1875 — the year that was

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

There were plenty of other mem­o­rable events tak­ing place in 1875, as well as the Re­former’s launch. They in­cluded...

The United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which pro­hibits racial dis­crim­i­na­tion in pub­lic ac­com­mo­da­tions and jury duty.

Tufts Univer­sity and Har­vard Univer­sity played ar­guably the first ever game of col­lege Amer­i­can Foot­ball in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts. —Swiss psy­chi­a­trist Carl Jung was born.

— Cap­tain Matthew Webb be­came the first per­son to swim the English Chan­nel.

— Young Tom Mor­ris, one of Scot­land’s great­est golfers, died, aged just 24. that it would not be a po­lit­i­cal party pa­per and would in­stead sup­port what­ever was best for the burgh — prin­ci­ples that still hold true for the Re­former to­day.

The pa­per’s front page was re­served for ad­verts, a state of af­fairs that con­tin­ued all the way through un­til the April 6, 1962 edi­tion, which splashed on how a lo­cal Or­ange Lodge leader had been picked as the In­de­pen­dent Group’s can­di­date in a bit to oust lo­cal Tory and Labour can­di­dates.

There’s been a few name changes along the way, too — the Cam­bus­lang Pi­lot was in­cor­po­rated into the pa­per’s ti­tle in 1963, be­fore be­ing dropped in 1971,while for a spell in the late 70s we were the South Glas­gow and Ruther­glen Re­former.

In 1991, the pa­per was re­branded as just the Re­former, be­fore re­cent years have seen the Ruther­glen Re­former name re­turn.

The pa­per has cov­ered many sto­ries over the years, in­clud­ing lon­grun­ning sagas such as the loss of jobs at Cam­bus­lang Hoover, the area com­ing un­der the aus­pices of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the scan­dal re­gard­ing chromium residues through­out Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang and the re- open­ing of Ruther­glen Town Hall.

Re­cent years have seen us get on­line, with a pres­ence on Face­book and Twit­ter as well as our web­site, al­low­ing sto­ries to break even quicker.

But one thing hasn’t changed over the years — we’re still as ded­i­cated as ever to re­port­ing what’s go­ing on through­out Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

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