Reformer still setting the agenda as we gear up for another milestone
It was a year that saw everything from the passing of the Civil Rights Act in America to Hibs being formed and Asia’s first stock exchange being established.
But 1875 also saw another b big event — the Rutherglen R Reformer was launched.
We’ll celebrate our 1 140th birthday this Friday, December 4, having been serving the local area since 1 1875.
The paper was started f from a dispute about a town c councillor’s right to take h his seat on the Rutherglen C Council.
The interest generated b by the story of senior Bailie Robert Hamilton’s failure to retire and apply for reelection on time prompted local men Andrew King and John McAlpine to establish their own paper, printed b by Baird of Hamilton and A Airdrie.
Early editions of the paper, n named the Rutherglen Reformer and Cambuslang Journal, included news from across the country as well as in the burgh.
That meant that stories i in the very first edition, edited by Mr RM Russell, included an account of the Whitechapel murder and the desecration of a tomb in S Serena.
The paper also promised
Celebrations(Celebrations (from from left) Reformer reporters Stratton Williams and Murray Spooner join editor Douglas Dickie to look back on 140 years of the Reformer