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The First Los Gatos Newspaper

The first edition of The Los Gatos Weekly News was published in 1881.

The Los Gatos Weekly News was the town’s first newspaper and the first edition was printed in July of 1881.

The publisher was William Stuart Walker, previously a farmer from Missouri, who had been successful printing and publishing newspapers in Illinois, Nebraska and California, as well as his home state.

Walker, a veteran of the Civil War branded as a “Radical Republican,” had planned to publish his paper in Saratoga, but when he stepped off the train in Los Gatos he quickly came to the conclusion that this would be the more newsworthy of the two locations.

In the beginning the paper was printed in a house on Alpine Avenue, but Walker later moved it to a wooden building on East Main Street.

Source: Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project

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Jeanne Rajabzadeh February 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Fun story, thanks Stephanie.
Gary Hinze February 24, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Is this the building on East Main Street? Any idea where it was? There is no number visible. Presumably there would be records of various kinds. What is the date of the photo? Do those windows open? The doorknob is low. I notice the concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter. It looks like some kind of cover in the parkstrip.
Gary Hinze April 02, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The newspaper office at 128 East Main Street would have been across from and east of the present Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation office at 123 East Main Street. That would match the location of the sculpture in the lawn in front of the new Los Gatos Library. It would be west of the Senior Center at 208 East Main Street, which is just east of Fiesta Way.

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