Idaho Falls Post Register (Images of America Series)

Idaho Falls Post Register (Images of America Series)

by William Hathaway


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This once-rowdy railroad town completed its metamorphosis into a real city—with paved streets, lights, and a firm foothold on law and order—only after decades of struggle and tumultuous, sweeping social change. In the middle of the fray were three distinctly different newspapers, which often took opposing sides, acting as both contestants and self-appointed referees. The Register, with its dapper editor, William Wheeler, at the helm, was an upright proponent of Republican principles and agricultural expansion. The feisty, financially unstable Times was usually a Democratic Party organ and prone to fighting lost causes. The Daily Post, a brash newcomer arriving in 1905, challenged the establishment with a progressive, pro-labor outlook. All eventually combined to become the independent and still locally owned Post Register.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738559681
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 9.22(w) x 6.54(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

This retrospective relies heavily on museum archives, the memories of those who had a hand in the building of the Post Register, and of course the newspaper’s own files and archives. Author William Hathaway is a longtime newspaperman and fourth-generation eastern Idahoan whose ancestors were freight haulers on the Old Montana Trail, canal builders, and homesteaders. Recently he wrote Images of America: Idaho Falls, which rekindled his lifelong interest in the region’s history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Sign of the Times 11

2 Three-Ring Circus 29

3 The Battle Goes Daily: 1905-1931 35

4 The Local Option 41

5 Two Newspapermen Depart 45

6 The Downtown Years 49

7 The Post-Register 65

8 E.F. McDermott's Visionary Era 73

9 Lessons from the Past 103

10 New Era of Change 119

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