Upland News

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The Upland News was a weekly or semiweekly newspaper circulated in Upland, California, between 1901 and 1974.

Family ownership[edit]

Ella L. Westland, upon her marriage to J.N. Beaubier in 1916[1]

The newspaper was established in 1901[2] by Walter Curtis Westland, who came from Michigan. Its office was then situated in a small house on A Street in Upland, but within a year a new building was constructed for it.[3][4]

Westland died of consumption on December 1, 1902,[4][5] and his wife, Ella L. Westland, took over as editor and publisher. She left the business in December 1910, and her son, W.E. Westland, who had been part owner, purchased her share.[3][6]

W.L. Miller was editor in 1910-11.[7]

In 1912, the newspaper office was "considerably damaged" in a fire that swept through Upland's downtown district.[8]

In 1919, the paper increased its publication frequency from weekly to semiweekly.[9] It later went back to weekly.

Other ownership[edit]

In 1928, the company was sold to J.B. Hungerford and his son, John Hungerford, both of Carroll, Iowa. They moved to California to take over management.[3] Their first editor and publisher was Richard T. Baldwin of Albion, Michigan, who later bought the newspaper.[10][11][12] Baldwin sold the paper to Vernon Paine and Harry M. Guy in June 1929.[13]

Guy retired in 1939 and sold his interest to Paine,[14] who increased the rate of publication to twice, and then three times, a week.[15]

Paine acquired the Ontario Herald from A.Q. Miller about 1946 and announced a year later that the two staffs would be combined as a five-days-per-week daily.[15]

In 1947, the newspaper was known as the Upland News-Herald, and that year it published an extra edition when Chaffey College was selected as the Western team for the Little Rose Bowl football game.[16]

Three years later, publisher W.P. McDonald announced the suspension of the News-Herald, stating he planned to issue a weekly newspaper.[17]

Mel Hodell bought the Upland News from Vernon Paine on October 1, 1958, and the Montclair Tribune on September 1, 1960; he began publishing the Cucamonga News on December 10, 1961.[18] In 1967, he sold the three newspapers to Bonita Publishing Company. At that time, Jack Harper was editor of the Upland News.[19]

Marcella Case became editor under Bonita in August 1970.[20] The newspaper ceased publication in 1974.[21]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Movements in Society: Honeymoon in Canada," Los Angeles Times, January 26, 1916, part II, page 6
  2. ^ It was stated also that a newspaper called The Sentinel, published by Guy Bodenhauser, was joined with the Valley Mirror to become the Upland News. [1] "Upland Church Delegates Sent," San Bernardino Daily Sun, September 12, 1922
  3. ^ a b c "Upland News Is Sold by Owner," Chino Champion, January 3, 1928, page 3
  4. ^ a b "Veteran Editor Dies at Upland," San Bernardino Sun, December 4, 1902, page 2
  5. ^ "Death of an Editor," Evening Transcript, San Bernardino, California, December 2, 1902, page 1
  6. ^ "Upland," Los Angeles Times, February 16, 1908, page 9
  7. ^ "Eagle Rock," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 1911, page 10
  8. ^ "Upland Swept by $100,000 Blaze," San Bernardino Daily Sun, December 7, 1912, page 1
  9. ^ "Note and Comment," San Bernardino Daily Sun, December 13, 1919, page 4
  10. ^ "Upland Paper Is Taken Over by Easterner," San Bernardino Daily Sun, June 30, 1928, pagthae 18
  11. ^ "What Chaffey High School Does for Community Is Told to Club," San Bernardino Daily Sun, July 25, 1928, page 9
  12. ^ "Paper Goes Back to Semi-Weekly Basis," San Bernardino Daily Sun, September 13, 1928, page 13
  13. ^ "Upland News Sells Plant," Los Angeles Times, June 16, 1929, part IV, page 8
  14. ^ "Upland Paper Changes Hands," Los Angeles Times, September 2, 1939, part II, page 9
  15. ^ a b "Paine Launching New Daily by Combining Upland-Ontario Papers,' Chino Champion, September 12, 1947, page 8
  16. ^ "Chaffey's Selection Welcomed by Rooters," Los Angeles Times, December 2, 1947, part I, page 13
  17. ^ "Suspends Publication," Associated Press in Bakersfield Californian, February 13, 1950, page 12
  18. ^ "Upland Weekly Purchases Montclair Paper," Chino Champion, September 8, 1960, page 3
  19. ^ "West End Firm Buys 3 Weekly Newspapers," The Sun-Telegram, San Bernardino, July 8, 1967, page A-11
  20. ^ Marcella Case, "Casin' the West End," Upland News, August 27, 1970, page 22
  21. ^ Newspapers.com

External links[edit]

  • Reminiscence of Mel Hodell's acquisition of the Upland News in 1958 and how it was printed.[2]