HISTORY AT A GLANCE
Dave James and the Shelton Independent
September 14, 2023
In the summer of 1935, 25-year-old Dave James came to Shelton to edit the Shelton Independent, the "only Democratic newspaper on the West Coast - or maybe in the world." This story is adapted from a story James wrote for a 1985 Shelton centennial supplement to the Shelton-Mason County Journal.
A. J. Chitty had started the weekly Shelton Independent in 1927, much to the annoyance of Grant Angle, who had been publishing the Shelton-Mason County Journal since 1886. According to James, "Chitty was a deeply-saturated Democrat and Angle stood slightly to the right of Herbert Hoover. Their editori...