Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Journalism, pp. 339-343 PDF (1.2 MB)
JOURNALISM NEENAH, despite limitations imposed by geographical location, has in the last three quarters of a century been served by newspapers which kept pace with developments in the publishing industry. From the days of hand-set type and hand-fed presses to the current era of highly mechanized production, men who devoted their talents to local journalism possessed, their accomplishments show, vision of the future. Outstanding among Neenah's editors and publishers in the period from the early i88o's to the present were L. H. Kimball, J. N. Stone and J. R. Bloom, all deceased. The Island City Times, successor to the Conservator, first newspaper published in this city, was founded as a weekly by Stone in October, 1863. The paper continued as a weekly until 1882, when it was changed to a daily. Bloom entered the local publishing field in i90o, when he and others purchased the Neenah Daily News from the late L. H. Kimball, who served as Postmaster of Neenah for a number of years prior to his death in 1913. Kimball, incidentally, was proprietor of the first news depot operated in Neenah in early days. Politically, the rival papers were opposed, Stone in his editorial writings clinging to Democratic principles, and Kimball, followed by Bloom, as ardently expounding the Republican cause. Stone was a native of Rochester, New York, born there March 4, 1835. He passed his boyhood there, and when not attending school, spent much of his time in newspaper offices. At the age of 14, he went to Buffalo where he served a three-year apprenticeship in the printer's trade, at the close of which he went to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a compositor. In the fall of 1856 he went to Romeo, Michigan, where he founded the Argus, a weekly, which he published for one year. He then moved to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he became one of the editors and publishers of the Weekly Tribune. In the following year he went to 339
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