NORMAN — The Norman Transcript, one of the city’s oldest continually operated businesses, will celebrate its 125th anniversary today.
The celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. will include an open house, building tours, refreshments, food trucks and giveaways.
“We wanted to celebrate our birthday by having an open house, which then turned into a block party for the community,” Publisher Mark Millsap said. “Bring the family, bring your friends and come celebrate with us.”
The newspaper’s first edition was published July 13, 1889, less than three months after the April 22, 1889, land run that populated the city. Ed Ingle, a Purcell newspaperman, rode the train from Purcell and staked a claim in the area of what is now Main Street and Santa Fe in downtown Norman and set up shop.
At one time, Ingle was publisher of four newspapers, including The Transcript, the Moore Journal, Purcell Register and the Oklahoma School Herald.
The Transcript is the successor of 10 other Norman papers: Norman Advance, the People’s Voice, the Norman Democrat, the Norman Topic, the Norman Needle, the Democrat — Topic, the Norman Independent, the Norman Record, the Cleveland County Enterprise and the Democrat News.
Ingle continued to have an interest in The Transcript until 1903 when he sold out to J. J. Burke.
Ingle continued to live in Norman after he sold the paper and much later served as its bookkeeper. He died Oct. 22, 1934, in Norman at his daughter’s home.
In 1918, Burke sold his interest to H. H. Herbert, director of the OU School of Journalism, and Tucker E. Miller, advertising manager of the newspapers. Professor Herbert became editor, and Fox and Miller handled the business end.
In December 1918, Herbert and Miller sold out to Burke and R. H. Parham and J. Guy Hardie, publishers of the Purcell Register. Parham moved to Norman, and he, Burke and Fox were publishers of the two newspapers until October 1919, when Parham and Hardie purchased the interest of Fox.