Martin's Passing

The pages collected here noted the death of Martin J. McGowan Sr., on January 4, 1954. Martin published The Appleton Press, a weekly newspaper in Appleton, Swift County, Minnesota for nearly 40 years between 1914 and 1954. These pages were published in that paper in the weeks immediately following his death.

He died 10 days short of his 40th anniversary with the paper. These pages are published online to mark the centenary of his having purchased that paper. The testimony in them testifies to the impact and great contribution he made for the community, the county and state, and the journalistic profession.

Letting this brief page offer a Table of Contents to the artifacts. As faithful reproductions, which you may compare to the original copies they are:

Also, the following links reprise the HTML pages in their raw text (ASCII) format. This is done for at least two reasons:

The artifacts

These HTML pages were produced using Markdown syntax, and converted by pandoc. Markdown translates the text format you see below into useful HTML. It's as unadorned a copy of the text as you could expect, given today's technology. Since these files are free of links themselves, use your back button or open to view in a separate window:

In typing these texts, I came to realize this is probably the third, and most likely the last time these words will -- or need be -- typed, first by the letter writer, then in the following week by my father, Martin Jr, sitting at the linotype, and now finally by me at my computer's text editor. Future editors, please do not use a word- processor, rather the simplest text editor you can find, not in deference to me, but the prior editors of these words.