The Junction City Times began printing on October 10, 1891. It was published each Saturday, with S. L. Moorhead as the editor. Subscription rates for 1 year $ 2.00*, 6 months $ 1.00, 3 months .50 cents and single copies .o5 cents*. The paper claimed to be “Fearless, Free and Independent…strictly to the interest of Junction City (Oregon).” Feature columns I found in the first six weeks were: Monroe, Eugene, Smithfield and Franklin items. In addition were columns with news from the Pacific Coast, Washington and Eastern (U.S.) items, Foreign lands, Woman & home and Educational. For being a new publication – the paper was full of advertisements. Only about one and a half pages actually focused on local Junction City issues and people.
During the first six weeks of publication, only one local JC death was recorded and a couple from out of the area.
Deceased name, issue date, page number, place of death
INGRAM, HENRY 10 OCT 1891 5 ALBANY OR
HOUSTON, JAMES E 5YR 17 OCT 1891 5 JUNCTION CITY OR
HOW, AH 24 OCT 1891 2 JOHN DAY OR
BOLLOCK, MAX’S 6YR SON 28 NOV 1891 5 SPOKANE WA
Henry Ingram was shot to death by his brother Frank Ingram over the division of the estate left by their mother. Ah How a “Chinaman” was hacked to death by a fellow “Chinaman” mine worker over a $ 10.00 loan*. Young Bollock was the grandson of A. Goldsmith of Eugene.
*Present value of the loan the two miners had would be nearly $250.00 and the cost of a yearly subscription to the new Junction City Times would be $ 49.00 with the daily paper costing around $ 1.25 per issue. For more present value calculations click on this website http://www.measuringworth.com/ppowerus/
Items of interest: Work proceeds on the new Junction City Opera House, October 24, 1891, pg. 5. J.C.P. Co., [Junction City Protection Company] No. 1. held their election of officers. President – J.B. Schaefer, Vice President – S.P. Gilmore, Secretary – J.J. Butler, Assistant – J.A. Blew, Treasure – F.A. Saylor, 1st Assistant Fireman – E.J. Kelley, 2nd Assistant – M.A. Ettenger. November 14, 1891, pg. 5.