The earliest paper I have found associated with the family. Archives show that it was being published on October 7th, 1831 by David Fairchild. It ended its run about the end of 1837, the last copy held in New York is September 21st, 1837.
The Press in Trumansburgh. - The best history of the newspapers of Trumansburgh is printed in a publication devoted to the history of that village and published from the Free Press office in 1890. This publication, evidencing great research and labor in preparation, gives by far the most comprehensive history of the largest village in Tompkins county outside of Ithaca, covering also much of the history of the town of Ulysses and many other matters in which the inhabitants of that locality have an interest. The writer of this volume here acknowledges the great help it had been to him in his tack. We quote from its pages the following facts: The first newspaper in Trumansburgh was the Lake Light, an anti-Masonic paper, commenced in 1827 by W. W. PHELPS. The Light was extinguished in 1829 for want of support. The Anti-Masonic Sentinel was its successor, published by R. ST. JOHN, but it lived only about three months. In 1832 David FAIRCHILD started The Advertiser. He succeeded in his business and in 1837 sold his establishment to PALMER & MAXON; the latter soon afterward retired, and Mr. PALMER continued sole publisher. John GRAY succeeded him, changing the title to The Trumansburgh Sun. HAWES & HOOKER succeeded GRAY, changing the name to The Gazette. Not succeeding, the establishment came into the hands of John CREQUE, jr., who afterwards leased it to S. M. DAY, who changed the name of the paper to The Trumansburgh Herald. Mr. DAY was succeeded by W. K. CREQUE, who called the paper the Independent. Its publication ceased in 1852, and Corydon FAIRCHILD, of Ovid, purchased the materials.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York, Chapter VIII, by John H. Selkreg, 1894; D. Mason & Co.,
February 24, 1838
This was the first issue of the Ovid Bee printed by David Fairchild & Sons. The editor apologized for the first edition being so late, but gave the excuse of having attended the death bed of a relative. Gershom Palmer, David's father in law passed away at the same time that he was moving the presses to Ovid from Cortland. Corydon bought out his father nine months after the founding of the paper and ran it until February 1872.
From the Hamilton Child Business Directory of Seneca County, N.Y., for 1867-8.
The Ovid Bee was started many years since at Ovid. Mr. Fairchild, the publisher is a veteran "Knight of the quill," and we believe conducts his paper to the entire satisfaction of his patrons. We hope he receiveds the liberal support he deserves. His office is supplied with material for executing neatly all kinds of job printing, from a card to a mammoth poster. See card, page 220. (Shown on Left).
The Ovid Bee was started at Ovid, in 1838, by David Fairchild, as a neutral paper. Mr. Fairchild was from Otsego County, this State; he had been publishing, at Trumansburg, a paper termed the Trumansburg Advocate, and, moving to Ovid early in 1838, issued the first number of the Ovid Bee, on February 21 of that year. In an inagural poetical address, which appeared in the first number, it is stated that
"The Bee will mingle in no party strife,
For banks, nor anti-banks, nor local
had a social, peaceful, busy life -
Unpledged to unbribed by promised spoils."
The paper was published under the firm name of David Fairchild & Son. The father soon sold to his son Corydon, and in November, 1838, began at Hammondsport, Yates County, the publication of another paper. Corydon Fairchild continued the publication of the Ovid Bee until February, 1872, - a period of thirty-six years, - as its editor and proprietor. Finding the need of rest, Mr. Fairchild sold the paper to Oliver C. Cooper, and went to California, where he is at present. Mr. Cooper changed the name to Ovid Independant, and hoisted the motto, "Independent in everything - neutral in nothing." Cooper associated with him, as a publisher, Nelson Hyatt, and the paper was conducted by Hyatt & Cooper until the great fire of October 12, 1874, burned out the entire establishement. My Hyatt then retired, and the junior member of the firm, Oliver C. Cooper, re-established the paper, and still carries it on, with reputation and profit.
History of Seneca County, New York
Hammondsport Advertiser - Hammondsport, NY - 1839-1840
Naples Neopolitan - Naples, NY - 1840-1842
February 8, 1843
'Dansville Republican' Begun in 1842 by David Fairchild - as reported in the Ovid Bee - printed at Dansville, Livingston county, N.Y. There has been a change in the proprietorship of the above paper. David Fairchild its former proprietor, and by whom it was commenced and continued to the close of the 1st volume, has disposed of his entire interest in the establishment to his son, F. Orville Fairchild, by whom it will hereafter be continued. There will be no change in the political aspect of the 'Republican,' it being a warm and staunch advocate of the present State administration, -- and will loose none of its zeal in the hands of its present proprietor, for "he was nurtured in the cradle of Republicanism and will be true to his education." Here we need not speak further of either of the above gentlemen, as they are well known to the most of our readers. We hope the 'Republican' may receive in future, as heretofore, that counternance and support from the democracy of Livingston, that its influence and worth so justly entitles it.
