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Newspaper Histories Gazeteer 1860
1891 Elmira Directory 1874 Elmira Directory 1882 Elmira Directory

J. Kelsey Jones prepared the following write up of the availabilty of newspapers in Chemung County and some surrounding areas.

Elmira newspapers from July 1830 to present are on microfilm at Steele Library in Elmira, New York. These newspapers also contain births, death, and marriages for many residents of Bradford and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania. Elmira newspaper vital records for Jul 1830 - Feb 1834, 1835 - Nov 1854, Jan 1867 - June 1868 extracted by Isabell Ridall. Copies at Steele Library in Elmira.
 Benton Harbor Public Libary, 213 East Wall Street, Benton Harbor MI 49022 has 1868 to present newspapers. Also, Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, St. Joseph MI 49085.
1891 Elmira Telegram Letterhead submitted by Richard Edgerton
BY J. H. FRENCH 1860.
Submitted by Darla Hogaboom

Two daily and two weekly newspapers are published in this county. (Chemung County)
 The Telegraph, the first newspaper published in the county was established at “Newtown” (now Elmira,) by Prindle & Murphy at an early period.  In 1816 it was issued as The Vidette by Prindle & Murphy, and subsequently by William Murphy.

The Investigator was commenced at Elmira, in 1820, by Job Smith.  In 1822 its name changed to The Tioga Register and in 1828 to The Elmira Gazette, and its publication was continued by Mr. Smith until 1831.  It was successively issued by Brinton Paine, Cyrus Pratt, Pratt & Beardsley, Mason & Rhodes, George W. Mason and Wm. C. Mason, until 1857, when it passed into the hands of S. C. Taber, by whom it is still published.
 The Elmira Republican was commenced in 1820, and in 1828 it was changed to The Elmira Whig, and published by James Durham.  In 1829 it was changed again to The Elmira Republican, and issued by C. Morgan.  It was soon after called The Elmira Republican and Canal Advertiser.  In 1831 it passed into the hands of John Duffy, and its name was changed back to The Elmira Republican.  It was successfully issued by Birdsall & Huntly, Ransom & Birdsall, Polly & Carter, Polly & Cook, Polly & Huntley, S. B. & G. C. Fairman, G. C. Fairman, Fairman & Baldwin, Baldwin & Dumas, and ____Calhoun, until 1857, when it was discontinued.

The Elmira Daily Republican was issued a short time in 1846.  The Daily Republican was issued a from the Republican office from the fall of 1851 to 1855.
 The Elmira Advertiser was commenced in 1853 by Fairman Bros.   In 1856 F. A. DeVoe became interested in the publication, and the paper is still issued by the same publishers.
 The Elmira Daily Democrat was issued a short time in 1851 by J. Taylor & S. C. Taber.
 The Chemung Patriot was published in 1837 at Horseheads by J. T. Bradt.
 The Philosopher was commenced at Horseheads , April 7, 1855, by Samuel C. Taber, and was continued until 1857, when it was merged in The Elmira Gazette.
 The Daily Press was commenced in 1856 by Dumas, Van Gelder & Paine, its present publishers.
 The Temperance Gem (mo.) was published at Elmira about 1850.

Newspapers were printed to give the readers information on local happenings, current events, and happenings world wide. Some of the newspapers were very political, some religious, some social, some agricultural, but all of interest to the readers of each publication.

Chemung County NY

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 5/22/98
By Joyce M. Tice

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