Title: The History of World War II as Told in the Headlines
Author: St. Joseph Gazette
St. Joseph Gazette (1945). The History of World War II as Told in the Headlines. St. Joseph, MO: St. Joseph News Press
Date Updated: June 23, 2015
The St. Joseph Gazette was a newspaper in St. Joseph, Missouri from 1845 until June 30, 1988, when its morning position was taken over by its sister paper, the St. Joseph News-Press. It was the only newspaper delivered to the West Coast on the first ride of the Pony Express in 1860.
The newspaper was founded in 1845 by William Ridenbaugh (1821–1874) two years after Joseph Robidoux founded St. Joseph and just a few years after the Platte Purchase had opened the former Indian Territory for settlement. Its printing press was reported to have been retrieved from the Missouri Mormon War. The newspaper accounts are often used to tell the histories of the California Gold Rush and travelers on the Oregon Trail and California Trail.
In 1924, Clyde Robert Bulla would be among 100 third-place winners in a contest on the theme “A Grain of Wheat.” Charles M. Palmer, who had bought and consolidated the St. Joseph News-Press, bought the Gazette. In 1939, Palmer brought in Henry D. Bradley as publisher for both papers. Bradley had earlier been publisher of the Bridgeport, Connecticut Times-Star. Bradley would buy the papers outright. They would be rolled into the News-Press & Gazette Company.
In December 1980, the Gazette announced that since 1903 it had been using the wrong Old English Font character for its name, referring itself as the “St Ioseph Gazette”. The character was replaced.
The headlines from World War II formed a time-line history of the paper’s perspective of the war. The inclusion of cartoons make the history all that more interesting to gain a perspective of what thinking was as the war progressed.