This is an effort to compile any and all information on any newspaper published in or for Clermont County. The information was gleaned from various sources:History Of Clermont County, 1880Clermont County, Ohio 1980, History Of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio 1913,Guide To Ohio Newspapers 1793-1973, Early Days In Clermont County 1964, History Of Southwest Ohio Vol I, Thirey & Mitchell's Encyclopedic Directory & Hist. Of Cler. Co., Loveland ... It's Beginnings, Batavia Library, Bethel Library, Milford Library, Ohio Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, Loveland Museum, Milford Museum, New Richmond Museum, Courier Office, Sun Office, Bethel Journal Office, Clermont Co. Review Office, Personal Interviews, and Newspaper Articles
Publlshed In Batavia, Ohio in 1874. Shepherd G. Norrls was publisher and proprieter. Daniel Hillin was edltor. In April of 1875 the name was changed to THE PATRONS' ADVANCE. On the 18th of Feb 1880 Mr. James Robinson, who was now the editor and publisher, changed the name back to the original title THE ADVANCE. All issues are missing at this date.
* See PATRONS' ADVANCE, CLERMONT ADVANCE, NATIONAL ADVANCE
Published in New Richmond, Ohio in 1868. Browning Brothers were editors and publishers and set the job office up in New Richmond with D. S.Croshaw in charge. THE ADVERTISER was a 4 page monthly . No record shows when it was discontinued. We know of no issues in existance today, .
Published in Bethel, Ohio in 1898*, There have been five owners: ! and 2 are unknown 3. Christian Althaus 4, Bussell Althaus 5 present owner Mimi Ford Paul. The Bethel Journal absorbed the FELICITY TIMES In 1912. Present office is at 115 S. Main Street,Bethel OH 45106. Ph 734-4017. Microfilm for the years 1916-1950: can be found at the Bethel Branch and Batavia Branch Libraries. However it is most difficult to read.
* See FELICITY TIMES
CHRONICLE OF THE TIMES
Published In Batavia, Ohio in 1829. David Morris was the first edltor. It was a weekly newspaper and of National Republican persuasion. Last published in 1835. The Ohio Historical Society has the only known hard copies.
Published in Batavia and in 1895 the cost of a 1 year subscription was $1.50 I t was a 56 column paper published week1y. Otherwise known as THE ADVANCE. It Is not known, when or if, the paper's mast head deleated the name Clermont or how long it was in existance. Only one issue known to exist, and is owned by the Clermont County Genealogical Society.
* See NATIONAL ADVANCE, ADVANCE
CLERMONT COUNTY REVIEW
It began publication late 1969 or early 1970 by the
publisher, Arnold H. Nichols and editor Anita M. Nichols. The present
and only other
publisher is Dennis A. Nichols. Published in Cincinnati, Ohio at present by Nichols Printing Co., Inc., (Mt. Washington Press) 6124
Corbly Rd., Cin. Oh 45230. Ph 231-6221 OHS has some copies on microfilm.
