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Rooks County Record

Articles in database from Rooks County Record:    22

February 20, 1902, Rooks County Record (ID 4774)

We (W. L. Chambers, publisher) attended the state editorial meeting at Topeka last week....The program lasted two days and was peculiarly entertaining and profitable, though most of it was shop talk....D. R. Anthony of the Leavenworth Times was elected president for the ensuing year. On Tuesday evening, he gave a fascinating account of his early experiences in Kansas, when an editor had to have opinions of his own and was frequently called on to back them up with his gun. The citizens of Topeka gave us a fine reception at the New Oxford Hotel, where some of the best singers of the city regaled us with music of a high order....While at Topeka, we stayed at the Throop....The house is very popular with the traveling public....We visited the statehouse Monday afternoon.

Clubbing list -- The Record and Chicago Inter Ocean, 1 year, $1.40; Topeka Semi-Weekly Capital, $1.50; Live Stock Indicator, Farmers' Institute Edition, $1.25; Poultry Farmer, Prairie Farmer, Chicago, $1.25; Kansas Farmer, Topeka, $1.50; Mail & Breeze, Topeka, $1.50; Globe-Democrat SW, St. Louis, $1.60; K.C. Star, weekly, $1.15; K.C. Journal, weekly, $1.15; any of the dollar magazines, $1.85; Breeders' Gazette, Chicago, $2; The Commoner (Bryan's), $1.65.


April 17, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4804)

The editor of this paper spent two days at Beloit last week attending the North Central Kansas Editorial Association. The attendance of editors was not as large as it used to be....Still there was a good representation from Washington County west to Phillips and Rooks....After an afternoon association, business, and shop talk on Friday, we were taken in carriages to the State Industrial School for Girls....From the school, we were taken to the splendid Catholic church, not yet completed....The meetings were held in the courthouse, another fine pile, erected about two years ago....On Friday evening at the opera house, a large audience listened to a fine band concert by the famous Manifold Military Band....An address of welcome was delivered by Mayor Mitchell and responded to by J. Q. Royce of Phillipsburg....The rest of the sessions...were devoted to exchanges of views on methods of operating newspapers. Seward Jones of the Beloit Call was chosen president...and H. Honey of the Mankato Advocate secretary and treasurer....


June 26, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4815)

A. E. Veatch, editor of the Mankato Monitor, has brought a libel suit against Henry Honey of the Advocate, claiming $5,000 damages for defamation and slander. The trouble started over the county printing, and each publisher whacked the other through his columns until the dispute became quite personal and the Monitor man got mad first. Neither paper will come out of the feud any stronger or more influential for this useless warfare.


July 24, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4817)

From the Phillipsburg Dispatch: Jessie J. Parker, who has held the position of foreman of this paper for the last three years, has bought the Stockton News from F. E. Young and will take possession one week from next Monday....Mr. and Mrs. Parker are very popular with our people and move in the very best society. Mr. Parker is an excellent printer, a good businessman, and a strong writer. He is industrious, honest, and a man of excellent habits....Mr. Parker is the third foreman of this office who has gone into the newspaper business in the last four years.


August 21, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4823)

Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World has founded a school of journalism as an adjunct of Columbia University and endows it with $2,000,000. It is presumed the college color will be yellow.


August 28, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4825)

For a week or more before the organ contest closed, it was evident that the race was between four young ladies....The friends of each made life a burden to the delinquent subscriber when he entered town, and his only safety lay in wending his steps to the Record sanctum or in disgorging at once to the importunate solicitor....How the teachers stood: Adda Mullen, district 6, 12,470; Osee Dunaway, district 19, 11,640; Grace Neal, district 57, 11,135; Della Greer, district 15, 11,040....Miss Mullen, having received the largest vote, was presented with the fine Kimball organ that has been on exhibition for so long....The editor, while satisfied with the financial result, feels the deepest sympathy for the three disappointed ladies who hoped to win....


September 18, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4828)

The death of Harmon D. Wilson, editorial writer on the Topeka Capital, from typhoid fever at his home in Topeka on Friday last has caused universal grief among his newspaper brethren. The disease was contracted while on at trip by team through Oklahoma several weeks ago....Harmon was the pet of the Kansas newspapermen and was beloved, not only by them, but by a very large circle in this and adjoining states. He was a prince of good fellows -- lacking the usual vices of such persons -- a young man of great talent and marvelous industry. He was 31 years of age, was born at Troy, Kansas, Nov. 25, 1871, moved to Beloit with his parents when very small, and at an early age learned the printer's trade in the Gazette office. He was an especial protege of Al Sears, then foreman in the Gazette office. In 1892, he became editor of the Alton Empire and conducted it two years, when he went to the Downs Times and afterwards worked in a job office at Atchison. While in Downs and Alton, he achieved fame as a writer of Swede dialect articles. His Swede talk was the richest humor that any Kansas writer has produced of late years....But Harmon was profound as well as versatile, and his ability to get the meat out of the hard nuts he cracked brought him to the attention of the Topeka Capital manager, and in 1897 he was installed as an editorial writer and reviewer of Kansas exchanges....His wife was Miss Topsy Campbell of Alton.


