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The Greeley tribune. [volume] : (Greeley, Colo.) 1870-1913
Place of publication:
Greeley, Colo.
Geographic coverage:
  • Greeley, Weld, Colorado  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
N.C. Meeker
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 16, 1870)-v. 44, no. 11 (Feb. 27, 1913).
  • English
  • Colorado--Greeley.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01202812
  • Greeley (Colo.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Daily eds.: Greeley tribune (Greeley, Colo. : Daily), <1908>-1908, and: Greeley tribune (Greeley, Colo. : 1908), 1908-<1912>.
  • Issued with: New Windsor tribune, Sept. 7, 1893-June 28, 1894.
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Greeley Tribune

Nathan Meeker, former New York Tribune agriculture editor and Horace Greeley protégé, began publication of the Greeley Tribune in November 1870 to serve the Union Colony of Colorado. The colony, of which Meeker was the founder and president, was a private enterprise formed to promote agricultural settlement in Colorado Territory, under Greeley's patronage and encouragement to "Go West, young man, and grow up with your country." It later became Greeley, Colorado.

In 1878, Meeker left the paper and Union Colony to take an appointment at the White River Ute Indian Agency, after which Meeker's son, Ralph C. Meeker, and Edwin J. Carver shared ownership of the newspaper. Carver acted as publisher until 1882, when William Packard took over. However, Carver returned to the position by May 1885 and remained publisher and manager of the Tribune until December 1900. In January 1890, the Greeley Tribune Publishing Company, headed by J. J. Stephens, was formed, and it took over the ownership of the Tribune. Max Clark was hired as editor; he remained in that position until December 1900.

Charles A. Wolf, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News, bought a controlling interest in the Tribune in March 1901 and became the new editor. In his first issue as editor, Wolf wrote, "In identifying myself with the Greeley Tribune, I contemplate no changes in the policy of the paper politically. It will stand in the future, as in the past, for freedom and justice to all men . . . . I conceive it the mission of a local newspaper to devote most of its space to purely local matters, rather than to politics" (Greeley Tribune, March 7, 1901).

The Tribune was listed in N.W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual as independent and then Democratic in its political leaning. However, from early on, the Tribune reserved the freedom, to "criticise, to oppose, or condemn any candidate for public office, any public official, or any measure of public policy," encouraged comments on political affairs and "candid expression of opinion on questions of public interest," and maintained that "healthy public sentiment is best secured by free exchange of views" (Greeley Tribune, March 18, 1891). The eight-page paper, true to Wolf's mission, focused primarily on local news items, but also included county and statewide coverage, a social column "About People and What They are Doing," state and national government news, agriculture reports, and general interest items such as serialized stories, book reviews, and fashion.

By 1903 Charles H. Hansen had become editor; in 1908, Wolf moved into the position of publisher. In that same year the paper began a daily publication alongside the separate weekly edition, the Greeley Daily Tribune. Wolf continued as publisher until 1913, when the paper consolidated the Greeley Republican and Greeley Tribune into the Greeley Daily Tribune and the Weld County Republican. Hansen stayed on as editor until 1914 and as owner and publisher until his death in May 1953. Mildred Hansen, Charles's daughter, succeeded him as publisher until 1977, when Swift Newspapers took over ownership of the publication.

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