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Biography of Frank R. Starbuck

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Frank Starbuck, secretary and treasurer of The Journal Printing Company of Racine, is of the third generation in active connection with newspaper publication, being a grandson of Calvin W. Starbuck, of the Cincinnati Times, and a son of Frank Washburn and Mattie (Raymond) Starbuck, the former the president of The Journal Printing Company of Racine. “To the manner born,” he has become the able assistant of his father in newspaper publication. He attended the public and high schools of Racine, being graduated with the class of 1894, and the following year, with all the other members of his father’s family, he went to California, spending about three years on his father’s ranch in that state. He entered upon a more congenial field of labor when upon his return to Racine he assumed the duties of telegraph editor of the Journal-News. Soon afterward he was elected secretary of The Journal Printing Company and in 1909 became secretary and treasurer, succeeding E. A. Tostevin, who left to publish a newspaper of his own at Mandan, North Dakota, while at the present time and for seven years past he has also been manager of the company. His efforts throughout this period have been a force in maintaining the high standards of the paper and developing its interests in accordance with modern ideas of journalism.

On the 22nd of May, 1906, Mr. Starbuck was married to Miss Grace L. Bassindale, of Racine, a daughter of George and Maria Bassindale, and their children are Allan and Carol, aged, respectively, nine and two years. In his fraternal relations Mr. Starbuck is well known as a Mason, an Elk and a member of the Royal Arcanum. He belongs to the Commercial Club and the Racine City Club and is actively interested in all those forces which work for the city’s benefit and improvement. He has never been an office seeker, but is a consistent champion of republican principles, and his belief in the efficacy of the party platform to further the interests of good government is sufficient to inspire him to earnest effort in behalf of the organization. His course in business sustains the high reputation which has always been borne throughout the long period of the family’s connection with newspaper publication, making the name of Starbuck an honored one in journalistic circles.


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