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Lincoln County times. : (Jerome, Idaho) 1911-1919
Place of publication:
Jerome, Idaho
Geographic coverage:
  • Jerome, Lincoln, Idaho  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
L.T. Alexander
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 9, 1911)-v. 8, no. 52 (Feb. 13, 1919).
  • English
  • Idaho--Jerome.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01213108
  • Jerome (Idaho)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 89055184
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Lincoln County times and Jerome County times

The townsite of Jerome was selected in 1907. The North Side Canal Company developed the town under the Carey Act, which allowed private companies to irrigate semi-arid western states and profit from the sale of water. Jerome was just 11 miles from the farming community of Twin Falls. Once news of irrigation of the North Side tract hit, enterprising Idahoans rushed to make claims on the land. The town of Jerome grew up quickly around them.

Jerome's first newspaper, the North Side News, was founded in 1908. The Lincoln County Times was established shortly after in 1911. The Times was published by L. T. Alexander weekly on Thursdays with 8 pages and 6 columns. It ran with the banner, "A Weekly Newspaper devoted to the interests of the settlers of the North Side Tract." In the first issue, the editor explained the community and newspaper's allegiance to area farmers: "As this is a strictly agricultural section, it must be admitted that upon the prosperity of the farmer depends the ultimate success of the enterprise, and their interests should be consulted as well as others in any controversy that may arise, and they should be heartily supported in any legitimate undertaking they may assume…"

The Times covered news from Jerome and other small nearby communities like El Dorado Heights, Appleton, North Appleton, Arcadia Valley, Hazelton, Barrymore, Orchard Valley, Canyon Side, and Auger Falls. Legal notices were published by the Times as well as recurring columns including "School Notes," "Idaho State News," "Farm Bureau Notes," "Church Announcements," and "Market Letter," which listed the current market prices for livestock. In 1914 the Times's circulation was reported at 950. The paper kept its politics independent, in contrast to the Republican North Side News. Important events covered by the Times include the formation of Gooding and Minidoka counties in 1913 and the formation of Jerome County in 1919.

When Jerome County was created, the Times was renamed the Jerome County Times to match. That same year, A. C. Alexander became the editor and publisher. In 1920 Berkley Walker became the editor and publisher, followed by D. Harold McGrath. The Jerome County Times published until 1922.

Provided by: Idaho State Historical Society