It's been said that newspapers are the rough draft of history. If that's the case, then The Daily Courier has put together a draft covering more than 100 years in Connellsville.
The newspaper traces its origins to a company called Keystone Publishing Co., which was started by a group of local men who fronted $1,100 to start a newspaper.
Their newspaper was called the Keystone Courier. It was started in 1879 and was printed weekly on Fridays from a plant that at one time housed a defunct paper called the Connellsville Tribune. The Tribune was published from 1874 to 1879.
In 1902, Keystone Publishing began printing The Daily Courier, which was intended to compete with the Daily News, Connellsville's first daily newspaper. Keystone Publishing also continued to print the Keystone Courier until July 1929.
By 1922, the Driscoll family had acquired most of the stock in the newspaper and became its sole owner. In 1930, the family purchased the Daily News, making Connellsville a one-newspaper town.
The Daily Courier remained in the family for the next 50 years.
In 1975, after it appeared that none of the younger members of the Driscoll family had an interest in continuing the family business, The Daily Courier was sold to a Canadian-based newspaper chain called Thomson Newspapers. In 1997, the chain sold the Courier, along with the Monessen Valley Independent and the Kittanning Leader-Times, to the Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
In 2016, The Daily Courier became a member of West Penn Media, a division of Sample Media.