Salem Observer

The Salem Observer (1823-1919) was a weekly newspaper published in Salem, Massachusetts. Among the editors: J.D.H. Gauss,[1] Benj. Lynde Oliver, Gilbert L. Streeter, Joseph Gilbert Waters.[2] Contributors included Wilson Flagg, Stephen B. Ives Jr., Edwin Jocelyn, E.M. Stone, Solomon S. Whipple.[2] Publishers included Francis A. Fielden, Stephen B. Ives, William Ives, George W. Pease, Horace S. Traill.[3][4] In the 1880s Elmira S. Cleaveland and Hattie E. Dennis worked as compositors.[3] Its office was located in "'Messrs P. & A. Chase's ... brick building in Washington Street'" (1826-1832) and the Stearns Building (1832-1882). "In 1882 the proprietors erected the Observer Building, of three stories, of brick, in Kinsman Place next to the City Hall."[5] As of the 1870s, one critic noted that although "the Observer is supposed to be neutral in politics, ... it has always shown unmistakable signs of a strong republican tendency."[6]

Variant titles

  • The Observer, 1823-1823[7]
  • Salem Observer, 1824-1825, 1828-1896[8]
  • Salem Literary & Commercial Observer, 1825-1827[8]
  • Saturday Evening Observer, 1896-1919[8]


  1. Edwin M. Bacon, Richard Herndon, ed. (1896), Men of progress: one thousand biographical sketches and portraits of leaders in business and professional life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston: New England Magazine
  2. Gilbert Lewis Streeter (1856), An account of the newspapers and other periodicals published in Salem from 1768 to 1856, Salem: W. Ives and G.W. Pease, printers
  3. The Salem directory, Boston, Mass: Sampson, Murdock, 1886
  4. Historical sketch of Salem, 1626-1879, Salem: Essex Institute, 1879, OCLC 4198133
  5. D. Hamilton Hurd (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., OCLC 3106590
  6. Charles H. Webber (1877), Old Naumkeag, Salem: A. A. Smith & company, OCLC 2667812
  7. Library of Congress. "The observer] : (Salem, Mass.) 1823-1823". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  8. Library of Congress. "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
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