The Dispatch celebrates 100 years

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Henderson’s daily newspaper joins the century club today.

The Dispatch is celebrating 100 years with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this morning at 10, cake and lemonade while it lasts until about 2 p.m. and a special commemorative section in today’s newspaper.

The Dispatch was created by P.T. Way as a means to give the community updated coverage of World War I. Two weeks after Germany invaded Belgium in 1914, a four-page, 16-column edition shared the masthead with “The Gold Leaf,” a semi-weekly that soon converted to a weekly.

In 1915, the name changed to the “Henderson Daily Dispatch.” Shortly after Paxton Media Group purchased the paper in 1994, the name was changed to its present “The Daily Dispatch.”

Much has changed in the century of operation, from the kinds of presses used to the styles of copy to the content. More news and information about the three primary counties served goes onto the front page than ever before, but coverage of state, national and international news remains a staple of the daily print product.

Found inside today’s special section are reproductions of front pages from the past, a cover with real advertisements which have graced our pages, interviews with former Dispatch workers as well as people who have read The Dispatch for decades, and one reporter’s look at key events shaping our lives since our first publication.