The Shoals News

The Shoals News was first published in 1888 by Albert C. Hacker as The Weekly Democrat, and then the Weekly News, before being changed to the present name, The Shoals News. After the death of Mr. Hacker in about 1909, the paper was owned by William D. Sherfick and Albert Sheetz. These owners, after a short time, sold to William C. Gruber, a Lost River Township school teacher, who later established a newspaper at French Lick. Gruber sold the paper to Bill Jackman in about 1912. Mr. Jackman published the paper for six years, selling out to Harry G. Strange, of Loogootee, in 1918. On October 23, 1945, a young newspaperman from Bloomington, Sanford A. Deckard, purchased The Shoals News. At age 36, he made the most of an opportunity to own and operate his own newspaper. Sanford Deckard started in the newspaper business as a youth, carrying papers, then working his way up the ladder to the actual production end of the business, He quit school following the 8th grade to take a full-time job at the Bloomington paper. His parents needed him to assist some with finances, due to his father's seasonal work in the limestone quarries. He had studied printing at school, as well as working at the newspaper, thus he had a keen interest in printing. The boss at the paper promised him a "full-time" job if he would vow not to return to school. He quit school, started at the newspaper, and continually advanced. His goal was to own his own paper. He was searching for a paper to buy when four became available, Mitchell, Oakland City, Shoals, and a small paper in Southern Illinois. Mr. Deckard had "second chance" at the Mitchell Tribune, following a Linotype operator who was currently employed there. Lowell Davis, the operator, jumped at the offer and bought the Mitchell paper. After looking at the other sites, Mr. Deckard liked Shoals the best. Partially, he often quoted, because he could work and watch the steam engines pass by the building on the railroad tracks just a few feet away. He had no money to buy the newspaper. Since his boss at Bloomington, Blaine Bradfute, wanted to help Mr. Deckard attain his dream, he walked with Deckard over to the Monroe County State Bank where Bradfute co-signed a note for the "down payment" for Deckard to buy the paper at Shoals. Deckard then used a hand-fed press (which is still housed in the newspaper office) to print promissory notes to Harry Strange for the balance of the purchase price. Source

Outlet Details

Scope Local
Language English
Country United States of America
Media Market Terre Haute
UVMs Request pricing
Frequency Weekly
Days Published Wed