Day, G. Cecil, 1898-1976

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Day, G. Cecil, 1898-1976

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G. Cecil Day was born in 1898 in Wales and in 1911 immigrated with his family to Prince Edward Island. After completing six school grades in three years, at the age of 16 he entered pre-law studies at Prince of Wales College. Financial circumstances forced him to leave after one year, and he found employment as a night editor with The Charlottetown Guardian. He subsequently worked for various newspapers across Nova Scotia before moving to Liverpool in 1931 to write for The Advance, which he bought in 1937. By 1940 the paper was recognized as the second best weekly in Canada; in 1951 Day was the first recipient of the R.C. Smith Trophy for the country's most progressive weekly. He retired in 1968, one year after The Advance celebrated the highest growth rate in recorded history. He died in 1976.


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