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About The Kevin review. [volume] (Kevin, Mont.) 1922-1929
Kevin, Mont. (1922-1929)
- The Kevin review. [volume] : (Kevin, Mont.) 1922-1929
- Place of publication:
- Kevin, Mont.
- Geographic coverage:
- R.B. Thompson
- Dates of publication:
- -v. 8, no. 5 (June 6, 1929).
- Began in 1922.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 21 (Oct. 5, 1922).
- sn 85053343
- Succeeding Titles:
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The Kevin Review
The Kevin Review published its first issue in late May 1922, three weeks after the competing paper, the Kevin Courier, made its debut. The Review was an eight-page, six-column publication run by editor William D. Frawley and business manager R. S. Thompson in Kevin, Montana.
In April 1922 Frawley and Thompson had visited Kevin, a town centrally located in the Kevin-Sunburst oil field. The oil boom of 1922 had drawn many companies to the small railroad community, turning the whistle-stop into a boomtown. Seeing the burst of activity in the area, Frawley and Thompson decided to establish a newspaper. Soon after the first issue, the Fergus County Argus described the paper as carrying "a liberal amount of advertising, the Montana Newspaper association insert and general news of the town of Kevin and the adjoining oil fields."
The Kevin Courier had begun publication shortly after Frawley and Thompson's initial visit. Nevertheless, the Review went forward with publication after establishing a local printing plant. Local printing was not a luxury that its competitor, the Courier, enjoyed. The Sweet Grass Advocate lent the use of its printing plant to the Courier; unfortunately, the community of Sweet Grass was more than twenty miles to the north.
The Review boasted it was the "Only Paper Printed in Kevin" and the "Official Paper of the Town of Kevin" at the top of its front page. By August 1922, the Courier had changed its name to the Montana Courier and moved its operations to Shelby. On October 1, the Courier was sold and became part of the Shelby Promoter. Unfortunately, no Review issues from May to September 27, 1922, can be located, leaving only the Courier's view of the Kevin newspaper conflict.
Despite the ongoing oil operations that had presented a promising readership to William Frawley and R. S. Thompson, the Kevin Review ceased publication in 1929.
Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT