The Press: Main-Street Battler

Between Zanesville and Massillon, last week, a black Lincoln Zephyr coupe zipped along U.S. 21. At its wheel was Earl J. Jones, the nation's newest chain-newspaper publisher. Eleven years before, Jones had rolled along U.S. 21 at the wheel of a truck that carried all of his few personal belongings. He was then a cattle dealer in bankruptcy, had dropped the name of Ralph Alonzo Stilwell to become Earl Jones, and was hunting a WPA job for himself. He found it at Zanesville.

Three weeks ago Earl Jones purchased the Massillon Independent (circ. 11,858)...

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