January marked the 130th birthday of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, first published on Jan. 10, 1883.
I was delighted to discover that one of my most favorite papers enjoyed a long and distinguished history. I became interested in the history of The Gazette as it was mentioned in Lindbergh’s memoirs, “The Wartime Journals of Charles Lindbergh,” which I am reading.
I discovered that Verne Marshall, who worked at The Gazette from 1919-41, was a powerhouse on the American political scene. He had won the Pulitzer Prize in 1936 for his investigative reporting on political corruption in the U.S. caused by liquor interests.
Most interesting was that Marshall served in World War I as an ambulance driver in France in 1916 on the Verdun front, opposite Cpl. Adolf Hitler, who was serving as a message dispatcher for the German Army on the same front.
In 1940, Marshall was recruited by Lindbergh to head the “No Foreign War Committee.” He stepped down as editor of The Gazette to devote his full time to advancing the agenda of the committee. During the 1940 Republican National Convention, Marshall nominated fellow Iowan, Hanford MacNider, for the presidency.
I applaud The Gazette for its enduring history and glorious legacy.