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About this collection

This collection contains issues of the Southern Californian, a newspaper published in Lordsburg from 1890 to 1892. Each issue runs the length of eight pages with a variety of news articles, current events, and advertisements. Topics include religious editorials from members of the German Baptist Brethren Church, local land and agricultural ventures, and advertisements for machinery for orange growers.

 

The citrus industry is clearly documented in the collection as a major componenet of the local economy. Prominent pioneer settlers such as M.M. Eshelman and George McDonaugh appear throughout the Southern Californian. These members of the German Baptist Brethren Church gave the periodical its religious character. Another entitiy that played a role in the newspaper's history, and the development of Lordsburg, was the Santa Fe Railroad, which appears in nearly every issue of this collection. The railroad even subsidized publication of the Southern Californian.

 

The Southern Californian offers modern readers contemporary insight into how Californians viewed the boom years of the nineteenth century, railroad, and the citrus industry. This newspaper is housed in the Archives and Special Collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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