Originally called the ‘Telegraph’, this newspaper was first published in 1844 by John R Swallow. It was sold to F P Sellers, who renamed it the ‘Beacon’, then to Clark Pierson. The Hazen family took over ownership in 1869; it remained thus for four generations, until it was sold in 1989 – to Packet Media Group, though Joseph N Hazen, formerly publisher and editor, stayed with it until 1998, as managing editor and then staff photographer. Hazen wrote a popular column, “Chit Chat”, and preserved local history with his photographs. The newspaper ceased publication in February 2015. Subscribers were offered The Hopewell Valley News in its place.
You can search the archive of this publication in a couple of ways. We have a microfiche reader at the library, and a user manual; a member of staff can help get you started. The microfilm covers most of the archive (a few years are missing). You can also access the archive online:
The electronic archive contains editions from the years 1860 to 1978 (incomplete).