Pendleton in the early 1880s exemplified a cinematic image of the Wild West. Almost every issue of the EO told of fist fights, pistol whipping, knife fights, racing horses on the major streets.-- Grit and Ink: An Oregon Family’s Adventures in Newspapering, 1908–2018 by William F. Willingham, with a Preface by Stephen A. Forrester and a Forward by R. Gregory Nokes.
Grit and Ink is the history of the East Oregonian Publishing Company, an independent newspaper company that has been publishing across Oregon for close to 140 years. The history is still living -- the company was in the news today for outbidding two national newspaper chains to buy The Bulletin in Bend, and the weekly Redmond Spokesman.
Grit and Ink is a great read for anyone interested in the newspaper business, local journalism, or Oregon history.
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