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Oscar Llewellyn Crandall Fairchild
13 February 1830 - 19 June 181897
Trumansburg, Tompkins Co., New York - Elko Co., Nevada
  David Fairchild
Deborah Palmer

 For the story of their part as '49ers, click here.  

Oscar migrated to California with his father.

A printer who worked and ran many newspapers in his life, Oscar was an important addition to the new state of Nevada. The Austin Reese River Reveille, was manned by J. DePuy and Oscar L.C. Fairchild before they bought out the owners. The brothers came down from the California mountains to continue the family tradition of printing.  In the Spring of '68, 'Jo' sold his interest in the paper to his brother Oscar.

Named his son after his younger brother, Theodore Tracy Fairchild, who died so young.  Oscar was an active Mason and was a staunch supporter of the new lodge.

Sacramento Daily Union - June 26 1865

Births - At Pilot Hill, El Dorado county, June 22d, the wife of O.L.C. FAIRCHILD, [Winnifred Elizabeth Pitchford] of a son. [Theodore Tracy Fairchild]

Stockton Daily Independent
October 1871

OAKLAND ‘DAILY NEWS’ -- Oscar L. FAIRCHILD, for years editor and proprietor of the Reese River ‘Reveille,’ Austin, Nevada, has purchased an interest in the ‘News,’ and the same hereafter will be published by GAGAN & FAIRCHILD. The ‘News’ is one of our most valuable exchanges, and we expect it will take still higher rank under the new management.


Elko Post
December 1, 1877

APPOINTED. A Washington dispatch of the 25th announces, among others, the appointment of O. L. C. Fairchild as Post Master at Tuscarora, Elko County, Nevada, Mrs. A. E. Lancaster, resigned. Mr. Fairchild is editor and one of the proprietors of the Tuscarora Times, is through business-man and of unquestioned integrity and as the Tuscarora Post Office promises to become of considerable importance in the future, no better selection of Postmaster could have been made. Hon. Thomas Wren procured the appointment, upon the recommendations of a number of the leading business men of Tuscarora.

June 22, 1897

At his residence in Independence Valley,
Saturday, June 19, 1897, O. L. C. Fairchild,
aged 67 years, 4 months and 6 days.

Oscar Llewellyn Clinton Fairchild was born in the State of New York, February 13, 1830, and landed in California on his twenty-first birthday, 1851. Like most of those who came in early days he was attracted to the mines, and followed that avocation for some years. Later, in partnership with a brother, he ran a paper in Placerville, disposing of that he went to Virginia City and worked for a time on the Union then published on the Comstock. When the Reese River excitement broke out he took a plant across country and founded the Austin Reveille, and was interested in papers at Pioche and Belmont. He disposed of the Reveille in 1870 and removed to Oakland, California, where he published the Oakland News until he came here in 1877, and purchased the Times and consolidated with the Review. Since which time he has resided constantly in our midst. His family consisted of a wife, a daughter and two sons, but three of whom remains, the younger son dying a little more than a year ago. His wife and surviving son reside among us and his daughter, Mrs. E. M. Chapin, lives in San Francisco, he has a brother and sister in Oakland and a brother and sister in New York.

His death was caused by apoplexy or heart failure, and was totally unexpected as he was hale and hardy and the stroke came entirely without premonition.

The family have heartfelt sympathy of the entire community, and seldom has a larger or more sincere concourse of people assembled to pay their last respects to a citizen as that which gathered yesterday. ============================================================

To the people of Tuscarora we return our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and consolations extended to us in our recent sudden bereavement, and for their kindness and services during the preparations for the funeral or our beloved husband and father, and to the choir and all others who participated on the mournful occasion. May you never be called upon to pass through a like ordeal.

