• Kirk Gaw

Historic Pictures Found Honor 130 Years Of Walkerton Publishing

The first Independent News location was located at 7th St. or what we now call Illinois St. A recent Walkerton Shopper / Walkerton Area Historic Society article refers to the location of the publishing building at the Bender Block. WAHS Historian Charles Sherland said that it was directly behind the Hudelmayer building at the alley. During the 1960's it was all demolished so that Jacob's Drugs could be built. Sherland said of the recent photo he provided from the WAHS "I believe the picture was taken around 1906 inside the print shop and I think it was in that building." He added, "This photo is from a series of glass plate negatives that was given to the WAHS in 2016."

Here is the Walkerton Shopper article honoring the 130th year anniversary of the Independent News publication: "Our New Office. - The Lord willing, our health continuing good, the weather permitting, our money and credit holding out to begin with, having but a smattering of either, we shall at once build an office for the Independent, the latter of which, until the building is completed, will become the “Dependent” instead of the Independent. We have leased for five years 18 x 40 feet on Seventh street, at the rear end of the Bender block. E Leibole has the contract." - Walkerton Independent, January 17, 1891.

Here is another article from the WAHS archive: "This issue is worked off in our new office, and we feel more than ever that the name of the paper is no misnomer. Our home is 16x40, light as day, which is an almost indispensable factor in a printing office. No loafers need apply. If you wish to transact any business with us, such, for instance, as paying up your delinquency, call, take a comfortable seat and make yourself at home while we run out and get your change for you. Job work is a specialty. Seventh Street, between Bender Block and Florence Hotel." - Walkerton Independent, January 31, 1891. The Walkerton Area Historical Society -- Heritage House Museum, 413 Michigan St., hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 1:00. Please wear a mask.

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