Rodney Mercury

Rodney Mercury Index

 

Introduction

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While the title of this publication is called an Index to the Rodney Mercury Newspaper, 1887 - 1924, it is perhaps misleading since only a very few issues of this newspaper survive prior to 1914. Even after that date, there are many missing issues, until 1920, when the collection of surviving newspapers becomes more complete. It is assumed that the loss of the early Rodney newspapers is a result of a fire in 1917 or 1918 which destroyed the building which housed the enterprise.

The Rodney Mercury began publication in 1885 with George Wray as first editor and publisher, and was known as the West Elgin Mercury until 1890. It was the successor to the Rodney Chronicle, believed to have been published between 1883 and 1885. Publishers following Mr. Wray were Messrs. Whitney & Claxton, William Young, Alex & Ebenezer Sim, and Mac MacLean. A fire in 1917 or 1918 destroyed the building housing the business and the existing files of the Mercury were lost. In 1921, Mr. E. Lashbrook purchased the Rodney Mercury, and the West Lorne Sun from their owner Mr. Thomas Sims. In January 1932, the two papers were amalgamated to form the Mercury-Sun. In 1950, both papers resumed separate publication. The Rodney Mercury ceased publication in 1996. The files used for microfilming were obtained from the owner, Mr. L. Lashbrook, in 1974 and microfilmed for the Elgin County Library by London Microfilming Ltd.

Because of the slowness of setting type and the printing of the paper, four of the paper’s inside pages in the early issues of the Rodney Mercury were printed by a Toronto printing company, with much of the classified and display advertising appearing on these pages. Pages 2, 3, 5, and 7 of the Mercury were printed in Toronto until 1945. Generally, the Rodney Mercury consisted of eight pages, with most local news appearing on pages 1, 4, 5, and 8. The paper carried correspondents’ columns from the communities of Duart, Muirkirk, Wardsville, Churchville, Eagle, New Glasgow, Crinan, Campbellton, and Tyrconnell.

The microfilm collection of the Elgin County Library, 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, N5R 5V1 (519-631-1460) includes copies of the Rodney Mercury from 1885 to 1996. At the time of writing this introduction (September 2001), microfilmed copies of the Rodney Mercury are available for research at the Rodney Library, 207 Furnival Road, Rodney, Ontario, N0L 2C0 (519 - 785-2100). Microfilmed copies of the Rodney Mercury are also available at the St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5P 3Z7 (519 - 631-6050). In both cases, it is advisable to phone ahead for microfilm reader/printer availability, and hours of operation of the library.

The reel numbers with corresponding issue dates found on each reel are as follows:
Each reel of microfilm begins with the prefix "[E]R-ME"
 
Dates ECL Reel #
 
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Dec. 29, 1887 001
Mar. 15, 1888 001
Apr. 3, May 29, July 17, 1890 001
Mar. 29, 1900 001
Jan. 5, 1911 001
Sept. 10 - Oct. 15, 1914 001
Oct. 29 - Nov. 26, 1914 001
Dec. 10, 17, 31, 1914 001
Jan. 14 - Feb. 4, 18, 1915 001
Mar. 11- Apr. 8, 1915 001
Apr. 22 - July 1, 15, 1915 001
Aug. 19, 26, Sept 16-30, 1915 001
Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11, 25, 1915 001
Dec. 2, 1915 001
Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 2, 1916 001
June 20, Sept. 5 - Dec. 26, 1918 001
Jan. 16, July 31, Aug. 14 -21, 1919 001
Sept. 4 - 25, Oct. 9 -23, 1919 001
Dec. 18, 1919 001
Jan. 1 - Dec. 30, 1920 001
Jan. 6 - June 16, 1921 001
June 23, 1921 - Mar. 19, 1925 002
Mar. 26, 1925 - Nov. 25, 1926 003
Jan. 7, 1927 - Mar. 28, 1929 003
Apr. 4, 1929 - Dec. 24, 1931 004
July 7, 1932 004
Jan. 12, 1933 - Feb. 8, 1934 004
Feb. 15, 1934 - Oct. 21, 1937 005
Oct. 28, 1937 - Jan. 16, 1941 006
Jan. 23, 1941 - June 22, 1944 007
June 29, 1944 - Oct. 30, 1947 008
Nov. 6, 1947 - Apr. 12, 1951 009
Apr. 19, 1951 - Aug. 18, 1954 010
Aug. 25, 1954 - Dec. 24, 1956 011
Jan. 9 - Dec. 23, 1957 012
Jan. 8 - Dec. 24, 1958 012
Jan. 7 - Dec. 16, 1959 013
Jan. 6 - Dec. 21, 1960 013
Jan. 4 - Dec. 20, 1961 014
Jan. 3 - Dec. 19, 1962 014
Jan. 1963 - Dec. 1964 015
Jan. 1965 - Dec. 1966 016
Jan. 1967 - Dec. 1968 017
Jan. 1969 - Dec. 1970 018
Jan. 1971 - Dec. 1972 019
Jan. 1973 - Dec. 1974 020
Jan. - Dec. 1975 021
Jan. - Dec. 1976 022
Jan. - Dec. 1977 023
Jan. - Dec. 1978 024
Jan. 18 - Dec. 20, 1979 025
Jan. - Dec. 1980 026
Jan. - Dec. 1981 027
Jan. - Dec. 1982 028
Jan. 6 - Dec. 22, 1983 029
Jan. - Dec. 1984 030
Jan. - Dec. 1985 031
Jan. - Dec. 1986 032
Jan. - Dec. 1987 033
Jan. - Dec. 1988 034
Jan. - Dec. 1989 035
Jan. - Dec. 1990 036
Jan. - Dec. 1991 037
Jan. - Dec. 1992 038
Jan. - Dec. 1993 038
Jan. - Dec. 1994

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