Top of page

Newspaper The Lamoille News (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1877-1881

View All Front Pages

About The Lamoille News (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1877-1881

During the 1870s, three newspapers competed for readers, subscribers, and advertisers in Lamoille County, Vermont. The Lamoille News was established as the result of the struggle between Araunah A. Earle’s Vermont Citizen, published in Morrisville, and the Lamoille Newsdealer, published in Hyde Park, the county seat. When the Newsdealer’sowner died unexpectedly, a group of Hyde Park citizens tried unsuccessfully to purchase the paper. After they lost the Newsdealer’s subscription list and good will to Earle, they started a new weekly, the Lamoille News, in April 1877. Orville S. Basford, a Methodist minister with no previous newspaper experience, became the first editor and almost gleefully battled Earle and the Citizen. The following year, William A. Armstrong and L. Halsey Lewis became the proprietors of the News, and after Basford retired to preach full time, Lewis replaced him as editor. By 1879, Lewis was publisher and editor.

In the first issue of the News, Basford urged Lamoille County citizens to support the new paper and promised, “We will give you a cheap, live, pure, newsy county paper, worthy to become the mouthpiece of Spunky Lamoille.” The editors tried to appeal to a diverse audience. They included literary selections and general interest stories; columns for women and children; a section devoted to farm, home, and garden; and news about people, activities, and organizations in Lamoille County towns. The News covered the state legislature and the Lamoille County Court and actively supported temperance.

In November 1881, Earle conceded that “a union of the two papers is what should be.” With support from prominent members of the community, Lewis and his brother-in-law Henry C. Fisk purchased the Citizen’s subscription list, good will, accounts, and press. They consolidated the two Lamoille County weeklies to form the News and Citizen.

Provided By: University of Vermont

About this Newspaper


  • The Lamoille News (Hyde Park, Vt.) 1877-1881

Dates of Publication

  • 1877-1881

Created / Published

  • Hyde Park, Vt. : O.S. Basford, 1877-1881.


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


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 18, 1877)-v. 5, no. 33 (Nov. 23, 1881) = whole no. 241.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Merged with: Vermont citizen to form: News and citizen (Morrisville, Vt.).
  • -  Vermont citizen (DLC)sn 84023218 (OCoLC)10842615
  • -  News and citizen (Morrisville, Vt.) 2376-8371 (DLC)sn 97067613 (OCoLC)9572968

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn87091094

OCLC Number

  • 16917802

ISSN Number

  • 2376-8304

Succeeding Titles

Additional Metadata Formats


Rights & Access

The Library of Congress believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States more than 95 years ago are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published less than 95 years ago are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using newspapers published less than 95 years ago should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The NEH awardee responsible for producing each digital object is presented in the Chronicling America page display, below the page image – e.g. Image produced by the Library of Congress. For more information on current NDNP awardees, see

For more information on Library of Congress policies and disclaimers regarding rights and reproductions, see

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

The Lamoille News Hyde Park, Vt. -1881. (Hyde Park, VT), Jan. 1 1877.

APA citation style:

(1877, January 1) The Lamoille News Hyde Park, Vt. -1881. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Lamoille News Hyde Park, Vt. -1881. (Hyde Park, VT) 1 Jan. 1877. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,