November 13, 1903, Rooks County Record (ID 4834)

The government printing plant -- ...When the first government printing office was established, 60,000 square feet of floor space was sufficient, whereas at present 377,200 square feet is none to much....The employees now number nearly 4,000, about one-third of whom are women....Here there are always a million and a half pounds of type in stock, and yet this is not considered sufficient, for at least 250 tons are always tied up in live standing matter on the galleys....Over 40,000 pounds of printing ink are used in 12 months, and 10 tons of roller composition are necessary to keep the presses in good running order. The paper bill...amounts to over $800,000 a year, which means a daily average of about 15 tons of paper and cardboard....During the past year, 1,648,214 bound volumes figured as a formidable part of the output. -- From "The Nation's Print Shop and Its Methods" by J. D. Whelpley in the American Monthly Review of Reviews for November.


November 18, 1904, Rooks County Record (ID 4906)

The death of Col. D. R. Anthony, the veteran editor of the Leavenworth Times, has brought out many fine tributes from the leading editors of the West....He is spoken of as a great editor, soldier, and politician with a disposition to fight at the drop of a hat. He did a great deal for Kansas in the early days when opinions had to be backed up with courage and bullets. He was a man utterly without fear, and as a consequence his body was scarred with the reminders of many a sanguinary conflict. He did more than any single man to save Kansas from becoming a slave state, and in after years his battles were fought in the cause of good government. He died at the age of 80.


December 16, 1904, Rooks County Record (ID 4912)

Ed Howe of the Atchison Globe celebrated the 27th birthday of the paper and the installation of his new printing plant and building by inviting all his neighbors. They came in droves and gave him the greatest ovation any Kansas editor ever had. Al Sears told us there were 4,000 people present, trying to congratulate Howe, but that the crush scared him and he soon hid out.


March 31, 1905, Rooks County Record (ID 4930)

Governor Hoch on Saturday appointed John Q. Royce state bank commissioner. John Q. is editor of the Phillipsburg Dispatch and postmaster of his town. His appointment was made a personal matter with the governor, who has for many years been on terms of the closest intimacy with Brother Royce. Burrows, Stubbs and Dolley fought the appointment....John Q., while having had no experience with banks, will catch on easily, and no doubt will make a good commissioner.


April 7, 1905, Rooks County Record (ID 4934)

In the death of F. C. Montgomery, one of the editors of the Kansas City Journal, one of the brightest newspaper writers of the West passes away. When we came to Stockton in 1879, the Hays City Sentinel was the best local paper in the West. We have always followed the career of its editor with much interest, and everything emanating from his pen has been well worth reading. He had an inexhaustible fund of Kansas pioneer material to draw upon, and as a story teller was equal to Noble Prentis. Kansas readers of the Journal will greatly miss the entertaining column headed "Kansas Topics."


April 21, 1905, Rooks County Record (ID 4938)

The National Editorial Association, which meets at Guthrie on June 7th, is promised a great entertainment at the 101 Ranch by the Miller Bro's. There will be a great gathering of cowboys and Indians, roping contests and other wild west sports will be given, to wind up with a buffalo barbecue....It is confidently stated that 25,000 people will be present.


April 28, 1905, Rooks County Record (ID 4940)

If any member of the North-Central Kansas Editorial Association wants to go as a delegate to the national association which meets at Guthrie June 7, 8 and 9, let him notify me at once with a draft of $6.25 for dues....There will be a rich lot of entertainments in Oklahoma, followed by a trip to Texas and to California and Oregon. There are four places to fill. -- W. L. Chambers, national committeeman.


October 6, 1905, Rooks County Record (ID 4972)

The Government Printing Office at Washington, which has been brought prominently to notice lately through an investigation of the award of contracts for typesetting machines, is the largest establishment of its kind in the world....Among the larger items performed by the job room may be found blanks, circulars, cards, letter and note heads and envelopes, 15,000,000 of the latter required each month for the various government departments. The "blank" department of the job room embraces an infinite variety of forms....Where the requisitions from "the hill"...are of a routine order, the matter is electrotyped so that a duplicate order may be "struck off" at short order. These electros are indexed, numbered, and filed in elaborate file cases, where they may be readily found....Cuts and electrotypes which are not used in four years are thrown out and relegated to the melting pot. Over 110,000 plates are estimated to be resting in the job vault....Each press, cutting machine, stitcher, and every other mechanical equipment has its individual electric power supply. The furnaces for the melting pots too have their heat generated by the subtle fluid....


