About The Fort Seward news. [volume] (Fort Seward [i.e. Port Chilkoot (Haines) Alaska]) 1921-1922
Fort Seward [i.e. Port Chilkoot (Haines) Alaska] (1921-1922)
- The Fort Seward news. [volume] : (Fort Seward [i.e. Port Chilkoot (Haines) Alaska]) 1921-1922
- Place of publication:
- Fort Seward [i.e. Port Chilkoot (Haines) Alaska]
- Geographic coverage:
- [publisher not identified]
- Dates of publication:
- -v. 2, no. 7 (Feb. 17, 1922).
- Began Nov. 18. 1921?
- Alaska--Haines--Port Chilkoot.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01314287
- Haines (Alaska)--Newspapers.
- Military bases--Alaska--Newspapers.
- Military bases.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01020986
- Port Chilkoot (Haines, Alaska)--Newspapers.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 4 (Dec. 16, 1921).
- sn 94050072
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The Chilkat post AND the Chilkoot post AND The Fort Seward news
The Fort Seward News was a weekly mimeographed publication at the Fort William H. Seward army base near Hainesthat launched in 1921. The personnel at the base produced the publication; its staff changed significantly each year but included both privates and officers. The position of editor in chief was held by different officers, and even the chaplain; it was later held by the commander of the Fort, Francis M. Maddox.
The paper reported primarily on company news, shooting range results, and competitions, local sports teams, and social events. The comings and goings of ships featured heavily, and arrival schedules for mail and transport boats were frequently included in the newspaper. Changes in postings and the moves of soldiers or officers were also well-documented through The Chilkoot post; this included the arrival of new officers and some servicemen to Chilkoot Barracks with the closures of other Alaskan forts, including Fort Liscum, Fort Gibbon, and Fort St. Michael in the 1920s.
On February 10, 1922, the paper announced a contest among its readers to come up with a new name for the publication. The publishers chose The Chilkat Post to be its new name: the name Chilkat referenced the nearby mountain range. In December of 1922, the United States War Department officially changed the name of Fort William H. Seward to Chilkoot Barracks, "in commemoration of the route over which the pioneers to eastern Alaska had to pass." In response to this, The Chilkat Post changed its name to The Chilkoot Post on January 5, 1923. By the end of 1925, the Chilkoot Barracks – renamed back to Fort William H. Seward in 1972 – was the only active U.S. Army base in the entire territory.
The series of Chilkoot Barracks newspapers were primarily distributed to the people on base and in nearby Haines, although it also had several subscribers outside of the territory who had previously served at Fort Seward. In August of 1922,it had 175 subscribers. The last known issue was on June 25, 1926.
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