* See OHIO PIKER
Published in Batavia, Ohio on 19 Mar 1836. A weekly newspaper, Whig in politics from 1836-1854. Founder was Andrew M. Gest and R. W. Clark. They used the same room that belonged to the CHRONICLE OF THE TIMES, same type, press and Gest was a former employee. Andrew Clarke came from the SUN office and became edltor. Hilton Jamieson was the printers boy and carrier in Batavia. From 1836-37 the COURIER was in a building that later belonged to Wm. Baum. 24 Aug 1836 A. M. Gest took as a partner Learner B, Leeds. 8 Apt 1837 R. W. Clarke ceased to edit the paper. Mr. Gest & Leeds became both editors and proprietors. then it removed to the "Dennison" building that was a law off ice for Swing & Brunaugh. Leeds dropped out 1 month later and on 30 Jan 1846 Lorenzo Dow Morris took 1/2 interest in paper. On 26 Mar 1847 Mr. Gest dropped out and then turned around and bought out Morris on 27 Aug of the same year and took back R. W. Clarke as Joint editor. In the summer of 1848 R. W. Clarke retired again and Mt. Gest became the sole editor untll hls death In 1851. In 1850 they moved to the 2nd story of a frame building on the corner of Main & Market. Between 1852 - 1 Sep 1856 the owner was John R. S. Bond and it's political vlews was that of Republican. 1856 -back to the Dennison buildlng to the second floor.John M. Kellum then became owner and sold it to R. Y, Clarke U M. Jamieson on 27 Aug 1857.Mr. Clarke acted as editor. In 1857 to a building on the corner of the alley on Main St. just above the jail. 19 Aug 1858 Mr. Clarke droppedout and in Sep of 1859 Jamieson sold an interest to Thomas D. Fitch. 1860 Jamleson sold his interest to three brothers: Thomas D., Didney A and Charles T. Fitch who had been printers in the establishment. 19 Jul 1862 the brothers sold the paper to Andrew B. Smith. In 1864 the paper moved to Masonic building, later occupied by Dr. Bunn as a drug store, 1865 Charles N. & Frank Browning bought it. In 1867 the offlce was moved to the Jamieson building. Sep 1877 John R. Woodllef bought it. Apr 1879 Charles W. Pegg bought it and the editor was John H. Falrman. Jerald B. Fortney bought the paper In 1946 and sold it in 1975. He was responsible for allowing the CCGS to microfilm the Courier. Most of this newspaper is on microfilm or the hard copy can be found in libraries. There are very few issues missing from this paper; 1841,1842, 1847, 1852-56, 1862-74, 1900, 1901, 1905, 1908: It is hoped that we can find single issues or whole years. CLERMONT COURIER is still being publlshed, 629 Old State Rt. 74, Mt.Carmel , OH Ph 528-1111.
see picture Early days in Cler. Co pg 71 etc
Published in Williamsburg, Ohlo on 26 Nov 1886. It is not
known how long the politically independent, weekly newspaper lasted.
The Ohio Historlcal Society has only 2 single issues: the first: 26 Nov 1886 and a later issue 10 June 1887.
The CLERMONT INDEPENDENT was published from 1885 to 1887 and
became the INDEPENDENT NEWS. No known copies exist today.
* See INDEPENDENT & INDEPENDENT NEWS
Published in Williamsburgh 4 July 1818, it was the third
paper published in the county. Charles D. McManaman was the publisher
previously set type at the CENSOR office. It is said to be the first paper that incorporated the name of the county, in which it was issued,
as part of the mast head. The size was 10 1/2 by 16 and printed weekly on Saturday. Last issue is unknown. All Issues are missing.
THE CLERMONT SUN
Published in Batavia ca 1850 and was Democratic until 1966,
thereafter Independant. Originally, it was called THE OHIO SUN until
changed the name. The office was in the second story of the Clare building on Market St. which was erected in 1828, out of brick, by
Thomas Morris for thls purpose. There was a steam power cylinder press and 2 steam jobbers and a proof press. Leeds sold the paper in the
spring of 1850 to John or James Evans who promptly up and died 12 Aug 1851. Mr. Leeds resumed control unt i l 19 Aug 1852 when J. P. Thompson
bought it. On 2 Feb 1854 E. T. Norton purchased 1/2 interest and on June 8 sold hls interest to Will C. Walker who sold out in 1855. On 24
Jun 1854 Thompson died and soon after on 3 Aug Andrew J. Sprague bought his half interest. Then, on 8 Feb 1855 Mr. Walker sold his 1/2 interest
to Smith Townsley and Mr. Leeds re-entered the picture as edltor. On the 24 of Jan 1856 Mr. Leeds bought out Townsley and 20 Nov he bought
out Sprague. By 1860 W. R. Hartman had 1/2 interest as editor and publisher and in 1864 Mr. Leeds retired and Henry V. Kerr became the
owner. Allen T. and Dale 0. Cowan bought the paper 1 Apr 1872 and Allen sold his share in 1875 to Willis M. Cowen.
Misslng: 1850, 1851, 1852, 1854, 1858, 1861-76, 1969-71, 74 See OHIO SUN
Published by the COURIER office at 629 Cin-Bat. Pk. Mt. Carmel, Ohio Ph 528-1111 Courier office has 1969 to present on microfilm.
Published at Batavia in 1858 by Dr. John M. Kellum who was both editor and publisher. No one knows the length of its existance or if any copy is still around.
