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v* The Wonderful Growth of a Business Estab A little over five years ago E. M. Barker and A. I). Granger determined Ui venture into the printing business in this city, rented a small room in the Mellette block, and made arrange ments to purchase their outfit. Mr. Barker had a capital of $38 cash and a good supply of nerve, and Mr. Gran ger was possessed of about the same assets, only l.e was somewhat lacking in nerve. The partnership continued for a few months, when Mr. Barker hot out his partner's share in the enterprise, and from that time on has be« solo proprietor of the business. His partnership experiences were not of the pleasantest, for Mr. Granger was not possessed of that spirit of go which was so characteristic of his energetic partner, and the two did not pull equally in harness. Mr. Barker tells the story of these early days in his own way: "We started about five years ago in a little room upstairs In the rear of the Mellette block. The room was so small that we had to go into the hall to turn around. When our friends first came to look for us they had to strike a match before they could dis cover our whereabouts. But once they struck us, they stuck thru thick and thin, and even now the floor is worn from the constant track age from, the top of the stairs to the little door behind which was the press rooms, job printing department and editorial rooms of the 'Saturday Shopper.' "I shall never forget the day we ordered our outfit. We had written to Chicago to a type foundry to send a man out to Watertown as we want ed to buy an outfit. The man arrived in a few days and hunted us up. We did not spend much time in ordering the necessary paraphernalia. After the type foundry man had the order all booked he said, 'Now, what terms do you want?' We said we wanted to purchase the plant on long, lean and easy pay ments. 'You will have to pay at least half cash,' said tl-e foundryman. '"Well," said I, with a far-away look in my eye, 'that settles the business between ua. We have Just Money lished a Little Over Five Years ago by a Man with Nothing but his Two Hands and an Abundant Amount of Nerve as his only Assets. It is now one of the Best and Most Modern Equipped Printing Plants in the state. No Man has Ever Backed the Proprietor of this Paper for One Penny Directly or Indirectly. (By A. E. Pioroy. Associate Editor) From almost nothing (o a first-j class priuting shop and a weekly newspaper with as large a circulation as any in the slate, in five years.! That's Barker's story. It reads like! a romance, but it is tree, every word of it. enough between us to pay one month's rent of $4.»0 and the freight on the cutfit. and you will have to do better than that.' Our rules.' said the typeman, 'will not permit us to sell any one just starting in business any material un less we can gt half rash down and a mortgage on the material for the balance.' 'Now, I will tell you what I will do with you,' said 1. 'You take a little walk around town and inquire at. the banks ami stores about me and come back, as I want to see how many friends I have in Watertown.' "He went out and after making sev eral inquiries at the banks and var ious other places, he returned. He said: 'They all speak well of you, Bar ker. They told me at the banks tliat you were a poor devil and did not have anything, but that they tliot you were honest and would make good if you were given a chance. There is one thing both the banks and all of the business men with whom I talked OLE ON ADVERTISING He Advise^ Everybody to Try the Saturday Shopper for Good Results. Dere McMer IMgiver Shopper— If dar ben anyUng yu laik tu hnv vat yu havvnt gol or anytsag -yu got vat yu dom rant or Mmetan* yu cant get redy of or aoraetanff yu cant find or if yn l»lk tn tell evrf tang yu got or buy e»rit*ng yu havent got or trade auratang fer notang or if 5«. —at to get vat mum body cla doqi vant or vant aom oo«. «lo to hav vat yu got or If yu loet vat yu did hav or found -auratang vat yu doot vant or vant aumtaog yii leant find or it Smoke "CUBANELLA" THE SATURDAY SHOPPER. PUBLISHEO BY E. M. BARKER. THE ONLY EXCLUSIVE JOB PRHtfTER IN WATEATOWN. VOL. 3, NO. 28. WATERTOWN, S. D.. FRIDAY. JULY B, 1901. CIRCULATION 1,210 organ tu trade foi pihnnoa or if yn vant tu trade horse fer hired gurl or if yure baby vant* Caatoria or if yurc knt diddent kom back or if yu got cat-bole fur sail or if uneeda biakct or if yu vant mail help or if yu vant yob or if yu laik tu rent furnished flat or furninh rented flat flat a furnished rent or4f yu lost yurc kow or if yure kow kant find yu or if yu vatit to dye or if yu vaot tu gat married or if yu got sum tang yu vont tu xchangc fer