Charles and son Leslie Barber

Charles Barber and son Leslie Editor In Chiefs with the community newspaper

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Progress Centennial Wednesday, June 26, William Jackman 1891-1907 yci A C(. ?' xv Senator J.D. Taylor 1907-1923 Charles Barber 1923-1946 Leslie Barber 1947-1962 "'-Wo Ax- p "' " I Cec Hacker 1962-1978 Roy Llnd 1978-1985 Jim Robertson 1985-1990 Randy Blair 1990-present ic lenders of The Progress In 100 years, The Chilliwack Progress has been under primary stewardship of just eight men. For the first 71 years the offices of owner and publisher were synonymous. It was not until 1962, with the purchase of the paper by the Liverpool Post and Echo Limited and the appointment of Cec Hacker as publisher, that the two roles were separated. Through the years each man, bringing a unique style and focus, left his mark on the newspaper and was, thereby, responsible for what it is today. W.T. JACKMAN, 1891-1907 A commercial printer born in Owen Sound, Ont., The Progress' first owner, William T. Jackman, started the boilerplate "printer's paper" on April 16, 1891. Hand-fed one sheet at a time through a press, the paper was folded into a four-page newspaper. After selling the paper to Col. (later Senator) J.D. Taylor's Columbian Company of New Westminster, Jackman continued on as a member of the newspaper's mechanical staff until he bacame ill in 1927. Jackman died on the same date, 36 years later, on which he launched his paper. SENATOR J.D. TAYLOR, 1907-1923 Taylor, an absentee owner, hired Chilliwack talent to run the operation. Among those who ran the advertising and editorial departments during his ownership were: Major T.E. Caskey, Charles Barber and Edgar Sands. Taylor made no significant changes in the newspaper during his ownership. C.A. 'CHARLIE' BARBER, 1923-1946 Born in Chilliwack in 1878, Charles Barber apprenticed as a printer in Ontario. He ran a newspaper in Pilot Mound, Man. for a few years before returning to Chilliwack in 1914 to establish a rival newspaper which he called The Free Press. The Free Press failed, but Barber staved in Chilliwack as the proprietor of a print shop. In 1921 he was hired as editor and manager of The Progress by Senator J.D. Taylor. In 1923, with the support of local businessmen, Barber bought The Progress. Barber bought new typesetting equipment, changed the boiler-plate format, and concentrated on increasing local news content and editorial quality. LESLIE BARBER, 1947-1962 The son of Charles and Mary Barber, Les was primarily concerned with accuracy and clarity in his writing and in that of his staff. His emphasis was on quality, and he sought to the To Page 4

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  2. 26 Jun 1991, Wed,
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