Trenton has had a few different hometown newspapers over the years, such as The Centennial, established in 1876 by David W. Boyle; the Trenton Tidings, the Trenton Visitor, the Trenton Times, the Victory, the News-Herald (after it bought the Trenton Times in 1987) and The Trenton Trib.
Probably none were quite like the Victory, which had a most unusual origin and ownership. In fact, it’s a publication that even some of Trenton’s most astute students of city history may not recall. Nearly eight decades ago some turmoil inside the organization caught the attention of the city’s “other” newspaper, the Trenton Times. You’ll see what I mean after you read the following excerpts from two separate articles that ran in the Times in October 1938.
“The Victory” Delayed Two Weeks When young Staff Quits Trenton Village’s First Sit-Down Strike Disrupts Publication of Newspaper!
“Buddy Renaud, managing editor, age 12, was unable to find out why his staff went on strike. However, everything is now harmonious back at the Trenton offices of The Victory in the basement of the home of Mrs. Ernest Renaud of Helen Street and the newspaper will resume publication with its first issue since the strike was called. The young men who caused the strike were Dick Farrar, sports editor and Donald Fogarty, Ralph Briscoe and Hugh Lathrop, reporters.
“The paper is written in longhand on sheets the size of a regular newspaper. It has four pages. Occasionally advertising is carried in its columns and its pages are adorned at times with cartoons from the pen of Hugh Lathrop. The paper sells for three cents. A copy and orders are taken strictly in advance so that the staff will know how much writing it has to do. The usual sale is around a dozen copies. The receipts from the sale of paper are divided equally among the five young journalists, except when it becomes necessary to keep some out for the purchase of paper and pencils.
“The paper keeps its readers informed each week, when publishing, of the latest international, national and local events. The front page is not made up until Friday morning, the day the paper appears. Sports topics are also given a full page in the issue, with the main interest centering in one issue around a football game between Trenton and Berkley. Sports editor Farrar is be able to give his readers the real inside dope because his father, Walter D. Farrar, is athletic coach at the high school.”
Managing Editor’s Position on Village’s Youngest Newspaper Changes Hands
Parental influence and studies to blame
“The position of managing editor of The Victory changed hands this week as strong parental influence caused the resignation of 12-year-old Buddy Renaud as head of the paper’s staff. Buddy relinquished his reins to Don Fogarty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fogarty. Cause for his retirement from active work on the newspaper was the time it forced him to take from his studies. He will retain an interest in the paper as publisher, if his grades improve. Ralph Briscoe has advanced to the post of ace reporter. Walter S. Clee has been added to the staff and will hold the post of star reporter. The paper now has 25 subscribers.”
Linda Mierzejewski of the Trenton Historical Society welcomes readers to email any questions or suggestions to
lindajm507 @gmail.com. The Trenton Historical Society archives are open for research Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., or by appointment. Help for genealogy is on the first Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and the fourth Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the library.