This day in 1885 the first issue of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH was printed.

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“Warwick in History” – On this day in 1885 the first issue of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH was printed. Although the publisher, George F. Ketchum, who was the grandfather of Betty Wright, one of the present (1976) editors, had planned to have mechanical power to turn the “New Country” Campbell press, the only power available was that of two brawny young men. They took turns at the flywheel of the┬ánew press. The first edition came off sometime before evening, several hours after its rival, THE ADVERTISER.

THE DISPATCH was then a four page, eight column affair printing 1200 copies, most of which were given away or mailed around the township. Six columns of ads appeared beside church notices, the timetable of the Lehigh and Hudson River Railway Company, the timetable of the Erie Railroad, and announcements by Postmaster William Pelton of the arrival and departure of the mails. Along with other interesting items was a column headed “Around the Town”, local and personal news.