Collection 2131 - Bozeman Weekly Chronicle Records, 1884-1904
Creator: Bozeman Weekly Chronicle
Provenance Note: The Bozeman Weekly Chronicle Business Records were donated to Special Collections by the Museum of the Rockies in December of 1984.
Historical Note: On January 27, 1883, Samuel W. Langhorne established the Bozeman Weekly Chronicle in order to promote the Democratic Party. The main competition in town was the Avant Courier, a supporter of the Republican Party. Langhorne did not start out as a newspaper man. He was trained as a druggist, working in Helena from 1865 to 1870 before moving to Bozeman. He opened a drug store in Bozeman before establishing the paper. In addition to the paper, Langhorne was involved in civic affairs and served as a probate judge, a legislator and Speaker of the House, and county clerk and recorder. After a year of running the paper, he sold it to his editor, A. K. Yerkes who was publisher with Charles S. Fell until October 1899. David Marks bought the paper from Yerkes and Marks and created the Chronicle Publishing Company. His first editor was J. W. Kelley. By February 1902 William M. Bole took over as editor of the paper. In 1886 the Bozeman Weekly Chronicle was enlarged to a nine-column format and by 1911 it became a daily paper. Over the next few decades, ownership of the paper changed hands several times, usually to prominent Bozeman businessmen.
Content Description Note: The Bozeman Weekly Chronicle Business Records include five volumes of business ledgers from 1884 to 1904. They record orders for advertising in the paper and cash sales of printing orders. One book records subscriptions to the paper from 1884-1904. Patrons mentioned in the business records include J. V. Bogert, Walter Cooper, George R. Safely, M. M. Black, John S. Mendenhall, A. K. Yerkes, T. A. Pease, and Nelson Story and Company.
- Volume 1: Ledger, 1891-1894
- Volume 2: Ledger, 1894-1897
- Volume 3: Ledger, 1900-1903
- Volume 4: Day Book, 1894-1898 (cash sales)
- Volume 5: Subscription Book, 1884-1904