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Connecticut Western News Archive

  • Salisbury, Connecticut
  • 18711922

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All accounts of the birth of the Connecticut Western News note that its printing press arrived in the small Litchfield County town of Salisbury on the very same day, "and almost the same hour," that a locomotive of the Connecticut Western Railroad inched forward into the village on just-laid track. Editor and owner Joseph L. Pease wrote in the first issue of July 14, 1871: "Thus, the two engines of civilization keep pace with each other." The arrival of the railroad and the press were both expected to dramatically increase the economic well-being of the state's northwest corner. A "salutatory" in issue No. 1 explained that those who had invested in the publishing enterprise were motivated by the "almost entire absence of a practical means of advertising through this region" and a reliance on posters and circulars. The earliest commercial pages of the Western News were filled with notices of goods and services aimed at persons employed by the native iron industry, in rail car wheel manufacturing, or farming. Newspaper readers could find here purveyors of clothing, groceries, banks, watches, organs, sewing machines, and lumber, as well as carpentry, tailoring, and baking. Other ads tried to entice Connecticut farmers and mechanics to try their hand in the West. Striving first and foremost to satisfy its advertisers, the Western News promised to "stand aloof" from all political parties and to appear at all times as a "respectable family newspaper."

Archive Info

  • 12,143
  • Salisbury, Connecticut
  • 18711922

Source Information

Connecticut Western News, 1871–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 18, 2022

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Archive Info

  • 12,143
  • Salisbury, Connecticut
  • 18711922

Source Information

Connecticut Western News, 1871–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 18, 2022