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135 years: Looking back on a millenium

Jody Poe, Sierra Sun publisher

Happy New Year. 2004 marks the beginning of not only a new year, but a milestone at the Sierra Sun. This year, the paper celebrates its 135th anniversary. Wow, 135 years – by any standard, that’s a long time. The Sierra Sun is one of California’s oldest newspapers and proud to have earned the ranking.The Sierra Sun, originally The Truckee Tribune, published its first issue on Sept. 19, 1868 (technically 136 years ago) but carried the Volume I moniker throughout the year 1869. Our flag has stood to read “Since 1869” thereafter.The Truckee Tribune, later known as the Truckee Republican and The Sierra Sun – now simply Sierra Sun – was first opened and operated by J. W. Ferguson & Co., editor E. B. Boust. An annual subscription was $5 paid in advance, and the paper published every Saturday.During the past 135 years, the paper shifted publication days frequently; from weekly, to twice weekly, to three times weekly and so on. Sharing the masthead on some occasion with the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. While the number of days the paper publishes changed, it appears that the mission of the paper never strayed. The paper was and is dedicated to serving the needs of the Truckee community then and today.The words of then editor and publisher J.W. Ferguson, printed below in the first of our “Yesterday — Today — Tomorrow” series read as if he had a crystal ball to the 21st century.As we begin the new year, we are pleased to introduce the “Yesterday — Today — Tomorrow” series. It will appear in the Friday, weekend edition of the paper. As we celebrate 135 years in Truckee, the series will be a look back through the archives.We’ll highlight our history in our pages. We’ll pull headlines, movie listings, retail prices, old photos and entertaining commentary from the pages of Sierra Sun past. The January offering will highlight the first issues published in Truckee. After that, we’ll begin a 20, 40, 50, 80 years ago look back. Let us know what you’d like to see – local history and our connection to the past is one our greatest assets. The fabric of Truckee life is colorful, long and fascinating, and woven into the yellowed pages of our archive. We’re looking forward to sharing “Yesterday — Today — Tomorrow” with you.Jody Poe is publisher of the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at jpoe@sierrasun.com.