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History of Madison
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Paul R. Stillman.

Paul R. Stillman is one of the leading citizens of Earlham, and the Earlham Echo, an excellent weekly paper which he publishes, is a force in the formation of public opinion in the community.  Mr. Stillman was born on the 10th of February, 1888, in Jefferson, Iowa, of the marriage of Frank and Lucy (Fallows) Stillman, natives respectively of Chicago and of Waucoma, Iowa.  The father is a newspaper man and is at present editor of the Jefferson Bee of Jefferson.  In his young manhood he came to Iowa and in the intervening years has owned and published a number of papers in various parts of the state.  His wife is also living.

Raul R. Stillman was reared and educated in Jefferson, Iowa, and in Washington, D. C., whither his parents removed when he was nine years of age.  He lived there until he was twenty years old, his father having a government position in that city.  Mr. Stillman of this review profited by the advantages of spending his youth in the national capital and was given an excellent education.  His college work was done at the University of Minnesota.  Upon starting out in the business world he determined to become a journalist and accordingly removed to Waucoma, Iowa, and leased a newspaper plant.  After a year he came to Earlham and purchased the Earlham Echo, which he has since conducted with gratifying success.  He has the energy and initiative that are characteristic of the capable young man and has also a knowledge of newspaper affairs that is the equal of many an older man, as he learned much concerning the conduct of a paper from his father.  The Earlham Echo has a wide circulation and its success is based upon its reliability and enterprise.  Mr. Stillman is not only an able editor but also manages the financial interests of the paper with ability and is highly respected in business circles.  In addition to the publication of the Earlham Echo he does job work of all kinds and as he has a finely equipped plant for the purpose and insists upon a high quality of work being done that phase of his business is proving especially profitable.

Mr. Stillman is a republican and keeps thoroughly informed upon all of the great questions that arise in our national life and that must be settled at the polls.  Something of the principles and ideals which guide him in his relation to others may be gathered from the fact that he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is identified with the Masonic order.  Since coming to Earlham he has cooperated heartily in all movements that have tended to better the community materially, socially or morally and is rightly esteemed as a valued citizen.



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