A-Z History of Sumner, Washington - Journalism
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Many publishers consider the phrase successful newspaper an oxymoron. Even before the competition created by television and the internet, newspapers were difficult to establish and often failed before they found enough readers to earn their keep.
This seems especially true of Sumner, where each valiant effort to publish a successful newspaper failed. The Sumner Herald was established in 1889, eight years after the town incorporated, and just four years later was sold to new owners.
the vagaries of their chosen profession, Sumner publishers were leaders
in the community. Herbert J. Trubshaw organized a Sumner
band in 1901; worked in real estate, life and fire insurance: and served
Sumner as a notary public and police judge. When the flood of 1906
prevented supplies of newsprint from reaching Sumner he printed an
issue of the Sumner Index on butcher paper form the local meat market.
Pete and Janette Andrews note:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Andrews managed to put the newspaper to bed each week, kept a cow and chickens, subsidized their income with a garden of raspberries and blackberries for the cannery, and were active in the Methodist Church. Mr. Andrews served on the city council, as head of the cemetery committee, and as police judge. During World War I their newspaper became the distribution point for free Victory Garden seed. They made sure Sumner soldiers fighting in both world wars and the Korean conflict received the newspaper free.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Andrews were equally active in civic and community
affairs. Pete, the son of C. E. Andrews, writes:
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