From: "Waverly's 125th"
The first newspaper printed in the village of Waverly was the Waverly Luminary, with the first issue offered on Oct. 3, 1851. A four page, five column sheet, the paper was issued weekly on Friday afternoon.
Not destined for a long life, the paper discontinued publication after only ten months. Material and equipment was purchased by F.H. Baldwin, who issued the first copy of the Waverly Advocate in September of 1852.
The Advocate continued, under various owners, for many years to bring the news each week to the people of Waverly and the surrounding countryside.
Frank Scudder, in 1867, began publication of the Waverly Enterprise, a paper which began as a monthly, but within two years, proves successful enough to be offered as a weekly paper.
The offices of the Enterprise were destroyed by fire in 1876, and it's former foreman, James Bray, bought the subscription list and good will beginning a weekly paper called the Waverly Free Press. The first issue was dated November 27, 1876.
As was the custom at the time, papers were openly partisan. A description of the paper in the 1887 Historical Gazatteer of Tioga County states " The Waverly Free Press is devoted to local news and home interests and is fearless in matters pertaining to the public interests. It has always been Indenpendent Republican in politics, but never extremely partisan."
The paper was later sold to Byram Winters, under whose ownership it was published as a daily from 1907 to 1914.
Several other papers - the Review, the Waverly Evening Journal, the Waverly and Athens Democrat, the Echo - all made their brief appearance in Waverly, the latter with a life of just two weeks.
In 1907 the Waverly Sun, last paper to be published in the village, was founded with Genung and Scureman as publishers. The Sun was printed in the NFL building on Fulton Street. Subsequent owners were Ray W. McEwen and after 1933, ownership passed to Hart I. Seely, Sr.
Publication of the Waverly Sun was continued under Hart Seely, Jr. until 1970 when it was acquired by the Tioga Gazette and Times.
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Ernie Miles...... This page was updated Wednesday, 26-Mar-2008 06:48:17 PDT.