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Newspaper Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916

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About Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916

Conceived in the minds of David A. Gordon and C. L. Minor in Arizona City in 1871, the weekly independent Arizona Free Press lasted less than a year before changing its masthead to the Arizona Sentinel. In 1873 Arizona City changed its name to Yuma, and, on April 5 of that year, Minor became sole editor of the Sentinel. Minor took the separation of politics and journalism seriously, to the point that a corrupt elected official allegedly shot at Minor while he was working in the Sentinel office. After the incident, Minor declared that “the official character and condition of every man was public property and that it was the duty of every journalist to expose the unfaithful public servant.” According to William H. Lyon in Those Old Yellow Dog Days: Frontier Journalism in Arizona, 1859-1912, Minor’s statement typified the uneasy relationship between editors and politicians of the time.

Being ideologically independent came at a price. Over the next several years, the Arizona Sentinel switched editors frequently, struggling financially as it continued to depend on contributions to keep alive. This changed when the paper was bought by the Sentinel Publishing Company in 1881. Under the management of John W. Dorrington, the Sentinel flourished as a moderate Republican publication for the next 30 years. Dorrington’s editorial dominance was so commanding that Yuma became known as the “newspaper graveyard” as rival periodicals started up and then quickly died off. In 1911, the Sentinel merged with the Yuma Examiner to become the Arizona Sentinel and Yuma Weekly Examiner. William Harold Shorey took over the reins as editor in 1912, and three years later the Sentinel merged with the Yuma Southwest to become the Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest. A little over a year later, the paper switched its masthead back to the Arizona Sentinel. It kept the title until 1918 when the paper consolidated with the Yuma Examiner to become the daily Yuma Examiner and Arizona Sentinel.

The paper moved from a daily to semiweekly in 1920, then became a daily once again later that same year. Various mergers and title changes occurred over the next seven years. In late 1928, under the editorial management of Roy Dennis, the paper split into two separate publications: the Yuma Examiner and the Arizona Sentinel . In 1935, the papers merged with the Yuma Morning Sun to become the Yuma Daily Sun and the Yuma Arizona Sentinel, with Karl E. Allen acting as editor. The Daily Sun and the Sentinel combined as the Yuma Daily Sun in 1987, becoming simply the Sun in 2001. The Sun continues in daily circulation today.

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Provided By: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ

About this Newspaper


  • Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916

Dates of Publication

  • 1915-1916

Created / Published

  • Yuma, Ariz. : W.H. Shorey, 1915-1916.


  • -  Yuma (Ariz.)--Newspapers
  • -  Yuma County (Ariz.)--Newspapers
  • -  Arizona--Yuma
  • -  Arizona--Yuma County
  • -  United States--Arizona--Yuma--Yuma


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 45, no. 25 (June 10, 1915)-v. 46, no. 30 (June 22, 1916).
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Merger of: Arizona sentinel and Yuma weekly examiner, and: Yuma southwest.
  • -  Arizona sentinel (Yuma, Ariz. : 1916) 2166-9791 (DLC)sn 95060878 (OCoLC)33811511


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn95060877

OCLC Number

  • 33805301

ISSN Number

  • 2166-9783

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Chicago citation style:

Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest Yuma, Ariz. -1916. (Yuma, AZ), Jan. 1 1915.

APA citation style:

(1915, January 1) Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest Yuma, Ariz. -1916. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Arizona Sentinel Yuma Southwest Yuma, Ariz. -1916. (Yuma, AZ) 1 Jan. 1915. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,