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J. Everett Smith. The official organ of the republican party in Woodward County, the Woodward News Bulletin, is one of the alert, enterprising and thoroughly reliable newspapers of Northwest Oklahoma. Its steady rise to a position of influence in this section has been brought about by the efforts of its capable and energetic editor, J. Everett Smith, who, now well known in journalistic circles, was formerly as widely and favorably known as an educator.
Mr. Smith was born in 1869, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and after securing his primary education in the public schools entered Purdue University and later took a course at the Iowa State Normal School. After his graduation from the latter institution he entered upon his career as an educator, during which he taught in several states and gained a substantial reputation as an able and thorough instructor. For four years he was a member of the staff of the Northwestern State Normal School, of Alva, Oklahoma, where he established an excellent record, and in 1903, entered upon his editorial labors when he purchased the Woodward Bulletin, the pioneer paper of Woodward County, and its printing plant. Under his capable management this soon became recognized as a power in molding public opinion, and in 1909 the paper was consolidated with the Woodward News, adopting the name of Woodward News-Bulletin, as at present, with Mr. Smith as editor and the firm of Smith & Thomas, publisher. While it is republican in policy and the official county organ of that party, it is the aim of the editor to place questions before its readers in a strictly impartial manner. Its columns have always been open to the aiding of movements for the welfare of the county and its influence has contributed in no small way to the development of Western Oklahoma. Mr. Smith’s efforts have been recognized substantially in the gaining of a large and representative circulation, and he is being generously supported by the business men of Woodward County, who find the News Bulletin an excellent advertising medium. Mr. Smith is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and one of the most enthusiastic and active members of the Commercial Club.