is a profession that has never been overcrowded--perhaps the only one-and we
do not have to go far for an explanation.
The journalist is born, the same as
the poet, although, of course, not so favored of the gods, except in rare
instances. The average newspaper man or publisher seems little different, if
any, from the average man in any other walk of life, and yet there is a
difference. Few men are gifted with the peculiar attributes that go to make up
the successful editor or publisher, and unless Mother Nature has stamped her
inscrutable approval on one he might as well never begin. Training and
experience count for a great deal, it is true, but they count for nothing
unless the capacity is there to begin with. Seward
S. Watson, well-known editor and publisher of The
Winchester Herald, is
a typical newspaper man, both by nature and training, and he has therefore
succeeded at his chosen vocation.
Watson was born in
Winchester, Randolph county, January 29, 1857. He is a son of Enos
L. and Mary (Judd) Watson, a prominent pioneer family of this locality.
Watson grew to manhood in
his native city and here received a public school education, which has been
greatly supplemented in later years by wide borne reading and study and by
actual contact with the world. As a lad he learned the printer's trade.
Desiring to forge to the front in the field of journalism he assiduously
applied himself to learning the ins and outs of every department, and he has
filled every position in a country newspaper office, from "devil" to
managing editor. In due course of time he became part owner of the paper
mentioned above, and for a period of twenty-six years was associated with
different individuals in its publication. In 1901 he became sole owner of The
Herald, and has
since conducted the same alone, making it one of the brightest newest and most
influential papers of its type in the state. It is up-to-date in every respect
in its mechanical appearance and method of handling news, and it has become a
valuable advertising medium. It has a wide and constantly growing circulation
and has ever been a most potent factor in the molding of local public opinion,
especially as an organ of the Republican party, Mr.
Watsonhaving always been a staunch defender of its principles.
Watson is the present
efficient and popular postmaster of the city of Winchester, having been
appointed to this position in February, 1907, by President
Roosevelt. At the expiration of his term of four years he was again
appointed to the office by President
Taft for another term of
four years. He is discharging the duties of the office in a manner that has
reflected much credit upon himself and to the eminent satisfaction of the
people and the department.
Watson was married in
November, 1880, to Nancy E.
Deardoff, a daughter of Lafayette
and Nancy (Rush) Deardoff, and to this union six children have been born,
namely: Edith D. is the
eldest; Mary Alice is
now the wife of Charles R.
Anderson, of Dodge City, Kansas;Amelia B. W., Margaret
Jane, John Enos and Ralph Engle. John
Enos has had charge of The
the appointment of his father to the postmastership.
Watson is a member of the
Masonic Order, the Improved Order of Red Men, and the Knights of Pythias.
L. Watson, father of our subject, died in Winchester in December, 1910.
His widow survives at the advanced age of eighty-three years. Our subject is a
brother of Hon. James F.
Watson, of Rushville, Indiana, one of Indiana's leading politicians of the