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The Lamoille news. : (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1877-1881
Place of publication:
Hyde Park, Vt.
Geographic coverage:
  • Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
O.S. Basford
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 18, 1877)-v. 5, no. 33 (Nov. 23, 1881) = whole no. 241.
  • English
  • Lamoille County (Vt.)--Newspapers.
  • Vermont--Lamoille County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01221237
  • Vermont--Newspapers.
  • Vermont.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204305
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Merged with: Vermont citizen to form: News and citizen (Morrisville, Vt.).
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The Lamoille News

During the 1870s, three newspapers competed for readers, subscribers, and advertisers in Lamoille County, Vermont. The Lamoille News was established as the result of the struggle between Araunah A. Earle’s Vermont Citizen, published in Morrisville, and the Lamoille Newsdealer, published in Hyde Park, the county seat. When the Newsdealer’sowner died unexpectedly, a group of Hyde Park citizens tried unsuccessfully to purchase the paper. After they lost the Newsdealer’s subscription list and good will to Earle, they started a new weekly, the Lamoille News, in April 1877. Orville S. Basford, a Methodist minister with no previous newspaper experience, became the first editor and almost gleefully battled Earle and the Citizen. The following year, William A. Armstrong and L. Halsey Lewis became the proprietors of the News, and after Basford retired to preach full time, Lewis replaced him as editor. By 1879, Lewis was publisher and editor.

In the first issue of the News, Basford urged Lamoille County citizens to support the new paper and promised, “We will give you a cheap, live, pure, newsy county paper, worthy to become the mouthpiece of Spunky Lamoille.” The editors tried to appeal to a diverse audience. They included literary selections and general interest stories; columns for women and children; a section devoted to farm, home, and garden; and news about people, activities, and organizations in Lamoille County towns. The News covered the state legislature and the Lamoille County Court and actively supported temperance.

In November 1881, Earle conceded that “a union of the two papers is what should be.” With support from prominent members of the community, Lewis and his brother-in-law Henry C. Fisk purchased the Citizen’s subscription list, good will, accounts, and press. They consolidated the two Lamoille County weeklies to form the News and Citizen.

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