It was a merger of two weekly papers: the Manatee River Journal, which had published since the 1880s, and The Bradentown Herald Weekly. The newspaper was at No. 414 Pine Street in downtown Bradenton; the phone number, 28. In the mid-1920s, Pine Street was renamed and the newspaper's home was at 401 13th St. W. (It would remain there until July 1984, when it moved to its present home at 102 Manatee Ave. W.) The Evening Herald was published Monday through Saturday until 1926, when the Saturday publication was replaced by a Sunday edition and the name was changed to The Bradenton Herald. In 1953 the Saturday edition resumed.
His son, Alvah H. Chapman Jr., would follow in his father's footsteps and retired in 1989 as chairman of Knight-Ridder Inc., which was then the publisher of The Bradenton Herald. The Page Corp. had become part of Knight Newspapers Inc. in 1973; Knight Newspapers and Ridder Publications Inc. merged in 1974 and the Herald became a KR paper.
From its modest beginnings in 1922 as The Evening Herald, The Bradenton Herald has grown and changed along with its community. The Herald shed its "evening" past on Jan. 1, 1983, when it became a morning publication. The next year, it moved from its cramped, old downtown building to an 87,000-square-foot building, where it also shed its aging Linotype machines for offset printing. It published its last edition on 13th Street on July 7, 1984, and its first edition on Manatee Avenue on July 8, 1984. The Herald entered cyberspace in January 1996 when its website, www.Bradenton.com, was launched as Bradenton Herald Internet Plus (BHIP).