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Duncan Arizonian. [volume] : (Duncan, Greenlee County, Ariz.) 1908-1915
Place of publication:
Duncan, Greenlee County, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Duncan, Greenlee, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
L.F. Vaughn
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1908; ceased in 1915.
  • English
  • Arizona--Duncan.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01247092
  • Arizona--Greenlee County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01212051
  • Duncan (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Greenlee County (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Third year, 41st week (Apr. 5, 1911).
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Duncan Arizonian

Loren F. Vaughn and L.B. Stephens founded the Duncan Arizonian in 1908. The weekly newspaper covered the happenings around Duncan, Arizona, in the Gila River Valley a few miles from the Arizona-New Mexico border, as well as the surrounding Graham and Greenlee counties and throughout the state of Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. The first issue was "an eight-page, four-column weekly, well filled with local news and neat in appearance, and is a credit to the community," according to the July 5, 1908 issue of the Tombstone Epitaph. In October 1908, the newspaper plant was destroyed by fire and temporarily ceased publication. The shorter, four-page paper reappeared a few weeks later, solely edited and published by Vaughn.

Vaughn was a prominent figure in the community, later opening a law practice in Phoenix and holding various political offices. Vaughn's political focus was echoed in the paper, which included a directory of government officials at the national, state, and local levels. The newspaper was clear about its political leanings, and its editorial opinions advocated for the Democratic Party. During part of its publication, the Arizonian's front page included the heading "County's Pioneer Democrat Paper." It featured advertisements specifically tailored to Democrats, such as one in 1911 that asserted, "If you are a Democrat you need this," referring to the Democratic Party's National Monthly magazine. A bundled subscription price of $2.00 was offered for the two publications. The newspaper criticized other Democratic papers for not supporting Democratic policies, such as when the Arizonian criticized the Arizona Democrat in 1911 for opposing the Democratic constitutional convention's work "by making a donkey of its editorials in opposing the ratification of that document."

The Arizonian included community news, the comings and goings of town residents in a "Local and Personal" column, and a church directory. It also covered statewide news, such as the process of Arizona growing from a territory to a state. The paper included snippets of poems, jokes, riddles and quirky facts in between the longer news stories and features in its pages. In its March 6, 1912, issue, the Arizonian adopted the motto "Duncan, the Gate-way to the Gold Fields," in reference to nearby mining. In the same issue, the paper reprinted a story from the El Paso Morning Times, which declared that the "gold district near Duncan is a wonderland."

Vaughn continued to own the Arizonian after leaving as editor. The newspaper faced some difficulty in finding a new editor, as noted in a column in the August 6, 1913 issue, which was reprinted in other newspapers: "There is a good opening in Duncan for a live, energetic, practical, sober printer, with a little horse sense, to conduct the Duncan Arizonian." The paper had four different managers and editors from October 1912 to November 1913, and by 1914, the Duncan Arizonian was consolidated with the Clifton, Arizona, Mining Journal.

Provided by: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