fred s. hassler
fred hassler, one-time proprietor of the table rock argus
When An entry for FRED S. HASSLER in
A Biographical & Genealogical History of Southeast Nebraska
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York, 1904
According to the biographical entry in the History, Hassler hailed from Pennsylvania, where he had acquired considerable newspaper experience. He arrived in Pawnee City in 1870 and "associated" himself with the Pawnee Tribune, the name of which was later changed to the Pawnee Republican. He sold that paper to his "brother and uncle" then bought the Pawnee Banner. He sold the Banner to buy the Table Rock Argus. In 1886, he established the Dubois Times. He eventually sold both the Table Rock Argus and the Dubois Times to buy the Beaver City (Nebraska) Tribune. In 1889, he sold the Tribune and returned to Pawnee City, where he bought the Pawnee Press, which would eventually become the Pawnee Republican. As of the time of the history, in 1904, he still owned the paper.
For now, it cannot be determined when, exactly, Hassler owned the Argus. The Argus is said to have been founded in 1882. The first surviving issue bears the name of Ketcham as proprietor and then later that year Wm. H. Harrison & A. T. Jones assumed proprietorship. Harrison & Jones were proprietors through the few next surviving editions, in 1883. The next edition that has survived is in 1890, and by that time Frank Taylor had bought the paper. Taylor said several times in Argus articles that he bought the Argus in 1887.