Altamont Enterprise Jan. 23, 1914

The Altamont Enterprise.

Established 1884.

John D. Ogsbury, Editor and Publisher

$1.00 per year, in advance. Six months, 55 cents. Three months, 30 cents.

Advertising rates on application

Circulation last week 2,957

ALTAMONT, N.Y., FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 1914.


The hour of noon, Saturday, Jan. 17th, 1914, marked the close of the long continued and successful partnership, known as the “Enterprise Co.,” composed of Junius D. and John D. Ogsbury, which has edited and published the ALTAMONT ENTERPRISE for the past 27 years.

According to the agreement dissolving the partnership, Junius D. Ogsbury sells all his interests and rights in the joint property and business, and his good will, to John D. Ogsbury, who will continue to edit and publish The Enterprise under the same firm name. With the exception of the retirement of the former partner, there will be no radical changes made in the management and character of the paper.

The policy of fair and square dealing with a little more than the ordinary business honesty, good work, prompt service, right prices, and courteous treatment, will continue as the policy of the new management towards all patrons and friends of the business, and John D. Ogsbury, as editor and business manager, respectfully invites a continuance of the cordial relations between the firm and its patrons which have so long existed.

The present owner took up the printing business on Dec. 6, 1886, purchasing a half interest in the plant, which at that time consisted of a Washington hand press, a hand job press of the toy variety, a number of fonts of job and advertising type and perhaps a hundred pounds of newspaper type, an imposing stone of ancient origin and a subscription list of about 450. Even with this small number of papers it was no “cinch” to get the edition off as everything was done by main strength. The publication day was Friday, but often Saturday morning found some of the edition still unprinted. Improvements have been made from time to time as the requirements of the business demanded. The first real improvement was the purchase of a small cylinder newspaper press run by hand power, this was later displaced by a large and up to date press on which is now printed an edition of more than 2,950 copies weekly, (a phenomenal circulation for a town the size of Altamont). Two fast up to date job presses, gasoline engine, folder and other machinery and material purchased at different intervals enables the office to turn out a high grade of work. A Junior Linotype composing machine purchased in 1910 will shortly be displaced by a two magazine Standard Linotype which will make this one of the best country newspaper offices in the state.

The firm relations of the Company have always been most cordial and quite remarkable for their long continuance. Through united and persistent efforts the business has grown from a small beginning to a modest but substantial and efficient printing establishment.

Merlin L. Ogsbury, a son of the proprietor, will constitute one of the firm and a part owner of the business. Mr. Ogsbury began his work as associate editor this week.


Village and Town: Mr. Alonzo Van Valkenburgh, of Ballston, an all-round compositor and printer, is employed as one of the force on the Altamont Enterprise.

Mr. M. F. Hellenbeck will attend the New York Furniture Exposition at New York city next week and while there will place his usual order for spring goods.

J. Elwood Pangburn, who has been confined to the house for several days with a severe cold, was able to attend the Regents examinations at the Altamont High school this week.

The ice harvest in the vicinity of Altamont has practically closed for the season as every ice house has been stocked with a fine quality of ice taken from the village reservoir and Tygert’s pond. The ice was of a fine quality and was from 12 to 16 inches in thickness.

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