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The new era. : (Middletown, Del.) 1885-18??
Place of publication:
Middletown, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Middletown, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Freeman & Weber
Dates of publication:
  • Began January 19, 1885.
  • English
  • Delaware--Middletown.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01227092
  • Middletown (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 6, no. 31 (Aug. 28, 1890).
sn 88053061
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The New Era

The New Era was a weekly newspaper founded in Middletown, Delaware, by Caleb J. Freeman and Frank W. Reeve, who had recently opened a job printing office. The first issue of New Era appeared on January 19, 1885. In May 1886, Reeve sold his interest in the newspaper to M. W. Weber.

Its motto paper was "Liberty and Independence." A Democratic paper, the New Era published endorsements for Democratic nominees. For the 1890 gubernatorial election, for example, the paper endorsed candidate Robert Reynolds, as well as congressional representatives and county leaders. In addition to political news, the New Era published train schedules, church directories, and information on temperance meetings. A column entitled "Local Miscellany," contained personal information divided by towns such as St. Georges and Red Lion, with a separate column dedicated to Delaware State and peninsula news. TheNew Era also included short fiction, poetry, farm notes, and fashion notes as well as a list of current prices for clothing.

By August of 1890, the paper cost 3 cents per issue or $1 per year via subscription. Reeve and Weber also advertised their book and job printing services noting that the New Era was the "best advertising medium in this section of the state." It is unknown when the New Era ceased publication, although a notice of Caleb Freeman's death in May 1921 noted that he had continued working at the newspaper through the fall of 1920.

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