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The Smyrna telegraph. : (Smyrna, Del.) 1849-1850
Place of publication:
Smyrna, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Smyrna, Kent, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Samuel E. Jones
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1849; ceased in 1850?
  • English
  • Delaware--Smyrna.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01205391
  • Smyrna (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 24 (Jan. 3, 1850).
sn 88053064
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The Smyrna Telegraph and The Delaware Herald

The Smyrna Telegraph was founded in 1849 in Smyrna, Delaware, by Samuel L. Jones. Within two years, however, it was discontinued. Abraham Poulson purchased the equipment of the Smyrna Telegraph including presses and type and founded the Delaware Herald, which advocated for the prohibition of alcohol. From 1853 until 1854, Poulson published the newspaper under the title Delaware Herald and Peninsula Advocate.

In 1854, Abraham Poulson sold his interest in the newspaper to his son Thomas L. Poulson and Robert D. Hoffecker, who briefly continued the newspaper under the same name. Within a few months, however, Thomas Poulson decided to enter the ministry and Hoffecker became sole owner. The name of the paper was then changed to the Smyrna Times.

The Smyrna Times was the first permanently established newspaper in the town. Under Hoffecker's leadership, the newspaper gained in popularity and circulation increased. During the years of the Civil War, the Smyrna Times was a staunch defender of the Union and President Lincoln. In 1865, Robert Hoffecker sold the newspaper to his brother Joseph, who remained owner and editor until his retirement in 1877, at which time Robert Hoffecker resumed leadership. In 1893, Robert Hoffecker passed ownership of the newspaper to his son, Robert Hoffecker, Jr.

The Smyrna Times continued to publish until 1987, when it merged with the Smyrna Clayton Sun to become the Smyrna Clayton Sun Times, a title that it retains today.

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