Editors Desk - 181 Years of Coverage in the St. Croix Valley

While rummaging through the records of the St. Croix Historical Society, I came across a calendar featuring hand-drawn images of Calais businesses in 1981. Included with each business was a slogan or interesting fact. Upon finding the Advertiser Publishing Company – the Calais Advertiser’s parent company at the time, located in the former train station where the Wabanaki Cultural Center is now – I read that, at that time, the Advertiser was among the 25 oldest continuously running weeklies in the nation. I had to pause and reflect on that for a moment.

In 1836, when the Calais Advertiser was first published, the Battle of the Alamo was happening in Texas, and Samuel Colt had just patented his first revolver. Charles Darwin arrived back in England after his famous tour to the Galapagos Islands aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, forming the foundation of his theory of evolution. In Calais, construction had just started on the first railroad in the state, running for two miles between Calais and Salmon Falls

As a burgeoning boomtown in the far Northeast of Maine, it became apparent that Calais needed a paper that would provide its community with timely, relevant news. Thankfully, the invention of high-speed printing presses in the 1830s made the realization of the Calais Advertiser a possibility. Ever since that first year, week after week, the paper has been dutifully recording the story of Calais, one article at a time.


 Lura Jackson