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At top left corner: J. A. Christy stationery store, 1894 ad, from Carol Jones.
Left to right:
L. T. Dodson, stationery store 1882 ad from Joan Buday. Freeland Tribune, 1890.
Two H. L. Edmunds stationery store 1894 ads from Carol Jones.
Left to right: North Side News header from Hazleton newspaper, 1956. News items could be left at Fairchild's news stand. Woodie's sold newspapers and magazines, here with Pal Whitehead, photo taken by Ed Merrick.
Freeland has had several newspapers in the past. There have also been stationery stores and news dealers in town. Stationers had shops where they sold some or all of these kinds of items: writing paper, envelopes, pencils and pens and ink, drawing paper, office supplies of various kinds, books, magazines, newspapers. News dealers sold newspapers and maybe magazines and even comic books in addition to whatever else they sold in their stores – for example, tobacco products, candy, soda, lottery tickets, etc. In addition to the local papers, Freeland news dealers also carried several papers from further afield. When I was growing up, for example, we subscribed to the Plain Speaker, and we bought the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Daily News at Woodie’s on Sundays. Fairchild’s on the next block up sold newspapers. I’m trying to remember if Nocchi’s also sold papers.
The newspapers that were published in Freeland included the Freeland Daily Progress (Owen Fowler), the Freeland Tribune (Thomas A. Buckley), the Freeland Press (W. R. Flad), Freeland’s Suburban PennySaver (Thomas Zubach), and two Slovak papers: Slovenska Pravda (Andrew Zemany) and Katolic (Rev. John Stas). I will add more information about these as I find it, but for now, a few more details can be found on the Print Resources page. Freeland news was also reported in the Hazleton papers, the Plain Speaker and the Standard Sentinel, later combined as the Standard Speaker. Among the community sections in these Hazleton papers, Freeland news came under the heading of North Side News. Aubrey Powell and later Joe Falatko handled news of the North Side, and Ed Merrick has also found columns by George MdGee in 1907 and 1927, and by Edward P. Gallagher in 1946-1947, about whom Ed commented: Edward P. Gallagher was the son of the barber and may have been hired just after he got out of World War II service.
From Ed Merrick, who also worked for the Hazleton newspaper both as a reporter and as a photographer: Another North Side correspondent was Bill Morgan, who was born in Sandy Valley but identified as a Freelander. Bill went on to become editor of the Plain Speaker and then the Standard-Speaker when the Standard Sentinel and the Plain Speaker merged. He was also active in North Side sports as a coaching assistant. I always regretted not having the honor of working for Bill because I was nightside and he was dayside.
He was so genial and such a nice man. He sent me a note once about an accident photo I had taken and which he had had enlarged greatly for the next day's afternoon edition because, as he said, unlike so many photos, it so vividly told the story of what had happened. For a two-week period I was under his tenure when, as police reporter, I was sent to Wilkes-Barre to cover the Mastrota murder trial. When I put in my overtime, Bill said I was being too conservative and added hours.
Bill Morgan retires from the Hazleton newspapers after 58 years, posted 5-14-2021
Photo credit for these next two images: “From the archives of Bill Morgan, former managing editor the Standard -Speaker in Hazleton.”
William Morgan worked in the Hazleton newspapers for 58 years, retiring in May 1983. His son Bill sent scans of two clippings that had been saved from that time. William Morgan started out after high school in 1925 as Freeland circulation supervisor for the Standard-Sentinel, later becoming North Side correspondent for The Plain Speaker. In 1937 he transferred to the city staff to work as a reporter, photographer, sports editor and assistant editor, eventually being named editor in 1956. Later the papers merged into the all-day Standard-Speaker in 1961 and he became day editor. Five years later he got the newly-created post of managing editor in charge of both day and night newsroom operations.
As managing editor he presided over the transition from hot metal type composition to photographic type in 1975, and over the switch to computer technology and video display terminals in 1981. While he was head of newsroom operations the Standard-Speaker earned a number of awards, described in the article with photo shown here.
