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The Boise citizen. : (Boise, Idaho) 1906-1910
Place of publication:
Boise, Idaho
Geographic coverage:
[F. Floed]
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 7, no. 28 (Dec. 7, 1906)-v. 11, no. 52 (Nov. 25, 1910).
Weekly Nov. 3, 1908-Nov. 25, 1910
  • English
  • Boise (Idaho)--Newspapers.
  • Idaho--Boise.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01205276
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 88056027
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The Boise citizen

The original Fort Boise was abandoned in the 1850s. In 1863, the federal government constructed a new one to address conflicts among settlers, gold miners, and surrounding Native tribes—especially important because the town of Boise acted as a staging area for mining activity. In 1864, Boise was incorporated as the Idaho Territory's capital city, a designation it retained when Idaho was granted statehood in 1890.

The Boise Citizen was published every Friday from 1906 to 1910. In 1906, it ran with four pages and five columns, changing to four pages with six columns from 1907 to 1910. Fred Floed and Co. was the publisher in 1906. Fred Floed was listed as editor and M. W. Floed as manager from 1907 to 1910. The Citizen saw itself as a booster for Boise and the rest of the state. In its first issue the editor wrote, "In all those matters appertaining to up building of the city of Boise and the State of Idaho The Citizen will be intensely earnest and loyal..."

Although it was the successor to Boise's Republican newspaper, the Citizen identified itself as a Democratic publication. It had a strong focus on national and state politics and expressed its staunch partisan views clearly and often. The editors also frequently expressed anger toward Mormon politicians in Idaho's legislature, claiming that Mormon legislators formed a strong voting bloc and brought too much of their church into their politics.

The Citizen folded in 1910. Fred Floed was quoted in another Boise paper, the Idaho Daily Statesman, saying that financial hardships forced him to cease publishing. The Statesman also cited rumors of a new Democratic newspaper being started in Boise as another possible reason for the Citizen's closure. Floed expressed hope that he would be able to print The Citizen again, but he was unable to. Instead, he founded another Democratic newspaper, The New Freedom, in 1913. Floed managed The New Freedom until poor health forced his retirement in 1919.

Provided by: Idaho State Historical Society