The Times Journal| Serving Gilliam, Wheeler & Sherman Counties
A Weekly Newspaper Since 1886
Published every Thursday by Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC and entered as periodical Matter with Periodical Postage paid at the Condon Post Office, USPS No. 128-260
Send address changes to The Times-Journal, PO Box 746, Condon, OR 97823
The Fossil Journal, established 1886; The Condon Globe, established 1891; The Condon Times, established 1900; Globe and Times consolidated in 1919 to the Globe Times; Fossil Journal and Globe-Times consolidated in 1975 to the Times-Journal. The Times-Journal is the Newspaper of Record for Wheeler County, Gilliam County and Sherman County, and the cities of Fossil, Mitchell, Spray, Arlington, Condon and Lonerock.
$30 per year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $40 per year elsewhere in the Unites States. Single issues 50 cents.
Deadline for Thursday morning publication:
5:00 p.m. Monday for news and advertising.
McLaren and Janet Stinchfield
Publisher/Editor: McLaren Stinchfield
Production/Office: Janet Stinchfield
Advertising/Production: Cody Bettencourt
Kay West – Arlington
Sherian Asher - Fossil
HISTORY OF THE TIMES JOURNAL
McLaren (Mac) and Jan Stinchfield are the fourth generation in Mac's family to own the Times-Journal. Newspapers in Gilliam and Wheeler counties had their origin in 1886. The Times-Journal is an amalgamation of several publications that have merged over the years.
The Globe was launched in 1891 by Sloan P. Shutt and has since been referred to as the oldest continuous business institution in Condon. The Times was founded in 1900 by William Christie, a Scotsman and an uncle twice removed from Mac Stinchfield. Christie sold the paper in 1904. to Edward Curran. Maurice Fitzmaurice acquired the paper in 1908. Fitzmaurice sold the paper in 1919 when it was consolidated with the Globe under the ownership of George H. Flagg. He installed a modern linotype, one of which is still functional in the shop today, used the power press from the Times operation, and called the paper the Globe-Times, a banner that remained intact for the next 56 years.
Flagg edited the paper until 1921 when he sold to N.C. Westcott and W.H. Ortman. By 1925 Westcott was the sole owner of the publication. In 1927 he sold to Lawrence Spraker and Burt Halsey. A year later Spraker was the sole owner and published the paper until 1937 when he sold to Arthur Jones. In 1938, Jones sold the paper to Stewart Hardie, an uncle of Stinchfield.
Stewart Hardie, publisher, county clerk and Oregon State Legislator, published the paper until his death in 1957. During his ownership, Hardie purchased the neighboring Fossil Journal, a publication that had its origin in 1886 under the ownership of James S. Stewart, also an Oregon State Legislator and civic leader who was instrumental in the formation of Wheeler County. James Stewart came to America straight from Scotland and was an uncle of Stewart Hardie and an uncle once removed of Stinchfield.
Stewart Hardies wife continued with the operation of the paper for another year after his death before she sold to Clay Brownhill, who sold to Richard Zita, who sold to Jim and Iris Mahaffey, who sold to Andrew F. Leckie in 1974. Leckie hired Stinchfield to manage the Condon Globe-Times. In 1975, the Condon Globe-Times and Fossil Journal were consolidated to form the Times-Journal. Stinchfield and partner B. Rockne Wilson purchased the paper in the fall of 1976 and two years later, Stinchfield bought Wilsons share of the paper and has published the paper since.
The unique phenomena of four generations of the newspapers ownership in the same family is tempered by the fact that ownership has been outside the family between each generation.
The newspaper has been published from the one-of-a-kind sandstone building on Condons South Main Street since 1930. The building was constructed in 1903 of sandstone quarried at Lost Valley some 20 miles southeast of Condon. It was constructed to be a bank, but was occupied first as a saloon, a gentlemans retreat, and called the Bank Saloon. It housed several enterprises, including a dress shop, before the paper moved in in 1930.
Some vintage printing equipment remains in the shop, however, the newspaper has been printed by the offset printing method since 1974. The Times-Journal officially serves the three smallest counties in the state Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman, and has a circulation of approximately 1500 readers.