Reports of newspapers’ deaths have been greatly exaggerated. When the Daily Progress debuted in Charlottesville, the city’s two weeklies predicted it wouldn’t last more than 90 days (one gave it less than 30).
That was 125 years ago this week. Sept. 14, 1892, to be exact. Since then the paper has devoted itself to recording the events, both great and small, of central Virginia’s most refined city. Its first editorial lambasted the city for not doing something about the “wretched condition” of the bridge over the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad.
James Lindsay, the paper’s first founder (with his brother), editor, and publisher, promised that “if the community will take an interest in the paper, the paper pledges its best efforts to the advancement and welfare of the community.”
The city took the deal, and the Progress has been doing its best for the city ever since. We offer hearty congratulations— and warm wishes for another prosperous 125 years.