Published in Williamsburgh in 1820. The editor was William A.
Camron who came from Lebanon, OH and floated the press down the river.
measured 24 X 36 and was a weekly newspaper of general interest. Only a few copies still exist at the Ohio Historical Society.
Published in Felicity, Ohio sometime.in 1685. Little is known
about this paper because there are so few issues that exists.
BETHEL JOURNAL absorbed the FELICITY TIMES i n 1912. The Clermont Co. Genealogical Society have a very few bits and pieces of an issue or two. * See BETHEL JOURNAL
Pub1ished in Loveland the 22 June 1906 - 28 Apri 1 1911. It
was owned and edited J. A. Taylor In the early 1900's. Printed weekly
ground floor office of the Town Hall Building. Loveland Museum owns many copies.
The INDEPENDENT was a weekly paper published 1869 to about
1884. It was a general type newspaper published in New Richmond and
name to CLERMONT INDEPENDENT * See CLERMONT INDEPENDENT & INDEPENDENT NEWS
The INDEPENDENT NEWS was published from 1888 to 1920 and was
merely a name change from CLERMONT INDEPENDENT.
Western Reserve has a few scattered issues for Jan of 1913 and 1914. * See INDEPENDENT & CLERMONT INDEPENDENT
LOVELAND HERALD was a weekly, general type newspaper
published in Loveland, OH and was independent in political persuasion.
Tri-County Press was the predecessor of this newspaper and took the name LOVELAND HERALD in 1917. Jerald Fortney became a co-owner in 1974
and sold his interest in 1975. The Loveland Museum has most of the collect ion with only a few of the early issues missing.
LOVELAND NEWS WORLD
Publisher was John Morbach. It was published in Loveland and had a short llfe of 1 year in the 1980's. Mr. Morbach is in posession of all .known.copies.
The LOVELAND ENTERPRISE started in 1884 and eventually was
consolidated with the LOVELAND RECORD.
* See LOVELAND RECORD & LOVELAND WEEKLY HERALD LOVELAND RECORD
* See LOVELAND ENTERPRISE
LOVELAND WEEKLY HERALD
The first issue of the LOVELAND WEEKLY HERALD was printed on
the 14th of July 1877. It had 4 pages: two for local news and two for
advertisements. It was closed for awhile and started again under the name of the LOVELAND ENTERPRISE in 1884.
* See LOVELAND ENTERPRISE
THE LUMINARY was published in New Rlchmond by four brothers:
A,, C., J. & W. Herron. The first Issue appeared on the 3rd of
July 1823 and only
lasted about a year. The slze was 18 X 24 and came out on Wednesday. Subscription was $2.00 in advance or $3.00 at the end of the year.
There was even an offer to deliver the paper free, by private mail,.If there was a sufficient number of subscriptlons at one place. The
prlntlng office consisted of the upper rooms of the Seneca Palmer fulling mill which stood where the Wlllenbrink's feed store was in business.
All issues are missing.
M I A M I VALLEY NEWS
Milford Museum has some hard coples.
The MILFORD ADVERTISER was established in 1957 and published
in Mllford. Jerald Fortney acquired the Milford Advertiser In 1952. The
1976 to present and OHS has 1971 to the present.
CCGS has a few copies, the rest are mlssing
The NEW RICHMOND ADVERTISER became the MORNING WELCOME in
1855 but lasted only about one year. In 1856 Joseph Kerr & Co.
purchased the buildlng, where it was being published, and began to publish the NEW RICHMOND WEEKLY DISPATCH. Pub1 ished in New Rlchmond.
No known issues survive.
* See NEW RICHMOND ADVERTISER, NEW RICHMOND WEEKLY DISPATCH
MUTUAL NEWS was published in Batavia, OH . I saw a photograph
taken by Mr. Sharp of the front page of Vol VII no 32. At the time, that
particular vol. was issued, the paper was being published by E. S. Rhodes .
In the summer of 1878, the PATRONS ADVANCE became the
National Advance and was edlted by N. B. Ross. In February of 1880 he
retired and on
the18th of Feb 1880 a Mr. Roblnson became editor and publisher and changed the name back to THE ADVANCE.
* See ADVANCE, PATRONS' ADVANCE
Ohlo Historlcal Society has an issue or two. The rest are missing.
