A look at the be­gin­nings of the Recorder news­pa­per

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“In the spring of 1869, Charles Jones rented a small room over a drug­store owned and op­er­ated by James W. Harry. Harry’s Drug Store was lo­cated on Fayette Street at Elm, op­po­site the orig­i­nal Methodist Church. Jones bought ma­te­rial for a job print­ing of­fice, in­clud­ing a Gor­don job­ber and a sec­ond­hand Wash­ing­ton hand press. Be­fore Jones could fully set up shop, he had more busi­ness than he could han­dle. This in­for­ma­tion came di­rectly from Charles Jones as he told Recorder read­ers back in 1904.

“Most of his work came from Harry’s Drug Store, and, when busi­ness slowed up a bit, Squire Hey­wood (who would later buy the news­pa­per) would of­ten keep young Jones busy with work. When John Wood, Jr., ap­proached Jones to gen­er­ate a large cir­cu­lar de­scrib­ing a patent he was in­tro­duc­ing, Jones hired Wil­liam Davis of Nor­ris­town to help him in the print shop. By the fall of 1869, many of the prom­i­nent busi­ness­men had en­cour­aged Jones to print a weekly pa­per, and on Dec. 16, 1869, with the help of Wil­liam Davis, Jones pro­duced 400 copies of the Con­shohocken Recorder news­pa­per.”

As Coll tells it, “Within the first 20 years of ex­is­tence, the Recorder had five dif­fer­ent own­ers, and nine dif­fer­ent prin­ci­pals pub­lished the pa­per.” In its ear­li­est days, the pub­li­ca­tion was called the Weekly Recorder. It even­tu­ally be­came part of In­ter­county News­pa­per Group.

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