Randolph County, Indiana
Daniel Walter Callahan
Perhaps no agency
in all the world has done so much for public progress as the press, and an
enterprising, well-edited journal is a most important factor in promoting the
welfare and prosperity of any community. It adds to the intelligence of any
people through its transmission of foreign and domestic news and through its
discussion of the leading questions and issues of the day, and more than that,
it makes the town or city which it represents known outside of the immediate
locality, as it is sent each day or week into other districts, carrying with it
an account of the events transpiring in its home locality, the advancement and
progress there being made, and the advantages which it offers to its residents
along moral, educational, social and commercial lines. Randolph county is
certainly indebted to its wide-awake journals in no small degree, and one of the
men who are doing a commendable work in the local newspaper field is Daniel
Walter Callahan, editor and publisher of The Winchester Democrat.
He has long been connected with newspaper work in various localities,
however, only recently in this. But his power as a writer and editor, as well as
a business man is largely acknowledged among contemporary journalists and the
public in general.
was born October 5, 1872, in Urbana, Ohio. He is a son of Daniel and
Catherine (Flynn) Callahan. The father was born in Ireland and the mother
in the state of New York. Daniel Callahan spent his boyhood in the
Emerald Isle and was educated there, emigrating to America when a young man,
locating in Ohio, where the Flynn family had also located, coming from
the East, and there the parents of our subject were married and settled on a
farm near Urbana. There the death of the father occurred when Daniel W.,
of this sketch, was eight years old. The mother died October 4, 1913, at her
home in Urbana.
Callahan was reared in Urbana and there received a common school education.
As a lad he began learning the printer's trade in the office of The Champaign
County Democrat, at Urbana. He continued the same in various
places in Ohio and in the year 1894 he purchased The Jeffersonville Citizen,
in Fayette county, that state, which he conducted successfully for a period
of seven years. He subsequently published a paper in West Alexandria, Preble
county, Ohio, for five years, and one at New Vienna, Clinton
county, that state, for some time prior to coming to Winchester, Indiana, in
July, 1911. Here he purchased The Democrat, which he has
since published, proving himself to be an able and aggressive editor, fearless
in his advocacy of the right and in his condemnation of the wrong. He has made
of the very best weekly newspapers in Indiana, has greatly improved its mechanical
appearance, made it a modern news dispenser and its learned and timely
editorials moulders of local public opinion. It has increased greatly in
subscription and much advertising matter is finding its way into its pages.
is a Democrat of pronounced principles. For a time during the administration of
Governor Harmon, of Ohio, he was superintendent of the printing plant at
the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Xenia, the duties of which he discharged
most acceptably to all concerned.
was married August 18, 1898, to Leota Core, daughter of Dr. W. D.
Core, a prominent family of London, Madison county, Ohio. This union has
been without issue.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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