The LEDGER breathed its last today, October 21, 2005 as its last edition
went to the printer.
It's long life started as a weekly paper on March 26, 1870. It underwent
several name changes and
owners throughout its 135-year existence. However, it essentially died several years ago.
Here's a brief chronology of its life:
1870 The Antioch Ledger was founded.
1937 The Antioch Ledger became the Antioch Daily Ledger and began
publishing Monday- Friday.1958 Dean Lesher purchased Antioch Daily Ledger. Circulation: 4,400.
1966 New printing plant was built.
1970 Saturday publication began. Celebrated 100th birthday. Circulation: 10,026.
1975 Name changed to Daily Ledger.
1979 Antioch Newspapers Inc. became California Delta Newspapers Inc. with
he purchase of the Pittsburg Post Dispatch by Dean Lesher.
1983 Daily Ledger started to be published 7 days a week on Nov. 5, and on Nov. 6 the Daily Ledger and the Post Dispatch
combined their Sunday edition.
1988 Ledger Dispatch offices moved to a brand new two-storey building beside its old location.
1990 Daily Ledger and Pittsburg Post Dispatch were merged to form the Daily Ledger*Post Dispatch.
1994 Name was changed to Ledger Dispatch on Aug. 8. California Delta
was dissolved and became Lesher Communications Inc.
1995 Knight Ridder Inc. bought Ledger Dispatch.
1997 Ledger Dispatch Sunday edition was combined with the Sunday Contra
and acquired a new type.
1998 Ledger Dispatch switched from afternoon to morning paper and started
with the Contra Costa Times.
2001 Ledger Dispatch began publishing three-days a week and inserted in the
Its offices was moved back to its former building at 1700 Cavallo Road.
2005 Ledger Dispatch quietly passed away.
No memorial services are planned, as far as I know. An unofficial wake is scheduled
somewhere in Antioch this weekend.
REST IN PEACE, LEDGER.
Ginny ( research dept East County Times)
|Friday September 17, 2004
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