Tag Archive: The Tribune

Oct 31

Horatio S. Rembaugh takes over the Tribune

The Tribune has had competition for all but 8 of the over 140 years it has been published. As founder Walter Murray turned the reins of ownership over to his partner Horatio Southgate Rembaugh both wrote editorials reviewing the contentious early history of the paper. Murray’s column is linked here. Both the San Luis Obispo …

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Oct 29

Walter Murray retires from journalism after founding the Tribune

It was an open secret. Everyone in town knew Walter Murray was the founding editor of The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Competitors criticized Murray by name on an almost weekly basis. But the first edition the Tribune in August 1869 showed H.S. Rembaugh and Co. as the publisher. Except for a failed ownership change for …

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Jul 23

James J. Ayers, founder of the San Francisco Call, editor of San Luis Obispo Tribune

Daily Morning Call original office building in San Francisco. James J. Ayers would be involved in the founding of four newspapers including the Daily Morning CallPhoto Courtsey Found SF

His book “Gold and Sunshine” opens with James J. Ayers, then all of 18 years old, departing St. Louis for the California gold fields in February 1849. After a long strange 22-year journey Ayers would briefly become the second editor of the Tribune in San Luis Obispo. Ayers planned get to the California gold by …

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Aug 10

Volume I Number I, The Tribune’s first issue

August 7, 1869 As promised Friday here are some excerpts from the four page, first edition of The Tribune. The front page and biography of founder Walter Murray were outlined in a  previous post. Careful viewers will spot his advertisement on the front. Alexander Murray, Walter’s younger brother, advertises his store on an inside page. …

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Aug 07

Walter Murray founds The Tribune


August 7, 1869 For employees at the Tribune it all began 140 years ago today. But the story of the founder begins over four decades earlier and half way around the world. By any measure he had a remarkable life. Born on a winter day in London December 9, 1826; he was trained in the …

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