History of Early Amateur Journalism in North Dakota


AMATEUR JOURNALISM in North Dakota centered in Fargo, largely through the efforts of Ex-President Finlay Grant of the N.A.P.A., who removed to the State from Massachusetts. In 1891 Alson Brubaker began the publication of Ink Drops, which became one of the leading journals of its day, noted for its fine typography and its excellent literary contents. It appeared at intervals for 12 years, Mrs. Grant [nee Bertha York] being associate editor in later years; she was a valued editor and writer in her own rights. In 1892 Will Hancock issued Prairie Breezes, which he published for several years, a notable publication. The same year F. S. George issued the Northwest.


A Fargo club was organized in 1895, Finlay Grant being its first President. Its official organ was called As You Like It. Its meetings were held monthly for about two years. In Edgeley, in 1894, Thomas Hancock published a paper called Alkali.


Edward S. Peterson was active in Fargo in 1899.


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