The Sunday Sun

William F. Montgomery, a native of Indiana, was employed by the Pioneer newspaper from 1882-1885. Montgomery was the eldest son of Wright E. Clarke, the publisher of the Schoolcraft County Pioneer, a secret the two men shared that would not be revealed until after their deaths. In October of 1885, Montgomery left the Pioneer to form a rival newspaper The Sunday Sun with the inspiring motto “It Shines for All.” The Sunday Sun (1885-1889) was the second newspaper published in Schoolcraft County and was registered as an independent weekly. Montgomery hoped to appeal to a younger audience than the more established Pioneer. All went well until the fall of 1889 when Montgomery became ill, suffering from mental and physical exhaustion. In November of 1889 he was hospitalized at the Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City for eight weeks. After his recovery in January of 1890, he returned to Manistique to find his newspaper office sold to cover his many debts. The Sunday Sun was purchased by Ed Jones and became the Sunday Morning Star in 1890, and then the Saturday Morning Star in 1891. Montgomery relocated to Republic Michigan where he established the Republic Sun. He died in September of 1892 as a result of injuries sustained in a fire that destroyed his newspaper office.

Issues of the Sunday and Saturday Morning Star newspapers can be found in the Manistique School and Public Library collections.