Vernon P. Barager
Posted by Janet on Sat, 17 Feb 2001
Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, pg. 609
Vernon P. Barager, a partner in the firm of A. L. and V. P. Barager, publishers of the Owen Enterprise, of Owen, Wis., was born in Cadott, Chippewa County, Wis., Nov. 21, 1891, son of James and Annie (Prichard) Barager. He comes of journalistic stock, as the father was a newspaper man during his entire business life, owning and editing the Washburn Itemizer, Cadott Blade, Medford Sentinel and Republican and Withee Sentinel, all Wisconsin papers, and all of which he founded. His last work was in connection with the Withee Sentinel, of which he was editor at the time of his death, in May, 1903. James Barager was an able journalist, winning a high reputation in his chosen field of labor.
He was a Republican in politics and in 1893 was a candidate for the General Assembly, but was defeated by one vote. He was affiliated fraternally with the Masons and Woodmen of the World. Vernon P. Barager finished his schooling at Withee in 1910, and then took up newspaper work on the Withee Sentinel, then edited by his mother, who had taken up the work on her husband's death. Becoming her business partner, they continued the publication of the Sentinel until July, 1912. Then they sold that paper and subsequently bought the Owen Enterprise, of F. J. Sherry, who had been its publisher for four years. Since then, under the active management of Mr. Barager, the circulation of the paper has more than doubled. It is a Republican organ, Mr. Barager giving his allegiance to the same political party as his father, and fills an important place in the community, being found in most of the households in Owen and the vicinity. Mr. Barager's younger brother, Miles, born Aug. 30, 1899, is employed on the paper. His elder brother, Irving, who was born Sept. 22, 1890, is a druggist in Eau Claire, Wis., the three brothers completing the family circle.
Vernon P. Barager was married, June 16, 1915, to Maude Raymond, daughter of Paul and Anna (Connorty) Raymond. Her father was. for a number of years engaged in the lumber business in Owen. He and his wife are both deceased.' Mr. and Mrs. Barager have one child, James Raymond, who was born May 24, 1916. Mr. Barager is a member of the Odd Fellows' Lodge, in Owen. As already indicated, he is a man of good business ability and since coming to Owen has made numerous friends.
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