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HISTORY MILESTONES

1987

1999

January

July 1 & August 10

The Company invests over $5 million to purchase and renovate two properties on S. Colony Street and expands the press and mailroom at 11 Crown Street.

The Record-Journal acquires VS Publishing in Orlando, FL and The Westerly Sun in Westerly, RI.

been in our country’s 250 year history. Since audience is a measurement of our relevance, we are pleased that we are at an all-time high for print and online readership. Our business model is quite different than it was 100 years ago or even 10 years ago, but through constant change, we remain a strong locally owned company with 120 employees at our two locations.” The Record-Journal dates back to a weekly newspaper called The Weekly Visitor, established in 1867. In 1892, E.E. Smith and Thomas Warnock bought the weekly and converted it to a daily. E.E. Smith was the first of

four generations of the White family to lead the Record-Journal. E.E. Smith was followed by his son, Wayne C. Smith, who served as publisher until his death in 1966, when Carter White took over for his stepfather and was publisher until his retirement in 1988. Thomas Warnock was editor of the paper for almost half a century. Wayne Smith’s wife, Blanche Smith, Eliot White’s grandmother, wrote for about 50 years and served as executive editor. Barbara C. White, Eliot White’s mother, also wrote for the paper for about 50 years. Alison Muschinsky, Carter and Barbara’s daughter, worked

Blanche Hixson Smith

150TH ANNIVERSARY RECORD-JOURNAL

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Profile for Record Journal

RJ 150th Anniversary Magazine  

RJ 150th Anniversary Magazine