"William B. Kilgore acquired enough subscribers to initiate his endeavor, for on Saturday, 25 November 1826, the first edition of his Spirit of the Times appeared. Like most local papers of the era, it contains little local news. In a town of less than 800 people, everyone already knew each other’s business. Still, advertisements for local businesses, governmental notices, political announcements, and lists of those having letters at the local post office are of great interest to local historians and genealogists. The remainder of the newspaper was filled with serialized stories, old national and international news, poetry, and even less noteworthy filler.

Special Collections owns what is believed to be a complete run of the newspaper, in both original copy and microfilm, from its maiden issue to November 1827." Written by Jonathan Jeffrey.


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