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Throwback: Delta's first newspaper

The Times was a weekly publication which also covered provincial and national news
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The Delta Times in 1902.

Let’s do another throwback and check out the first newspaper publication in the community called The Delta News.

It started in 1902.

The News was followed by the Delta Times, which lasted until the beginning of the First World War in 1914.

Delta then lacked its own paper for a few years until Vincent Dunning came west from Alberta, where he was operating two newspapers, to accept an invitation from the Delta Board of Trade to fill the void left after the demise of the Times.

In 1922, Dunning set up shop in the former saloon of the Ladner Hotel, at the corner of 48th Avenue and Delta Street.

Vincent Dunning left the area the following year but his family, including son Edgar Dunning, continued to own and operate the Optimist for a half-century.

The newspaper will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.