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People in Courier History

John Clark Hartman was born in Waterloo on June 21, 1861. He learned the printing trade in the offices of the Courier, and upon his father's death in 1895, he took over as Editor and Publisher of the paper, and also as President of the W.H. Hartman Co. Over the years, he not only kept pace w…

William H. Hartman was born in Allentown, PA in August 27, 1838. His parents moved to Tiffin, Ohio when he was two. In 1850, his family moved to Anamosa, IA where Hartman apprenticed at the Anamosa News. He went on to work at Delhi, Dubuque, and then Tiffin (Ohio). In March of 1858 he came t…

John Peter von Lackum II was born Feb. 28, 1894, to Dr. J.P. and Genevieve Hartman von Lackum. He married Anna Ridler on Dec. 21, 1916. He and his wife had two children. He joined the staff of the Courier in 1915 as a circulation salesman and served as city circulation superintendent from 19…

Mr. Peterson was born in Illinois on June 25, 1861. He began his newspaper career at seven years of age, working as an office boy for his father in the office of the Warren (Ohio) Tribune. After mastering the skills of a printer, Mr. Petersen went on to learn the business principles necessar…

Karl von Lackum was born July 31, 1899, to Dr. J.P. and Genevieve Hartman von Lackum. He married Elizabeth Nelson on Sept. 21, 1936. The couple had one daughter. Von Lackum joined the Courier mailing department while still a student at West High. He became a full-time proofreader in 1919. In…

Jackson McCoy was born Oct. 28, 1890. He was a nephew of A.W. Peterson, who gave him his first job in the Courier business office upon his graduation from Dartmouth in 1912. McCoy served in the navy during World War I as a chief petty officer at the Brooklyn and Pelham Bay navy yards. He was…

Mr. Moore was born Nov. 25, 1871, in Ipava, Ill. He was a school teacher before learning the printer's trade. He married Minnie Branson in Vermont in 1898. In 1906, the Moores moved to Iowa. In 1907, Mr. Moore started as a reporter at the Courier. In 1918, during World War I, he assumed the …

Robert J. McCoy was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Waterloo. McCoy was an East High School graduate and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He joined the Courier in 1946, following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin. He married Elizabeth Gunkle …

Mr. Burritt was born Aug. 24, 1899, in Chicago. He graduated from high school in Greenville, Ill., when he was 14, subsequently becoming a printer's apprentice at the age of 15. While he was an apprentice, he also attended college in Greenville, graduating with his bachelor of arts degree at…

Mr. Haas was born April 21, 1931 in Joplin, MO. He graduated from Kansas State University and was hired by the Courier as a reporter in 1957. In 1959, he covered Nikita Kruschev's visit to Iowa. He served as farm editor, assistant state editor, state editor and associate editor. He left the …

Jim Lewis was born in 1933 in Hammond, Ind. He attended Purdue University, and during this time got his first newspaper job at the Hammond Times, where he worked as a district manager of carriers. He eventually became head of the circulation department there, and later was promoted to genera…

Gene Thorne was born on Sept. 11, 1909 in Fredericksburg, IA. He received his journalism degree from the University of Iowa, and began working at the Courier in 1933 as a reporter. He entered the Army on May 4, 1942, and served as a combat engineer in Africa, Italy and Sicily. He was dischar…

Saul Shapiro was born July 29, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved to San Diego, CA when he was 10. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was sports editor of the campus daily and co-author of a university sponsored-biography of UCLA basketball coach John…

George Saucer was born in Clear Lake, IA and was raised in Waterloo. After graduating from West High School, he joined the army and served as a military policeman in Italy for 32 months in the years after World War II.

Nancy Newhoff was born Jan. 22, 1957, in Des Moines, the middle of three children of Gene and Mary Raffensperger. Gene, a native of Waterloo, was a long time writer and editor at the Des Moines Register. Gene was the oldest child of Leonard Raffensperger, a longtime coach at East High School…

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