Although much of the content was concerned with national and California politics, the paper reported the news. During the war years, much of it dealt with military action, yet there was full coverage of the local news of Grass Valley, Marysville, and the surrounding gold country.
In April, 1865, Byrne sold his share in the printing company to Charles S. Wells, former owner of the Nevada National, and the company reorganized as the National Printing Company with John P. Skelton as business manager and Ridge as editor. As editor, Ridge attacked Mormons, called Andrew Johnson a "disgrace" in office, eulogized Lincoln (although Ridge did not like him), and dealt with the issue of assassinations in general. After the war ended, the newspaper returned to dealing with more local issues in the summer of 1865.
Ridge spent much of 1866 in Washington, D.C., as a member of the delegation representing the pro-Confederate Cherokees in treaty negotiations. He returned to Grass Valley in late 1866. 3 Although Ridge was away from the newspaper much of the time in 1866, he continued as a partner in the National Printing Company and was editor when he died on October 5, 1867. 4
The Daily National continued until March 31, 1870. 5
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Gregory
Title and Title Changes: Grass Valley Telegraph ( 1853- 1858); Nevada National ( 1858- 1861); Grass Valley National ( 1861- 1864); The Daily National ( 1864- 1870)
Volume and Issue Data: Grass Valley National (Vol. 9, No. 1, August 10, 1861-Vol. 12, No. 38, July 16, 1864); The Daily National (Vol. 12, No. 46, August 2, 1864-Vol. 13, No. 149, May 27, 1865)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Rufus Shoemaker ( 1859), C. Wells and Company ( 1859), W. B. Ewer & Company ( 1861- 1862), Byrne & Company ( 1863- 1864), National Printing Company ( 1865- 1867), Grass Valley, California