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Harry G. Steel

HARRY G. STEEL, editor and manager of the Nome News, is a native of Pennsylvania, where he spent his boyhood days and received his newspaper training. He is the youngest son of Col. J. Irvin Steel, treasurer of the National Editorial Association, and one of the oldest living newspaper owners in the Keystone State, having been actively engaged in the profession for near half a century. The father and five sons own in all fourteen newspapers.

H. G. Steel was city editor of the Ashland Evening Telegram, Mauch Chunk Daily Times and Pottsville Daily Republican prior to 1893, when he purchased the Shamokin Daily Herald. All of these papers are published in Pennsylvania. In 1899 Mr. Steel took a seventy-five ton plant to Dawson and started the Daily News, the first daily newspaper in the Klondike. That fall he sent a plant to Nome and there established the News, the first newspaper in that camp. He went to Nome in the spring of 1900, and assumed the active management of the News and has since been at the head of that paper. When the wireless system was completed between St. Michael and Safety, Mr. Steel had the distinction of receiving the first commercial message over the line, and the News received and printed the first wireless press messages received in the North.  

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by E. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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