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J. F. A. Strong

J. F. A. STRONG published the first newspaper ever issued in Nome and the first paper published as a commercial venture in Northwestern Alaska. This paper was the Nome News, and the first issue was October 9, 1899. The paper was a four-column quarto and sold for fifty cents the copy. The plant was brought to Nome from Dawson where Mr. Strong had previously been engaged in journalism.

J. F. A. Strong is a native of Franklin County, Kentucky. After a varied newspaper career in many towns of the United States he went to Dawson in 1897 and came to Nome in the summer of 1899. He is now the editor and proprietor of the Nome Nugget, a semi-weekly newspaper that would be a credit to any town in the United States with ten times the population of Nome. J. F. A. Strong is a versatile writer of marked ability, and his journalistic career in Nome has met with deserved recognition and compensation. He is a man of pleasing and magnetic personality, and unvarying urbanity. He has taken an active part in all civic endeavor for the welfare of the Northland, and his pen has been an important factor in shaping the destiny of this new country.  

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




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