PHOENIX – Originally written to commemorate the dedication of the Coolidge Dam, The Coolidge Examiner would go on to be an important weekly newspaper for Pinal County. The masthead included the tagline, “Circulation covers Casa Grande Valley Like a Blanket.” The paper often included news about water rights, a topic editor and publisher Ted Healy was passionate about. The newspaper also included local, national and international news. Issues digitized for this collection span the pre and post-World War II era from 1930-1946.
“Looking through these pages, particularly 1941 through 1945, one gets to see how a small Arizona town mobilized to face the challenges of World War II, from sending its young men off to battle, to staging Pinal County war bond drives, to providing coverage of the nearby Florence Internment Camp for POWs,” said Sativa Peterson, NDNP Grant Project Director and News Content Program Manager for the State of Arizona Research Library.
This is just one of the 40 newspaper titles that were digitized and added to the Arizona Memory Project by the Arizona State Library in partnership with the University of Arizona Libraries, thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. The Coolidge Examiner will be available indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/coolidgeexam.