Former Ketchikan publisher dies at 95

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

KETCHIKAN - Paul S. "Bud" Charles, former owner and publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News, has died. He was 95.

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Charles died Dec. 13 in Ketchikan, according to the paper.

Charles took over as publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News in 1959 after his father died. His wife, Mary Patricia, was co-publisher and editor.

"Publishing a small daily paper meant that Bud and Pat worked in every phase of the printing trade from writing and reporting to operating the equipment," his family wrote.

In 1926, Charles dropped out of school to work as a Linotype editor at the Ketchikan Alaska Chronicle after his father, Sid, was injured in an explosion aboard his boat. Sid Charles was the paper's editor.

Paul Charles later left the Chronicle and became partner in the Alaska Fishing News with his father, who had owned the newspaper since 1934.

The Charleses expanded the newspaper in 1945 and changed the paper's name to the Ketchikan Daily News in 1947. The Charleses sold the Ketchikan Daily News to Lew and Dorothy Williams in 1976.

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