Mrs. O. L. C. Fairchild
Tracy Fairchild


Tuscarora, June 22nd, 1897

It becomes our sad and painful duty to chronicle the death of one of Tuscarora's pioneers and prominent citizens. By the death of O. L. C. Fairchild our community loses a man of sterling integrity, sound judgment and unimpeachable honesty. In the many walks of life consequent on a long and active career in the West, chiefly devoted to journalism, he has ever filled a prominent position before the public. By his unvarying courtesy and solid integrity he has met and overcome obstacles and safely passed through crises that would test the powers of many, through it all retaining a serenity of mind that can only be characterize those of more ordinarily ability and intuition. Quiet and unostentatious, he came and went among us until to all he had become a part of the community and its people, so much so, indeed, that it is difficult to realize that never more shall we see his familiar form on our streets, or hear his cheery laugh as he greeted a friend, on his keen perception of the rights and wrongs of a case in dispute. He possessed a mind well stored with valuable information, and scarcely any knew of his intellectual attainments, so averse was he to display. Ever calm and collected, he was a beacon light during times that try men's souls. Knowing no fear he pursued his walks in life safe from the dread of an accusing conscience. He died leaving no enemies and everyone his friend with whom he came in contact. Few outside of his immediate family can better appreciate the beauties of his character than can we who were in daily association with him from our young manhood. Under him, we took our first lessons in journalism at the case, and such acquirements as we may have or ability we possess, are due in a great measure to his guiding hand and wise counsel. During a period of seven years we cannot remember having heard a harsh word of command fall from his lips, and it gives us pleasure to know we retained his confidence to the last, and to us his death seems a personal bereavement. Full of years, having nearly reached the allotted time of man, he laid down the burdens of life and passed peacefully away. Though totally unexpected, his death rounds out a span of existence that is complete as far as human hopes and plans can well be filled. Like us all he had his ambitions and projects for the future, many of which may now never be carried through with out his guiding hand. None can say what the future will bring forth. Today we dream of futures, for "hope springs eternal in the human breast." Tomorrow we lay still and cold in death, and the places which knew us shall know us no more. Generations after generation have felt as we do now, that their lives were as active as our own. The heavens will be as bright over our graves as they are around our paths. Yet a little while and all this will have happened. The throbbing heart will be stilled and we be at rest. Our funeral will end its way and the prayers will be said, and we will be left in the darkness and silence of the tomb. At it may be for a time we will be spoken of, but as the things of life creep on, our names will be forgotten. Days will move on, and laughter be heard in the room where he died, and then eyes that mourned for us be fried and animated with joy, and even our children will cease to think of us and remember to lisp our names no more. "Tis better so, else the world would be borne down under the burden of grief and woe. Let there be life that bears no stain of reproach for an evil deed done or an opportunity missed to extend a helping had to the distressed, downtrodden or miserable, and secure in the record of a stainless life, may we

"Go not as the quary slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon; but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach our graves
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to peaceful dreams"

----This paper appears today in a dress of mourning in memory of its late owner O. L. C. Fairchild

----The flag was suspended at half mast on the Liberty pole yesterday, out of respect to the memory of the late . O. L. C. Fairchild

The Free Press,
Elko, Nevada,
June 26, 1897

The Tuscarora Times-Review of Tuesday appeared with turned column rules out of respect to the memory of its late proprietor O. L. C. Fairchild.


The sudden death of O. L. C. Fairchild at his home in Independence Valley, near Tuscarora, last Sunday morning was a shock both to relatives and friends, as up to a late hour Saturday night he seemed to be in the best of health. The young folks of the family attended a social dance in town Saturday evening and the first intimation they received that the deceased was not feeling well was when a messenger came for Doctor Drake, just before midnight. His death was caused by apoplexy or heart failure, and was totally unexpected.

Of his life's work the Times-Review says: Oscar Llewellyn Clinton Fairchild was born in the state of New York ...the rest is a repeat of the article from the Review of June 22, 1897.

The funeral which took place in Tuscarora Monday afternoon, was attended by almost the entire population of Tuscarora, for the deceased was liked by everyone. He was a man of strict integrity. Kind in manner and a most respected citizen.

May his last sleep be peaceful and may He who watches over all comfort and sustain those left behind.

Thanks to LYNN REDFIELD for providing the above articles about Oscar

From the Ghost Town web site:

TUSCARORA (Elko County) - Two newspapers began publication in 1877. The Tuscarora Times started on March 24 under the guidance of E.A. Littlefield, also publisher of the Elko Weekly Post.  The weekly publication was issued on Saturdays at a cost of $5 per year. On May 23, C.C.S. Wright began publication of the Mining Review. The paper came out twice a week initially but later became a daily. The two papers enjoyed a friendly competition, so much so that the two papers merged on January 3, 1878, and the Tuscarora Times-Review was born. The new owners were Oscar Fairchild and John Dennis. The paper was a daily and was not published on Mondays.

A new newspaper tried to challenge the powerful and revered Tuscarora Times-Review. In 1881, that paper had been cut back to a weekly by owner Oscar Fairchild.  The Daily Mining News made its first appearance in January, 1883. The paper was run by Harry Fontecilla and despite high hopes for success, it was never able to gain a footheld with the presence of the Times-Review.

During the same year, the Tuscarora Times-Review shrank to two pages and then shut down on October 5 . The Fairchild newspaper legacy was over. Oscar Fairchild, who had come to Tuscarora in 1877, died of heart failure in June, 1897, at the age of 67. Both he and his son, Tracy, had run the Tuscarora Times-Review from its inception. Besides running the paper, Oscar ran a dairy near town and served as postmaster for 10 years. Before coming to Tuscarora, Fairchild had run papers in Placerville, California; Virginia City; Pioche; and Belmont. He also had founded the Reese River Reveille in Austin. Tuscarora Times-Review had a reprieve and was revived on June 15, 1897. C.E. and E.L. Bingham began publishing the paper as a tri-weekly.

The paper only lasted one month longer, finally folding on December 26, without any mention that it was the last issue. The press and other equipment was taken back by W.D. Fairchild and stored for years at the family ranch.


The Ovid Bee - August 4, 1869