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The Daily Republic building, at 1250 Texas Street in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano Life 2014

After 159 years, Daily Republic still serving up area’s news

By From page SOL16 | August 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Nearly 160 years after its predecessor hit the streets in 1855, the Daily Republic still delivers the news and information local residents need six days a week in print and seven days a week online.

The Daily Republic, under one name or another, has covered central Solano County’s news for more than 159 years – from the area’s rural roots just before the American Civil War to today’s much more urban, high-tech society.

The Daily Republic has since served as the window to the community and the world for its readers, as well as receiving accolades as the best newspaper for its size by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Whether it is in print or online, the Daily Republic has consistently brought its readers all the news that affects its circulation area, from Vacaville to Rio Vista and to Green Valley.

The paper hits the doorsteps of about 14,500 paid subscribers in Fairfield and Suisun City, as well as Vacaville, Rio Vista and Winters. Its website does brisk business as well.

The Daily Republic prides itself on giving its readers a wide offering of local, state, national and international news along with sports, entertainment, commentary and business.

The Solano County Herald, which moved to Suisun City from Benicia in 1858, and the Solano County Press, which started printing in Suisun City in 1862, were the Daily Republic’s predecessors. These newspapers consolidated into the Solano Republican not long after.

The Solano Republican was bought in 1919 by David Weir, who was not only a journalist, but a historian who published travel books and the biography of clipper ship captain and Fairfield founder Robert Waterman.

J. Clifton Toney bought the newspaper in 1949 and sold it to Dean McNaughton in 1960. The McNaughton family has been involved in the newspaper business since the 1920s.

Under Dean McNaughton’s guidance, the Solano Republican’s readership grew and changed from a weekly to a five-day-a-week paper and then to a daily publication. When it changed to a daily, its name changed to the Daily Republic.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Daily Republic at a Glance

President/CEO: Foy McNaughton, 427-6962, [email protected]

Co-Publisher: T. Burt McNaughton, 427-6943, [email protected]

Managing Editor: Glen Faison, 427-6925, [email protected]

Advertising Director: Richard Esposito, 427-6983, [email protected]

Address: 1250 Texas St., Fairfield, P.O. 47, Fairfield, CA 94533.

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone numbers: Circulation: 427-6989 ([email protected]); Classified/Front Office: 427-6936 ([email protected]); Display Ads: 425-4646; Subscriber services and delivery problems: 427-6989; Sports Department: 425-4646; newsroom: 425-4646.

Website: www.dailyrepublic.com.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DailyRepublic

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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