News in Hamilton: 100 Years Ago Today

By Jonathan Lambert
Published December 02, 2011

There is a long tradition of newspapers in the Hamilton area. Parts of this rich history include the Gore Balance, first published in 1829; The Hamilton Gazette, and General Advertiser distributed from 1835 and 1856; and The Hamilton Times, a paper that was in print from 1858 until 1920 (Wikipedia).

The following are headlines from The Hamilton Times on Saturday December 2, 1911:

Local news

International news



Photo taken from Jolly Cut, Dec. 1 2011
Photo taken from Jolly Cut, Dec. 1 2011 (Image Credit: Jonathan Lambert)

Records of The Hamilton Times and additional papers are on microfiche in the Local History & Archives Department of the Hamilton Public Library on the third floor of the Central Branch.

Jonathan Lambert is a returnee to Hamilton, Ontario. In between studies at the University of Toronto and stellar pick-up soccer, he enjoys taking in Monday night Hamilton Red Wing home games.


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By Peter (anonymous) | Posted December 03, 2011 at 01:08:58

That was a bit of fun. Thanks very much.

p.s. I can't imagine ever taking out an ad for apples...weird, wild stuff.

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By TnT (registered) | Posted December 03, 2011 at 12:08:22

I still see adds for a reliable hustling agent...maybe that means something else.

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By Tim (anonymous) | Posted December 04, 2011 at 04:07:19

Great post, I'd love to see more of these. For some reason I imagine Hamilton at the turn of the twentieth century as a kind of rough Victorian Dickensian place. I don't know why - maybe the influence of the surviving architecture. Visions of poor children darting down alleys on a snowy night.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted December 04, 2011 at 11:32:57 in reply to Comment 71836

If you go back and read Margaret Houghton's Vanished Hamilton series of books, one thing that jumps out is that a century ago, Hamilton was a hopeful, forward-looking, cutting-edge city. In story after story, we learn that Hamilton was the first city in Canada, or the first city in North America, or the first city in the world to try something. Hamilton truly was ambitious, a growing industrial city that punched above its weight on the global stage.

Not all of those attempts were successful, of course, or else they would not have vanished; but what also seems to have vanished is the idea that Hamilton can be any kind of leader. Our highest ambition these days seems to be the hope that we can poach a light manufacturing business from a neighbouring city with the promise of discounted property taxes and highway access. Sigh.

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By HamiltonTransitHistory (registered) - website | Posted December 06, 2011 at 18:37:43

I've written a couple of articles on specific years in the history of the HSR for my website; 1874 and 1892. (In both of the these cases, there was a lot of newspaper reading involved.)

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