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The Lima Times-Democrat collection includes the semiweekly edition covering 1900-1902, 1905-1907 and 1909-1912.

 

In 1879, Oliver B. Selfridge, Jr. and E.B. Halladay established the Democratic Times in Lima, Ohio. This weekly paper was Democratic in politics, and success in its early years led to the establishment of the Lima Daily Times in 1884, coinciding with the first presidential campaign of Democrat Grover Cleveland. Allen County and its environs were known for strong Democratic Party sentiment, and for a time, the Times was the only daily Democratic newspaper in the area. In 1893, it absorbed the Allen County Democrat, and changed its name to the Lima Times-Democrat. The publication continued to be issued daily, but a semiweekly edition, known as the Times-Democrat, was established that same year and continued to run until March 1, 1912. The Lima Times-Democrat was considered the "Official Paper of Allen County" and competed with the Republican Party organ, known variously as the Lima Gazette, Allen County Republican and Allen County Republican-Gazette.

 

The Times-Democrat was progressive in its use of technology: it was the first in Lima to use linotype machines to replace the handset printing process, and the first to install leased newswire service, such as the Associated Press. In the early 1900s, the semiweekly edition's front page claimed "Everybody Reads The Times-Democrat. It Contains All the News All the Time." To that end, readers could find state, national and international news stories; political editorials and cartoons; and local social, business, court and agricultural news and advertisements. The semiweekly edition also reprinted articles from the daily edition.

 

In 1912, the Lima News Publishing Co., which was responsible for the Lima Daily News established in 1897, acquired 52% ownership of the Times-Democrat Publishing Co. The News and the Times-Democrat continued to be published separately until 1920 when the News Publishing Co. purchased the rest of the Times-Democrat Publishing Co. and merged the papers to form the Lima Daily News and Times-Democrat. By 1926, the publication had dropped the "Daily" and the "Times-Democrat" from its title to become the Lima News which still serves citizens of Lima and Allen County today.

 
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