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   Digitization plan
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Title info

  • Ayer Annual1 Not listed
    • Publish day: Thursdays
    • Content: Agriculture
    • Established: 1894
    • Pages: 16-20
    • Size: 11 x 13 in
    • Editor:
    • Publisher:
  • Frequency: weekly, then semi-monthly
  • Coverage
    • Region: South Cascades, Statewide
    • County: Yakima
  • Unique ids
    • LCCN: 2007252175; 2007252185; sn98047754; sn98047755
    • OCLC: 226861055

Digitization plan

2008-2009 grant


Essay Draft

The Ranch [LCCN: 2007252175]

The first issue of the Ranch came off the press of the Yakima Herald [LCCN: sn88085523] on January, 20th, 1894. During the same year C. P. Wilcox, W. H. Wilcox, George N. Tuesley, and Ranch editor Edgar Libby formed the Yakima Publishing Company and bought the Yakima Republic [LCCN: sn88085525] . The group also took responsibility for the Ranch. Financial problems triggered frequent transactions in the Yakima publishing community and left the Republic nearly defunct before James and Sperry became owners in early 1896. The Ranch may have been a victim of the troubled economic climate and frequent changes of ownership; no issues are known to have been printed after August 18, 1894.

Edgar Howard Libby was the editor and creative force behind the Ranch. Educated at the University of Massachusettes Amherst, Libby spent his early professional life editing and publishing journals such as Scientific Farmer (Amherst and Boston) [LCCN: ca08002908], American Agriculturalist (New York)[LCCN:sf87090292], Land and Home (New York), Farmers’ Review (Chicago), the American Garden and Our Country Home (Greenfield, Mass) [LCCN: ca09000980], and contributed to the Irrigation Age (Chicago) [LCCN:ca17003583]. News of planned irrigation projects in North Yakima, Washington may have encouraged him to move there. The financial panic of 1893 contributed to instability in the Yakima publishing industry and conditions were unfavorable for his new venture. By early 1896 Libby had left North Yakima and formed the Lewiston(Idaho)Water and Power Company, an organization that completed ambitious irrigation and bridge construction projects in the Lewiston-Clarkston area with the financial backing of east coast investors.

The Ranch is among the earliest agricultural journals published in the state of Washington. It encouraged farmers to employ scientific knowledge to their farming practice. It may also have inspired Miller Freeman to found a similar journal, the Ranche and Range [LCCN: 2007252185], in 1897.

Essay Notes

Link to ranch-research notes page



  1. Heuterman. A history of newspapering in Yakima, Washington. 1961 masters thesis.
  2. Freeman, Miller. The memoirs of Miller Freeman 1875-1955. 1956 The founder of the Ranche and Range/The Ranch.

  1. N.W. Ayer & Son's American newspaper annual -- fill in year -- fill in page
  2. NDNP Candidate Title List (Appendix A1.2)
  3. Chronicling America record (LOC) - The ranch. (North Yakima, Wash.) 1894-189?
  4. Chronicling America record (LOC) - Ranche and range. : (North Yakima, Wash.) 1897-1902 )
  5. Chronicling America record (LOC) - The ranch. (Seattle, Wash.) 1902-1914
  6. Chronicling America record (LOC) - The Washington Farmer (1914-1971)
  7. WorldCat record - Ranch
  8. UW record - Ranch



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  • Positives held by: UW
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newspaper-like, covers the farming industry across the state with backfiles for 1894, and 1897-1914 on 8 reels for a total of 5,050 pages (if I'm reading the paperwork on it correctly). Published in Seattle on a biweekly-then-weekly basis, on newsprint, excellent clarity, tabloid size - gpearson, 2008/09/30 16:01


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