Re­former still set­ting the agenda as we gear up for an­other mile­stone

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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