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  • Stafford Springs, Connecticut
  • 18831922

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The Stafford Springs Press proudly traced its lineage from the first paper published in Tolland County, Connecticut. In 1883, publisher James McLaughlin described its mission as serving Stafford so that it could be rated "well up in the list of great and wealthy towns of the state." "[F]oul excrescences ... will crop out in any community," he said, "but will flourish best when there is no paper to war against them." The compiler of the Stafford Illustrated, an 1895 sketch of the town, described McLaughlin as a person unwilling "to attract readers by lurid appeals to morbid tastes." Instead, the Press provided a "virtually complete" compendium of and town and county news and produced editorials on all public questions written in "the spirit of justice and fairness." It offered commentary on issues such as tariffs, the homeless, high-profile criminal cases, claims of starving textile workers, corruption scandals, Fourth of July rowdiness, and the placement of railroad lines to the advantage of certain industries and towns.

Archive Info

  • 7,700
  • Stafford Springs, Connecticut
  • 18831922

Source Information

The Press, 1883–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 25, 2022

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Archive Info

  • 7,700
  • Stafford Springs, Connecticut
  • 18831922

Source Information

The Press, 1883–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 25, 2022