Aug. 24, 1862 Mount Gilead Morrow County Ohio, USA
Nov. 24, 1934 Saint Petersburg Pinellas County Florida, USA
Fred W. Wieland, Veteran Retired Publisher of the Dispatch, Taken by Death in St. Petersburg, Fla. _____
BODY TO ARRIVE IN CITY THURSDAY; RITES ON FRIDAY _____
Back to the city which 52 years ago in the hectic, bustling but traditionally temporary era of the lumberjack he envisioned as the stable and progressive community that was destined for eventual fulfillment in the present development moulded around his efforts in an unbroken tenure of a half century of newspaper activity today sped the body of Fred W. Wieland, 72, pioneer retired publisher of the Daily Dispatch.
Body to Arrive Thursday
Friday, the city who benefited by his half century of effort in the direction of first, the Weekly Dispatch, and later the Daily Dispatch, until his retirement three years ago will pay its last respects when funeral services will be held from the home, 407 North Fourth street. The Rev. N. P. Olmsted, pastor of the Congregational church of which the deceased was a patron, will officiate. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery. Other funeral arrangements, which had not been completed pending arrival of the body, will be announced later. The body will arrive early Thursday from St. Petersburg, Fla., where Mr. Wieland died late Saturday. Enroute home also are his widow, Mrs. Lucy Wieland, who was with him when death came, his son, Walter F. Wieland, Brainerd, a daughter, Mrs. M. A. Shillington, and Dr. Shillington, of St. Paul, who were enroute to St. Petersburg but failed to reach there before he succumbed.
Left Here Nov. 10
The rigors of a half century of hard and fruitful labor had begun to exact their toll of Mr. Wieland in recent years. However, when he left Brainerd about November 10, as was his custom since retirement from active work three years ago, to spend the winter in Florida he appeared in excellent health. He had suffered a siege of pneumonia some years ago but seemed to have regained his usual frail but vigorous health. Arriving in Florida after a leisurely trip about November 20, Mr. Wieland was stricken last Thursday, with another attack of pneumonia. Late Friday his condition became so serious that relatives here and in St. Paul were notified. Walter Wieland was then enroute to Madison for the Wisconsin-Minnesota game but on hearing of his fatherís grave condition he, together with Dr. and Mrs. Shillington, immediately left for St. Petersburg. They arrived early Sunday only a few hours after Mr. Wieland succumbed. Besides his widow and son and daughter, Mr. Wieland is survived by a brother, George, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and four sisters, Mrs. F. W. Cole, Albion, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Wolfley, Marion, Ohio; Mrs. George Ashworth, Lansing, Mich., and Mrs. John Humphreys, of Radnor, Ohio, and two grandchildren James Wieland, a student at the University of Minnesota, and Betty Shillington, of St. Paul.
An Active Record
Identified in an extremely active capacity with the development of Brainerd through his aggressive but conservatively conscientious newspaper efforts, Mr. Wieland was formerly a member of the Minnesota State Editorial association, the Brainerd Rotary club and served many years as secretary of the Crow Wing County Historical society in which latter organization he took a great interest for perpetuation of the vivid and interesting history of the community which he saw rise from the bustling lumber camp to its present stage of development. His interest in Brainerd and Crow Wing county is emphasized further in that on November 6th he told friends that in casting his ballot in the election that day it was the 52nd year that he voted and his ballot had never been cast outside of Brainerd. Mr. Wieland was a staunch Republican but his party affiliation never curbed his sincere and honest desire to serve all with an impartial and unbiased view, which firm and integral lives in the spirit of the work that was his lifeís effort.
Born in Ohio
From youth to his death, Mr. Wielandís sole thought was in Brainerd. Coming here January 13, 1882, from Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he was born August 24, 1862, and where he served his apprenticeship as a printer. Mr. Wieland found a fertile field in which to follow his occupation. He took a position on his arrival here on the old Tribune, a daily which later went out of existence. He was but 20 years old but his already mature judgment dictated that the Brainerd field held excellent possibilities. He foresaw the city that is today and, consequently, on April 1, 1882, he stared work on the Brainerd Weekly Dispatch under A. E. Pennell. On August 2, 1883, he purchased the newspaper from Mr. Pennell and took for his partner, the late N. H. Ingersoll.
Daily Started in 1901
As the years passed, Mr. Wieland, in spite of the failure of three other daily newspapers, saw the need in Brainerd. His faith and confidence in this community dictated such a step and consequently, on June 3, 1901 he with Mr. Ingersoll launched the Daily Dispatch. It was a prodigious effort to publish a daily newspaper in those days. Modern machinery as linotypes, web presses, etc. were as yet little known but Mr. Wieland was undaunted and the trials and hardships because of mechanical inability forced him to set all the type by hand and print the paper on a hand fed press. But it was not long before Mr. Wieland demonstrated to the people of the community the worth of a daily newspaper. He gradually acquired machinery and constantly developed the newspaper until his retirement three years ago when he had kept faith with Brainerd erecting a fine edifice for the newspaper and developed the plant into a modern and efficient organization and the newspaper to a dominance that commanded the confidence and respect it now enjoys in the entire community. Mr. Wieland disposed of his newspaper holding in September 1931, but maintained his close association of his lifeís work through his genial and sincere cooperation that was typical of his fine character and sincerity to the community.
An Irreparable Loss— More than a half century of conscientious and meritorious service to this community came to an end with the death of Fred W. Wieland, veteran retired publisher of the Daily Dispatch. The city that was his lifeís work, his undying and first thought, and, to which his every effort was bent, has been deprived of one of its foremost citizens. Truly, it is an irreparable loss. Quiet and conservative but, extremely active in his reticent but nevertheless fruitful execution, Mr. Wieland was responsible to a great degree for the development and, in a measure, the very existence of Brainerd. His name has been synonymous with this communityís enterprise and development for more than 50 years. To Mr. Wieland, this community owes its present high plane of development. His vision and courage of more than 50 years ago was emphasized in the courageous step he took in founding the Daily Dispatch. Its present place in the community stands in monumental reverence to the man who gave this city not only 50 years of continuous service as a publisher who won state-wide renown by his community interest, his civic service and his undying faith in the future of this city. His aggressive steps, traced down through the last half century and dominated by his confidence and faith in the community as far back as 1901 when he launched the Daily Dispatch, are chronicled in almost every progressive and forward movement. Not in works are his deeds and accomplishments told but, in the background as he persisted in his quiet way, his deeds are emblazoned in civic and community achievement. Mr. Wieland disliked the spotlight; he actually shunned it but his hand was felt as a guiding genius in the development of Brainerd through his forward and progressive steps that gave this city a metropolitan air, a broad viewpoint and an expansive and exhaustive record of world happenings in his development of the newspaper that was, until three years ago, and still continued in counsel and advice, and in his very spirit, his lifeís work to the end that his death now comes as an irreparable loss. Truly, a great loss to the community but his farsighted, courageous and enterprising spirit, evidenced in the more than a half century of civic service, will continue to serve in the memory of his accomplishments of life and in reverence in his death. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 November 1934, p. 1, cís. 1-3 and p. 2, cís. 2-3) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS] [Contributed by A. Nelson]