The Reese River Reveille

The Reese River Reveille

Published in Austin, Lander County, Nevada

Information transcribed from actual copies of The Reese River Reveille
June 27, 1873
[In Progress]
February 14, 1878
[In Progress]

This information is derived from the Reese River Reveille itself as well as a number of other sources, including the book The Town That Died Laughing.

This newspaper is the reason I landed in Lander County.  My Great Great Great Grandfather, Corydon Fairchild, was the owner and editor of the Ovid Bee in Ovid, Seneca County, New York.  It had been sold to him by his father, David Fairchild, a wonderer who had ink for blood.  Several of his son's inherited this penchant, Corydon, Mahlon, Tracy, Oscar, J. Depuy and Rasselas all working on various papers.  He started numerous newspapers in central New York only to move six to nine months later, selling his interests, often to a son or relation.   

In 1848, at Sutter's Mill, California, the news flashed across the country, GOLD!  At this, the Wayne County Democrat in New York was sold or shut down as David, along with his son, Mahlon, and son-in-law, William K. Creque, left for California.  In 1853, David returned from the gold fields to pack up his wife, youngest son and eldest daughter (William Creque's wife) and her two children.  After mining and farming in California for a number of years, three of his sons, Oscar, J. Depuy and Mahlon, moved over the mountains into Nevada, settling in Belmont and later Austin. When David moved the family to California, Corydon stayed in New York.  He chronicles many of his families adventures in California and Nevada in his editorial columns.  Oscar and J. Depuy, who where involved in the paper from the beginning, were Corydon's brothers.  It is my hope to be able to view the microfiche copies of the Reese River Reveille, as well as the Silver Bend Reporter, for articles about their brother in New York, as well as an obituary of their father,  David Fairchild.

My notes within quoted articles are indicated by square brackets [ ] .

As reported in the Ovid Bee - May 15, 1867
Silver Bend Reporter -- Our three brothers, [Mahlon, Oscar and J. Depuy] all practical printers, are “branching out” up in Nevada – the State of their adoption.  They have long been “running” a sprightly little Daily at Austin City [The Reese River Reveille], under the name of J.D. Fairchild & Co., and have recently started a small neatly printed Weekly at Belmont, in Nye Co., under the firm name of Oscar L. C. Fairchild & Co., the title of w’ch heading this article, it being ‘an Independent Journal’ devoted to the Mining, Manufacturing and Agricultural interests of “Eastern Nevada.” – They have all become married men since settling there – seemingly willing to do their part in increasing the population.  We wish the trio abundant prosperity in both undertakings – for having been proved, they three have all been ‘found worthy.’  We are in the receipt of the 3d No. only.

The paper was printed in Belmont, Nye County, Nevada.  One reference,  "History of Masonry in Nevada", Br. C.W. Torrence, 1944, published by the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, indicates that the first issue of the Silver Bend Reporter was March 30, 1867 and a copy of that number, and one dated October 26, 1867, were included in the cornerstone of the new Masonic Hall in Austin, Nevada.  Torrence took the information from the "Reese River Reveille" of Monday, November 4, 1867.

From the Ovid Bee - June 26, 1867
We received June 17, our brother’s paper, the “Silver Bend Reporter” of May 18, printed at Belmont, Nye Co., Nevada, thro’ the Dead Letter Office, at Washington, in a sealed letter envelope, duly franked.  The following letter accompanied it:

Post Office Department,
Washington, June 13, 1867
Sir:  The enclosed was received at this Department in its present condition, supposed to have been the result of an Indian depredation on the Overland Route, and is forwarded by the earliest Mail, by order of the Postmaster General.

E.S. Childs,
Acting Second Ass’t P.M. Gen’l.

The paper was folded in wrapper and addressed in the usual way, the only peculiarity being its soiled condition, with blood stains upon it in various placed, the blank edge of white being quite well saturated with the “Life-giving current” doubtless of some “Lot the poor Indian” or some unfortunate white man in its passage hitherward.  It evidently passed thro’ some sharply contested battle, about which there is a mystery yet unsolved.  Could it reveal the unwritten history of its travels, it wou’d no doubt prove highly interesting as well as horrible.

Note - The Reporter closed down on July 29, 1868, and was moved to Austin.  Mahlon had a rather scathing editorial condemning the town for its inability to sustain a newspaper.  It is reasonable to believe that the press and type became part of the Reveille, given that that paper was already established.

As Reported in the Ovid Bee - February 19, 1868
Reese River Reveille – We read with much interest the contents of the above named paper, published at Austin, Nevada, which has lately been added to our exchange list.  It is a daily, about one-quarter the size of the GAZETTE, and though small is spicy.  The terms are only $24 per annum!  To pay the difference in exchange, we propose that brother Fairchild appropriated in our name a small mining tract on Lander Hill, and sell it out at the first favorable opportunity’ after taking from the proceeds sufficient to pay his demand, he may remit balance by draft – not one of Lincoln’s kind, however. – Geneva Gazette [Geneva, New York]

We are also in receipt of the Daily Reveille, spoken of above, printed by our Brothers.  No wonder our friend PARKER [editor of the Geneva Gazette] likes the paper for it is edited, and ably too, by an Angel!  [Corydon was referring to Myron W. Angel, assistant editor, a cousin to the Fairchilds.]

May 16, 1863 Volume One, Number One William C. Phillips William C. Phillips
September 30, 1863 Transfer of control Oscar Llewellan Chandler Fairchild
Joseph Depuy Fairchild
Adair Wilson
Myron Angel, Assist.
Summer 1871 Paper Sold Andrew Casamayou
John H. Dennis
September 9, 1873 Change of Interest Andrew Casamayou
John Booth
Andrew Casamayou
December 12, 1875 Sold John Booth & Company Fred H. Hart

The Last Frontier Village was an early 1950's theme park that included a mix of museum pieces with working "authentic" western attractions and retail establishments. Included within were three "complete railroad outfits with engine, tracks and the usual accessories." The village featured a drug store, general store, post office, schoolhouse and jail, as well as the "original printing plant of the venerable Reese River Reveille, Nevada's oldest newspaper."

-Referencing Ralli, P. Viva Vegas. Hollywood, CA: House-Warven Publishers, 1953

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