The other clipping from Bill, an op-ed from his dad’s colleagues at the paper, comments that Bill Morgan “played a key role in the many improvements and innovations which have helped the Standard-Speaker expand its role in providing the reading public with the best and most up-to-date reporting in its 117-year history.” His colleagues also called him “the last of his breed of newspapermen in our area … he recognized long ago that a newspaper is the conscience of every community, and that keeping the public informed is the best way to serve the people.”
Printers, stationers, booksellers, newspaper publishers and news dealers that were listed in Freeland's business listings in various directories, 1882-1940:
Dodson, Luther T., postmaster, also bookseller and stationer, also agent for Central Express Co., Walnut near Centre
Fowler, Owen, publisher, The Freeland Progress, 26 Centre near Walnut
O'Donnell, Edward, wall papers, paints, &c., also stationer, Front near Washington
Dodson, Luther T., postmaster, also bookseller and stationer, also agent for Adams Express Co., 8 and 10 E. Walnut
Fowler, Owen, publisher, The Freeland Progress, Centre near Walnut; 26 S. Centre
O'Donnell, Edward, wall papers, paints, &c., also stationer, 43 E. Front
Dodson, Ruth A., Mrs., bookseller, also agent for Adams Express Co., 8 and 10 E. Walnut
Fowler, Owen, publisher, The Freeland Progress, 26 S. Centre
O'Donnell, Edward, wall papers, paints, &c., also stationer, 32 E. Front
Freeland Tribune (Semi-Weekly) - Thomas A. Buckley, editor and publisher; 14 Main
Semi-Weekly Progress - 7 Centre
Slavonic Truth - 19 Main
The Press (Weekly), H. L. Edmunds, editor - Centre
Christy, James A. - 27 Centre
Dodson, Ruth A. - 8 Walnut
The Press, W. R. Flad and Ely Crawford, props. - S Centre
The Semi-Weekly Progress, Owen Fowler, prop. - N Centre near Front
Slavonian Katolik, Rev. John Stas, editor - 127 Ridge
Slavonic Truth, Andrew Zemany, mgr. - 19 E Main
The Tribune, D. S. Buckley, mgr. - W Main
Dodson, Ruth A. - 8 E Walnut
Woodring, Silas - 27 S Centre
Grover, M. B., drugs and stationery, 59 Centre
Slavonic Truth, weekly newspaper, $1.50 yearly, Main
"The Press", weekly newspaper, job printers, W. R. Fald, proprietor and editor, terms $1.00 a year, 21 Centre
Semi-Weekly Progress, printers, Centre
Tribune, The, newspaper, terms $1.50 a year, Main
Tribune Printing Co., limited, D. S. Buckley, mgr., job printers, Main
Woodring, Silas, books and stationery, 27 Centre
1912 telephone directory
Freeland Press, W R Flad, Prop – Centre
Freeland Tribune – Main
1917 telephone directory
Alden, J. A., Stationery & News Agency - 605 Centre
Freeland Press - W. Main
Freeland Tribune - 824 Main
Freeland Tribune – 824 Main
Plain Speaker, The – 17 W. Broad, Hazleton
Press, The – 820 Main
Standard Sentinel – 23 N. Wyoming, Hazleton
Morgan, Edgar A. – 605 Centre
[Fairchild's Confectionary Store - 712 Centre, old Post Office building (W. H. Fairchild) Not listed under newsdealers/magazines in the directory; ad at right is from 1922]
[Wolfe News and Variety – 605 Centre – (Charles Wolfe) News and variety store, not listed under newsdealers in the directory; the ad at right is from 1922]
Press, The – 820 Main
Tribune Printing Co. Ltd – 824 Main (Printing of all kinds.Source: Catholic Reference Book and Parish Register, circa 1924)
Philadelphia Inquirer, 605 Centre
Plain Speaker, 23 N. Wyoming, Hazleton
Standard Sentinel, 23 N. Wyoming, Hazleton
Steward’s Studio & Gift Shoppe, 717 Centre
Freeland Press (weekly) - 219 Washington
Plain Speaker, The - 512 Centre
Plain Speaker - Standard Sentinel - 23 N. Wyoming av, Hazleton, Pa.
Standard-Sentinel - 512 Centre
Fairchild, Walter H. - 712 Centre
And a 1940 printer noted elsewhere:
Walter L. Feist - 703 Front St., printer, Flad Company (age 49 in 1940 Census)