a poetry column, and a sports page. According to a special section in a 1975 issue of the Dispatch, the Democratic International and the Republican Dispatch were often at odds with each other because of their political stances. Despite these differences, the two papers merged in 1925 and ran under the Douglas Daily Dispatch name.

Logie remained proprietor of the paper until he sold it in 1945 to J. Newall Johnston, who further expanded the newspaper's coverage. Twenty years later, Aaron Loney bought the paper and managed it until 1973. In 1966, the paper established a Spanish-language edition, La Unión, with a subtitle of "La Voz de la Frontera" ("The voice of the border") that was published for a short time. From 1963 to 1967, the Dispatch was published weekly and returned to its original name, the Douglas Dispatch. It then became a daily again under the name Dispatch from 1967 to 1973, followed again by the Daily Dispatch, under which it continues to publish today.

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