History pub features Pioneer history
Jefferson County Historical Society will present a History Pub featuring the past and present of the Madras Pioneer newspaper — the community's longest continually running business.
Publisher Tony Ahern, who has been the publisher since 1993, will be the featured speaker at the event on Friday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jefferson County Library's Rodriguez Annex.
The presentation will address various elements of the Pioneer's history, ownership lineage and key personnel over the years, but will also focus on general county history that the newspaper has chronicled.
"Our paper's history coincides with that of the county," said Ahern. "Our good times and bad times generally mirror those of the county. So a lot of what we'll be talking about is our county history. Hopefully there will be a lot of local historians there to share their insights, stories and opinions as well."
The Pioneer was established in August of 1904, when Timothy Brownhill printed the first edition on a hand-cranked press on the dirt on Fifth Street in the new town of Madras. Now, Fifth Street is two major U.S. highways, and the paper is sent via computer directly to the press in another town. A lot has changed in 114 years.
"We'll have a lot of great photos from every decade of our operation, photos primarily courtesy of the historical society, that will showcase where we as a newspaper and a community have come in 114 years," said Ahern. "If you like local history, it should be fun."Wild Winds will cater with appetizers, for which the suggested donation is $5. There will be a no-host bar.