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Springfield Newspapers
Springfield Massachusetts
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History of papers by another website.
The two newspapers (the Union-News and the
Republican) merged in March of 2003.  Here's the entire history in a nutshell:

Union-News to become The Republican
New press, new look, historic name

Sunday Republican (Springfield) March 2, 2003, p. A1

Readers of the Union-News will see the publication's name change to The
Republican later this month when printing of the daily paper is fully
converted to a new color press, returning the name of the newspaper to its
earliest roots.

The Sunday Republican name will remain, and The Republican will appear on
the Monday through Saturday editions.

The newspaper's roots go back 179 years to 1824, when Samuel Bowles, a
young editor, loaded a flatboat in Hartford with his family, their
belongings, and a new hand-lever press. He poled the boat 30 miles up the
Connecticut River to establish a newspaper in the town of Springfield.

This was the birth of The Republican.

The Union-News name was created 15 years ago as the result of a merger of
the morning and afternoon publications.

"Printing both our daily and Sunday papers under the same name makes sense
for several reasons," said Publisher Larry A. McDermott this week. "It
simplifies and solidifies our name for branding purposes, and it
accentuates the one name that has remained a constant in the area for
nearly two centuries - The Republican."

He said that the journalistic history of The Republican is a "long, rich,
and storied one, and we are quite proud of it."

The newspapers have also been called The Springfield Newspapers for many
years, although no such corporate entity has ever existed and that name has
never appeared on any of the publications. The name of the company that
owns and publishes the newspaper is The Republican Co.

"This change will mean less confusion, and it's a more sensible approach to
defining who and what we are," McDermott said. "We are one newspaper seven
days a week, and one name says it all."

When Samuel Bowles founded The Republican in September 1824, the name
reflected the editor's support for the young republic, which was still
considered an experiment in a world dominated by monarchies and tyrannical
rule. The political party of the same name was not founded until 31 years
later.

In 1844, Samuel Bowles II persuaded his father that the weekly Republican
should become a daily with the same name. The Sunday Republican did not
come into being until 1878. The Union-News, the present name of the daily
paper, came about as a result of a merger in 1987 of the Morning Union and
afternoon Daily News...