The Sweet Home New
Era, successor of several newspaper ventures in this field, was
started in September 1929 by G. H. Crusen as a 6-column 4-page paper,
for which the subscriber was charged $1.50 a year. It was here that the
late Mrs. O. Feigum, wide-eyed country correspondent, always interested
and often astonished, did her picturesque work—this lover of nature
and chronicler of the first robins, trilliums, etc., who was made famous
by Ben Hur Lampman and Ed Miller of the Oregonian
through editorial recognition and special interviews. Mrs. Feigum
told Sunday Editor Miller that she got her tips by listening in on the
rural party lines.
The next publisher of the New Era was John T. Russell, who fought to keep his town from being
drowned out of existence by one of the proposed great dams of the
Willamette valley project. Russell was a colorful journalist,
having been a newspaper publisher in Ohio before coming to Oregon in
1909. In 1936 Dave MacMillian joined Russell as a partner.
MacMillian briefly assumed ownership of the paper in 1939,then turned it
back to Russell in 1940. The Russells continued publication of the
New Era until the fall of 1946.
Subsequent publishers were William L. Dudley and A.
E. Macoubrie, 1946-1970, John & Jack Nelson, Connie Johnson, and
David O. Cooper.