From the very beginning, members of the Schenectady Printing Association were excited and enthusiastic.
“It will be our aim to make The Daily Gazette the newsiest and best newspaper in the city,” read an advertisement promoting the paper-and-ink product that first rolled off the presses on Oct. 1, 1894.
The association was confident the daily newspaper would win readers.
“They will read The Daily Gazette because they will want to know what is going on, and we will tell them,” the advertisement continued.
Those words remain true 125 years later. From that first autumn — when the Schenectady County Roads Association, the YMCA’s new evening school for business courses and Union College’s 20-10 football victory over Syracuse all were in the news — The Gazette is still telling readers what’s going on.
The paper remains a witness to history, both on the local and national levels.
Today’s special anniversary section is a celebration of the newspaper’s rich past and a positive and powerful look toward its future.
Here is your guide to the special anniversary edition celebrating the Gazette's 125 years in the community:
The Gazette's origins
- The early years (1894–1900)
- Entering the 20th century (1910–1919)
- The company buys its new home (1920–1929)
- Preparing a new generation of leaders (1930-1939)
- The paper celebrates its first half century (1940–1949)
- Caution and inertia marked the 50s (1950–1959)
- Hume brothers take over, but move slowly (1960-1969)
- Death breaks up the next team of brothers (1970-1979)
- A decade of change (1980-1989)
- A time for innovation (1990s)
Dawn Patrol: The kids who delivered the Schenectady Gazette
A look back at the young men and women who used to fold and toss the morning news
Top 10 sports stories from the Gazette’s history
Most memorable moments in Gazette sports coverage history
Time and tradition: Betsie Hume Lind plans vibrant, strong Gazette
Chairwoman of the board discusses commitment to independent journalism
Portrait: John DeAugustine, Publisher (2013–Present)
He is first non-family member to fill the role
Gazette publisher reflects on period of rapid change, looks to the future
An interview with John DeAugustine
Long-term employee profiles
- Dawn Behuniak, Major Accounts Manager
- John Blaauboer, Pressman
- Edward Gejay, Circulation Department District Manager
- Jeff Haff, Life & Arts Editor
- Mike MacAdam, Sportswriter
- Paula Opel, Director of Human Resources & Board of Directors
- Jim Schiltz, Sportswriter
- Marc Schultz, Photographer
- Deb Smith, Advertising Representative
- Jeff Wilkin, Reporter
- Stephen Williams, Reporter
In their words: Capital Region community leaders discuss Gazette
Local leaders share what the paper means to them
Gazette continues to say ‘I do’ to annual wedding show
The newspaper’s Wedding Show will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020
Gazette aims to bring people together through expos and events
For 125 years, The Gazette has proudly served local communities
A look back at the history of the Schenectady Holiday Parade
The beloved holiday tradition got its start in 1968
Creativity and interest in journalism encouraged in annual Student Gazette contest
Contest has been running for the past 21 years
Gazette timelines: Key dates in newspaper and Schenectady history
Tracking notable moments in our history
Interactive timeline: 125 years of national news coverage
A brief look at our front pages covering historic national events
Celebrating 125 of the Gazette: Our photographers' favorite shots
A look at our photo coverage