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Newspaper Saturday Visitor (Newark, Del.) 1876-1876

About Saturday Visitor (Newark, Del.) 1876-1876

The first newspaper in Newark, Delaware, the Saturday Visitor, began publication on February 11, 1876. A weekly paper published every Saturday, it was established by J. H. Rowlenson from Centerville, Maryland. The Saturday Visitor noted that it was “Devoted to Local and General News, Agriculture, and Miscellany.” While he was considered an able journalist and printer, Rowlenson changed the name of the paper to the Newark Record after publishing only a few issues. Following this transition, Rowlenson sold the paper to J. M. Armstrong from New York City.

Within a year, Armstrong in turn sold the paper to Samuel McCartney of Philadelphia, who changed its name to the Newark Ledger. The first issue under the new title was published on September 18, 1877. Like his predecessors, McCartney also ran into difficulties, and after a year, he sold the newspaper to L. Theodore Esling, an assistant in the Ledger‘s office.

Esling succeeded in increasing readership by focusing on local news and providing a medium through which local businesses could advertise, while maintaining a subscription cost of $1.50 per year. In addition to publishing the Newark Ledger, Esling also used the printing equipment for job printing and, consequently, was able to supplement income made from the newspaper circulation.

It is unclear when the Newark Ledger ceased publication. Sometime in 1879, however, a competing newspaper, the Delaware Ledger began publishing in Newark. Most likely, the town did not have a large enough population to support two n

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About this Newspaper


  • Saturday Visitor (Newark, Del.) 1876-1876

Dates of Publication

  • 1876-1876

Created / Published

  • Newark, Del. : J.H. Rowlenson, 1876-


  • -  Newark (Del.)--Newspapers
  • -  Delaware--Newark
  • -  United States--Delaware--New Castle--Newark


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 15[1?] (Feb. 12, 1876)-
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Newark record (DLC)sn 84038108 (OCoLC)11171069

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn88053039

OCLC Number

  • 18277159

ISSN Number

  • 2639-4243

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Chicago citation style:

Saturday Visitor Newark, Del. (Newark, DE), Jan. 1 1876.

APA citation style:

(1876, January 1) Saturday Visitor Newark, Del. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Saturday Visitor Newark, Del. (Newark, DE) 1 Jan. 1876. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,