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W B Means


Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 2/20/2006 at 10:49:12

W B Means, editor, Boone, was born at Paris, Illinois, February 5, 1846, his parents were farmers and as such was Mr Means, trained in his youth, not satisfied with the common schools education which he had recieved, and desiring to enter up a professional career, he began at the age of twenty years, a regular collegiate course of study, for awhile he was a student of Hanover College, Indiana, but desiring better facilities that were at the time afforded at Hanover, he left the latter institution and entered the junior class at Miami University, located at Oxford, Ohio, that institution was at the time one of the most renowned colleges throughout the West, it being the first one estlabilshed west of the Alleghany mountains, and having an alumni, who for ability and success in their chosen professions, were second to none in the Union, Mr Means graduated in the summer of 1869, in 1870 and he removed to Boonesboro, Boone County, Iowa and enganed in the study of law, he was admitted to the bar in 1871, but his tastes and inclinatins attracted him to another field, and it was as an editor, rather than as a lawyer, that he was destined to become identified with the interests of Boone County, in conncetion with Mr Lawrence, he purchased the "Boone County Advocte: a Republican newspaper then published at Boonesboro, some time after Mr Lawrence sold his interest to Mr Downing,the name of the paper was changed to that of the "Republican" in connection with the paper, which continued to be published at Boonesboro, the firm of Means & Downing opened a job office in Boone, in the course of a few years the newspaper was removed to Boone, and the senior partner of this frim is not only the success of the paper, but the progress of the city, largely indebted, Mr Means was married to Miss Helen C Dennison, daughter of W W Dennison, one of the first lawyers of the county, in December 1874, they have two children: Nellie and John


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