June 8, 1906, Rooks County Record (ID 5011)

W. C. Palmer, editor of the Jewell Republican, resigned his position as postmaster. He is the first newspaperman in the history of the county to pass up a $1,500 job, unless there was a better one in sight.


September 27, 1907, Rooks County Record (ID 5086)

Judge Ruppenthal in the Luray Herald: Speaking from over 15 years' almost continuous experience as a local newspaper correspondent, the writer wants to advise all the teachers now entering upon the year's work in a country district or town without a paper, that they cannot find a more pleasant, useful, helpful, harmless, profitable avocation (not vocation) or diversion than in corresponding regularly for some local or county paper. To teachers let me say: It will sharpen all your senses. It will increase your interest in your community, and mankind. It will change your current knowledge from hazy impressions to definite certainty. It will help you to hunt for and to see and to commend the good in your neighborhood, and to fight the evil; to ignore idle gossip and dismiss the vile and trivial from your mind. It will teach you more spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation than ever you learned at school. It will be a better drill in rhetoric than high school or college ever gave you. It will ground you in local history and local government, and even local geography, on which the general science of these branches is based. The publishers will gladly give you stamps and paper, but it will be money in your pocket if you paid for the privilege of writing the local news.


October 9, 1908, Rooks County Record (ID 5154)

The Record branching out -- This week we have installed in our office a Simplex typesetting machine. M. H. Hancock of Fremont, Neb., a machine expert sent here by Hensel & Co. of Chicago, arrived Sunday morning and has been busy getting the outfit into working order and giving the Record office instructions as to its operation.

...In the course of time, we will all master it, and the capacity of the office for straight composition will be multiplied from three to six times. For a long time, we have been hampered by insufficient help at times of emergency, when large quantities of type must be set in a very brief period....Such emergency help...is not available at any price. Therefore we have put in this costly machine....The time is not far distant when hand composition will be discarded altogether.

A picture of the Simplex appears at the head of this article. It is a very complicated piece of machinery and costs as much as a good automobile. The operator sits on a comfortable seat and manipulates a keyboard similar to that of a typewriter. At his touch, the type marshal themselves in proper order and are shoved to one side, ready for the spacer. A competent operator, doing his own spacing, can do the work of three hand compositors. If another person assists him in spacing, together they can do the work of five or six hand compositors....

Typesetting by machinery -- The setting of type by machinery is one of the most wonderful things in this age of marvelous mechanical inventions. The large number of letters used, each differing in width and arrangement, makes such a variety of movement necessary that it would seem to be impossible for any single machine. Not only must the letters be set up to fit the line as it is to be printed, but to furnish a supply of type to fill the printed pages there must be a constant distribution of the letters and words that have been used in previous printing....When all this has been accomplished in a single machine in so simple a fashion that no expertness is required to operate it, one never ceases to wonder at so grand a result.

...The Simplex is composed principally of two steel cylinders and a keyboard. The operator sets the type just as a stenographer writes a letter on a typewriter. Instead of an arm striking a letter on a blank sheet of paper, the mechanism pushes out the letter in type from the bottom cylinder. As the types follow each other in rapid succession, as fast as the operator can touch the keys, they are carried to the right of the machine, stood up on end, and pushed out in front of the operator in a line as they appear in the printed page....Type can be set with the speed of an operator on a keyboard.

The comparison with the slow and laborious old-fashioned method of setting type by hand, picking up each letter with the fingers, carefully turning it so the face will be at the top and the "nicks" outward so that the letters will not print upside down, is much in favor of the machine....The type that has been used the preceding week is placed on the back of the machine in just the condition that it was used. The machine automatically loads the lines into the upper cylinder revolving on the lower cylinder, permits each letter to drop to its proper place, thus furnishing a supply to be pushed out by the action of the keyboard as fast as the operator can touch the keys.

The Record has installed a machine that, with one-half the expense, will set type as fast as the $3,500 machines used by the big dailies....It does not possess the frills....


January 29, 1909, Rooks County Record (ID 5173)

In Jewell County, the county printing was awarded to the Monitor at Mankato for nothing, the publishers to pay the county $5 per quarter for the privilege. The printers up there are a set of jays for getting into so foolish a wrangle as to wipe out all compensation for doing the county work. No other class of so-called businessmen would be guilty of such folly. The county should pay for service rendered by the newspapers the same as for service rendered by the public officials and the rate should not be lower than that allowed by law. Had the publishers up there a little sense, and the commissioners a reasonable amount of the precious article, they would have divided it up as they do in Rooks County.


