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The chronicle=news. : (Trinidad, Colo.) 1898-current
Alternative Titles:
  • Chronicle-news and evening picketwire
  • Daily chronicle-news
  • Evening chronicle-news
  • Sunday chronicle=news
Place of publication:
Trinidad, Colo.
Geographic coverage:
  • Trinidad, Las Animas, Colorado  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Chronicle-News Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 11, no. 204 (Aug. 1, 1898) = v. 59, no. 153-
Daily (except Sat. and Sun.) Mar. 31, 1973-
  • English
  • Colorado--Trinidad.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01216615
  • Trinidad (Colo.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from the Colorado Historical Society.
  • Numbering is irregular.
  • On Sundays published as: Sunday chronicle=news, Mar. 4-11, 1917.
  • Published as: Chronicle-news and evening picketwire, Dec. [Jan.] 27, 1928-Feb. 28, 1929.
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Located in southern Colorado, Trinidad was settled as early as 1859. Felipa Baca and a dozen families from New Mexico moved to Trinidad as an area favorable to agriculture and ranching. Baca built a lumber mill, donated the land for a town site, and helped organize the Trinidad Town Company. The town of Trinidad was officially incorporated in 1876, and two years later the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway reached town. While farming and stock raising were profitable, they were replaced by coal mining as the main industry.

In 1898, The Chronicle-News was created from the merging of the Trinidad Chronicle and the Trinidad Weekly News under the leadership of Daniel W. Stone. The inaugural issue of the Chronicle-News appealed to the people of Trinidad and Las Animas County to look upon the new paper as "one of its public organs and at all times feel a perfect freedom and liberty in suggesting...anything that is for the public welfare of the community." The Republican leanings of the paper were aligned with that of Stone, who was active in Republican politics at the county and state level. He was also the clerk of the Las Animas County district court and postmaster in 1901 and 1906.

In 1911, Stone sold the Chronicle-News to Judge Jesse G. Northcutt, who was publisher of the paper until 1927. A.R. Brown served as the first editor under Northcutt until 1913, followed by Fred Windsor who was editor from 1913 to 1937 (and again from 1938 to 1957). Under Northcutt and Windsor, the Chronicle-News notably reported on the lead up to, and the culmination of, the Colorado Coal Wars, which lasted from September 1913 to December 1914. During this period, tensions between coal miners, striking for better work conditions and pay, and several mining companies (Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I;), Rocky Mountain Fuel Company, and Victor-American Fuel Company) erupted in the Ludlow Massacre. On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard and CF&I; guards attacked Ludlow, a tent colony of 1,200 striking miners and their families, fired machine guns into the camp, set fire to the tents, and killed approximately 21 people, including miners' wives and children.

Northcutt was involved in the events of the Colorado Coal War, acting as the assistant special prosecutor during the strike, and his paper laid the blame of the massacre "at the door of a lying union press...[that] railed at law and order, mercilessly assailed the civil and military authorities and openly lauded deeds of violence." The paper carried eyewitness reports of the "Ludlow Battle" by its own reporters. In retaliation for the attack on Ludlow colony, the striking miners attacked anti-union establishments and skirmished with the Colorado National Guard. During the so-called "Ten Day War" dozens more were killed. The Chronicle-News characterized the striking miners as a "band of outlaws that are terrorizing the district and shedding blood with reckless abandon." President Woodrow Wilson sent in federal troops, who disarmed both sides, and brought the fighting to an end. The strike was called off on December 10, 1914, and the demands of the striking miners failed to be met.

In 1927, Rupert Ewing McClung purchased the paper and along with his wife, Lillian, served as publisher until his death in 1934, at which point Lillian took over the Chronicle-News. Her sons, Robert and Rupert, managed the papers between 1927-1934 and 1934-1937, respectively. The paper had a number of publishers after the McClungs sold the paper in 1937, until 1969 when it was incorporated into Lake Charles American Press, Inc. The McClung's granddaughter, Cosette Henritze, became editor of the Chronicle-News in 1989. The Chronicle-News continues to publish today.

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