Last time around, we presented Howell’s catalog of major (and perhaps not so major) Albany newspapers going back to the very first in 1771. In his “Bi-centennial History of the County of Albany,” from 1886, he also described the then-current state of media affairs in the capital city:
Newspapers Published in Albany at the Present Time.
The Albany Argus made its first appearance on Tuesday, January 26, 1813. It was published semi-weekly; Jesse Buel, editor and owner. On August 18, 1825, it issued its first daily paper. The Daily Argus and The Albany Evening Atlas were united February 18, 1856, under the name of Atlas and Argus, with Calvert Comstock and William Cassidy, publishers and editors. On April 6, 1865, they were succeeded by William Cassidy. It became The Argus again, Monday, May 15, 1865. On May 6, 1865, The Argus Company was organized. William Cassidy, editor; Daniel Manning and J. Wesley Smith, associates. S.C. Hutchins and St. Clair McKelway have been recent editors. James H. Manning is present editor. Sunday paper issued since May 13, 1877. Argus Building, southwest corner of Broadway and Beaver street. [Still there, by the way.]
Albany Evening Journal. B.D. Packard & Co. published the first number of The Journal, March 22, 1830. It was a strong Anti-Masonic paper. Thurlow Weed was the editor for over thirty years, and rendered it highly influential over the entire State. George Dawson succeeded him as editor. Weed & Dawson Co. and Dawson & Co. have been publishers. The Albany Journal Company published its first copy under the editorship of John A. Sleicher, March 17, 1884, with W.J. Arkell as President; J.W. Drexel, Secretary; James Arkell, Treasurer. The printing-house and office are at No. 61 State street. [Later, the Albany Evening Journal would be headquartered in an ornate annex to the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Headquarters.]
Albany Evening Times, originally the Albany Morning Times, was started Monday, April 21, 1856, by Barnes & Godfrey; then published by Alfred Stone, David M. Barnes and Edward H. Boyd; later by Samuel Wilbor. March 1, 1861, the Times was consolidated with the Evening Courier, and was first issued as an evening paper September 25, 1865. Albany Weekly Times first appeared July 16, 1872. It was for a few years published by the Times Company. Since May, 1881, Theophilus C. Callicot has been the editor and proprietor, at No. 401 Broadway.
Albany Morning Express was started September 13, 1847. In 1854 it was published by Munsell & Co. In 1856 its name was changed to the Daily Statesman. The Express was revived by Stone & Henley, its original proprietors, May 4, 1857 with J.C. Cuyler, editor. In 1860, the publishers were Hunt & Co. Albany Weekly Express, issued August 4, 1881; Sunday edition, March 4, 1883. Albany Express Company: Edward Henley, J. C. Cuyler, Addison A. Keyes and Nathan D. Wendell. Printing-house, southwest corner Green and Beaver streets. A recent change has made Prof. Lewis, editor, and W.F. Hurcombe, publisher.
Daily Press and Knickerbocker. First number of Sunday Press, May 13, 1870; Daily Press, February 26, 1877; Daily Knickerbocker, September 4, 1843; Press and Knickerbocker united, August 10, 1877. The Weekly Press and Legislative Journal was issued for the first time, January 8, 1873. The Press Company is composed of John H. Farrell, Myron H. Rooker and James Macfarlane. Printing-house, 18 Beaver street.
Evening Post. First issued October, 1860, by R.M. & E. Griffin; editor, R.M. Griffin. Present publishers, M. & E. Griffin, No. 7 Hudson avenue.
Albany Evening Union. The Union Printing and Publishing Company first published this paper Monday, May 29, 1882, at their office in Beaver Block, South Pearl street. On Monday, July 16, 1883, John Parr became editor and proprietor, and published the paper from No. 28 Beaver street. Fred W. White is now president and editor.
Freie Blaetter, started by Henry Bender & August Miggael in 1852; now and for many years conducted by August Miggael at No. 26 Beaver street. German daily paper. Der Sontagsgast, issued since 1882 as a supplement to the Saturday edition. Office, No. 44 Beaver street.
