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July 6, 2013

Richfield Springs started a seasonal daily newspaper in 1888


Readers were encouraged to send in news items. One learned on June 30 that “Mr. Cole has laid a new plank walk in front of his vacant lots on Church street,” or “M. Tuller spread a fresh coat of paint on the front of his store, which is an improvement to the appearance.”
The Richfield Springs Daily also had “Weather Indications” each day, and it showed that the village’s Fourth of July was “warmer and fair with southerly winds.”
“Visitors Should” became a daily feature. On Thursday, July 5, the instructions were, “Listen to the concerts given by the orchestra. Buy a glass of that new drink, Fruimiz, at Smith’s drug store. Get a view of Richfield from Sunset hill. Send a copy of the DAILY to some friend. Take a ride on the steamer, T.R. Proctor. Enjoy a tour around Canadarago lake on the four-in-hand coach, ‘Mohican.’”
The Daily was most hopeful about the readers sending copies of the newspaper to friends. They sent copies to prominent hotels in New York and Boston. “We do this at our own expense, this season, hoping that the attention may thus be brought to Richfield’s many attractions,” the newspaper read. 
The last edition in 1888 for the Richfield Springs Daily came on Friday, Sept. 7. “Volume One Closed,” read one front page headline. It told of how the publication was not a result of long calculation, rather one that was made quickly in June. “Whether a profit or loss would be the result, was a mystery to the publishers.” They said the paper was well received and circulation exceeded their expectations.
“Volume Two will be opened the last of June, 1889.”
On Monday: A bit of the local life and times from July 1958.
City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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