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September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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Putting out a daily newspaper requires a lot of hard work by lots of people. Imagine if you’re practically the whole team—editor, reporter, typesetter and paper boy. Here’s the tale of one Samuel L. Crawford who learned the printer’s trade in the 1870s at the Washington Standard,, one of early Olympia’s many newspapers. After a stint as assistant clerk at the state Legislature, he returned at age 20 to journalism. Here’s his story as excerpted from Early History of Thurston County written by Mrs. George Blankenship in 1914.

News Day


I went to work for Francis Cook, at that time publisher of the Morning Echo [A pro-temperance paper, 1868-1877] Cook had a chicken ranch on a place called Hardscrabble in Mason County. The skunks were numerous and detracted from the financial returns of the chicken ranch, and as he found it difficult to be at both places at once he arranged with me to run the paper so he could devote his energies to the chickens.

Now I developed a regular Tom Sawyer genius for working my boon companion and with such jolly spirits as Harry Struve, Ren Patterson, Yakima Jimmie and Peter Stanup, I managed to get along very well. The work was rather strenuous as I commenced rustling news early in the morning, wrote up the paper in the late forenoons and early afternoons. Then I helped the boys set the type, and in the evening worked off the forms, and finally distributed the paper throughout the city myself, getting to my bed (located in the banking house of George Barnes & Co.) about two o’ clock in the morning, after eating up everything in the way of fruit and cake Mr. Barnes had remaining from his lunch.

By Keith Eisner

One of the early Olympia newspapers. One of the early Olympia newspapers.