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WNA Memorial Grove


Since members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association began the Press Forest south of Eagle River in 1958, they have been honoring the memory of those who have contributed to the advancement of journalism in Wisconsin.

When the tradition began, the names of deceased member publishers were printed on press plates and hung from wooden structures. Families, friends and members of the newspaper industry would travel to the area each year to pay tribute.

Over time, the names began to fade. In 2014, a more permanent monument was erected on the Trees For Tomorrow campus. WNA Memorial Grove consists of five granite pylons and several benches that provide visitors a place to reflect. The effort was made possible by donor contributions and the sponsorship of the WNA Foundation.

Members continue to honor former publishers each year at a ceremony during the Trees Retreat and by visiting the Memorial Pylon throughout the year.

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The names of every publisher who has been memorialized on the pylon are listed below in alphabetical order. Use the arrows to scroll between pages or use the search feature to locate publishers by name, newspaper or the year they were added to the pylon. Click a name or photo for more information about the publisher.

The WNA has complete profiles and photos of honorees who have been added to the pylon since 2007, but we would love to include more! If you have photos, profile information or an obituary for any of the publishers listed below, contact WNA Membership & Communications Director Julia Hunter.

    • Thomas Schwalm
    • The Oshkosh Northwestern
    • Francis F. Schweinler
    • Mosinee Times
    • Francis Secor
    • Iron County Miner, Hurley
    • Clarence Seidl
    • Barron County News Shield
    • Robert J. Seltzner
    • Portage Daily Register
    • 1927 - 2012
    • W.O. Shear
    • Hillsboro Enterprise
    • Edwin Shear
    • Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise
    • Hilda C. Shear
    • Hillsboro Sentry-Enterprise
    • Frederick (Fritz) D. Shellman
    • Seymour Times-Press
    • Ernest Shellman
    • Oconto County Times-Herald, Oconto Falls
    • Nell Dorst Shellman
    • Oconto County Times Herald, Oconto Falls
    • Robert (Bob) Shellman
    • Oconto County Times-Herald, Oconto Falls
    • 1923 - 2015
    • A.L. Sherman
    • Grant County Herald, Lancaster
    • John J. Shinners Sr.
    • Hartford Times-Press
    • Gordon H. Skamser
    • Sawyer County Gazette, Winter
    • 1931 - 2007
    • Gary W. Slaats
    • Clark County Press, Neillsville
    • 1945 - 2014
    • Anne L. Slack
    • Turtle Lake Times
    • James Slack
    • The Times, Turtle Lake
    • 1937 - 2008
    • Grace Smith
    • Tri-County News, Osseo
    • J.H. (Hi) Smith
    • Tri-County News, Osseo
    • Mary Jean Smith
    • Poynette Press
    • William K. Smith
    • The Messenger of Juneau County, Elroy; Democrat Tribune, Mineral Point; Poynette Press; Rio Press
    • 1929 - 2014
    • Palmer H. Sondreal
    • Amery Free Press
    • 1920 - 2007
    • Lyle Speed
    • Hawkins Chronicle
    • Russell H. Steel
    • The (Crandon) Forest-Republican
    • Jakob Steiner
    • Loyal Tribune
    • Ward Stewart
    • Orfordville Journal
    • Elizabeth (Babe) Stewart
    • Spooner Advocate
    • William W. Stewart
    • Spooner Advocate
    • George E. Stewart I
    • Orfordville Journal
    • 1927 - 2013
    • Leo Stonek
    • Cudahy Reminder Enterprise
    • Vic Stroebel
    • Rio Journal
    • Walter Strong
    • Beloit Daily News
    • John C. Sturtevant
    • Wausau Daily Herald
    • J.J. Sullivan
    • Sun Prairie Star-Countryman
    • William A. Sumner
    • Evansville Review
    • Will Sumner
    • Evansville Leader
    • Leonard Suttner
    • Hilbert Favorite
    • Robert (Bob) Swenson
    • Barron County News-Shield
    • Betty Swenson
    • Barron News-Shield
    • Melvin (Mully) Taylor
    • Executive Director, Trees for Tomorrow, Eagle River
    • Charles Fay Temby
    • Kewaunee Enterprise
    • Mabel Temby
    • Kewaunee Enterprise
    • 1912 - 2010
    • Rudah Tentis
    • Galesville Republican
    • Ardelle I. Terwilliger
    • Broadcaster Censor, Viroqua
    • Arthur Theiler
    • New Glarus Post
    • H.P. Thompson
    • Mid-County Times, Pardeeville
    • R.H. (Hoot) Thompson
    • Mid-County Times, Pardeeville

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