Randolph  County,  Indiana

Frank  E. Wright
               One of the enterprising young publicists of northeastern Indiana who is deserving of commendation for what he is accomplishing in his special sphere of endeavor is Frank E. Wright, of The Lynn Herald. He has made good in the field of journalism because he has worked hard and persistently and because he has not permitted the usual obstacles that beset the lives of all who enter on the thorny path of the "wielder of the quill" to down him.
               Mr. Wright was born in Lynn, Indiana, November 19, 1877. He is a son of H. T. and Mary E. Wright, the father born in Bethel, Indiana, in 1853, and the mother born in Arba, Indiana, in 1854. He was reared on the old home farm and was graduated from the Lynn common schools, leading his class, at the age of fourteen years. He subsequently attended Lynn high school and then took a two years' Normal course, expecting to teach, but after securing his license changed his plans and attended the Cincinnati Mohler Barber College and after graduating opened up a barber shop in his home town, enjoying an extensive trade for four years. Not seeing an advancement and a chance for intellectual growth in the business he sold out in the spring of 1902 and purchased a one-half interest in The Lynn Herald, which had been started in 1898 by S. H. Light & Son. In the short time of ten months Mr. Wright mastered the business sufficiently to warrant his purchasing the entire business, becoming sole proprietor, publisher and editor, on March 1, 1903.
               The paper which had had a hard struggle to live underwent decided changes, becoming a strong factor in the community and county. The subscription list soon quadrupled itself, and the plant became a lucrative business, enabling the proprietor to bring to Lynn the first slug type casting machine ever brought into Randolph county, the first cylinder press ever run in Lynn, and also to purchase a substantial business home for the plant and one of the best residences on South Garfield street of his home town.
               Mr. Wright was married January 14, 1903, to Lillian L. Fudge, who passed away in the year 1910, leaving two little sons, one of which was less than a week old at the time of his mother's death.
                Mr. Wright was again married on May 16, 1912, his last wife being known in her maidenhood as Mabel R. Riddlebarger, an accomplished musician and talented school teacher of Ridgeville, Indiana. She has done much to aid in the success of the newspaper work of her husband, besides becoming a mother to the two little sons, J. Harold and Donald Lee.
               Mr. Wright is a prominent member of the Friends church, and politically, is a loyal Republican, which party has honored him on various occasions as a delegate to Congressional conventions and a place on local tickets.
               Mr. Wright has done considerable work on the lecture platform, receiving especially high press comment on his lecture, "Anchored to a Dead-head." As a speaker he is forceful, earnest and at times truly eloquent and never fails to both instruct and entertain his audience.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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