As a young man barely in his twenties, William Andrew Spalding arrived in Los Angeles in 1874 and obtained his first job on the Herald by writing an editorial on the dilapidated state of the Plaza. From that date to 1900 his life was intimately associated with the newspapers of his citythe Express and the Times, as well as the Heraldand he worked in almost every capacity for them: reporter, business manager, and editor.
Spalding worked for the Times during its formative years when Harrison Gray Otis, the champion of conservatism, fought organized labor, and Spalding helped the Times through its initial great fight, the "big strike" of 1890. His strong sense of justice and social responsibility led him repeatedly into political reforms and moved him to organize, with others, the Orange Growers' Union, which later became the California Fruit Growers Exchangebetter known as Sunkist Growers. Spalding's colorful autobiography, first published in 1961, provides a valuable account of Los Angeles journalismand Los Angeles historyduring a formative period.
About the Author
William Andrew Spalding (1852-1941) was one of Los Angeles's most prominent journalists during the late nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Seeking a New Field (1874) 3
Newspapering: the Herald (1874-1877) 17
The First Republican Newspaper (1876-1879) 39
Old Time Journalism (1874-1878) 46
Industries and Land Booming (1874-1878) 68
A Matter o' Marrying (1874-1876) 81
Another Revolution: from Herald to Express (1876-1879) 89
Politics and the Boom (1874-1881) 104
The Times: Its History 118
A Newspaperman in Real Estate (1885-1893) 135
Return to the Herald (1897-1900) 139