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The town of Perry has had at least one newspaper since the day the Cherokee
Strip opened on Sept. 16, 1893, recording the news and events of one of
Oklahoma’s new settlements.
The first paper distributed in Perry was the Perry Times, a weekly then
daily publication. Copies were printed in Guthrie and brought here the
afternoon of the Cherokee Strip opening by Bert H. Green. Also on the first
day, Lon Whorton came to Perry from Chandler with the Perry Sentinel which
he later changed to the Noble County Sentinel.
Another publication, The Perry Republican, was established in the early days
by Arthur Boles and James W. Casey with the backing of Boles’ father, Judge
A. H. Boles, who had been registrar of the Land Office in 1889. Virgil C.
Welch and Ed Perry arrived in Perry in the early days from Alma, Kansas, and
began printing the Weekly Enterprise. Within a few years they purchased Bert
Green’s paper, combing the two to create the Enterprise-Times. The Perry
Republican later absorbed the Enterprise-Times.
The Perry Daily Journal was established February 7, 1927, by C. P. Penfield
when he consolidated the Republican and Sentinel weeklies. Judge E. W. Jones
was editor of the Republican. The same year Mr. Penfield started the
Journal, he sold it to W. K. Leatherock who operated the Journal until he
left Perry to found the Clinton Daily News. After selling his interests in
Clinton, Leatherock moved to Longview, TX, operating the newspaper there
until 1933 when he returned to Perry. He published the Daily Journal in
Perry until his death Feb. 10, 1949.
His successor at the helm of the Journal was Milo W. Watson, whom he hired
as advertising manager in 1943. Watson bought an interest in the Journal in
1945 and later, after Leatherock’s death, he also purchased Mrs.
In 1996 at the death of Watson, The Perry Daily Journal was purchased by the
Phillip Reid and Kenneth Reid families, a longstanding Oklahoma newspaper
The Perry Daily Journal, with its rich heritage may very well be the
smallest town in Oklahoma with a daily newspaper...a perky, small-town local
chronicle recording the history of its people and activities.
Publications affiliated with the Perry Daily Journal
Weatherford Daily News, the
Vinita Daily Journal,
the Nowata Star,
The Grand Laker,
Perry Daily Journal,
Tribune and the
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