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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.

    • Grace Bloom
    • Osceola Sun
    • Olof Bloom
    • Osceola Sun
    • Wade Boardman
    • Legal Counsel, Wisconsin Daily League, Madison
    • Martin Boerner Jr.
    • Niagara Journal
    • Kenneth J. Bogert
    • Juneau County Star-Times, Mauston
    • Patsy J. Boggs Thompson
    • Mid-County Times, Pardeeville
    • William T. Borneman
    • Oconto County Reporter
    • 1927 - 2011
    • Dorothy Bowler Werner
    • Sheboygan Press
    • Muriel Brandt
    • River Falls Journal
    • Romain C. Brandt
    • Manager, Wisconsin Newspaper Association; Inter-County Leader, Frederic; Berlin Journal
    • Lucile M. Brandt
    • Chilton Times-Journal
    • William E. Branen
    • Burlington Standard Press
    • Henry Brochrup
    • Stanley Republican
    • Fred Brockman
    • Valders Journal
    • 1903-1982
    • Harold A. Brockman
    • Platteville Journal
    • Marion F. Brockman
    • The Valders Journal
    • 1902-2001
    • Richard J. Brockman
    • The Platteville Journal
    • 1947 - 2013
    • Walter Brovald
    • Cadott Sentinel
    • C.W. Brown
    • Oconomowoc Enterprise
    • Douglas B. "Bart" Brown
    • Oconomowoc Enterprise
    • 1929 - 2011
    • Howard J. Brown
    • Kenosha News
    • 1923 - 2011
    • Bruce C. Brown
    • Oconomowoc Enterprise
    • 1926 - 2014
    • Marshall F. Browne
    • East Side News, Madison
    • Lloyd Bruske
    • Mosinee Times
    • Theodore Buehler
    • Buffalo County Journal, Alma
    • Thomas Burgess
    • American Dairy Association, Madison
    • William T. Burgess
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • 1907-2002
    • Horace Buri
    • Jefferson Banner
    • Chester P. Burt
    • Ladysmith News
    • Elmer Byers
    • Marion Advertiser
    • Francis (Brownie) Byers
    • Marion Advertiser
    • Roselyn M. Calek
    • Westine Report, Union Grove
    • William F. Canfield
    • Manager, Wisconsin Newspaper Association
    • William H. Capellaro
    • New Glarus Post
    • 1936 - 2013
    • M.J. Chapman
    • Waterford Post
    • Myrtle B. Chapple
    • Ashland Daily News
    • John Chapple
    • Ashland Daily Press
    • Milton Chilcott
    • Sheridan, Wyoming
    • Walter B. Chilsen
    • Merrill Daily Herald
    • Robert Christensen
    • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    • Lyle A. Christianson
    • Colfax Messenger
    • Clarence E. Chubb
    • River Falls Journal
    • Norman M. Clapp
    • Muscoda Progressive; Grant County Independent
    • Eugene R. Clifford
    • Rib Lake Herald
    • John D. Clifford
    • Watertown Daily Times
    • Eugene Clifford
    • Dodge County Independent, Juneau
    • Edward Cochrane
    • Twin City News-Record, Neenah/Menasha
    • Ellsworth S. Coe
    • Whitewater Register