NEW RICHMOND ADVERTISER
In 1854 Frank B. Strickland began it's publication on a
monthly basis. It started out as 8 pages but the size was reduced and
the fol lowing
year it became the MORNING WELCOME. No issues exist.
* See MORNING WELCOME
NEW RICHMOND AGE
Pubilshed in New Rlchmond in 1851 by J. P. Thompson who was
the editor also. Proprietor was the Honorable Michael H. Davis. The
consisted of 4 pages and was 5 columns wide. the NEW RICHMOND AGE'S off ice was in the Sturges' bul ldlng. Hugh Herrick took over as editor
very shortly and on the 19th of Aug 1852 J. P. Thompson united the paper with the CLERMONT COURIER.
01-11 y one issue survives today, and can be found in the posesslon of the D.A.R. at the Waldschmidt House in Camp Dennison. The CCGS has a
photocopy of the original.
* See CLERMONT COURIER
NEW RICHMOND INDEPENDENT
The first issue began 8th of Apr. 11 1869 and was conducted
for about 5 years by D. S. Croshaw until it came under the
Winthrop Frazer. Printed in New Richmond every Saturday in the McMurchy's Arcade Buildlng wlth a steam powered press. At the time, i t
was the only press in the county containing a full assortment of German type.
NEW RICHMOND PRESS
Publisher of the Clermont Sun. Chet Hamilton had a column
entitled Viewing the V a l l e y in 1950's. It is believed
that Dick or Richard
Wenstrup had his works bound and the SUN may have a copy.
NEW RICHMOND TELEGRAPH
In the fall of 1866 W. G. Barkley bought a job-press which he
set up in New Richmond and began publication. It only lasted 1 year.
All issues missing
NEW RICHMOND WEEKLY DISPATCH
Joseph Kerr 8 Co. , booksellers, bought the WELCOME office in
1856 and with Mr. Strickland as editor, issued the NEW RICHMOND WEEKLY
DISPATCH. The printing office was opposite Whites' wharf in the 3rd story of McMurchy's building. After two years it was discontinued.
The OHIO PIKER was establishe in Sep. of 1951 by the
publisher Arnold H. Nichols and the editor Anita M. Nichols. It stayed
in .the Nichols
family until late 1969 or early 1970 when it was sold. In 6 months, Nichols bought it back, and changed the name to the CLERMONT COUNTY
REVIEW. The Nichols family own all known copies.
* see CLERMONT COUNTY REVIEW
Scattered issues owned by Ohio Historical Society for the year 1826. Published in New Richmond
OHIO SUN & CLERMONT ADVERTISER
In 1833 the CLERMONT SUN became the OHIO SUN &
CLERMONT ADVERTISER with Mr. Medary as editor. In 1836 he sold the
paper to brothers
Jacob b Asher C. Medary who changed the name back to the OHIO SUN.
* See CLERMONT SUN, OHIO SUN
The 1st issue of the OHIO SUN was publ ished in Bethel on
Wednesday the 1st of July 1828. The publisher and editor was Samuel
paper was 5 columns to a page and 13 1/2 X 21 1/2. The subscription was $2.00 In advance or $3.00 at the end of the year. The paper even took
produce for advertisments. It wasn't long until the office moved to Batavia and in 1833 the name was changed to OHIO SUN & CLERMONT
ADVERTISER. In 1836 the name was changed back. Jacob & Asher C. Medary owned the paper from 1837-39.. In the winter of 37-38 they sold the
paper to James Ferguson who publ ished the paper wh i1 e st i l1 1i v i ng in Clay Co., IN. He gave it up to a commitee with Col. Wm. Thomas as
chairman and with Mr. Willlam Gobright as the editor until 1840, when he, disgusted and frightened at the big Harrison upheavel, resigned and
went back East. In Nov. of 1840 Learner B. Leeds (young printer up to this time) purchased the paper and although a few issues were not
printed, it survived, and Leeds changed the name again in 1844 to the CLERMONT SUN.
Scattered issues held by Ohio Historical Society and Western Reserve.
* See CLERMONT SUN
THE PATRONS' ADVANCE
The PATRONS' ADVANCE did not have a very long long existence.
