The Sullivan County Democrat is celebrating a birthday today. In this month in 1891 our community newspaper was founded in order to keep local residents informed of the important news and events …
The Sullivan County Democrat is celebrating a birthday today. In this month in 1891 our community newspaper was founded in order to keep local residents informed of the important news and events affecting their lives. Now 131 years later and we’re still going strong.
There are only a few other businesses in Sullivan County that have been in continuous operation for 131 years. The Sullivan County Democrat has been here through more than thirteen decades, through two World Wars and 23 American presidents.
We have been here to see the good times and the bad - from the turn-of-two-new centuries and then into a new millennium.
We’ve covered our community through just about every kind of natural disaster – from the great flood of 1902 which took out the Cochecton Bridge over the Delaware River to the great blizzard of 1958 that buried Sullivan County under 32 inches of snow. We were here for the Influenza pandemic of 1918 and the COVID-19 pandemic a century later.
The newspaper has been independently owned and operated by the Stabbert family since 1927. After all those years we remain committed to covering all of Sullivan County's 1,000 square miles and neighboring areas in Delaware, Ulster and Orange counties in New York and Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania.
Going through the extensive archives of the Sullivan County Democrat is a unique and exciting experience for anyone with an appreciation of history. It’s a chance to not only see national or world events reflected from a local perspective, but also see a glimpse of Sullivan County as the people living in those times saw it.
As we write about today’s events we are acutely aware that our own time will one day be an archive that others look back on with interest.
We’d like to thank everyone past and present who has supported us for 131 incredible years. We look forward to carrying the tradition into the future.
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