The award-winning Gilroy Dispatch is a multi-media community news organization owned by New SV Media, Inc. and is the oldest continuous business in the city, tracing its history back to 1868.
The Gilroy Dispatch serves readers in southern Santa Clara County and began with the first editions of the Gilroy Advocate on Sept. 12, 1868. Started by G.M. Hanson and C.F. Macy, it was the first newspaper established in Gilroy. Here's a brief history:
* Between 1868 and 1877, the Gilroy Advocate changed owners nine times until purchased by Fredrick W. Blake in 1877. Blake published the Gilroy Advocate for 30 years followed by his son Brown Hall for an identical time period. Hall assumed management until the paper was absorbed by The Dispatch in the late 1940s.
* Sept. 12, 1925, The Dispatch issues first edition under that name, published by John N. Hall and Thomas Losey as a six-day daily. Later sold to Lloyd E. Smith, who also bought the Advocate and merged it with The Dispatch.
• July 1, 1949, The Dispatch is purchased by George R. Kane, Patrick H. Peabody and Joseph Hoeteling from George W. Wetner, who was its publisher since 1941. Kane and company sold to Jerry Fuchs and Millard Hoyle in March 1972, who sold to McClatchy Newspapers Inc. in August 1978.
• During most of its 20th century existence, the Gilroy Advocate was printed on an old Washington hand-fed press on the second floor of Hall’s Clothing store at Sixth and Monterey streets.
• July 24, 1981, The Dispatch began moving the newspaper operation from old, cramped quarters downtown at 7466 Monterey Street to a new modern plant at 6400 Monterey, the newspaper's current location. The move was begun immediately after deadline on Friday, with staff members loading up files and all other non-furniture and climbing onto the back of a flatbed truck for the nine-block move. The first edition of The Dispatch to be printed from the new plant came off the press hassle-free, Monday afternoon, July 27, 1981.
• In addition to publishing each Friday in south Santa Clara County, the news is delivered 24/7 on the web at gilroydispatch.com and via mobile apps to smartphones, providing watchdog coverage of politics, schools, county issues, crime and breaking news in the city of 50,000. Regionally, the Dispatch has two sister newspapers in neighboring communities which contribute to the local news report, the Morgan Hill Times and the Hollister Free Lance.