|Native negates new look
A few comments about the R.S. Mercury’s new look.
I’ll start out by saying I am a Richfield Springs native from way back. My Father, Antonio C. Vertucci came over from Naples, Italy in the late 1800s, settled in Richfield Springs and married Elizabeth Famulare Vertucci in the early 1900s. They had 11 children – all of them born and brought up in Richfield Springs.
They all attended and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School. Now, there are over 100 descendents scattered around the United States and as far away as Australia. When they say they’re coming “home” them mean to Richfield Springs. This is and always will be home. We have a Vertucci website so we can keep in touch.
Why I’m telling you this is because the Richfield Springs Mercury goes far and wide to all. You can’t beat hearing from “home.”
I have a copy of the Richfield Springs Mercury dated February 2, 1893. How interesting to see the front page. “The first column is titled “Best Local Paper.” It says the Richfield Springs Mercury is the local newspaper for Schuyler Lake, Springfield Center, Monticello, Little Lakes, Jordanville, Van Hornesville, East Springfield, South Columbia, Exeter, West Exeter, Burlington Flats, Cedarville, Millers Mills, Columbia Center, Oaksville, Fly Creek, Chepachet and for Otsego County. (There was) also a special correspondent from Cooperstown. The price of the newspaper – $1.50 per year.
Today is no different than it was in 1893, the news comes from all communities – our neighbors.
Is this a reason to change the name? One hundred sixteen years ago it was the Richfield Springs Mercury and I think it definitely should remain the same today, The Richfield Springs Mercury.
By the way, the 1893 edition was Vol. 27, No. 33. It’s like reading the Timely Town Topics all over again. Remember?
Theresa Oakes Vertucci