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Tanana leader. [volume] : (Tanana, Alaska) 1909-1910
Place of publication:
Tanana, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Tanana, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
Gibson Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
  • -v. 2, no. 25 (Aug. 25, 1910).
  • Began in Feb. 1909?
  • English
  • Alaska--Tanana.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01220261
  • Tanana (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 19 (July 1, 1909).
sn 95060049
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The Tanana Leader

The Tanana Leader began sometime in February 1909 and was published by Jas. M. Gallaher, according to the Hot Springs Post. George M. Arbuckle of the Post took his printing press and made the journey to Tanana where he joined up with the Leader sometime in the spring of 1909. The July 1, 1909 issue of the Yukon Valley News noted that Gallaher's name no longer appeared as manager on the publisher's block of the Tanana Leader and concluded "the increased size and improved appearance and getup of the paper make known the presence of G. M. Arbuckle."

In the late summer of 1909, Arbuckle enticed Sam J. Callahan away from the Yukon Valley News in Tanana, and they consolidated the plants of both newspapers to produce the Tanana Leader. The September 9, 1909 issue was the first to include both names, with Callahan listed as editor and Arbuckle as manager. A notice explained that Callahan had accepted a position at the Leader and that they would attempt to produce "a paper worthy of the confidence and support of the people of Tanana." It further noted that "it is unquestionably good business policy that the newspaper energy of Tanana be consolidated into a single working force," and wished people would understand the advantage in "having one well-supported and efficient paper instead of two struggling and inefficient ones."

Arbuckle became restless and left in the summer of 1910 to go to the new gold strike at Iditarod. The May 26 issue of the Leader announced the changing of ownership. The paper under Callahan was very supportive of James Wickersham as territorial delegate of Alaska and lamented that he had so little support in the newspapers of the Tanana region. He lauded Wickersham's efforts in Washington, writing that "it is questionable if in the history of the country a territorial delegate ever did so much for his constituents in so short a time." Callahan was highly critical of U.S. policy towards native Alaskans, writing that they were denied the opportunity to even become good citizens and that demoralization and possibly extinction awaited them because of their treatment by white people. Callahan suspended the Leader with the August 25, 1910 issue, remarking that he had been unable to "make the paper a benefit either to himself or the town of Tanana." The Leader was sold to Albert G. Stamm in September of 1910, who took up the name of Callahan's old paper, ending the Leader and starting a new iteration of the Yukon Valley News, beginning on September 22, 1910.

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