The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Truth in column on newspapers' decline


May 16, 2018


That was a superb editorial you wrote for the May 9 edition!

Dave Cooper and I bought The New Era in 1975 from the Springfield News. The weekly had been owned for decades by Bill Dudley and Mac Macoubrie, who were married to sisters. The men ran the back shop and had a good printing business.

They hired a news man and Edna Thompson ran the front office. Dave was that news man from 1958 until 1961.

When Mac died unexpectedly the business agreement said Bill had to sell (we were told). The Springfield News bought The New Era and tried to run The New Era from Springfield, with minim...

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