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About The Eureka mirror. [volume] (Eureka, Mont.) 1932-1942
Eureka, Mont. (1932-1942)
- The Eureka mirror. [volume] : (Eureka, Mont.) 1932-1942
- Place of publication:
- Eureka, Mont.
- Geographic coverage:
- C.W. Runyan
- Dates of publication:
- Ceased in May 1942.
- Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 15, 1932)-
- Weekly Jan. 25, 1935-<Mar. 14, 1940>
- Eureka (Mont.)--Newspapers.
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
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The Eureka Mirror was an eight-page, six-column weekly paper first published in Eureka, Montana, on March 15, 1932. C. W. Runyan served as editor until June, when A. L. Stearns took over as both editor and publisher. Stearns turned the Mirror over to veteran newspaperman E. B. Sisson by September.
Sisson immediately switched the publication date from Tuesday to Thursday. He also made a commitment to serving the people of Eureka, asking them what they most wanted from the paper. In his first editorial, he wrote, "It is our desire to have the people of the community express their opinion as to the news and features of The Mirror and we will only be too glad to make any changes suggested which we deem to be to the best interests of everyone concerned." This attitude differed from that of similar papers of the time, which often asked the people to serve the community instead of asking how the paper itself could do so. Sisson's editorials also tackled such subjects as farm co-ops, taxes, and government overreach.
The political view of the paper remained mostly neutral over time. In 1934, one of its only indications of political stance was the phrase "Progressive, Independent, Home Owned" printed above the banner.
The Mirror carried local news, a classified section, syndicated fiction, a health column by the local doctor, school notes, and occasional national items. The Montana Newspaper Association's insert supplied the rest, carrying state, national, and agricultural news as well as Montana history tidbits. Articles on local industries such as logging, tourism, and the railroad appeared with moderate frequency. Other content focused on the routing of nearby U.S. Route 2 and Eureka's place along U.S. Route 93.
The Mirror ceased publication in 1942.
Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT