Rounding Up Past Papers


The newspaper Payson residents purchased in June 1947 was called The Payson Longhorn Home Newspaper of the Tonto Basin Community.

It cost a nickel to read, "Payson has no civic government except the will of the people, All questions are settled amicably at Chamber of Commerce meetings."

Several Roundups in the fall of 1956 reported that the pros and cons of incorporation were discussed.

(Payson incorporated as a town in 1973.)

This particular Roundup, on file at the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, was mailed with a one-cent stamp to a Mrs. H. N. Steele who paid $1 per year for her subscription.

One-and-a-half column inches of advertising in the eight-pages-when folded, 8.5-by-11-inch paper, cost 25 cents for a single insertion. A six-month commitment cost 75 cents. One year cost a buck.

The ratio of advertisement to news was 3 to 5.

Miss Myrtle Powers was the reporter, although she had no bylines.

Miss Clara Cochran set the type on the news of the day, which was:

  • "The new airport north of town on the old Dr. Ritzer place will soon be ready for use. The Field will be big enough for any plane to land and take off day or night."
  • "Robert W. Bailey is going to be putting in an ice plant right away. It will be located just west of the Elk Café."
  • "Ivan Cabeceira is now ‘on the wagon' (dump wagon). He is digging a hole someplace and putting the dirt in another hole someplace."

There was not date on this particular paper, but it may have been sometime in June as a big dance at the Elk Hall was advertised for June 21.

By the four-page Aug. 12, 1953 Roundup there was no charge for advertising.

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Pat's daughter, Tommie Cline (Her last name is now Maritn and she is the District One Gila County Supervisor) was on the freshman honor role in the Dec. 25, 1964 Roundup.

William L. Doudna published the paper every other Friday October through May and weekly, June through September.

By this time, the paper was six pages and included 11 church service listings.

Earl Hardison's 1964 subscription set his wallet back $2 per year.

In the pages, Hardison learned Jay Dee's Liquors, A.A. Weigand and the Payson Library won $25 in the annual holiday lighting contest.

Under the "A Bright New Year" headline, the community received exciting news.

"Highway crews have surveyed for a new four-lane highway through town, a Bee-Line widening expected to be built in he fiscal year 1965-68."

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Maggie Powers and Ruth Haught wanted to sell their "like new, 7Ft. Admiral refrigerator." There was no address or phone, presumably because everybody knew one another in the small town.

Contractor T. L. Meredith listed his phone number as "5 F 11."

Bert Slater, who published the first Payson Roundup in 1946, was at the helm.

Slater died on his 81st birthday in 1957.

He came to Payson in 1901.

The March 1, 1957 article with no byline read:

"He knew nothing about printing and the setting of type when he started out. A lot of times when pulling a proof he found that he had the whole thing backwards, because in typesetting you have to set the type backwards so it will print out right."

That same paper reported that Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company mailed out 225 copies of their directory.

Anna Mae Deming reported record-breaking rain of 7.91 inches for January in her March 1 column. It was the most rain since the Forest Service began keeping records in 1910.

The local news editor was Pat Cline.

(Editor's note: Wow! Pat, you neglect

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