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Condon globe. : (Condon, Gilliam Co., Or.) 189?-1919
Place of publication:
Condon, Gilliam Co., Or.
Geographic coverage:
  • Condon, Gilliam, Oregon  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
S.P. Shutt
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1919.
  • English
  • Condon (Or.)--Newspapers.
  • Oregon--Condon.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01280553
  • Also issued on microfilm from University of Oregon.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 2 (Apr. 1, 1892).
  • Includes supplemental "Annual race meet edition," nos. 1-6 (May 27-June 1, 1918).
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. 29, no. 41 (Dec. 27, 1918).
  • Merged with: Condon times, to form: Condon globe-times.
sn 96088376
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Condon Globe

The town of Condon, Oregon, began in 1879, when a homestead was settled amid hills of waist-high grass and fertile soil near Summit Springs, a clear spring known among Native Americans traveling between the Columbia River and Blue Mountains. Located some 40 miles south of the Columbia, in what was to become Gilliam County, Condon was officially incorporated in 1893. By 1920, it had developed into a wheat and livestock-producing region.

Condon's first paper was the Condon Globe, which was established in March 1891 by Sloan P. Shutt. Published every Friday, the Globe was touted as the "Official and Leading Paper of Gilliam County." Its four pages featured state, national, and international news. Local news snippets were referred to as "Globosities," while news from neighboring towns was called "Arlington Antonations," "Mayville Mutterings," and "Fossil Flashes."

In February 1898, Shutt retired from the Globe because of health issues. The paper was purchased by Samuel A. Pattison, former publisher of the Emmett (Idaho) Index. Under Pattison's leadership, the Globe switched to Thursday publication. By late 1904, it had a five-column, eight-page folio. Its front page included more news of city improvements as Condon and Gilliam County continued to develop and expand.

In 1906, the Globe resumed Friday publication. By then, William H. Hornibrook was the publisher and editor. The following spring, Horace A. Hartshorn took over. Between 1907 and 1911, Hartshorn was consistently involved with the Globe, but business partners came and went, including Marcus Portwood, Abel Meresse, and Leslie K. Harlan. Hartshorn was back as sole editor in 1911. In the following years, the agricultural growth of the region became apparent, with grain markets listed prominently on the front page, and a "Farm Page" often included "Practical Hints for Tillers of the Soil, Poultry Raisers and Stockmen That Might Be Useful."

Hartshorn continued publication of the Globe until April 1919, when both it and the Condon Times were purchased by George H. Flagg and merged into the Condon Globe-Times. In the merger announcement, Maurice Fitzmaurice, former owner of the Times, noted that perhaps "the burden of two papers was too much for the town."

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