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The power of the Fourth Estate has never been more universally recognized than within the past decade, when not only kingdoms have been over thrown through its instrumentality, but larger interests still shaken to their center, and disrupted. Every newspaper in the world reaches its own certain readers, and bears its part in the mighty awakening of the twentieth century. One of the men proud of belonging to the newspaper fraternity is William Linnaeus Puterbaugh, of Milledgeville. He was born in Mt. Carroll, November 12, 1855, a son of Nicholas and Mary Louisa (Gale) Puterbaugh. The former was born near McConnelsburg, Pa., November 19, 1823, and died at Georgetown, Carroll county, Ill., October 30, 1905. His wife was born near Bakersville, Washington county, Md., September 26, 1829, and died May 13, 1912, aged eighty-two years, seven months and seventeen days. The father was a merchant and farmer, conducting a general store at Mt. Carroll, after coming here, and also owning and operating a farm in Cherry Grove township.

William L. Puterbaugh attended the Lanark high school and Bloomington business college, and was brought up on the farm to habits of thrift and industry. After leaving school, Mr. Puterbaugh taught school for twelve years, laying a firm foundation in his studies for his future newspaper work. He also farmed, and then was made deputy circuit clerk, discharging the duties of that office for six years. For the past eleven years he has been editor and publisher of his present organ, and has made it a power in his part of the county.

On October 23, 1901, Mr. Puterbaugh was married in St. Paul, Minn., to Margaret Mary Lohr, daughter of Solomon and Sarah Belle Lohr. In addition to his other interes, Mr. Puterbaugh owns 320 acres of rich farm land in Oakley, Kas., and his residence on Holcomb avenue, Milledgeville. A Republican, he has done yeoman service for his party, and exercises a strong influence politically, both personally and through his paper. His religious affiliations are with the Brethren church. Loyal to his party, interested in the welfare of his community, Mr. Puterbaugh is a man who has long been numbered among the leading men of Carroll county, and holds the confidence and respect of all who know him.

Contributed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of IL and History of Carroll Co. Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Co. 1913, p. 873

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