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Newport enterprise. [volume] : (Newport [Del.]) 1889-1???
Place of publication:
Newport [Del.]
Geographic coverage:
  • Newport, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Wm. Jenks Fell
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 2, 1889)-
  • English
  • Delaware--Newport.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01276524
  • Newport (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 88053073
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Newport Enterprise

The Newport Enterprise was first issued in Newport, Delaware, on March 2, 1889 with William Jenks Fell as publisher and J. B. Bringham as editor. Fell came from a local family that operated the Fell Spice Mill in Faulkland, Delaware. The newspaper noted that its present circulation was 1,500 and stated its motto as "Devoted to Industry, Commerce and Education- In Politics, Republican; in Religion, Christian; in all things Progressive."

Similar to other newspapers of the time, the Newport Enterprise included poetry and short fiction as well as reprints of articles published in other local and national newspapers. In addition, the Newport Enterprise contained its own commentary on important issues. For example, the first issue included an extensive article examining the America's war policy, stating that the United States' policy was one of peace that would always depend on circumstances, but that it was necessary to estimate the country's means of defense in emergency situations. The Newport Enterprise also addressed women's reading habits, noting that "A woman should never read a fictitious story which misrepresents life," and argued that such reading was potentially dangerous.

The Newport Enterprise also discussed suburban growth in the Newport area, including the establishment of an area known as East Newport. Fell believed that Newport's population was large enough to support its own newspaper. The Enterprise also noted the organization of the College of Conservation, Economy and Utilization of Forces and other educational facilities in Delaware, providing statistics for Wilmington's schools which, at the time, numbered 28.

It is unclear when the Newport Enterprise ceased publication, but it was apparently short-lived; it is not listed in the 1891 edition of Rowell's newspaper directory.

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