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The Pleasantville press. : (Pleasantville, N.J.) 1912-1929
Place of publication:
Pleasantville, N.J.
Geographic coverage:
  • Pleasantville, Atlantic, New Jersey  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
S.E. Whitman & Sons
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 20, no. 17 (Jan. 3, 1912)-v.35, no. 61 (Sept. 3, 1929).
  • English
sn 91064030
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Pleasantville Press

The Pleasantville Weekly Press underwent dramatic changes when the paper was purchased by S.E. Whitman & Sons in October of 1910. Samuel Whitman and his sons, Bertram and Walter, had previously owned and edited The Easton Star-Democrat in Maryland; they had built The Easton Star-Democrat into a thriving business and sold it after 14 years. When they purchased the Pleasantville Weekly Press from G.William Braun, who had been editor for six years, they bought a four-page newspaper printed on a cylinder press. The Whitmans purchased a six-column quarto Whitlock drum cylinder press from Connor, Fendler & Co. of New York City. They also used a Mergenthaler Linotype Model 5. Within a year, by September 1911, they had increased the size of the paper from four pages to a six-column, eight-page paper.

Content continued to focus on local happenings, real estate, entertainment, and gossip with some coverage of local community development news and occasional small snippets of national and international coverage of major events during World War I. The expanded paper included serialized stories as well more illustrations and entertainment. The Pleasantville Press advertised itself as the best place for neighborhood news, business tips, retail sales announcemetns, and entertainment for the whole family.

Bertram E. Whitman became president of the Pleasantville National Bank, and asa staunch Republican, he became an elected member of the New Jersey Assembly from 1915 to 1917. He was then appointed to the Atlantic County Board of Taxation by Governor Edge. Prohibition legend Enoch (Nucky) Johnson later hand-picked Whitman to be the manager of the Republican organization in Atlantic County, where he was also appointed Atlantic City clerk.

Samuel E. Whitman continued to publish the paper until August of 1925. He died in November of 1926 at age 71 after being hit by a truck. In 1925, the paper was sold to Kenneth W. Goldthwaite who continued to publish it as the Pleasantville Press until it merged with The Ventnor News to become The Pleasantville Press and the Ventnor News in 1929.

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