W.F. Herman

Newspaper editor, journalist, publisher

Wilberforce Herman was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the early 1870’s (no record gives his exact date of birth). As a young boy he began working in the publishing industry, working for the Bridgewater weekly paper. Herman moved to Boston in the late 1890’s seeking work. There he met Miss Adie Knox whom he would marry on February 22, 1896. Together they would have a daughter named Ruth, born in March of 1897. The Hermans moved back to Canada in 1911, settling in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For a short time in 1911, Herman owned the Prince Albert Herald, which he switched from a weekly to a daily newspaper, and then sold back to its original owners. Soon after he began working at a local newspaper, the Saskatoon Phoenix. In 1912, Herman bought the newspaper and changed its name to The Saskatoon Star. In 1918, W.F. Herman relocated to Windsor to purchase the city’s local paper, The Record, and changed its name to The Border City Star. In 1935, Herman would change the name of the paper once again to The Windsor Star, after the amalgamation of Windsor, Walkerville, Sandwich and East Windsor. In his life Herman demonstrated a keen interest in education. It was in recognition of his lifelong interest in education that on November 10, 1958 the Windsor Board of Education officially opened W.F. Herman Collegiate Institute (now renamed W.F. Herman Secondary School). Herman died in Los Angeles on January 15, 1938. The day he died his own newspaper supplied the epitaph: “He never sought personal glory and he disliked ostentation. His tastes were simple and his manner of living plain. He wanted to be a good citizen and a good newspaperman. He was both.”

Timeline:

– Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in the early 1870’s.
– Moved to Boston in the late 1890’s.
– Married Miss Adie Knox February 22, 1896.
– Daughter Ruth was born in March of 1897.
– In 1912 purchased the Saskatoon Phoenix and renamed it The Saskatoon Star.
– In 1918 bought The Record, changing its name to The Border City Star.
– In 1935 renamed The Border City Star to The Windsor Star.
– Died in Los Angeles on January 15, 1938.
– W.F. Herman Secondary School opened on November 10, 1958.

Sources:

W.F. Herman History,”W.F. Herman Secondary School website. Accessed Dec. 14, 2015.

W. F. Herman, Editor of the Windsor Star,” New York Times (Jan. 17, 1938). ”

Wilberforce Herman in the Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915.” Ancestry.com. Accessed Dec. 14, 2015.

Wilber F Herman in the 1900 United States Federal Census.” Ancestry.com. Accessed Dec. 14, 2015.

Ruth G Herman in the 1900 United States Federal Census.” Ancestry.com. Accessed Dec. 14, 2015.