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The Clayton call. : (Clayton, Del.) 188?-189?
Place of publication:
Clayton, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Clayton, Kent, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
W.G. Hill & Co.
Dates of publication:
  • English
  • Clayton (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Delaware--Clayton.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01226220
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 9, no. 3 (July 6, 1897).
sn 88053060
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The Clayton Call and The Smyrna Call

It is unclear when the Clayton Call was founded; however, it was most likely first published sometime in the late 1880s, in Clayton, Delaware. The July 7, 1897 issue indicates that it was published on Tuesday afternoons and had the "Largest Home Circulation of any Paper in this Vicinity." This edition lists W. G. Hill and Company as both the publisher and the proprietor, with W. Lindsay McFarlane as editor.

The Clayton Call consisted largely of local news, printing the text of the baccalaureate sermon given at the Smyrna High School graduation and lists of Clayton officials, churches, and fraternal societies. Also included were train times for the Baltimore and Ohio, Baltimore and Delaware Bay, and Pennsylvania railroads.

At some point between 1897 and 1899, the title and ownership of the Clayton Call changed. The new Smyrna Call was published in the town of Smyrna and owned and edited by G. Davis Brown. Like the Clayton Call, the Smyrna Call appeared every Tuesday afternoon and included local news and train schedules. Unlike the Clayton Call, which was politically independent in nature, the Smyrna Call was Democratic. Editor Brown was particularly opposed to Union Republicanism. Divisions over the acceptance of John Edward Addicks as a Republican candidate for the Delaware senate in the election of 1896 prompted the state party to split into Union Republican and Regular Republican factions. Addicks continued to dominate state politics, resulting in considerable chaos in the electoral process.

It is unclear when the Smyrna Call ceased publication, although it is listed in Rowell's and Ayer's American Newspaper Directory for the year 1906.

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