So what are we
◄This snarky blurb, however, was in the St Cloud Times, by way of the Princeton (MN) Union on June 24, 1909. That was the date of the first issue of the PJ, too. Henry C. Bailey started the paper, became Justice of the Peace▼ in Pierz, then left town, all between June 1909 and October 1910. We think he may have made a few enemies with this JP position--Larry found a couple judgements against locals that seem a bit draconian, like a $15 fine levied against Hartmanns store for mislabeled ketchup. That's enough to piss off any good local German store owner, and maybe his customers, too.
The September 1st, 1910 issue of the PJ found Henry Bailey bailing out of newspaper ownership, being a Justice of the Peace, and Pierz. His only editorial qualification when he arrived was having graduated from college, but in leaving he said, "The new proprietors, while inexperienced in this line of work, will undoubtedly give you a better and more newsy sheet..." We might be interpreting this all wrong, but he did seem to leave abruptly.
A.P. Stoll, from the bank, and Ed Kerkhoff, the local doctor, took over the Pierz Journal in October, 1910. Conveniently, the bank and doctor's office/house were just across the street from the Journal office. Eventually Tony Stoll left the business, I suppose because of the new bank building (1917), and his larger role there.
By October 1918, Ed Kerkhoff was well ensconced in the doctor-editor business, and all seemed well. America was involved in WWI, yes, but not too many local men were being lost...it was just this Spanish Flu epidemic to deal with. Ed Kerkhoff died of the flu on November 15, 1918.
F.L. Preimesberger bought the paper from Mrs. Kerkhoff, and I believe he ran it for the rest of its years in Pierz. If you know differently, email me or leave a comment--blogs can be easily changed ☺
(Yes, I know most of these articles were posted before, but they were to prove totally different points).