1897 settled in Denver, Colorado, where she joined the staff of Harry H. Tammen and Frederick G. Bonfils's boisterous Denver Post.
Bonfils wrote for William Randolph Hearst's news syndicate writing as Winifred Black, and for the San Francisco Examiner as Annie Laurie. She was one of the most prominent "sob sisters", a label given female reporters who wrote human interest stories. Her first husband was Orlow Black, and her second was publisher Charles Bonfils.
Tuesday, May 26, 1936
Paper: Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Mrs Winifred Bonfils Known to Thousands of Newspaper Readers
San Francisco, May 25
Mrs Winifred Black Bonfils, known to hundreds of thousands of newspaper readers as "Winifred Black" and "Annie Laurie," beloved columinist, died today at her home in San Francisco.
Mrs. Bonfils had been ill for several months, although she kept on writing her daily newspaper articles-articles to which her tremendous public turned every morning for a thought with which to start the day.
Seventy-three years old when she died. Mrs Bonfils had lived and worked in many cities in all parts of the country during her years of newspaper work.
Mrs Bonfils is survived by a daughter, Mrs Winifred Barker of San Francisco, and by her husband, Charles A Bonfils, Bonfils was a brother of Fred Bonfils famous Denver newspaper publisher.
She was born in Chilton, Wisc., the daughter of General Benjamin J Sweet, and spent her early years in Chicago, New York, Washington, and in Massachusetts. She came of newspaper stock. Alexander Sweet of "Texas Siftings," was her first cousin, and Harold Frederick, famous London correspondent, and Fannie Forrester, one of the earliest newspaper women in America, were her second cousins.
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 1936
Paper: Morning Star (Rockford, IL)
wrote one book "The Little Boy Who Lived On the Hill" a tribute to her son, later drowned at Carmel in 1926
Date: Friday, May 29, 1936
Paper: San Diego Union (San Diego, CA)
'Annie Laurie' Rites Held
San Francisco, May 28 Final services for Mrs Winifred Bonfils ("Annie Laurie") through her newspaper writings, were held at St. Mary's Catholic cathedral here today. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi and other city officials were among the mourners.
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 1936
Paper: Register-Republic (Rockford, IL)
She married Orlow Black, a newspaperman in 1892 and after his death married Charles A. Bonfils of Denver, who survives her.∼"ANNIE LAURIE" DIES
SAN FRANCISCO, May 26. -
Newspaper workers of the west coast today mourned Mrs. W.B. Bonfils, 73, known to readers of the W.R. Hearst chain as "Annie Laurie," and "Winifred Black" who died at her San Francisco marine home after a long illness.
The Yuma Daily Sun and The Yuma Arizona Sentinel; Yuma, Arizona.
May 26, 1936; Page One.
Buried in Section K, Row 14, Area 8, Plot 3, Graves 6/7 are:
Jeffrey Black (b 2/5/1892 in SF, d 6/19/1926 in Carmel, Monterey County, CA, buried 6/21/1926)
Eugene J Bonfils (Middle initial is listed as J on basic cemetery records and CADI, so he may have had two middle names, and this is Eugene Napoleon, son of Charles and Winifred, b 1/1908, d 2/19/1917 in SF County, CA, buried 2/21/1917, no inscription)
Martha Winifred B Bonfils (she's listed as Winifred B on basic cemetery records, b 10/14/1863 in Chilton, Calumet County, WI, d 5/25/1936 in SF, buried 5/28/1936)
Charles Alden Bonfils
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