December 2, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Press still has surviving staffers

— This is in reply to the letter from Nancy Rider of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (Pharos-Tribune, Nov. 28): First of all, I send my condolences for the loss of your mother, Glendora Ridenour. My response to your letter is Russ Williams and your mother were not the last living staffers from the Logansport Press.

My father, Bob Wilson, is still alive. He worked for the local paper for 42 years. During this time, he became foreman for the morning Press when Logansport had both morning and evening papers. My father remembers Glendora. He told us she was secretary to Pete Sullivan, manager of the morning Press. He talked about Glendora getting her pilot’s license and taking some of the staff for plane rides.

Dad also remembered Russ Williams, who was a composing room apprentice.

I do believe Richard Cox is still around Logansport. He also worked for the Press as a linotype machine operator in the composing room.

Yes, the former Logansport Press was very well written. It was geared to our community. Unfortunately, time marched on, and today’s paper is loaded with all kinds of news — local, state, national and world. Thus leaving little time for reporters today to be so detailed about community gatherings.

Those were the good old days we all miss so much.

Mary Ann Quaglio, Lucerne