Wednesday Evening, April 9, 1930
Interesting Relic Of Early Journalism
Copy of Berwick "Star," Which Commenced Publication In Berwick 64 Years Ago, Is Unique Specimen.
Mrs. A. M. Barkhouse, of Lake George, has our thanks for a copy of the first issue of The Star, Berwicks first newspaper venture, the publication of which was commenced by J. A. Halliday & H. E. Jefferson on July 5, 1866. The Star made its initial appearance as a three-column folio, the exact size of its pages being 12 x 8 inches. The contents are interesting from the fact that not a single line of local news is featured. The reading matter which consists of a few verses of poetry and two or three mediocre clippings, is confined entirely to the front page. Page 2 is blank; pages three and four are devoted exclusively to advertisements, and these are easily the most interesting feature of the paper.
Among the business firms represented are:
C. P. Illsley & Co., Berwick, dealers in dry goods, groceries, earthenware, brooms, pails, etc.
W. H. Robinson, Berwick, watch and clock repairing.
Joseph Ells, manufacturer of waggons, sleighs, doors, sashes and Undertaking, in which a "Hearse and careful driver will be furnished."
Lydiard & Robinson, Berwick, dry goods, fancy flannels and farming implements.
D. B Parker, Harborville, general merchant.
J. A. Halliday, Berwick, medicines, dye stuffs, spices, essences, toilet requisites, etc.
Barteaux & Burgess, Somerset, dry goods, groceries, etc.
Dr. S. F. Whitman, Berwick, Dentist.
J. & J. L. Webster, Berwick, dry goods, etc.
Under the heading For Sale, appears the following interesting ad.: - "A Pew nicely lined and cushioned in the Wesleyan Church, Berwick. W. A. Legg.
B. Kinsman, Woodville, advertises for sale, two express waggons made by W. H. Fisher.
The subscription rate of The Star is quoted at 50c. per annum in advance.
In comparing Berwicks newspaper of 64 years ago with that of today, the editor of this journal cannot but experience a thrill of satisfaction in noting the progress which The Register has experienced in the thirty-nine years of its existence, as compared with this interesting relic of early journalism to which we make reference. Yet in this era of phenomenal development, it is difficult to foretell what wonderful transformations will have taken place in another 64 years. It may be that in 1994, someone will have in his or her possession a copy of The Register of 1930, which they will be prizing, as a souvenir or relic of the good old days when Berwick supported a newspaper, which in those days may be looked upon as something rare and unusual in a town of less than one thousand population.