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Winslow M. McCurdy

Winslow M. McCurdy, actively identified with newspaper publication at Port Townsend as owner and editor of the Leader, was born October l0, 1877, in the city in which he still makes his home, his parents being William A. and Hannah (Ebinger) McCurdy, the father a native of Maine and the mother of Wisconsin. The latter passed away in Portland, Oregon, in 1880, when but thirty-five years of age. The father became a well known ship joiner and in 1857 removed to Port Townsend, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1890, when he was about fifty-eight years of age.

In their family were four children, of whom Winslow M. was the youngest. In his boyhood he attended the public schools of Port Townsend to the age of twelve years, when he began learning the printer's trade, entering the employ of the Leader Company, with which he remained for about five years. For ten years he worked on various newspapers and in print shops and for some years was engaged in mining. Returning to Port Towsend in 1905, he purchased an in- terest in the Leader Publishing Company and later in the Call Publishing Company and since that time has conducted business on his own account, publishing the Fort Townsend Leader, which is a four-page, six-column paper — a folio sheet which has a large circulation through Jefferson county. He issues both a daily and weekly edition and the paper finds a ready sale. The large circulation list renders the paper also an excellent advertising medium.

At Port Townsend, on the 9th of July. 1908, Mr. McCurdy was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Iffland, a daughter of John and Lisette Iffland. The father died November 30, 1914, but the mother is still living. Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy have become parents of three children: Winslow I., who was born at Port Townsend, July 2, 1909; Richard F., whose birth occurred at Port Townsend on the 31st of December, 1910; and Jean Lisette, born at Port Townsend. April 22, 1914.

Fraternally Mr. McCurdy is an Elk and a Woodman of the World. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he is a stalwart champion of its principles because of his firm belief in the party platform. His career is that of a self-made man, for from the early age of twelve years he has worked his way upward unaided and he stands high as one of the leading and popular newspaper publishers of the state.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

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