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Some Interesting Newspaper People Who Died in 1913

Posted By on February 24, 2016

Wouldn’t you like to know more about these newspaper people who died in 1913?

From the Harrisburg Patriot, 8 August 1913:


Norristown, Pennsylvania, 7 August 1913 — Henry L. Acker, a wealthy mine owner of Colorado, died at the home of his sister here today at an advanced age.  He went West in the early eighties.  He returned here every winter.  During the Civil War he was postmaster at Pottsville, and also published a newspaper at that place.  A son, E. O .C. Acker, is assistant superintendent of the Bethlehem Steel Works.

No doubt, his newspaper was read during the Civil War by residents in the Western part of Schuylkill County.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 9 January 1913:


One of the Oldest Newspaper Men of the City Succumbs to Heart Trouble

James M. Miller, secretary of the Telegraph Printing Company, and one of the older newspaper men of the city, died yesterday afternoon at 2:40 o’clock at his home, 1219 North Sixth Street.  Death was due to heart trouble.

Mr. Miller was born at Shippensburg 78 years ago and spent his early youth there.  For a number of years he published a newspaper in that town but at the close of the Civil War came to this city where he has since lived.  He was employed on the Telegraph as local editor, a position at that time which meant that he handled all the city news.

About 1867 Mr. Miller took a position in the business office, where he remained until he retired from the service several years ago.  At the time the Telegraph was incorporated he became Secretary of the company which office he held at the time of his death.

Always of a genial and kindly disposition, Mr. Miller was known for his keen yet kindly wit.  Friends called him “squire” as a title of affection, but he never held office, although a lifelong Republican.  He was a member of the Explorers Club, the famed camping club of this city in other days.

During his entire life here Mr. Miller was prominently connected with Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was identified with much effective, quiet charity work throughout the city.  Surviving him is his wife.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 o’clock at the house, the Rev. J. Bradley Markward officiating.  Burial will be made in the Harrisburg Cemetery.

The Telegraph was one of the major post-Civil War newspapers of Harrisburg.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 19 February 1913:


Washington, 18 February 1913 — With the funeral tomorrow of Miss Emmaline C. Upham, who died yesterday, aged 79 years, will pass one of the best known newspaper women in the country.  Miss Upham for 35 years was a society reporter and throughout that time was well known to the various occupants of the White House and in official and diplomatic social circles in the national capital.  Her experience began before the Civil War and her last newspaper work was done about five years ago.  She was a contributor to magazines.

This obituary was previously featured here on this blog on 19 June 2015, Obituaries of Some Civil War Era Women.


News articles are from the on-line resources of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


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