Taglicher Albany Herald. This German daily was first published by Jacob Heinmiller, Tuesday, October 10, 1871; was issued as Der Albany Herold on February 11, 1869. The present office is at No. 87 Westerlo street.
The Cultivator and Country Gentleman, a weekly paper since January 4, 1866. As a monthly it was first published as the Cultivator, in March, 1834, and conducted by Jesse Buel, J.P. Beekman and J.D. Wasson. It was subsequently published by W. Gaylord & L. Tucker, and by L. Tucker & Son, who united it with The Country Gentleman, which was started by Luther Tucker and John T. Thomas, January 6, 1853. It is ably conducted by L.H. & G.M. Tucker, editors and proprietors.
The Catholic Telegraph, first issued in Albany, January, 1880. Telegraph Publishing Company was incorporated June, 1882. M.J. Ludden, editor.
The Guide, I.O.O.F. D.H. Turner, editor. First published, February 15, 1881. Issued every two weeks. D.H. Turner & G.B. Powers, publishers.
Albany Law Journal. Monthly. First number published January 9, 1870. Isaac Grant Thompson, editor; Weed, Parsons & Co., publishers, Nos. 39 and 41 Columbia street. Present editor, Irving Browne.
Our Work at Home. Monthly. Was first published at the rooms of the City Tract and Missionary Society, September, 1875. Charles Reynolds, editor. The present editor is George Sanderson, Jr. Office, No. 9 North Pearl street. It is the organ of the City Mission and Tract Society.
The Voice was first published as a monthly, January, 1879, at 401 Broadway. Edgar S. Werner, editor and proprietor, No. 59 Lancaster street.
Forest, Forge and Farm. Published in Albany since June, 1882. H.S. Quackenbush, editor and publisher, Tweddle Building.
Poultry Monthly. First issued by the Ferris Publishing Company, November, 1879. Office, 481 Broadway.
The Medical Annals was first published in January, 1883, by a Committee of Albany County Medical Society. Burdick & Taylor, 481 Broadway, are the present publishers. Dr. F.C. Curtis and others, editors.
Newspapers Published in Other Places in the County.
Coeymans Gazette; started in 1863 by Gilbert C. Vincent; sold to Willard Pond in 1864; then to Henry Brook; afterwards to McKee & Springstead. Professor Thomas McKee became sole editor and proprietor in December, 1869, and finally took it to Greenbush as the Rensselaer Gazette.
Coeymans Herald, weekly. S.H. & E.J. Sherman, editors and proprietors.
The Cohoes Advertiser; started in February, 1847, by Ayres & Co.
The Cohoes Journal and Advertiser succeeded the above in January, 1848; continued by same firm until January, 1849
The Cohoes Cataract succeeded the above; published by Silliman & Miller from June, 1849, to Sept ember, 1851; then sold to James H. Masten, who published it until January, 1867; then sold it to Anthony S. Baker, its publisher until January, 1870, when it was bought again by J.H. Masten.
Cohoes Daily News. J.H. Masten, proprietor.
Cohoes Regulator. Alexis Wager, publisher; weekly.
La Patrie Nouvelle. J.M. Authier, editor and publisher, weekly.
Green Island Review. Henry L. Gilbert, editor and proprietor; weekly.
Knowersville Gazette; a local weekly, recently published. [Knowersville is now known as Altamont.]
The Rural Folio, started in January, 1828, by C.G. & A. Polliner, and continued two years.
West Troy Advocate; started October, 1837, by William Hollands; continued by his widow and son, after his decease.
Watervliet Daily Democrat; started by Allen Carey, January 20, 1859.
Albany County Democrat; started in 1860. Allen Carey, editor; weekly.
Watervleit [sic] Journal. Treanor & Hardin, proprietors; weekly.
Shaker Manifesto. Edited and published as a 4to [quarto] monthly, by Rev. G.A. Lomas.