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Durham News (1935) – The Durham News, in its first incarnation, had a short life: from January 25, 1935, through the last issue dated Friday, April 26, 1935.  The first issue of the Durham News was published on January 25, 1935.  This is confirmed by a statement George A. Dawley (1902-1972), editor, made at the end of his Feather Edge Column on that date in the Biggs News: ‘With this our third birthday in Biggs we launch a new newspaper enterprise in Durham, a few miles north of Biggs.  This action has been contemplated for several months but proper arrangements could not be made.  We feel we have done so now, and Durham gets its first newspaper today.  Ye Ed will also edit the Durham News.’” [Biggs News, January 25, 1935, pg 8 col 5.]

 

The Durham News relied on subscriptions and advertisements for its revenue.  Apparently neither was to the level that was required to keep both operations going for much time.  The Biggs News continued for some years, and then, upon cessation of that publication, George Dawley worked for the Gridley Herald.

 

The Sandy Gulch News – A newspaper for the area known as “Sandy Gulch” (named for a small east-to-west flowing stream) in the NW area of Chico – generally west of The Esplanade, north of 10th Avenue – and again, served the immediate population of north west Chico.  That the SGN had a separate “Durham News” page (tear sheets scanned and uploaded to this site, dated 1938-1939) is of interest to Durham residents of the time, and perhaps today, in that many locals were featured in what could loosely be described as “news” and was in fact often local lore.  That there was some truth to the nuggets of local news was embellished and polished to make the pages of interest to the readers, and made selling advertising easier for the editor/publisher/advertising manager, Paul Lester Roberts (1891-1950).  The SGN began weekly publication in 1937, and continued through 1946.  Paul Roberts also wrote for the Chico Enterprise-Record

 

 

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