Sentinel at Rock Bluffs City at the end of
October, 1857. It was removed to Plattsmouth in the spring
of 1859, where Giles issued it for a few months, and then
sold the plant to Joseph I. Early, who started the
Democratic Times, which had a short life. The
Sentinel was still being published as late as
In February, 1865, Hiram D. Hathaway
issued the first number of the Nebraska Herald at
Plattsmouth, which he published until March, 1872. He then
became associated with the Nebraska State Journal at
Lincoln, and sold the Herald to John A. McMurphy, who
published it for several years as a republican paper. In
1871, under the management of Hathaway, the Nebraska
Herald was issued as a daily.
The first number now to be found of the
DeSoto Pilot bears date of July 11, 1857, vol. 1, no.
12. John E. Parish was then editor and proprietor, and by
September 12th of the same year he had been succeeded by
The Nebraska Pioneer was published
at Cuming City, and no. 25, vol. 1, appears under date of
December 24, 1857, with Lewis M. Kline as editor and
The Cuming City Star, vol. 1, no.
14, appears June 19, 1858, with Albert W. Merrick,
publisher, and H. Nell Maguire, editor.
The Washington County Sun,
published at De Soto, was begun in 1858 by Potter C.
The Nebraska Enquirer, DeSoto, vol.
1, no. 5, under date of August 18, 1859, had for editors and
proprietors Albert W. Merrick and R. Winegar. In September
Mr. Winegar's name was dropped, and Merrick appeared as
editor and proprietor until succeeded by Hugh McNeely, April
26, 1860. A. W. Merrick again assumed control of the paper
in the spring of 1861.
The Pioneer and Star were
published at Cuming City and the Enquirer and
Pilot at DeSoto. Both towns were in Washington
county. The Pioneer, Star, and Pilot were
democratic. The Enquirer supported the republican
ticket. Mr. Kline, editor of the Enquirer, was also a
lawyer and mayor of Cuming City. Among the advertisements in
the paper in 1857 were those of Thomas B. Cuming and John C.
Turk, and of Root (Allen) & Cozad, lawyers and real
estate agents at Omaha. It is stated in the issue of
December 24, 1857, that thus far the winter had been very
mild. There had been very little frost or snow and even the
little creeks were not frozen. In the Enquirer in
1859 are advertisements of Thomas P. Kennard, lawyer at De
Soto; Joseph W. Paddock, dealer in boots and shoes at Omaha;
Abram Castetter, real estate and collection agent, De Soto;
and W. N. Byers & Company announce that they will
publish the weekly Rocky Mountain News, on or about
the 1st of April, from some point in or near the mining
(Pike's Peak) region. Advertisements of the leading
magazines were commonly published in these frontier
journals, and as neither the ten-cent monthlies nor any
prototype of them had yet appeared, the taste for heavy
reading was apparently more common then than now. The
publishers of the Atlantic Monthly announce in the
Enquirer that they "have commenced the publication of
a new magazine," and they promise a list of contributors
which could not be matched today, and, furthermore, in
competition with our ten-cent competitors, would not be much
read today: Prescott, Emerson, Bryant, Longfellow,
Hawthorne, Whittier, Holmes, Lowell, Motley, Edwin R.
Whipple, and Edmund Quincy!
Civilized settlement, and so substantial
building, were in their childhood in Nebraska at this time,
and the obtrusive newness of things must have been
oppressive and discouraging to those of antiquarian humor.
But Zaremba Jackson, editor of the Pilot, could read
in the prostrate pillars of the yet uncompleted capitol
suggestions of the Acropolis or the fragmentary architecture
of the Nile. "The fixed gaze of the admiring beholder is
only broken by a view of the fallen columns of the Capitol,
whose scattered fragments and half-standing pedestals give
it the appearance of some ancient ruins." The imposing ruins
were soon after sold as scrap iron for the benefit of the
territorial treasury by secretary J. Sterling Morton.