Dave James and the Shelton Independent


September 14, 2023

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Dave James, date unknown.

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...

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