BioA: Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Wells F. (60th - 1964)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Harvey, Hancox, Lux, Knox, Vandenberg, Roosevelt, Taft


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) September 10, 1964


Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Wells F. (60th - 7 September 1964)


Mr. and Mrs. Wells F. Harvey observed their 60th wedding anniversary quietly at their home in Winter Haven, Fla., Monday.


Mr. Harvey has served as publisher of The Clark County Press for the last 26 years, a position which he continues to hold.  They passed up their normal summer trip to Wisconsin this year because of Mrs. Harvey’s health. She has been ill for the last year; but is reportedly gaining in strength and activity. Mr. Harvey is 84; Mrs. Harvey is 83.


They were married September 7, 1904, in Olivet, Michigan, where both were graduated from college.  For a period following her graduation, Mrs. Harvey taught public school music and art.


Equipped for two professions - ministry and newspaper work - Mr. Harvey followed the latter throughout his life, taking side-adventures into lay work from the pulpit on many occasions.  He served as a member of what was to become the Washington (D.C.) press corps, covering the nation’s capitol for the Booth newspapers of Michigan, and two Japanese newspapers, during the terms of President Teddy Roosevelt and William H. Taft.


When he left Washington to seek a newspaper of his own in 1913, Mr. Harvey was presented by the Japanese newspapers with a large vase from the Ming dynasty in appreciation of his efforts in behalf of Japanese understanding of events in the United States.


He published The Pioneer at Big Rapids, Mich., from 1914 until 1928, when he joined the Hearst organization at the instance of Frank Knox, then general manager of that vast publishing empire and later to become the United States Secretary of the Navy during World War II.  Mr. Knox and Mr. Harvey worked together as young reporters on the Booth’s newspaper in Grand Rapids, Mich. Another young newspaperman there at that time - on the opposing Grand Rapids Herald - was later to become widely known throughout the world.  He was Sen. Vandenberg of Michigan.


With the Hearst organization, Mr. Harvey served as assistant, business manager of The New York Journal, spent a brief time as business manager of the Los Angeles Examiner, and then served for eight years as business manager of The American Weekly.  The latter is the magazine section of the Hearst Sunday newspapers and many others.


Mr. Harvey left the Hearst organization in 1937, spending the next year in search for a newspaper.  He found it in Neillsville in August of 1938.


He and Mrs. Harvey were joined in Neillsville by three of their six children: Robert, now editor of The Clark County Press; John D., now general manager of radio station WMAD in Madison; and Wells, Jr., a doctor of internal medicine in Denver, Colo.  Their other children are: Mrs. Robert (Margaret) Hancox of Kansas City, Mo.; E. William, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Mrs. Robert (Frances) Lux of Harrison, N. Y.  There are 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.




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