The Osage Journal began publication in 1897 for the town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. T. J. Leahy was the proprietor of the newspaper with W. C. Birdwell as editor and publisher. During its first year issues consisted of four pages measuring at 15 by 22 inches; by 1901 the pages increased to six and the size decreased to 11 by 15 inches. There were two mottos for the paper: “Territorial Tidings Tersely Told” and “Local Lightning.” The Journal was printed on a Cranston cylinder press and never used patent sheets for distribution. By 1902 C. B. Peters took over as editor for the newspaper but left a few months later and was replaced by William Murdock and R. F. Timmons, who promoted the paper for the Democratic Party. William Thompson became the business manager of the Journal and succeeded William Murdock then retired July 31, 1902. Charles B. Peters stayed on as publisher after Thompson left.

Extus Leroy Gay came to Pawhuska in 1904 and became the editor for the Journal; he originally edited newspapers for Beaver City, El Reno and Shawnee. When Mr. Gay arrived in Pawhuska the town had no brick buildings or sidewalks and he used his influence of the paper to help advance the settlement into a full functioning establishment. Gay and his business manager, John Knight, worked together to develop the paper for twenty-one years. Their first prints of the Journal had eight pages with six columns and increased to seven when business improved and measured at 13 by 20 inches with subscriptions costing $1.00 per year.

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The Osage Journal in The Gateway to Oklahoma History. Oklahoma Historical Society. accessed August 22, 2019.

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