Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


June 14, 2007

Newspaper history


In 1884 the Ensign was sold to S.J. Graves of Browing, Mo. and the Tribune was born. In 1885 W. D. Powell bought the paper. In 1903, Rob Wilson of Mina, Mo. bought the Tribune establishing a family ownership that prevailed for many years. In 1898 the Killions started a competing paper, the Semi-Weekly Sun, but after a short while, they moved it to Centerville where it soon went out of business.

The Tribune changed hands in 1922 when Rob Wilson died and his daughter Beatrice took over the paper. In 1924 Beatrice Wilson married Richard (Dick) Eby, who had worked for the Tribune as a printer’s devil in his school days. Dick was an army veteran of World War II. Dick Eby assumed Tribune publishing responsibilities, and together, the Eby’s managed a well-run weekly newspaper. The depression days were trying and bartering was commonplace. Dick’s column “Between You and Me” was widely read and quoted with comments on far-ranging subjects. Dick remained as editor of the paper until illness caused his retirement.

In 1961 Dick and Beatrice Eby’s daughter, Katherine, and her husband, Wayne Bassett assumed editing and publishing responsibilities. The Bassetts launched a secondary business of photography. Wayne was also a commercial pilot and was involved in a wreck in 1977 in which he lost the use of his legs. After further education in education and physics, he returned to work with Katherine with the photography portion of the business.

The Tribune was sold to Keith Dinsmore in 1977 and Katherine remained as office manager with full responsibility for news and photos. Control of the Tribune passed to John Brunow in 1979. Gil O’Gara and his wife, Anita, joined the staff as editor and bookkeeper for both the Tribune and the Moravia Union. The O’Gara’s moved on and Katherine Bassett became the Tribune’s Managing Editor.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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