We all know the Times Journal. Local paper, news source, and so on. Most, however, don’t know even a brief history of it.
The first issue of the Times Journal appeared
At first, the Herald was four pages and was eight columns in width. After a few years, a man by the name of Miles G. Graham bought the paper. Although the paper was pro-Republican when it started, it was only mild. When Mr. Graham bought it, though, he made it vigorously Republican. In 1883, Charles T. Conover bought the paper. Mr. Conover was a native of Esperance.
Mr. Conover was a fluent and articulate writer, so therefore he was able to place the paper on firmer grounds. Also, Mr. Conover put the paper on firm grounds because he placed large amounts of money into it. Only a year later, though, Conover left the paper and moved to
Mr. Hard was an ideal newspaperman. He was well trained, energetic, and a hard worker. Soon after he bought the paper he changed it’s name to the “Cobleskill Times”. Hard led the paper through prosperous times. The next publisher of the paper was Frank A. Linster, who became such in 1905. In 1908 Linster bought the first “linotype” machine for the paper, making it easier to print and set type, as compared to old machines that were set by hand.
Soon after 1908, a group of fifteen people bought the paper, hoping to voice a strong pro-prohibition statement. They soon realized, though, that the paper couldn’t run on sentiments alone, which led to the sale of the paper to George W. Jones in 1915. Jones found the paper to be to much trouble and sold it to Joseph R. Browne. Under Mr. Browne’s leadership, the paper did well, even during the hard days of World War 1.
The Journal was in the Ryder family until 1979, when Richard Sanford purchased it. In July of 1992, Jim Poole became owner and publisher of the paper. Currently, the paper has a circulation of 7200, with a readership of over 21000.
Although it has passed through many hands and many names, the Times Journal still stands today. If I were you, I’d go to a local store, right now, and buy a copy.