Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Minot Optic
The Minot Optic was founded by a colorful, outspoken and politically active Marshall McClure. McClure sold the newspaper to H. A. Zimmerman, someone who was in constant political hot water, according to past history. The paper passed through various crises until it was purchased by W. M. Smart and published by him until May 1, 1914. Smart is well known in
Minot for his real estate, and hotel businesses, and a long career in the House of Representatives. On May 1, 1914, C. A. Johnson and Smart consolidated their papers, The Ward County Reporter and the Minot Optic, as the Minot Optic-Reporter, and on November 25, 1916, they changed the name to The Minot Daily News. In 1920, Norman B. Black, H. D. Paulson, and Hal S. Davies, all of The Fargo Forum, purchased the News. Davies was then general manager of the Forum and became the new publisher of the News. It was the beginning of a long relationship between Davies and the city. The News paper was originally located in the Flat Iron Building on Central Avenue, then in the form Legion Club building on Broadway before moving to its present location in 1952.