News: Colby (Newspaper Sale -1971)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Janda, O’Leary

----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 1/06/2016

Originally published in the Tribune-Phonograph, Thursday, January 7, 1971

Louis Janda, publisher of the Abbotsford-Colby Tribune-Phonograph and Edgar-Athens Record-Review, has announced the sale of the two newspapers and commercial printing business to J. A. O’Leary of Savanna, IL. Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary assumed operation of the business Monday morning.

The O’Leary’s were former publishers of the Savanna, IL Times-Journal, a semi-weekly newspaper and the Northwestern Illinois dispatch, a shopping guide located in that Illinois city.

The O’Leary’s, along with their three children, Kimberly, 7, Jeff, 6, and Kristine, 2, will soon be making their home in the Abbotsford-Colby area.

No immediate changes are planned in the operation of the newspapers, though some changes might be made in the future.

O’Leary emphasizes his desire to produce the same high quality of local news coverage that has been provided by the Janda’s. Mr. O’Leary will assume editorial duties at the Abbotsford Tribune office while O’Leary will be at the Colby Phonograph office.

“I hope to get around the area and meet as many people as I can as soon as possible,” O’Leary said.

“We know that we will be making a few mistakes and missing some local stories until we become better acquainted with the area,” O’Leary stated, “I hope that you will all forgive our oversights to begin with.”



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