Making of a Newspaper Man - Fred Lockley

Fred Lockley

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Fred Lockley (1871-1958)

Fred Lockley Junior was born on 19 March 1871, in Leavenworth, Kansas, US, to parents Frederic Lockley Senior (1824-1905) and Elizabeth Metcalf Campbell. Fred was the oldest of five children, his younger siblings being, Maude, Margaret, Florence, and Edith. He also had three older half sisters Josephine, Louise, and Gertrude from his father’s first wife, Agnes Jeanette Hill.

Fred’s father was in the newspaper business for thirty years and gave him, his first introduction as a carrier for the newspaper Butte Inter-Mountain. The newspaper business left a huge impression on Fred as he would later become known as the pioneer newspaperman of Oregon.

From 1889-1890, Fred attended the Oregon Agricultural College; he would also graduate with a degree in Education from Willamette University in 1895.

On 16 June 1897, Fred married Hope Louise Gans (1874-1927) in Marion, Oregon, US. They had three children together Frederic Llewellyn (1899-1899), Lawrence Campbell (1899-1969), and Hope (1915-1920).

Fred would move from job to job but always went back to newspapers. He was a field editor with the Pacific Homestead, and was riding horseback over all over Oregon learning about people and their histories; history was something Fred was very interested in. He also worked as an assistant to a government topographer; a mail carrier and clerk in the Salem post office and mined gold in Nome, AK, in 1900. He would also help establish the first free mail delivery in Alaska and work for the Alaskan newspaper, Nome Nugget.

In 1902, Fred and family moved to Pendleton, OR, where he part owned the East Oregonian. He would sell his share of the newspaper in 1906, and then move him and his family to Portland. In Portland, Fred became the manager of the Pacific Monthly magazine from 1905-1910, but would leave to join the Oregon Journal editorial staff. At the Oregon Journal, he wrote for the column, “Impressions and Observations of a Journal Man."

From 1917-1918, Fred was a war correspondent for three newspapers, the Oregon Journal, New York Herald, and the London Globe. He would file three hundred and forty seven war articles.

Sadly, on 25 March 1927, aged 53, Hope Louise Gans Lockley died of nervous shock after a surgical operation in the Portland Sanitarium. A good friend of Fred’s, Jennings F. Sutor, was a pallbearer at her funeral service.

In 1930, Fred married Laura Roberta Simpson, who was from Pennsylvania.

Fred authored many books, some of the titles include: Oregon Folks, Oregon's Yesterdays, Oregon Trail Blazers, Oregon Outdoors, Across the Plains by Prairie Schooner, Vigilante Days in Virginia City, and Vigilante Days in Carson City.

Fred Lockley Jr. died on 15 October 1958, in Portland, Oregon.

The UPEI Provenance collection has the book, “The Making of a Newspaper Man” by Samuel Blythe, which was gifted to him from the author “To Fred Lockley with the regard of its author Samuel G. Blythe” “Portland May 23 1914”.

Fred later gifted the book to Jennings Sutor during “Christmas 1948”. Inside Fred wrote, “To Jennings Sutor”
“To the kind of a friend who is always a friend - and in top of which he first last and all the time a real honest to goodness newspaper man who knows news as few others do, with the cordial regards and best wishes of his long term fellow worker Fred Lockley”.

Sources:

Custer, Jeanne, and Daraleen Wade, compilers. The Marriage Records of Marion County, Oregon, Volume 1, 1849–1871. Salem, Oregon: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 1979.

Custer, Jeanne, and Daraleen Wade, compilers. The Marriage Records of Marion County, Oregon, Volume 2, 1871–1874. Salem, Oregon: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 1979.

Custer, Jeanne, and Daraleen Wade, compilers. The Marriage Records of Marion County, Oregon, Volume 3 1874–1879. Salem, Oregon: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 1980.

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Custer, Jean, and Ann Hochspeier, compilers. The Marriage Records of Marion County, Oregon, Volume 6, 1888–1891. Salem, Oregon: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 1990.

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Find a Grave. Frederic E. Lockley Senior. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24547213

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The Oregon Encyclopedia. Fred Lockley (1871-1958). © 2019 - Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society.

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