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The enterprise-recorder. : (Madison, Fla.) 1908-1933
Place of publication:
Madison, Fla.
Geographic coverage:
  • Madison, Madison, Florida  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 7, no. 43 (June 25, 1908)-v. 32, no. 42 (June 16, 1933).
  • English
  • Florida--Madison County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215098
  • Florida--Madison.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215377
  • Madison (Fla.)--Newspapers.
  • Madison County (Fla.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Columbus B. Smith, editor.
  • The weekly Madison (FL) Enterprise-Recorder [LCCN: sn95047179] was formed in 1908 through the merger of the Madison (FL) Recorder [LCCN: sn84022777] and the New Enterprise [LCCN: sn95047178], also published in Madison (FL). Columbus B. Smith, the editor of the New Enterprise, remained as the editor of the new newspaper. The New Enterprise had billed itself as the "Official Organ of the [Madison County (FL)] Board of County Commissioners," and the Enterprise-Recorder, to some extent, maintained this purpose. By 1933, the merged newspaper was known as the Madison Enterprise-Recorder ([LCCN: sn95047180], which continues as a weekly through the present (ca. 2008), published by Emerald Kinsley of Greene Publishing, Inc. Columbus B. Smith was a Georgia native, born in 1843. Very little else is known about him at present (ca. 2008). The small city of Madison is located in North Florida, on the Florida/Georgia state line. It was founded on May 2, 1838 on land secured from Madison C. Livingston. Located about fifty miles east of Florida's capital city, Tallahassee, Madison was a political and agricultural center during Florida's early history and remains an agricultural area today. Madison County, established in 1827, was named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States of America. From the 1880s onward, the city of Madison was connected to Tallahassee and markets in other cities in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. But, in 1906, the Augusta Southern Railway connected Augusta, Georgia to Madison, Florida for the purpose of enhancing commerce along a north/south line throughout Georgia. The new line opened new markets to the city and county. Between 1908 and 1933, it was not particularly eventful for Madison, city or county. In 1912, the first movie theater opened. The county was electrified, but electrical service was supplied only at night until 1913, when it would also become available during the day. And, in 1924, the county first began paving its roads.--E. Kesse, University of Florida Digital Library Center.
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Located near the border with Georgia, about fifty miles east of Tallahassee, Madison was a political and agricultural center during the early period of Florida’s development. From the 1880s onward, Madison was connected to markets in Tallahassee and the surrounding region. The completion in 1906 of the Augusta Southern Railway extended commercial ties to Georgia. Nevertheless, Madison remained a sleepy country town. In 1912, the first movie theater opened and electricity was introduced the following year. Beginning in 1924, Madison commenced paving its roads.

The New Enterprise was published in Madison from 1901 to 1908. Its editor was Columbus B. Smith, a Georgia native. The Enterprise-Recorder was formed in 1908 through the merger of the New Enterprise and the Madison Recorder . Smith continued on as editor of the new weekly. The New Enterprise had billed itself as the “Official Organ of the Board of [Madison] County Commissioners,” and the Enterprise-Recorder to some extent maintained this purpose. By 1933, the paper’s name was changed to the Madison Enterprise-Recorder , a title which continues to the present.

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