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From The Publisher's Desk
The Triplicate has found several significant events to commemorate in 2009. Just last week we published features on the anniversaries of the Klamath flood and the opening of Pelican Bay prison. In April we needed a six-part series to do justice to the 45th anniversary of the ’64 tsunami. Seems we’ve been eager to tell the stories of significant anniversaries, except our own.
Every publishing day on our front page right under the logo, the words “informing the community since 1879” remind me that the Triplicate has a 130th anniversary this year. But it’s been difficult to generate much enthusiasm among the staff here to research and write our own story.
When I worked for The Grants Pass Daily Courier, if I had a question about the history of the company, or of the county for that matter, all I had to do was walk upstairs and ask John. His grandfather Amos E. Voorhies bought the Courier in 1885. Amos was a crusading journalist with an agenda. When he thought the city needed a second bridge across the Rogue River, he took photos of traffic jams to prove his point.
Amos was so dedicated to his trade that he put in a full day of work, went home and sat down in his easy chair and dropped dead. His son Earle followed in his footsteps and met the same fate.
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