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CUPPY, Hazlitt Alva

Source: San Francisco California Recorder Wed 7 Feb 1934 p7

In the superior court of the state of California in the city and county of San Francisco. In the matter of the estate of Hazlitt Alva Cuppy, sometimes known as HA Cuppy or Hazlitt A. Cuppy or H Alva Cuppy Deceased No 6287. Notice is hereby given that a petition for the probate of the will and codicil thereto of Hazlitt Alva Cuppy sometimes known as … deceased for the issuance to the Anglo California National Bank  of San Francisco and Paul Hazlitt Davis of letters testamentary has been filed in this court and that Monday the 19th day of Feb 1934 at 10 o’clock am of said day at the courtroom of Dept No 9 of said Court at the City Hall in the city and county of SF has been set for the hearing of said petition when and where any person interested may appear and contest the same and show cause if any they have why said petition should not be granted. Dated Feb 3, 1934 – Seal HI Mulcrevy Clerk by AR Phillips, Deputy Clerk. Endorsed Feb 3, 1934 John Ralph Wilson, Attorney for Petitioners, Mills Building, San Francisco, Calif.

Source: Franklin Evening Star Sat 13 July 1963 p 1

First Copy Printed in Room on Local Campus – by Esther Aikens Todd
78 years ago today the first copy of the Franklin Evening Star was pulled from an old Nonpariel job printing press in the northwest room of the north hall of Franklin College. That first copy was small and unpretentious but the little group present had worked hard and they looked on their handiwork and called it a good job. There was no ceremony, no speakers, no boastful promises and if there were prayers they were silent ones. Those helping with the littleventure were Walter W. Aikens, pub and editor; Tommy Needham, printer and for a while a partner in the business and Hazlitt A. Cuppy then a brilliant young student in the college… soon the work coming in put too great a tax on the college men who found they must giveup the effort. But they had a young printer on their hands who had a wife and had established a home. Being gentlemen they could not lightly set him adrift so they offered him the use of the printing equipment if he would assume anote for $350 held by the Aid Society of the Baptist Church.  Here begins the real story of the Star.  Story of the people of Franklin an dhow they rose to help a young stranger. Robert M. Miller and Judge wm. A. Johnson backed the note.  Decided the town needed a newspaper. Encouragement came from all sides. College students gave their help. Hazlitt Cuppy became city editor – gifted Bertha Knobe the women’s news. John Clark, pres of National Bank of Franklin ready in every way to stand behind the venture…

Source: Chicago Chronicle Fri 26 July 1896 p 6

Alva Hazlitt Cuppy formerly of Franklin and well known in Baptist circles in Indiana has been made managing editor of the Baptist Union, official organ of the Baptist Young People’s society. He will continue the publication of the Altruistic Review as heretofore.

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal  6 Oct 1899 p 6

HA Cuppy, son of Rev. Mr. Cuppy of Waveland is now visiting in Indianapolis taking a vacation from his labors as editor of “Public Opinion.”  The Indianapolis News gives the following sketch of his career: “His father was a country minister and the son worked on the farm and went to country school until 1881, when he entered the high school at Rockville and astonished his teachers by his “doubling” proclivities – a habit of his all through life.  The four years work he took in three years and one term he made up five years’ work. He made his way through college by doing all sorts of things, among them giving entertainment at the country towns, delighting the farmers and their families with his mimicry and his humorous recitations. In 1899 he had enough money to go to Oxford, England to study at the university. He said afterward that he took only one letter of introduction and did not use that. “He created something of a sensation at Oxford by refusing to enter as an undergraduate student, saying his Franklin degree as far as it went was as good as an Oxford degree. He was one of the first to introduce Riley to English people, for when he gave Riley entertainments at the Oxford town hall in 1889, the Hoosier poet was unknown there. At Oxford he was called “that American,” and he attracted the attention of Freeman, Jowett and Max Mueller, who predicted an unusual future for him. At the end of the year he was back in Indiana with an invalid sister. Putting her in charge of an Indianapolis physician, he started west as a book agent, selling “Happy Homes and the Hearts that Make them”  Later, he studied at Berlin three months then walked from Berlin to Heidelberg and at Heidelbert University received the title of PhD, which he never uses. A few days after his graduation he started on a walking tour through the Black Forest; then from Switzerland to Milan, and then to Paris – in all over 650 miles. In Paris he heard lectures at the Sanbourne in history, literature and philosophy. Then he went to London to make some individual investigations at the British Museum, afterward publishing a monograph on the Rise of the Anglo-Indiana Empire.  When he found himself in Indianapolis again there was a letter from a friend with a draft of $110 which the friend told him to invest. With this he went to Chicago, added about $50 on his own money which was all he had and started the Altruistic Review. A good story is told of his contract with the printer, who said to the young editor that the custom was to have in advance one half of the money for the contract.  Mr. Cuppy told the printer he did not have money enough to pay for one-half of the first issue but the contract was made. In less than four years afterward the Altruistic Review was sold for $2,500. In 1893 Cuppy became the editor of the Baptist Union and soon after director of the University of Chicago Press in the meantime editing the Woman’s Home Companion and writing for various periodicals. In Nov 1898 he bought an interest in Public Opinion and became its editor with headquarters in NY. His wife who was Miss Elizabeth Overstreet of Franklin has done some literary work which has attracted attention. She is a graduate of Franklin and studied at Wellsley. She has everal stories published. A farce which was written a year or so ago was put on the stage at Denver by an amateur company. She now has her desk in the office of Public Opinion and edits the literary and art department. The friendship between Hazlitt Cuppy and William Stead, the editor of the Review of Reviews is well known but not many people know that Mr. Cuppy took charge of Stead’s book If Christ Came to Chicago and corrected the author’s proof from page 131-476.  Stead sent for Cuppy to come to Chicago from Springfield put the proof in his hands and then sailed for home. He was in England when the book came out in America and immediately afterward he had it published in London with few if any mistakes.

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