In the Sept. 28 Dan Krieger story titled “Horace Greeley heads out West,” he missed an opportunity to mention that one of those adventuresome young men to whom Greeley told, “Go West, young man,” was James McClatchy (founder of McClatchy Newspapers).
McClatchy was an aspiring journalist on the editorial staff of Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. In 1848, news of the gold strike reached the East, and young Mc-Clatchy took the advice of his employer and headed west.
When things didn’t “pan out” in the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada, McClatchy worked for several small newspapers. He landed at the fledgling Sacramento Bee and was quickly elevated to editor. McClatchy became known as a champion of people’s rights — fighting against big corporations and corrupt politicians. That commitment lead to the mission statement: “To inform and advocate for the enhancement of life.” Later, he founded The Stockton Bee and The Fresno Bee. The iconic Bee logo was crafted for Eleanor McClatchy, (granddaughter of James McClatchy) by Walt Disney.
James McClatchy passed in Paraiso Springs, a resort nestled back in the Santa Lucia mountain range just west of Soledad. Today, the Mc-Clatchy Company publishes 29 daily newspapers, about 50 nondailies and has related print and digital operations throughout the United States, including The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.