He was a part owner at one time, although, briefly. Wayne’s uncles, Anthony and Frederick, were owners and publishers for a 40-year span in a variety of partnerships and sole ownerships (1881-1923). Fred’s wife, Nellie (Barton) Bastian, wrote a history of Fulton in 20 installments published in the Fulton Journal in 1923. Her eye-witness reporting of events, such as the Modern Woodmen of America riots in Fulton, provide insight to the personal and emotional upheaval in the river city as that situation unfolded. She had a college degree in journalism and was active in community affairs.
An exhibit also has been prepared for viewing preceding and following the program. The Civil War newspapers, preserved by the Gifford Booth family for more than a century, were donated to the Fulton Museum several years ago. One object is the “very old black Royal manual typewriter,” owned by Don Murray and donated by Henry Kramer.
It arrived in Fulton with Donald in 1945 and had already been used by him for many years and continued to be his constant tool. He could type out obituaries and his column, “Of Cabbages…and Kings,” faster with his two forefingers than anyone else on an electric typewriter.
Barb Mask is the President of the Fulton Historical Society.