1875 — the year that was
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.