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El democrata del condado de Costilla. [volume] : (San Luis, Colo.) 1923-1939
Alternative Titles:
  • Costilla County democrat
Place of publication:
San Luis, Colo.
Geographic coverage:
  • San Luis, Costilla, Colorado  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Frank LaCome
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1939?
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Available on microfilm from the Colorado Historical Society.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 24 (Sept. 1, 1923).
  • Published as: Costilla County democrat, Apr.-Oct. 1939.
  • Published in English and Spanish.
sn 90051021
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El Democrata Del Condado de Costilla

Founded in 1923 by Frank LaCombe, El Democrata Del Condado de Costilla was a weekly publication "dedicada al bienestar, adelanto y progreso del condado de Costilla" ("dedicated to the well-being, advancement and progress of Costilla County"). The Spanish-English newspaper was published in San Luis, Colorado, until 1942. San Luis, the seat of Costilla County, is purported to be the oldest town in Colorado, settled by Spanish-speaking American citizens in 1851. Reflective of the population, the first four San Luis newspapers were printed in Spanish.

Frank LaCombe acted as news editor and business manager, while Alphonso LaCombe was the managing editor. El Democrata was a four-page publication that featured local, state, national, and political news primarily in Spanish on its front page, while legal notices, advertisements, local mentions, and miscellany in both Spanish and English appeared on the back page. Sandwiched between were syndicated and serial content and Colorado news items. Notably, the front page of the September 27, 1924 issue prominently featured an op-ed denouncing the Ku Klux Klan:

Por ser una organización contraria a la Constitución, es una amenaza a la nación, por lo que es el sagrado deber de todo cuidadano hacer cuanto esté en su poder para su exterminación... En nuestro poder está, ya que con gran facilidad podemos libramos de esta calamidad reprochándola y exterminándola por medio del sufragio... Tened esto presente y no la perdáis de vista.

(As an organization contrary to the Constitution, it represents a threat to the nation, so it is every citizen's sacred duty to do everything in his power to exterminate it... It is in our power, since we can easily rid ourselves of this calamity, reproaching and exterminating it through our votes... Keep this in mind and do not lose sight of it.)

The LaCombes edited, managed, and published El Democrata through its entire run. When Frank LaCombe was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1942, he suspended publication of the paper. Alphonso went on to found the Costilla County Free Press in 1948; it is still in publication.

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