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Newspaper Lamoille Newsdealer (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1860-1877

About Lamoille Newsdealer (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1860-1877

Sylvester Howard, Jr. started the Lamoille Newsdealer in Hyde Park, Vermont, in 1860. In 1864, Howard sold the weekly paper to his foreman, Charles C. Morse. Morse edited the paper until 1867, when he told readers somewhat dramatically that he was leaving because, he wrote, “Our hearthstone idols have been broken by an act of perfidy such as the locality seldom witnesses.” A local businessman, Edward B. Sawyer, owned and edited the paper for the next three years, but sold the paper back to Morse, who was handling the Newsdealer’s job printing.

Although Sawyer felt that the paper was doing well when he sold it to Morse, in 1873 Araunah A. Earle established a rival weekly, the Vermont Citizen, in nearby Morrisville and, according to one observer, set out to ruin the Newsdealer. In 1876, Morse folded under the financial pressure and sold the paper to Lucius H. Noyes, a successful merchant and prominent citizen, who served as editor of the Newsdealer until his sudden death in 1877. After an unpleasant struggle between Earle and a group who wanted to keep the Newsdealer going, Earle acquired the paper’s subscription list and good will. He argued that Lamoille County could support one good paper, but not “two sickly and tottering failures.”

When he started the paper, Howard promised that the Newsdealer would give the reading public of Lamoille County and vicinity summaries of general news and full accounts of local matters. In 1864 the paper replaced the obscure Latin slogan on its masthead with a simple description, “A weekly journal of local and general news: devoted to the interests of Lamoille County.” Located in the county seat, the Newsdealer also regularly included articles about Lamoille County Court sessions.

The Newsdealer devoted considerable space to three issues during its seventeen-year existence: the Civil War, railroad connections, and suffrage for women. Editors Howard and Morse included articles on the progress of the Civil War and actively solicited and printed correspondence from Vermont soldiers, particularly men who enlisted from Lamoille County towns. Sawyer and Morse were forceful advocates for an east-west railroad that would cross Lamoille County. The Newsdealer kept readers informed about the slow and often contentious process of planning, financing and constructing the Lamoille Valley Railroad.

Along with other Vermont papers, the Newsdealer played a role in the 1869-70 campaign for a constitutional amendment that would allow women to vote in Vermont elections. The Newsdealer, along with papers like the Burlington Weekly Free Press and the Vermont Watchman and State Journal, opposed the amendment. The paper included correspondence from men and women on both sides, but clearly favored the arguments made against suffrage. When Morse returned as editor, Sawyer let readers know that in addition to being a staunch Republican and a railroad man, Morse was an “anti-woman’s suffrager.”

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About this Newspaper


  • Lamoille Newsdealer (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1860-1877


  • Howard, S.
  • Noyes, Lucius H., -1877.

Dates of Publication

  • 1860-1877

Created / Published

  • Hyde Park, Vt. : S. Howard Jr.


  • -  Hyde Park (Vt.)--Newspapers
  • -  Lamoille County (Vt.)--Newspapers
  • -  Vermont--Newspapers
  • -  Vermont
  • -  Vermont--Hyde Park
  • -  Vermont--Lamoille County
  • -  United States--Vermont--Lamoille--Hyde Park


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 30, 1860)-
  • -  Ceased Mar. 21, 1877 Cf. Gregory, W. Amer. newspapers.
  • -  Publisher: L.H. Noyes, <1876>.
  • -  "Republican". Cf. Rowell, 1875.
  • -  Subject index, 1860-1877; card file (and microfilm)--Morristown Public Library, Vt.
  • -  Editors: S. Howard, Jr., <1862>; L.H. Noyes, <1876>.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Vermont citizen (DLC)sn 84023218 (OCoLC)10842615


  • volumes ; 54-62 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn84023428

OCLC Number

  • 10868251

ISSN Number

  • 2376-8320

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Lamoille Newsdealer Hyde Park, Vt. -1877. (Hyde Park, VT), Jan. 1 1860.

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