Princeton Daily News, Princeton, Indiana Thursday, July 11, 1930.

James McCormick , Old Newspaper Editor, Is Dead.

Former publisher of Prohibition Era, Evening News and Princeton Tribune, and writer for the Princeton Democrat, passes away at home in Louisville, Ky.


James McCormick, better and more affectionately known as “Jim,” died Thursday morning at his home, 618 Market street, Louisville, Ky., after a short illness incident to his advanced years.  He was 79 years of age on Thursday, July 3, 1930.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, 4 o’clock, from the Pfohl funeral parlors, south Main street, Rev. J. P. Nesbit of the United Presbyterian church, officiating, with interment in Warnock cemetery.

The remains will arrive in Princeton over the Southern Railway, Friday morning at 2:30 o’clock and be taken to the Pfohl Funeral Home, where they will remain until after the funeral.  Frends may call Friday between the hours of 10 o’clock a.m. and 3 o’clock p.m. to view the remains.

James McCormick was born on the farm of his father, the late Rev. T. B. McCormick, and wife, July 3, 1851 and spent the greater part of his young years there.  He married Ella Garrison, and to this union was born two children, Charles, who died about one year ago, and Willard, who survives with the widow.  Besides these are three grand-children, Mary Esther, daughter of Charles and wife; Willard Jr. and Thomas, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Willard McCormick.

The remains will be accompanied to Princeton by the relatives in Louisville, William Mowery and Mrs. Eaulee McCormick.  They will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Stone at the Children’s Home, near Patoka.

Jim McCormick’s newspaper career started in 1888, when he purchased the Prohibition Era from Sumner Rose.  This paper was continued for some years, discontinued and the equipment used in publishing the Evening News, a daily paper started in 1893, and conducted by McCormick and his sons until 1902, when Harry K Stormont purchased the paper, and it was consolidate with the Princeton Clarion, then owned as now.

Some time later, James and his son Charles starte the Princeton Tribune, which survived but a short time.

During recent years, McCormick has written a number of articles on “Old Times of Princeton and Gibson County,” which were published in the Daily Democrat.  They proved to be quite interesting to many readers and were only discontinued when the writer’s eyesight prevented him from using the typewriter.

For a number of years prior to their moving to Louisville, Ky., where they made their home with Charles McCormick and family, McCormick and wife were in charge of the Gibson County Children’s home, north of Patoka.  This continued until the health of both made necessary a change.

Willard, the son, is superintendent of the composing room of the Louisville Herald.

For many years Jim McCormick was a prominent figure in the affairs of Princeton and Gibson County, and during his editorship of the Evening News, he followed the old time custom of being a militant editor.  He has a legion of friends and acquaintances in Princeton and Gibson county who will regret to learn of his death.


Note:  A photocopy made from the microfilm of the original newspaper obituary was provided by Laura McCormick Cargill, great granddaughter of Ella McCormick.  The version above was transcribed from that copy with corrections for typesetting and spelling errors.