|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1898|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1977|
Newpaper Publisher. Known through her life by her middle name Louise, she was the only daughter and first born of Frank Henry Fey. and his wife Mary Hoge Ridgway.
During her childhood in Morris, she was raised as part of a prestigious family, both her grandfathers being prominent citizens.
At eighteen, she left her home to attend Belloit College in Northern Illinois. While there she met her future husband William F. Huffman. They became engaged, but World War I interferred. He went to War, and she returned to Morris to assist in homefront efforts to support the troops.
When he returned, her fiance was offered an opportunity to start a business in Central Wisconsin. He purchased the floundering Grand Rapids Tribune in the newly created town of Wisconsin Rapids and turned it into the Daily Tribune. After their marriage in 1921, she moved with him there and started a family. They would eventually have two children, William Fey and Mary Louise.
Over the years, Mrs. Huffman became a pillar of the community. She was involved in several organizations, in particular the DAR.
Mrs. Huffman enjoyed the Literary Arts. She led discussions at literary societies and assisted her husband with copy and ideas for the Newswpaper.
She was a great support to him both with his work and with his physical health which was compromised by diabetes. They had only been married 28 years at the time of his death.
After Huffman died, she and her son took over the management of the paper. She kept his dream alive by assisting her son to maintain the standards set by her husband, and the paper continued to enjoy prosperity.
During the 50's, Mrs. Huffman made a decision to travel, and over the next twenty-five years, she enjoyed trips around the globe. She visited England where she saw Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh perform. She visited Egypt where she explored the Sahara Desert on a camel. She visited the Far East where she rode on a sampan and tasted authentic Chinese food in Hong Kong. The fruits of her travels were a vast collection of professional quality images that documented the sights she witnessed. Rather than just ordinary trip photos, Mrs. Huffman took shots that could have graced magazines or travel books.
In later part of 1976, Mrs. Huffman embarked on a world cruise on a new ship, the QE II. She traveled for several months, and the trip was possibly too much for her. She suffered a stoke the following summer and later died as a result. Following her death, her son ran the paper for another few years then eventually sold it to Gannett Publishing.
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Frank Henry Fey (1873 - 1951)
Mary Hoge Ridgway Fey (1876 - 1961)
William Ferdinand Huffman (1895 - 1949)*
William Fey Huffman (1924 - 2008)*
Forest Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 137
Created by: Catharine
Record added: May 03, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10910251