Santa Ana Standard

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The Santa Ana Standard, commonly referred to as simply The Standard, was a newspaper published in Santa Ana, California.[1] Founded by Colonel Thomas Harris in 1882,[2] it was a controversial newspaper in the 1880s through the early 20th century, and was once referred to as the "Graveyard of Newspapers".[3] Led by the "opinionated and flamboyant" publisher D.M. ("Fighting Dan") Baker, it often published sensationalist articles, mocking local figures and condemning and passing judgement on wrong-doers, with headlines which were considered particularly harsh for the times. One headline read "Awful, brutal butchery! Cruel, Cowardly! of a Devilish, Damnable Person! Mrs. O.R. Scholl of Tustin Cuts Her Children's Throat."[3] Reporting on the death of Modesta Avila in prison in September 1891, The Standard wrote an unsympathetic obituary, stating that she was "a well-known favorite of the Santa Ana boys", concluding with, "Let those who are without sin throw the first stone".[4]


  1. ^ "Orange County Newspaper Files". Orange County Archives. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ Gurba, Norma (1 September 2013). Legendary Locals of the Antelope Valley. Arcadia Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-4671-0087-8.
  3. ^ a b Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. October 1991. p. 39. ISSN 0279-0483.
  4. ^ Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. February 1989. pp. 87–8. ISSN 0279-0483.