What’s in a Name — “RENO Reporter”

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Reno & Nevada Divorce Ranches, Reno and Nevada Divorce Era, Sandra V. McGee
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Where does the name Reno Reporter come from?

In 2003, I was deep into research for the book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler.   I was at the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City, Nevada, looking at rolls and rolls of microfiche when I came across the Reno Reporter, a weekly tabloid published from 1947 to 1950. The tabloid carried a social column that covered the “Reno divorce colony” (as it was called then) and was full of society names, fascinating divorce stories, and — well — gossip. 

It was a different time then and not all divorce stories were sad. Check out this item from 1947:

Marcus Daly III, scion of a Montana copper family that long since has been out of the penny stage, filed suit to sever the martial knot. His wife, Mrs. Florence Daly, was right on the scene and filed a cross complaint. Then she produced her resident witness, none other than husband Marcus, who swore he had seen her every day of their six week stay. There was nothing unusual about this to the Dalys. Last July, they traded husbands and wives with friends in a double divorce and marriage proposition in Missoula Montana. (Reno Reporter, October 31, 1947)

Did you follow this?    –Sandra McGee, Divorce Nevada Style

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