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Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol

Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma

Submitted by: Bob Chada

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First Issue: Vol I, No I, Guthrie, I. T. Sunday Morning May 12, 1889
Editor Frank H. Greer
Published in Guthrie
Frank Hilton Greer established the Daily State Capital at Guthrie April 22, 1889. In the following August the State Capital Printing Company was organized which was the largest and most complete newspaper, job, and blank book printing house in the West.
Frank Greer was born at Leavenworth, Kansas, July 21, 1862. "Early in life Mr. Greer went into a newspaper office as a printer's devil and gradually in all the departments of the business." Frank Greer came to Oklahoma Territory from Winfield, Kansas. For years the Capital was the dominant newspaper in Oklahoma. Republican in politics, it grew from a hand sheet to a newspaper of metropolitan size.
The Capital appeared every morning except Monday with 4 pages, 20 x 24, and it was advertised as independent in politics.
A prominent factor in the organization of society here has been the State Capital, which published in its Sunday issues during the season full accounts of social events.
Like many another pioneer, the Capital lived in a tent for time. This paper became the most widely read and powerful organ in the new territory, and continued to be a factor until the removal of the state capital to Oklahoma City in 1908.
Several men who became well known as editors in Oklahoma began their newspaper careers by working on the State Capitol, Omer K. Benedict ran away from home and went to Winfield, Kansas, where, in the office of the Courier, he set type on Greer's paper, which was printed a week before the opening and dated April 22, 1889. Fred L. Wenner was born at Tiffin, Ohio, January 8, 1865. In 1889 he was sent to Oklahoma as a special correspondent for the New York Herald, Cleveland Press and Chicago Times.
For a year he was city editor of the Oklahoma Daily State Capital at Guthrie and for two years was editor and owner of the Kingfisher Free Press. Frank Terry was city editor of the State Capital during the summer of 1889.
Corbin Marquand Sarchet, who was born in Illinois January 23, 1871, edited the State Capital from 1900-3. George McQuaid who came to Oklahoma from Virginia in 1899, was connected with the paper at some time between 1900 and 1905.
In 1891 the size of the Capital was reported as 18 x 24 and the price was $6.00 a year. A year later the circulation was advertised as exceeding 2,250 and the politics as Republican. The Guthrie State Capital says the democrats want a state-if it don't come for ten years. In 1900 the Capital was issuing 8 pages, 17 x 22, for $5.00 a year. The paper was set on three duplex linotypes machines. Only Associated Press Paper in Oklahoma.
It was "the only paper in Oklahoma carrying full Associated Press reports, " and "owning it's own complement of Mergenthaler linotype machines." Frank H.Greer was Editor and Manager. Greer was president of the State Capital Printing Company at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Second Street. In 1905 the circulation was 19,900 and the next year 20, 709.
Greer was still editing the paper at the time statehood was granted to Oklahoma and he had become widely known. The daily was printed with from 8 to 24 pages at that date.
This publication ended March 28, 1911.
Frank H. Greer, Pioneer Editor-Publisher moved to Tulsa, entered into the oil business and became the leading Republican of the State. Died August 9, 1933.


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