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Finding Aid for the William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera, 1898-1929
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William H. Porterfield (1872-1927) was a reporter and subscription solicitor for the San Diego Sun before purchasing a half interest in the paper. He also founded, purchased, or ran various newspapers throughout California, and wrote a daily column in the San Diego Sun from 1919 until his death. The collection consists of four scrapbooks containing biographical items of Mrs. Lottie (Buck) Porterfield's activities as a vocalist, clippings of articles by William H. Porterfield, items by Porterfield from the Mediterranean, clippings from the San Diego Sun on his death and a personal scrapbook, An adventure in pyramids.
Porterfield was born on April 26, 1872 in Vinton, Iowa; briefly attended University of South Dakota at Mitchell; moved to San Diego in 1891; married Lottie Buck in 1892; became a reporter and subscription solicitor for the San Diego Sun; in 1901 purchased a half interest in the paper; in 1903 he represented the Pacific coast group of Scripps-McRae newspapers as advertising manager; founded the Sacramento Star in 1904, and became president of its publicity company; took over Fresno Tribune (1906), Los Angeles Record (1909) and San Francisco Record (1910) as publisher under Scripps-McRae control; backed California Governor Hiram Johnson and the Progressive Movement; wrote daily column in San Diego Sun from 1919 until his death; founded the Ventura County Star in 1925; in addition to a syndicated story of his foreign travels he published a novel of newspaper life, An Adventure in Pyramids (1927); he died on September 2, 1927 in San Diego.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
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