We celebrate 129 years of service
It’s been a pretty exciting week around The High Point Enterprise. We’re still talking about the big presidential election on Tuesday in which President Barack Obama won another term. We’re also still buzzing about High Point elections in which voters elected Bernita Sims the city’s first black mayor.
But there’s also excitement in the air around the Enterprise today that I can’t allow to be overshadowed by the Election Day hangover.
Today, Nov. 9, we are observing the 129th anniversary of The High Point Enterprise beginning publication. That’s why today on the far right side of the newspaper’s flag across the top of the page you’ll see the notation: 130th year, No. 1. Those volume and issue numbers indicate that today we begin our 130th year of publication.
Note my use of the phrase “we are observing” the newspaper’s anniversary today. That’s because in November 2010, former editor Tom Blount and I picked Nov. 9 as the day for the Enterprise to mark the paper beginning publication instead of the January date that the Enterprise had observed since 1935.
Recall that back in the spring of 2010, we did a special section to observe what traditionally would have been the newspaper’s 125 anniversary of publication. Writing in that anniversary publication – based on three years of research I had conducted – I identified Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 in the year of 1883 as the three most likely dates the Enterprise began publication, not the January 1885 date the newspaper’s traditional history had stated for decades.
So, we reported in May 2010, when we published the anniversary special, that instead of being just over 125 years old, the newspaper actually was nearly 127 years old, based on the information that pinpointed November 1883 as the month publication began. We began as a weekly newspaper jointly operated by High Pointers Ed Steele, William A. Blair and William Richardson. The newspaper was known then as The Enterprise, according to information our research turned up.
As the Enterprise marks our 129th anniversary and begins our 130th year of publication, my search goes on as to the exact date the very first edition of The Enterprise hit High Point’s streets. As I explained in 2010, we don’t have microfilm records of the Enterprise’s first and early editions as many newspapers do. The first microfilm record of the newspaper we have is July 16, 1886.
Although I think to a high certainty, based on the evidence I found, that publication began one of those three dates in November 1883, and most likely Nov. 9, I still would like find concrete evidence identifying the first day of publication. I’m asking readers who may have any specific information about Enterprise history to contact me, and especially if that information relates to the first day or those early days of publication in 1883. Email, call or tweet me with any tips.