Until 1919, the paper was owned by W. E. Smallfield and Sons.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Smallfield's greatest contribution to Renfrew was his local history book. Presbyerian minister Reverend Doctor Robert Campbell and Smallfield collaborated on a series of history articles, carrying on alone after Campbell died in 1907. Campbell's work up until 1919, covering the period up to the turn of the century, was published as The Story of Renfrew. He died of ill health in 1926, his son carried on until his death in 1928; William Smallfield Jr's section ends mid-sentence. Source