From the very beginning of settlement, the populace
had a craving for news from the outside world. As was
stated in the PARIS POST, June 26, 1940..."First came the
early pioneers to set the stage for a community, then
followed all the remaining elements to make a well rounded
Every freighter, mail carrier, or traveller to and
from the valley was urged to bring back the latest
newspaper that could be obtained; and when one did arrive
it was read and re-read until the print faded away.
With the arrival of the Deseret Telegraph company in
Paris on November 6,1871, some release was provided by
operators who faithfully recorded newsworthy events and
weekly on Saturday nights presented to the Stake presidency
the "latest". Also on Thursdays, prior to the evening
meeting of the School of The Prophets, a similar listing
was made available, thus spreading the news by word of
mouth. But it was not enough., the community wanted a
From the most humble beginning, the BEAR LAKE DEMOCRAT
came slowly into being.
Prior to the establishment of Bear Lake County on
January 5, 1875, efforts were being investigated for the
creation of a newspaper in Paris. Equipment and the
necessary funding to begin such an enterprise were lacking.
There was little experience among the settlers. Joseph
C. Rich had become the Bear Lake correspondent for the
DESERET NEWS in Salt Lake. His writings there had kept
the valley before the eyes of the people there. His
stories about the Bear Lake Monster piqued considerable
interest and also sold 14 subscriptions to the paper in the
valley by 1870. The problem was distribution which often
took a week or ten days to arrive in the valley. Through
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