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A history of The Daily Record

The first issue of The Daily Record

1888

Edwin Warfield of Howard County starts The Daily Record on Oct. 2, the price is 2 cents, with offices at 124 E. Fayette St. Among the lawyers’ names on the Court of Appeals docket in the first issue: William L. Marbury Sr. and Richard M. Venable. Because of other business interests and political ambitions, Edwin Warfield quickly relinquishes hands-on control of the paper to his brother, John.

1903

Warfield runs for governor on the Democratic ticket and is elected. Serves until 1908.

 

The Great Fire

1904

The Great Fire of Baltimore is on Feb. 7. The paper’s offices are reduced to ashes. It rents temporary space at 321 St. Paul Street and continues to publish without missing an edition.

 

1909

John Warfield, Edwin’s brother, succeeds him as president of The Daily Record.

 

Saratoga Street

The Fayette Street location in an undated photo 

 

1916

St. Paul Street building sold to city, which razes it to widen the street. Newspaper moves to four-story rowhouse at 15 E. Saratoga, its current location.

 

1920

Edwin Warfield Sr. dies, leaving an estate worth more than three quarters of a million.

 

1923

Edwin Jr. succeeds John as president of The Daily Record. Salary: $2,500. Paper is now a broadsheet.

 

A paste-up table in the pre-press room on East Saratoga Street

1927

The Daily Record buys its next-door neighbor at 11 E. Saratoga Street to expand its office and printing space. Façade is by Henry A. Knott & Co.

 

1929

Circulation reaches 2,300 daily, 70 percent delivered by carrier. Sixty percent of subscribers are lawyers. Company has 32 full-time and 5 part-time employees.

The Daily Record

1935

Office space expands again with construction of three-story addition at rear.

1938

After years of printing legal and other records with limited news coverage, The Daily Record adds a summary of national and international news, plus syndicated court coverage and articles on insurance. Realty transactions take up almost an entire page.

Fred Godman

Fred Godman

1944

Frederick D. Godman starts working for The Daily Record as a part-time newspaper carrier. With time out for military service, he will work for the paper until his retirement as senior vice president in 2012.

 

1952

Edwin Warfield Jr. dies. One day later, Edwin Warfield III, a World War II veteran who had set his heart on a military career, walks into the offices of The Daily Record, sits in his father’s chair, and takes over the running of the company. Frank T. Wallace helps Warfield find his feet and is rewarded with the post of president of the company – the first non-Warfield to hold it, until his death in 1955.

Gen. Warfield

Edwin Warfield III

1962

Edwin Warfield III elected to the House of Delegates from Howard County.

 

1970

Warfield appointed adjutant general of Maryland, in charge of the state’s National Guard, a post he holds until his retirement in 1979.

 

1983

Edwin Warfield IV joins company. By 1988, paper changes from one primarily devoted to legal notices to one with a mix of staff-written news articles, local columns and cultural reviews. Some features, such as short capsules on personnel moves, are recognizable today. Circulation: 3,800.

Warfields

1986

Company launches Warfield’s, a glossy magazine with an emphasis on business coverage. Eleven years later it merges with The Daily Record, forging a platform for substantial business coverage in Maryland.

 

1987

Key Highway Presses

Presses at Key Highway

Presses move from Saratoga Street to 1414 Key Highway, their current location. The Daily Record begins publishing once again as a tabloid. Supplements and special publications proliferate, on everything from health care to construction.

 

1992

Dolan Media Co. (now The Dolan Company), future owner of The Daily Record, is formed by Jim Dolan in Minneapolis.

Jim Dolan

Jim Dolan

 

1994

Warfield family sells The Daily Record to Dolan Media, ending 106 years of family ownership. Dolan names Richard H. Groves publisher.

 

2010 Top 100 Women

2010 Top 100 Women

1995

The Daily Record starts Maryland’s Top 100 Women, a publication and event honoring the achievements of influential women in Maryland.

 

1997

Christopher A. Eddings takes over as publisher, emphasizing the news side of the business, bringing color to the news pages and modernizing the presses.

 

Christopher Eddings

Christopher Eddings

1998 website

A 1998 version of The Daily Record’s website

1998

The Daily Record launches its first website.

 

1998

Maryland’s Top 100 Women moves to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as event attendance grows to nearly 1,000. The event has been held there ever since.

 

The first Baltimore County edition of The Daily Record (click to enlarge)

The first Baltimore County edition of The Daily Record

1999

The Baltimore County edition of The Daily Record debuts. It will later merge with The Daily Record.

 

2000

Leadership in Law awards event begins.

 

The Daily Record's sports edition

The Daily Record’s sports edition

2001

In honor of the Ravens’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXV, The Daily Record runs its first-ever sports section.

 

2002

Innovator of the Year awards event begins.

 

2003

The Daily Record celebrates its 115th anniversary at The Baltimore Museum of Industry.

 

2006

Edwin Warfield III is named to the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s Hall of Fame.

 

A TDR Insider email from 2009

The Daily Record Insider email from 2009

2006

The Daily Record sends out its first email news blast. The company will later send out emails for breaking news as well as newsletters targeting real estate professionals and lawyers.

 

First edition of Maryland Lawyer

The first issue of Maryland Lawyer

2007

The Daily Record launches Maryland Lawyer, a weekly section for lawyers in the state. It will merge with The Daily Record in 2013.

 

2007

Influential Marylanders awards event begins.

 

2007

The Daily Record wins a National Newspaper Association award as the best newspaper of its size in the nation.

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner

2010

Suzanne E. Fischer-Huettner is named The Daily Record’s first female publisher. The announcement is made during the first Leading Women awards, which honor women 40 years of age or younger who have already made outstanding contributions in their fields.

 

2012

Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards begin. The Daily Record launches InfoPoint, a searchable database for new incorporations, construction bids, contracts and real estate transactions.


2013

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. presents The Daily Record with a proclamation to honor its rich, 125-year history of providing business and legal news to Maryland.

2013

In honor of its 125th anniversary, Daily Record employees pledge to perform a total of 125 hours of community service. By October, they had performed 220 hours of community service.

2014

Dolan company seeks to restructure under protection of bankruptcy laws. Company officials say that The Daily Record remains a strong operation with solid leadership and business fundamentals.

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