Wichita Beacon, Sedgwick County, Kansas
(1872 – 1980)

In 1872 Fred A. Sowers founded the Wichita Beacon, a daily and weekly paper, and this was the first daily paper to be issued in Wichita.

Editors

In 1897 Mr. Allen purchased the Wichita Daily Beacon and in 1918 was the chief owner of that paper, the recognized leader in news distribution and in influence in the southwestern quarter of the state.

The Kansas State Historical Society has the following issues available on microfilm or in original form. All papers listed are available at no charge through interlibrary loan.

The Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society has an online obituary index for the Wichita Beacon and Eagle Newspapers for the years 1955-2003.

1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Our record of editors for this newspaper currently only goes to 1918. We’d like to have the list of editors from 1918-1980, and include biographies/photos for each one if possible. Anyone having further information is encouraged to submit such to us.