June 14, 1843
It will be recollected we published in our last the marriage notice of a younger brother (F. Orville,) editor of the "Dansville Republican" who is well known to the young people generally.
February 12, 1845
This paper, first established three years ago, by David Fairchild, our worthy sire; and since published by F. Orville Fairchild, and still more recently by F. O. & R. Fairchild, is now conducted by D. Fairchild & Sons, and comes to hand this week much enlarged, and in an entire new dress, greatly improved in manner and matter. It is now one of the largest sized country papers issued, and in appearance, inferior to none. Its politics, as its name indicates, are of the genuine Jeffersonian Republican stamp. As it commenced, so has it ever continued, to do battle in the cause of Democracy. May its course be ever Onward -- Success attend the trio.
The Ovid Bee - Wednesday, March 18, 1846
Change - The office of the Dansville Republican, has passed from the hands of David Fairchild, into those of Geo. H. Bidwell, -- by whom the paper is hereafter to be conducted.
Chemung Democrat - Elmira, New York - 1846 - Founded in Havana, New York in 1840 by David Fairchild
Ovid Bee - March 31 1847
We see in the 9th No. of the Chemung Democrat a notice of dissolution of proprietorship, that David Fairchild retires from the concern, and that hereafter the paper will be conducted by L.J. Bush, esq, sole proprietor, publisher and editor.
August 25, 1847
The Newark Herald -- this is the title of a new paper published at Newark by David Fairchild; It is neutral in politics, and is devoted to the moral and social improvements of all classes. The Herald is very neatly printed on a handsome sheet; we like its appearance and tone of its articles, and so far as we can judge from a single number it bids fair to become an interesting paper. We wish the proprietor success in his undertaking.
March 16, 1848
David Fairchild has disposed of his interest in the Newark Herald establishment to Mahlon D. Fairchild and Wm. K. Creque, by whom the paper will be continued under the firm of M. D. Fairchild & Co.
August 16, 1848
We have received several copies of a new paper printed at Painted-Post, Steuben county called the “Painted Post Gazette,” It is published by R. Fairchild & Co., and advocates the ‘Taylor whig cause.’ Fraternally we wish them abundant success. Politically, we are not of the calibre, q-u-i-t-e.
July 26, 1848
Wayne County Democrat -- We have received the prospectus for a paper bearing the above title, shortly to be commenced at Newark, by David Fairchild and Wm K Creque. It is to be the advocate of true democratic principles and useages. "Its aim will be to disseminate those great principles of National Policy, by which the party have ever sought to advance the best interests of the Union," says the prospectus. During "the present Presidential compaign, its columns will principally be filled with political matter, calmly but firmly aiding in the election of the nominees of the late Baltimore Convention, Gens. Cass and Butler.
Unidentified - Louisville, Kentucky - Rasselas Fairchild worked here as a journeyman printer before moving up to New Albany, Indiana.
The Daily Ledger - New Albany, Indiana - 1850 - Rasselas Fairchild worked here as a journeyman printer until he was found dead in the press room one day.
November 5, 1851
TRUMANSBURG WEEKLY INDEPENDENT is the title of a new, largest class newspaper, just starting in that thriving village. The first number makes a very fine appearance, and does credit to the proprietor, WM. K. CREQUE, ESQ., who is not a practical printer, yet withal a prompt, through going, energetic business man. The ‘Independent’ in politics will be found as its title indicates. The citizens of Trumansburg and vicinity should see to it that a paper of the size and respectiablity of the one before us, receive an adequate support thus warranting its existence amoung them, proving a credit to their liberality and enterprise, and affording a livelihood to the publisher. We would say to them never keep a starved printer in your midst, nor starve one out. If you will you can sustain honorably a press in your midst, and ought to do it. Success to the ‘Independant,’ say we - may it bring equal benefit and profit to proprietor and patron.
Journal of Commerce - New York City - O.L.C. Fairchild worked here until leaving for California in 1852.
The Ovid Bee - Editorial Columns
The Town That Died Laughing
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