First Newspaper | Cle Elum, WA

The Teanaway Bugle, Cle Elum's first newspaper, was established by G. W. and Fred Seaton in 1884.

The paper was published in a little shack on the west bank of the Teanaway River and printed on a 9 inch by 12 inch sheet with 4 sheets to the paper and a 2 column folio which appeared at most irregular intervals for about a year.

The Teanaway Bugle operated on the free press and free expression policy. It also told of many of the beauties of the Teanaway Valley, its natural resources, its wonderful climate and the busy, hustling, growing City of Cle Elum.

An interesting news item taken directly from The Teanaway Bugle will give you some indication of the social problems of this era. In 1883, men were flocking here to "seek their fortunes". Soon the country was overrun with eager pioneers, so The Bugle took upon itself to do something about this situation. As a result, the headlines of this paper read as follows:

Partners Wanted!!   Must Be Females!!
Beauty No Object

After roaming around this cold, cheerless and unsympathetic world for many years, with nothing to love, no one to caress us, we the undersigned old bachelors, have at last settled down on lovely ranches in the charming valley of the peerless Teanaway. All that is wanting to complete our happiness is partners of the female persuasion. No capital required and but few questions asked. Women of uncertain age and questionable beauty acceptable, provided they can otherwise pass examination. Sound teeth and strong constitutions are the essential requisites.


(SWIFTWATER, History of Cle Elum 1848-1955, published by Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, 2014, Page 78)






           

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