10 honored during WNAF Memorial Pylon ceremony

Memorial Pylon Ceremony Steel

Mike Mathes, publisher of Delta Publications, Inc. in Kiel hands an honorary plaque to Arlet Steel on Friday, Aug. 17, in Eagle River. Arlet published The Forest Republican in Crandon with her husband, Russell, who was honored during the ceremony.

More than 40 friends and family members of former newspaper leaders traveled today to Eagle River to honor their loved ones’ contributions to the industry and to their communities. Since 1958, members of the WNA have paid tribute during the annual WNA Foundation Memorial Pylon ceremony to the memory of those who have helped advance journalism in Wisconsin.

» See the WNA Foundation’s Virtual Memorial Pylon

Initially, the names of deceased member publishers were printed on press plates and hung from wooden structures. Over time, the names began to fade and, in 2014, a granite monument was erected at the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River. It consists of five granite pylons and several benches that provide visitors a place to reflect.

Friends and family members of this year’s Memorial Pylon inductees observe the ceremony under the pines on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Trees for Tomorrow campus in Eagle River.

The effort is made possible by donor contributions and the sponsorship of the WNA Foundation.

This year’s inductees included: