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The Nome daily gold digger. [volume] : (Nome, Alaska) 1905-1910
Alternative Titles:
  • Daily gold digger
Place of publication:
Nome, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
S.H. Stevens
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 22, 1905)-v. 6, no. 13 (July 27, 1910).
  • English
  • Alaska--Nome.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01217568
  • Nome (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • "Republican." Cf. Ayer, 1910.
sn 84025758
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Nome Gold Digger and The Nome daily gold digger

One of a handful of newspapers published out of Nome, the Nome Gold Digger stood out as one of the few newspapers owned and published by a woman. However, it had a short run and suffered an abrupt and sordid end. Cassius W. Coe, a San Francisco newsman, started the paper on October 25, 1899, and his wife, Marie Coe, became one of the first female newspaper owners following the death of her husband in 1901. She continued to publish the Gold Digger before selling it to her manager and editor, S. H. Stevens, in 1904.

The Nome Gold Digger differentiated itself from its rival, the Nome Nugget, based on differences in opinions on a variety of issues published in its editorials, as well as the politicians endorsed. Both papers united in agreement, however, in denouncing the practice of sailors on whaling ships kidnapping Eskimo girls in exchange for whiskey.

On July 15, 1905, the paper changed its publishing frequency and its name to the Nome Daily Gold Digger; it was edited by Stevens and Jack S. Woodson and managed by Alfred J. Lomen. Although the Pacific Printer trade journal made mention of a Nome weekly Gold Digger in its April 1910 issue as one of two "principal weekly papers in Alaska," neither Alaska Newspapers on Microfilm nor Judge James Wickersham's A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature holds any records of this title. The paper produced a single issue of the Exposition Edition of the Nome Daily Gold Digger on June 1, 1909, published by the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Daily News out of Seattle by Stevens and J. J. McGrath. The July 14, 1909 issue of Douglas Island News reported that this paper was "suspended due to lack of patronage."

The Nome Daily Gold Digger lasted until July 27, 1910, when a U.S. marshal overtook the plant and Stevens was charged with two lawsuits over unpaid wages and legal fees. Stevens claimed that the lawsuits filed against him were a smear campaign against the paper's Republican political stance and support for Judge Wickersham. Eight years following the collapse of the Nome Daily Gold Digger, the Nome Nugget became the sole newspaper published in Nome.

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