News for an Empire

From News For An Empire: The Story Of The Spokesman Review by Ralph E. Dyar


New Owners

Interest in Spokane Falls Review Is Bought by Ex-Soldier Who Set Type for Montana’s First Newspaper and Helped Found the Butte Miner Steps By Which the Review Comes Under the Control of the Portland Oregonian‘s Harvey Scott and H. L. Pittock.

Some two decades before Frank Dallam decided to get the Associated Press franchise for his Spokane Falls Review while the getting was good, an ex-cavalryman of the Civil War, Horace T. Brown, headed for Montana Territory from Ohio, going by way of the Missouri River.

Ohio was the West when Horace Brown was born in Summit County on July 16, 1844. His mother was a Virginian, his father a native of Pennsylvania. While his schooling was brief he must have proved an apt pupil since there is good evidence that he mastered the three R’s. On his own at the age of seventeen, he moved to Indiana and then to Newaygo County, Michigan, where he “learned the printer’s trade” (words that must be used repeatedly in describing the background of Western newspapermen of the eighties and nineties). For two years he set type on a paper called the Republican, published by James H. Maze but not identified either as to town or state. In July, 1863, the month he became nineteen, he enlisted in the Tenth Michigan Cavalry and was assigned to the Twenty-third Army Corps, a part of the western army. His company was kept on special duty in Tennessee and North Carolina for a time. After Atlanta was burned he was one of the fiery Kilpatrick’s five thousand tough horse troopers who joined in Sherman’s march through Georgia to the sea and who ravaged the countryside far beyond the reach of the foot soldiers.