awrence, who began the publication of the Medford Mercury, with William E. Smythe as local editor, who was succeeded by George W. Stetson, who thus continued until 1902.
The Mercury's first issue was of December 18, 1880.
Somewhat over a year later, Mr. Lawrence purchased the Chronicle's interests and merged it with the Mercury.
A partial file of this is also at the Society's rooms.
Another effort was the Mystic Muse, but the Muses smiled not on it, and it is now long forgotten.
In 1902 came another aspirant for popular favor.
A publishing company being formed by several well known citizens and associated with experienced newspaper men and with Cs quarters on Riverside avenue, near the post-office.
Under the new management it was established on Main street, just south of the Medford Inn.
In October of 1902, the publishers of the two papers found it to advantage to unite effort and the result was, for a year or more, the hyphenated Mercury—Citizen, and for a brief per