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Big Arm graphic. [volume] : (Big Arm, Mont.) 1911-191?
Place of publication:
Big Arm, Mont.
Geographic coverage:
  • Big Arm, Lake, Montana  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
M.C. Copeland
Dates of publication:
  • Began in Dec. 1911?
  • English
  • "The aim of the Graphic will be the upbuilding of Big Arm and the promotion of the agricultural, horticultural and mineral possibilities of the west shore of Flathead Lake."
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Jan. 3, 1912).
  • Last issue located: Vol. 4, no. 37 (Sept. 15, 1915).
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Big Arm Graphic

After establishing over a dozen newspapers between Ohio and Montana, Richard and May Copeland settled in Big Arm, Montana. They started the Big Arm Graphic on January 3, 1912, a few months after the opening of a million acres of Flathead Indian Reservation land to homesteading. The Graphic lived up to its masthead, declaring the "aim" of the paper was "upbuilding…and…promotion" of Flathead Lake's west shore. The paper ran syndicated excerpts of national and international interest as well as women's fashions. The politically conservative Graphic consistently focused on area topics of economic interest including agricultural development, railroad expansion, infrastructure improvement, Canadian homesteading trends, and mining endeavors. The September 15, 1915, edition was the final paper, as a fire destroyed the press and building the next week. The Copelands chose not to rebuild and resume the Big Arm Graphic. Richard Copeland instead opened a law office in Polson, Montana, and the couple continued to reside in the Flathead Valley for many years.

Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT