Samuel T. Osterhold, editor of the Holton "Signal," is one of the live newspaper men of Northern Kansas. He was born at Holton, September 30, 1882, and is a son of S. G. and Elizabeth (Hastwell) Osterhold, both natives of Cleveland, Ohio. The father was a court stenographer and attorney, and has practiced law in Jackson county for several years, and is now associated with Judge Charles Hayden, in the practice at Holton. Samuel T. Osterhold attended the public schools of Holton, and graduated from the high school in the class of 1899. He then took a four-year course in Campbell University, and went to work in the office of the Holton "Signal." His natural inclination, when a boy, was toward the newspaper business, and when only thirteen years of age, he spent his spare time in the printing office. He began as printer's "Devil," and stuck to the same paper until he became its owner and editor. He worked in the office of the "Signal" until 1910, when he bought that publication, and has since been its editor and owner. The "Signal" is a weekly publication, and was established in 1877, by Fairchild & Sargent. It is a newsy country paper, and its editorials bear the imprint of its editor's ability. The "Signal" plant is equipped with all modern machinery, including linotype machines, and in addition to printing the paper they do an extensive job printing business. Mr. Osterhold is a Democrat and through the columns of his paper, is a consistent supporter of the policies and principles of that party. He is secretary of the Democratic County Central Committee, and was a delegate to the Democratic State convention, held at Hutchinson in 1912. He was married September 29, 1910, to Miss Grace McCrumb, daughter of James and Mary McCrumb, natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Kansas in 1881, and the father is now engaged in farming and stock raising. He was one of the early day star-route mail carriers between Topeka and Holton. Mrs. Osterhold was born at Holton, Kans., and educated in the public schools of that place. Prior to her marriage she was a printer in the "Signal" office. Mr. and Mrs. Osterhold are members of the Christian church, of which he is a deacon. He has been secretary of the Sunday school for the past fifteen years. He is a member of the time-honored Masonic lodge, and Mrs. Osterhold holds membership in the Eastern Star.Pages 281-282 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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