The first issue of the Idaho County Free Press came out on June 18, 1886.
Among the stories included the "Dastardly attempt to burn a man in his bed at midnight." Living six miles west of Grangeville, Mr. M. L. Butler woke at midnight to find his barn in flames and the fire spreading to his home. He saved his house, but the barn was lost, along with "a valuable horse and agricultural machinery, valued at $1,000." Cause was a bag of shavings saturated with coal oil, and subsequently, a neighbor, was arrested on suspicion.
Ever since that first issue, The Free Press and its dedicated staff of journalists, advertising executives and a distribution expert have been a hardworking presence in Idaho County.
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