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The first Three Forks Herald- 1908

The first businesses in Three Forks are shown in the above photo from September 1908. The three tents, from left to right, housed The Herald, the Elliott Café and the Menapace dry goods store. The Herald is the city's longest-serving business, having operated continuously ever since the week Three Forks was founded. The Herald is the oldest continually operating newspaper in Gallatin County, and holds the distinction as the oldest business establishment in Three Forks (and among the oldest in the Gallatin Valley).

This first issue was a four-page tabloid set word by word with hand-set type and was published by Paul A. Dorsey and Z.L. Bowen with the headlines “Three Forks – A Coming Metropolis”, “Milwaukee Land Co.’s Lot Sale,” and "Establishing New Street Grades and Building New Telephone Lines." The second issue, according to the archives, "was a little late when a high wind came along and took the tent."

Z.L. Bowen was soon replaced by W.E. Ballard, who was later to become publisher of the Three Forks News, in competition to the Herald. Dorsey, who remained with the Herald, was a well-educated, conservative man and very much in sympathy with the Milwaukee Railroad which contributed greatly to the economy of the growing town. When the town council taxed the railroad heavily, Dorsey fought the move with scathing editorials. Ballard, in contrast, supported the city council. The Three Forks News was named the official town paper, the tax was assessed, and the Milwaukee Railroad moved their roundhouse and car shops to Deer Lodge. Dorsey’s integrity was proven and the city fathers stood by their guns to enforce the tax, but the town lost a great deal of revenue with the removal of the round house and shops. The Three Forks News discontinued publication in 1939 and the Herald remained to serve the town.

1950 Heidelberg the was used well into the 1990’s at the Three Forks Herald (Presently on display)

In 1927, Lyle Williams was studying journalism at the University of Montana when he learned that Dorsey wanted to sell the Herald. He purchased the paper in March of that year and graduated from the School of Journalism that June. He owned and operated The Herald for nearly 42 years, publishing his last issue in early 1969. The present building on Main Street was constructed in 1954. Williams sold the Herald to Bill and Hope Davis in 1969. Their daughter, JoRill, became editor in 1974. She and her husband, Jim Jewett, purchased the Herald from Bill and Hope in 1987 and operated it through 2011, updating it with modern technology and new, computer-based layout.

Andy and Lori Malby took over ownership and publishing of The Herald in December 2011. Andy most recently had been the former editor of the Belgrade News, which he helped found in 2004. Prior to that, he was a reporter, then editor and manager of Belgrade's High Country Independent Press (2001-2003). He also worked at newspapers in Lewistown and Spokane, Wash. in the 1990s and was editor of the ASMSU Exponent, the student newspaper at Montana State University from the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1992. Andy is a past president of the Montana Newspaper Association and former longtime member of that organization's board of directors.

(The information, photos, and language from this article are taken from the Three Forks Herald website, with permission.)
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UPCOMING MEETING SCHEDULE: (All meetings are at 5:30 unless otherwise noted.)

June 2
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September 15
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October 20
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November 17
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December - TBA
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