The ADVANCE became the PATRONS' ADVANCE in Apr of 1875 and changed
it's name in the summer of 1878 to the NATIONAL ADVANCE. Mr. Norris owned the paper until 1876 when he sold it to James Robinson.
All issues missing.
* See Advance, National Advance
Published in New Richmond, it began in 1834, by James G.
Birney in a building on the corner of Walnut and Willow St. It
contained 4 sheets,
was published weekly and was an abolition newspaper. In the spring of 1836 it moved it's office to Cincinnati and was destroyed on the 30th of
July 1836 because of its be1iefs. Friends and supporters helped purchase a new outfit and Mr. Birney resumed publication.
Ruth Greene, now deceased, had the Jan 1st 1836 edition copied and is the only known issue to survive.
The POLITICAL CENSOR was the first newspaper ever published
in Clerrnont County and was printed at Williamsburg on Main St. on the
corner of lot no. 40. It began on Friday, Jan 15th 1813. Pub1ished, owned and edited by Thomas S. Foote, lawyer and Robert Tweed, coroner.
The type setter was Char1es D. McManaman. The paper was printed on an old Ramage pattern press so small that only half of 1 side of the sheet
could be printed and the size was 15 1/2 X 9 1/2. The ink was applied to the forms with very small hand ink-balls. The paper had few
advert isements, no local news and some national and foreign news that was two months old. It was delivered to subcribers in town and country
by carriers but lasted less than a year. A11 issues missing.
ROUGH & READY
Published in Batavia from 1846 to 1848. I t is listed as a
Campaign and Whig newspaper.
Ohio Historical Society has a few scattered issues.
Published in Moscow
SPIRIT OF THE TIMES
SPIRIT OF THE TIMES was called WESTERN PATRIOT and was
published in Batavia by David Morris. The 1st issue was 21 July 1826
and in a couple
years became CHRONICLE OF THE TIMES. Ohio Historical Society has all known coples.
* See WESTERN PATRIOT & CHRONICLE OF THE TIMES
TRI-COUNTY PRESS was the predecessor of the current LOVELAND HERALD. I t was published every Saturday by the edltor W. W. Blalr from Nov of 1901 to 1909.
* See LOVELAND ENTERPRISE, LOVELAND RECORD & LOVELAND HERALD
VALLEY ENTERPRISE was a weekly, published in Milford between
1886-1920. I t was an independant and general type newspaper.
The Cincinnati Library and the Clermont County Genealogical Society has the only known copies.
Published between 1902 and 1907. It is not known just how long the paper survived. Only one known issue survives in private hands.
Published between 1857-58. All lssues missing.
Published at Williamsburgh on Main St. opposlte Burlelgh's
store. WESTERN AMERICAN was the second paper ever printed in Clermont
The first issue being 29 July 1814 and ending 7 Sep 1816. Owners were David Morrls and George Ely. The paper was issued every Saturday, 12 X
19 inches, folded Into 4 pages of 4 columns each. subscrlption was $2.00 a year in advance, or $2.50 at the end of the year, and no paper
was discontinued untll all arrearages were paid. That may be why it was disbanded in less than 3 years. Complete newspaper microf i lmed, indexed by
Charles Smith, and owned by Clermont County Genealogical Society
Published In Batavia on the 2nd floor, on Water Street In a
building that later became D. G. Dustin's tin shop. Mrs. Sarah Colby,
wlfe, had a millinery business on the 1st floor. Published between May of 1824 and Aug of 1826, It was later called SPIRIT OF THE TIMES. Size
12 X 20, 4 pages, 4 columns and pub1ished every Saturday. Prlnted and pub1ished by Z. Colby. Letters to the editor had to be prepaid and
after the first 6 mo. they advertlzed that they would take corn, wheat, flour, whlskey, oats and pork in payment for subscrlption.
Ohlo Historical Society has a few scattered issues.
WILLIAMSBURG TIMES is published in Williamsburg. Old Time
Prlntery, owned and run by Jeff Prlckett In Batavia, OH has an orlglnal
from the paper and many of the wooden type used by the paper.
Published in Batavia in 1856. Western Reserve has an issue
from 1859. Otherwlse, we do not know when it was discontinued.
Western Reserve has the only scattered Issues known.