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Woodstown register. [volume] : (Woodstown, N.J.) 187?-1892
Place of publication:
Woodstown, N.J.
Geographic coverage:
  • Woodstown, Salem, New Jersey  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
William Taylor
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1892?
  • English
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 6 (Mar. 7, 1871).
  • Editor: William Taylor, <1876>.
  • Merged with: The monitor, to form: Monitor-register. Cf. Direct. of N.J. newspapers, 1765-1970.
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Woodstown Register

In 1870, William Taylor, who had been publishing the Clayton Weekly Register and Gloucester County Advertiser in Clayton, Gloucester County, moved his newspaper to Woodstown, and he continued the publication of the paper there as the Woodstown Register. The paper was a four sheet, eight column, politically independent newspaper published weekly on Tuesdays.

In 1870, Woodstown was a local place (not incorporated) within the municipality of Pilesgrove, Salem County. Edward Bilderback Humphreys was instrumental in the growth and development of Woodstown, selecting the area for his new general store and purchasing the surrounding real estate. He eventually built an opera house and a pantaloon factory; he was also among the organizers of the First National Bank. Humphreys, who was a committed advocate of the temperance cause, built a dry hotel in Woodstown so that travelers need not be surrounded by the influence of alcohol.

Humphreys persuaded Taylor to start the newspaper in the town as he had recently opened his department store, E. B. Humphreys & Co., and wished to advertise extensively. Humphreys offered Taylor the use of a room on the third floor of the store for the newspaper, in return for printing advertisements. Together Taylor and Humphreys plastered printed invitations to the store on every smooth fence-rail around Woodstown and the neighborhood, and they offered the tax collectors of the surrounding townships "free" tax collector blanks with a printed advertisement on the back of each one, in order to save the taxpayer money. Initially, the Register was printed on a Washington press, a popular hand press of the time, a great novelty when it was brought to Woodstown, but eventually, the Washington press was replaced by a cylinder power press.

Though Taylor included a prohibition column on the front page of the Register and often printed news from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, he was not the stalwart supporter of the temperance cause that Humphreys and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union desired. He also published an anti-prohibition column running features like the "Prayer of a Saloon Keeper for Women" on January 8, 1884:

Almighty Creator in Heaven! Thou who hast made the heaven and earth, and created man in thine own image as ruler of this earth! Whilst animals are living on grass and water, thou didst teach thy servant Noah to make wine, and thou didst not punish him for making intemperate use of it. At the wedding of Cana, thine only son, Jesus Christ, transformed water into wine when the juice of the grape was exhausted, that the enjoyment of the guests might not be disturbed. The great reformer, Martin Luther, said: 'He who does not love wine, women and song, remains a fool all his life long.' And all the great men upon this earth have been drinking of the wine thou hast given thy children upon this earth. O Lord we pray thee have pity upon these women here who are not grateful for thy gifts, who want to make thy children like the beasts of the field and compel them to drink water like an ox, while they dress extravagantly and lead their husbands, by other extravagances not tending to our well-being, to bankruptcy, depriving them of all pleasure of this world, yea, driving them to suicide.

In 1884, with support from Humphreys, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union began a newspaper called The Monitor to fully promote the temperance cause. In 1885, William Taylor left Woodstown to pursue opportunities in Virginia.

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