February 12, 1909, Rooks County Record (ID 5178)

The editor (W. L. Chambers), while at Topeka last week, attended the state editorial association, and later at Kansas City on the executive committee of the National Editorial Association, found his time so occupied that he did not send back any report....The attendance of editors this year was large, and the meetings were of surpassing interest, all the speakers being especially well informed....We were particularly interested in the talks on the Kansas and Missouri schools of journalism....C. M. Harger told of what was being accomplished at Lawrence to train young men for journalistic careers, and Walter Williams, dean of the Columbia school, related with much enthusiasm the methods pursued at Columbia, where they have a four-year course in conjunction with classical training....No body of professional men needs a more careful training than those who purvey news and comment thereon. Their work counts more than the teacher's or the preacher's in forming the people's taste and molding their ideas. Only men of high ideals and the most thorough culture should enter a field where such tremendously potent influences are exerted....We met Mrs. L. A. King, late of Plainville, on several occasions. She is doing a good deal of writing for the press syndicate, where the same article appears in a great many publications....She is pleasantly situated at 513 Tyler Street, where she wants to see all Rooks County people who go to the capital city.

The big event of our visit was the magnificent banquet tendered the state editorial association and the executive committee of the national editorial association by Arthur Capper, editor and proprietor of the Topeka Daily Capital, the Mail & Breeze, and other publications. The new Capital building is a splendid structure, costing about $180,000, and pronounced by those who know to be the finest newspaper building anywhere west of Chicago....Two presses in the basement are worth $28,000 and $30,000, respectively. The entire plant represents an investment of $350,000. Twenty years ago, Mr. Capper was worth practically nothing, but he had the genius of systematic emprise and opportunity kept knocking until Capper is now a captain of industry. About 500 sat down to the feast. The Modocs sang and an orchestra played, and at 8:00 o'clock toastmaster Tom McNeal commenced to call out the oratory. This lasted until 12:30.

The executive committee of the National Editorial Association met at Kansas City on Wednesday, the 3rd. The writer, being a member, had the privilege of attending. About 40 members from all parts of the United States met in a parlor at the Baltimore Hotel and selected, after much discussion, Seattle as the next place of meeting of the national association on July 19. A superb complimentary luncheon was tendered the committee by the Kansas City Commercial Club in the automobile dining room of this gorgeous hostelry. Another series of short addresses was made, and the guests were then given a great automobile ride over the 40 miles of boulevards of Kansas City....


April 2, 1909, Rooks County Record (ID 5192)

Our old and valued friend, A. L. Sears of Atchison, who for 20 years has served as mail clerk on the Central Branch,...made his last trip on the line Monday....He has purchased the News-Herald at Mt. Vernon, Wash., a town of 4,000 on the Northern Pacific, 75 miles north of Seattle....We became acquainted with him a quarter of a century ago when he was foreman of the Beloit Gazette....Besides being a rattling good printer, Al is a keen and caustic writer, an original thinker, and withal one of the finest fellows we ever met....


September 24, 1909, Rooks County Record (ID 5227)

Gomer Davies lets out a secret, from the Concordia Kansan -- It will interest Concordia readers of Will White's new book, "A Certain Rich Man," to know that on pages 272-273 the story of Trixie Lee and her seven-year-old boy being sent to jail, because the woman could not pay the fine imposed on her in police court, was founded on a story that Mr. White got out of the Daily Kansan. The basis of White's story was in the Kansan in June 1907, when Dora Grimes and a male companion were arrested and brought into police court and each fined $25 and costs.

The man was released from jail by relatives sending him money to pay out. The woman had no money and was locked up in the county jail, together with her seven-year-old son, because she couldn't pay. The Kansan took the matter up and the editor wrote of the injustice of the matter as it seemed to him. It reached Old Bill White's big, generous heart, and now we are going to tell (without his consent), since the incident is far removed by time, and we think the years have absolved us from the secrecy imposed, the part White took in the matter. White wrote us a beautiful letter and enclosed a ten dollar bill as his contribution to the fund, that was talked of being raised to pay the woman's fine -- for the little boy's sake. There was just one string attached to it -- we mustn't tell the name of our contributing friend. We didn't tell, till now. However, by the time White's letter reached us, the city council on the recommendation of the mayor discharged the woman and the child from custody and she left town, let us hope to sin no more. The letters that passed between us over the incident revealed to us the man -- Bill White. We peep into the innermost recesses of his soul as he unconsciously permits us through his books, but the incident was enough for us. We shall always have faith in Bill White's purposes in life and nothing will change our mind concerning him, unless he should burn a railway depot, tear up a mile of track, of dynamite the home of a president of a trust corporation. Old Bill White was the Martin Culpepper of the Kansan story. He may snort about this story -- but right's right, and wrongs no man.