Few living Newarkers or former Newarkers
are aware that the first issue of the Newark Sunday News on November
24, 1946, was not a beginning -- but rather a resumption of a Sunday
News edition published in the early 20th century.
This is the birth story of that Newark Sunday News.
The first issue of that earlier Newark Sunday News was published
on February 24, 1901. It consisted of 36 pages. This is an account
of some of the excitement that accompanied its printing.
AS the presses started to roll for that first Sunday edition in
1901, according to one account, "scores of men and boys converged
on the building at 221 Market Street, all well protected against
the cold as the weather prediction that night was for snow.
"They huddled around the stairway leading down into the basement
from whence came a muffled throbbing sound. Then came the call from
the basement and the waiting crowd clattered down to the basement,
to a room next to the roaring presses, where from behind a counter,
two men passed out newspapers."
"Newark Sunday News" read one of the boys aloud from
the title line on the printed paper as he lumbered up the stairs
to Market Street.
"I said I'd get the first one off the press and I did!"
Sunday News Covers Police Headquarters
The reporter of the previous quotes about the first edition now
has been assigned to cover Police Headquarters on Saturday nights,
and he describes his observations as a Newark News police reporter:
"In those days, police headquarters was a remodeled brownstone-front
building at 9 Bank Street.
"Police Chief Henry Hopper had his office in what had been
the parlor, and in the old dining room was a big desk with two brass
"Jack Cosgrove, as captain of detectives, had his headquarters
in the old Pantry. Behind the big desk, on their respective shifts,
were Lieutenants Gus Astley, Tom Tracy, and John Prout.
"All three lieutenants were helpful to reporters in dispensing
news. Astley was a joker. Prout liked to talk about his naval battles
in the Civil War. Tracy, who fought in the Irish Rebellion, kept
a little tin fife in his desk. Sometimes, he would blow his fife
to summon reporters from the outside.
News in the First Sunday Edition
Again, from a report of that first edition of the Sunday News in
1901: "Men and women waiting to board trolleys paused to buy
copies. Many had been at the theatres. Playing that week was "Quo
Vadis" at the Newark; "Northern Lights" at the New
Century; "Robie's Knickerbockers" at Waldmann's' "Sig
Hopkins" at the Empire, and "Rip Van Winkle" at the
Newark News Vendors
Some of the paper vendors of the Sunday News picked up their copies
in baby carriages, express wagons, and two-wheeled carts, or toted
them on their backs. The Newark News Co. was an independent organization
which operated a few horse drawn trucks. These got their quota of
the Newark Sunday News. The Mullin Livery Co. also provide horses
and trucks for the Newark News, daily and Sunday.
End of First Newark Sunday News
The first Newark Sunday News was published every Sunday morning
from February 24, 1901 until Sunday, February 26, 1905. The Sunday
edition of the Newark News would then remain dormant until its rebirth
on Sunday, November 24, 1966.
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End Note About Information Source for This
The quotes in this "Old Newark Memory" about the reportage
of that first edition were by a veteran reporter by the name of
Howard Garis, who had been with the Newark Evening News since 1896.
He would remain with the Newark News until his retirement in 1947.
In those interim years, he created the daily Uncle Wiggily story
in the Newark News, which ran for nearly four decades. He wrote
15,000 of them. See my earlier "Old Newark Memory" on
Howard Garis titled "Recalling
Newark News Writer Howard Garis and His Rabbit."
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