By Harry Haskell
On the flip of the 20 th century, the Kansas urban megastar was once a trust-busting newspaper acclaimed for its innovative spirit; fifty years later it used to be a busted belief, detailed within the most vital antitrust motion ever introduced opposed to an American day-by-day. Haskell takes readers into the famous person s urban room and govt places of work and tells the tale of the 3 males with contrasting personalities and agendas who formed the paper: William Rockhill Nelson, one of the final of the good own editors from journalism s golden age; the scholarly Henry J. Haskell, who led the big name to its top of impression within the Thirties and 40s; and Roy A. Roberts, who went directly to mix the jobs of newspaper writer and political kingmaker. Haskell recounts such milestones because the celebrity s position within the urban appealing stream that helped remodel the USA s city facilities, the country s access into worldwide wars, a daring yet ill-starred test in worker possession, and the paper s conflict with Boss Pendergast s mythical political computer.
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R. Ne l s on 17 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Nelson as an up-andcoming contractor in Indiana: the bad boy makes good. ther and namesake, William Rockhill, gained control of twelve hundred acres of prime suburban real estate, he invited young William to help plan and construct a new subdivision known as Rockhill Additions. The experience instilled an enthusiasm for the building trade that marked Nelson for good. ”11 At an age when most of his contemporaries were apprenticing in a profession, Nelson was running his own construction firm.
But the builder in Nelson wouldn’t lie still; he hankered after a piece of the action, however small. Soon he found what he was looking for—a dilapidated farmstead on ten gently rolling acres overlooking Brush Creek, a couple of miles south of the city limits. The acquisition of this isolated parcel in 1886 made Nelson both the butt of jokes and a figure of controversy. After he induced the water company to extend a pipeline to his new property, paying a premium for the service, crit- 38 Bar o n Bil l To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.
Although he prided himself on being a self-made newspaperman, it would be nearer the truth to call him a journalistic magpie who took whatever he needed from those around him. Samuel Morss unquestionably taught him a good deal during the three years they worked side by side in Fort Wayne and Kansas City. But Nelson could never bring himself to give his more experienced partner due credit. After Morss sold his interest in the business and returned to Indiana in early 1882, ostensibly because of poor health, he was all but blotted out of the Star’s history.