The first edition of the Mason County Journal


Photo courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

The first Journal office, is shown, date unknown. Grant Angle is fifth from left.

On Dec. 31, 1886, at the age of 18, Grant C. Angle published the first edition of his Mason County Journal. (Some years later, he changed the name to the Shelton-Mason County Journal.) A one-year subscription was $2 "in advance." A single copy cost 10 cents. This story comes from that first issue, beginning with a quote from Angle's first editorial.

"Mason County is the least known of any county in the Territory, but with direct steamboat communication with Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle, and the Journal to make its resources known to the world, the close of the year now just dawning will wit...

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