"There's old Sam Bowles—and young Sam Bowles—
"And young Sam Bowles's son—
"And young Sam Bowles is old Sam Bowles
"When old Sam Bowles is done!"
Thus sang the beery compositors of the venerable Springfield (Mass.) Republican from the time of Founder Samuel Bowles (1824) through the regime of Samuel II (1851) and Samuel III (1878). When Samuel III ("Sambo") died in 1915 the printers quit singing about "young Sam Bowles." It was evident that Samuel IV would never become "old Sam Bowles" to the staff. A rollicking, roving...