JOHN H. BROAD, editor and proprietor of the Madison County
Leader, was born at Lee Centre, Oneida County, January 14, 1871, of English parents, and, when a small boy, removed with his parents to Morrisville. Until he was thirteen years old he attended the union schools, but left school with only a partial education, and entered the office of the
Madison Observer, one of the oldest weeklies published in the State, to learn the printer's art. During the two and a half years he was engaged on this paper he received most of his education, and during the two subsequent years was engaged in the composing-room of the
Oneida Post, whence he went to New York, and accepted a position in the composing-room of the
New York Ledger. In the fall of 1890, with the portion of his earnings that he had saved, he purchased a one-fourth interest in the
Madison County Leader, published at Morrisville by Stillman & Nash, he at that time being nineteen years of age. As soon as he became a member of the firm he took entire charge of the news and editorial columns, the firm being known as Stillman, Nash & Broad.
The Leader was established as a Republican journal by Frank Spooner and W. E. Stillman in June, 1885; and from the start it grew in popularity, and its subscription increased until it reached two thousand five hundred within the first year. About one year later Mr. Spooner withdrew from the firm; and the paper was continued by Mr. Stillman until the latter received an appointment in the Sub-treasury at New York in 1890, at which time he sold a one-half interest to F. W. Nash, who conducted the paper until Mr. Broad purchased an interest. From mismanagement and from numerous changes of proprietorship the paper had lost much of its former prestige, and its business had greatly diminished. During the next year Mr. Broad purchased the interests of Stillman & Nash, thus becoming sole proprietor. By hard work and strict attention to his duties as editor and general business manager he restored the paper to its old position in the estimation of the public; and it is now one of the best weeklies in the State, and is as influential a country newspaper as can be found in Central New York. He has improved the office, and has added to its mechanical efficiency, until it is now a model country printing-office. The machinery is run by steam power, and the job presses and news press are of the latest improved style.
Mr. Broad is a practical printer, and is as much at home at the composing-rack or at the press as in the editor's chair. He occupies a leading position among the influential men
of his town, and in his capacity as editor has an opportunity to lend his aid to all good influences and to all projects having for their aim the moral and physical betterment of the community in which he lives. That he is well qualified to fill his responsible position is attested by his past record; and all may well hope that the promise of his youth will be fulfilled by a still brighter record in later years. It is with much pleasure that the publishers of this volume find themselves enabled to present to their readers in the accompanying portrait the features of this young and able representative of the editorial and journalistic profession.
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