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Bridgeton pioneer. : (Bridgeton, N.J.) 1884-1919
Place of publication:
Bridgeton, N.J.
Geographic coverage:
  • Bridgeton, Cumberland, New Jersey  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
McCowan & Nichols
Dates of publication:
  • Began with Jan. 10, 1884 issue; ceased in 1919?
  • English
  • Bridgeton (N.J.)--Newspapers.
  • New Jersey--Bridgeton.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01222549
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 37, no. 1921 (Jan. 8, 1885).
sn 87068192
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Bridgeton pioneer

The Bridgeton Pioneer, a weekly New Jersey publication released every Thursday, was launched on January 10, 1884 under the motto "Hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may." The first issue consisted of a front page sharing state news and court proceedings, with a section devoted to advertisements as well. The rest of the paper hosted the first chapter of a serial novel By the Gate of the Sea, a full-page advertisement for the W. H. Woodroof department store, local news and gossip, and marriage and death announcements.

The Bridgeton Pioneer continued under the ownership of Nichols and McCowan until February 23, 1888, when Nichols, a former New Jersey State Assemblyman and Senator announced he was dissolving his partnership with McCowan and leaving the newspaper.  In his farewell address to readers, Nichols described his journalistic career as follows: "for more than twenty years the writer [Nichols] has been connected with Journalism in Bridgeton, either as a compositor, reporter, publisher, and editor (the greater portion of the time with this paper)…" McCowan would continue as sole proprietor of the Bridgeton Pioneer until it ceased publication, probably in 1919.

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