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July 6, 2013

Richfield Springs started a seasonal daily newspaper in 1888

The resorts and village of Richfield Springs made the summer of 1888 most memorable for their big city guests. If the guests couldn’t enjoy their daily newspaper from home, Richfield Springs did the next best thing. In addition to their weekly edition, The Richfield Springs Mercury began a new publication on Saturday, June 30, The Richfield Springs Daily. It was a seasonal publication that ceased around Labor Day each year, a tradition that lasted until around World War I.
“In commencing the publication of a daily paper in Richfield Springs we do not start out with the idea of rivaling the metropolitan press in any particular,” wrote the proprietors, Mungor and Seamans. “Richfield has many attractions and a multitude of warm friends and we shall earnestly strive to make this paper a medium for heralding the advantages of the place as a summer resort and keeping its admirers informed of passing events.”
The Daily began at a bit of a historic time in the village. “The new electric light system was put into operation for the first time Thursday evening,” it was reported. The service was “pronounced first-class in every particular. Those who are using the light express great admiration for it and it is bound to come into general use.”
The New American was a hotel that opened that week, and the fire department had a parade on Saturday night to compliment the new proprietor, Mr. Eugene M. Earle. What was called the Hook and Ladder company had a fine display of decorations on its cart, “and under the glowing light of the most brilliant electricity the procession presented an appearance which, to say was grand would only approximate the idea an appreciative mind would desire to express.”
Every day the Daily was published, you knew who had arrived in town, listed by name and from which city, at each of the resorts, such as the Spring House, New American, Darrow House, Cary Cottages and Derthick House. The listings included a maid or nurse accompanying them, in some cases.

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