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Heritage and evolution of our newspaper

Heritage and evolution of our newspaper

February 29th, 2012 in News

The Jefferson City News Tribune represents more than the heritage of print news in the Capital City; it is the evolution of family tradition.

Today, Walter Hussman Jr., a third-generation newspaperman, privately owns the newspaper.

Before that 2008 purchase the Goshorn-Weldon family operated the business for 81 years.

Today's publication can be traced back to the "State Tribune," which began as the "People's Tribune" in 1865, then became the Daily Tribune in 1871, before Edward Winter and Robert Goshorn bought and combined it in 1927 as the "Post-Tribune."

The News Tribune Company, along with Hawthorn Bank and Lincoln University, can trace their roots in the community to just after the Civil War, when Jefferson City had a population of only 3,000.

Missourians, and those who lived through the occupation of thousands of Union soldiers for four years in Jefferson City, had seen many changes.

The original predecessors of today's businesses "had to be stabilizing for any community of consequence," said local historian Mark Schreiber.

Robert C. Goshorn, native Iowan and son of a newspaper publisher, came to Jefferson City in 1927 after buying the "Jefferson City Tribune" with partner Edward H. Winter, a Warrenton newspaper publisher.

The duo also purchased the "Daily Post" later that year, combining the two as the "Jefferson City Tribune Post."

By 1933, Goshorn had bought out his partner and "The Capital News."

Goshorn was known as a good businessman eager to promote the growth and well-being of Jefferson City. In 1937, just four years after becoming sole owner of the newspaper, Goshorn purchased the state-operated "WOS" and began broadcasting as KWOS to about 30,000 radios in the five-county area.

His wife, Lenore, and daughter Betty continued the newspaper business after his death in 1953.

Betty Weldon created history and fulfilled her father's ambition when she founded KRCG-TV using her father's initials in 1954.

Through the television pursuit, she met her husband William H. Weldon, who was president of Blair Television in New York.

Weldon became publisher when her mother died in 1959.

A third-generation newspaperwoman, Weldon held the same interest and vitality as her father in the community and issues of the day.

As publisher of the News Tribune, she continued the commitment of its founder to give the community "an independent voice."

"The family had a good sense of business and media that gave them credibility to stand on an issue that was good for the community," said Bob Blosser, who started with the company as a printer's devil in 1932.