frute stand or flower stand or if yu vood laik tn ioveet'$30/X)0,000 orifyu vant yencral housework or bieickle or soing mash^eo or if yu vant but and gas Bitty Vratcr and seocr or if yu vant poultry ty lay eggfe.or boot tu pall yurc antobcmule or teacher fer pianola or if yu vant banda on »t or gude strong skirt-hand or oneat upright pianno or if yu got laying liens tu sell or vant to hire bricklayer or if yu vant female sit* nation or oil stove orvpntsumbody to vork fer yu or vant yureself tu' vork sotnbody els or if yu vant hunting dog to shoot clieclrena vit or if yu vant vomao to vaah or borders tu eat* ^ust put et in d» &itm-day Shopper en by de jump ing yiroiDlny ef yu dont get rat yu vant tck et out of yu tank bot mm- long yu laik tit forget vy lor yn doot nc«4,et or ef yu got rooms to let upeurea or if yu voot sumbody. tu eat jure bord or if yn vant to get a bord tu est yurcself or if yu Jailc to tsk In vaahing e» go oul or Uk. put rnhing en go in or if jro got Saturday News The Shop that Does Good Printing VOL. 6, NO. 42. WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1908. $1.00 PER YEAR From the Little Acorn the Sturdy OaK Grows with unanimously agreed and that is that you are the best hustler for busi ness that ever struck the state, and upon these reports 1 am going to tele graph the house and see if I can get them to break their iron-clad rule in your case.' "The telegram came back reading, 'O. K. We will try it once.' "In a week or so the outfit arrived. We paid the freight and stood off the drayman. "The press and other material in all amounted to nearly ?500. The notes and mortgages were sent to the Citizens National bank for our sig natures. I shall never forget that sunny September morning as we marched bravely into the bank to sign those notes and mortgages. We both fe'.t a.i tho we were signing our death warrants, nut a pleasant smili' and a few cherry words from Cashier Herb Sheldon had a tendency to lighten our hearts and we went away determined to 'do or die.' The no'es were for $yti each and came due every sixty days. "As the nows came due. we were there 'Johnny-at-the-rat-hole.' and paid them pirmptly." Everything went on swimmingly tor •i time. The business was not enor mous, but it was enuf io pay all ex penses. the mites were pai.l promptly is they fell due, and the prospects 1 o. kt1 very bright for the new enter prise. Then something happened, one of those happenings which if met in the right way, help to build character and create success. Let Mr. Barker tell it in his own way for it concerns him most nearly: "Everything went well for about four months, when my wife was taken seriously ill and had to lie taken to the Watertown hospital. After a careful diagnosis of her case the st anding physician quietly told me that she was in a very .serious condition and that the doctors could do nothing for her, and that there was only one hope to save her life, and that was to have a specialist come from Min neapolis and perform a surgical op eration. 1 asked how much it would cost and the physician said it would cost $150, and that I must have the money ready before he tele graphed for the socialist. My heart sank and I was dazed, as 1 thot of the almost certainty of losing my best friend on earth. But where could I get tho money to try and save the woman who was near and e'ear to me'. I did not have the slightest idea—I had nothing—no money—no property—what would I do? But God seems to provide. I walked into the First National bank and told my little story to President H. D. Walrath. He said: "Never mind, my boy, come in and get what money you need." Tom Dunn met a fellow going thru the alley last Saturday with something under his coat which .bulged ottt quite prominently What's that—a tumor?" said the officer an be gently tapped it wi*.| cane. "No, sir—it's a can-sir," the boboe. Tom investcgated the •fThey were rushing the can.) alley a little further and. found several other boca sccumulsting a Fourth of July jag. Me told them to "hit-the-rosd-a-whelt." They said, they "didu't need the exercise" snd showed fight The officer knocked them down like 'ten pin" and ^wben he got thru bis old hickory canevwaa onjy a few inches long. "Look here, sir," said "Abe" to the Sbopper man the. other day, 1 can stand to be called-moat any thing, but wjieo.you'jsay-In your meaaley old.haod bill teat-] took -lite .* baboon, you will hare to afftrioffise. Yes, sir yon will iiave to spulogiat," The Shopper man— "All right, we will apologise." Abe "Whenr Shopper tnan— "Just-as soon as the RingUng*a get hare and we get a chance (o%ee a a baboo OLK OLBOK. Flrobatl Graphic: The Pierre CspiVit Journal in speaking of Mje arriving of- a party of homesteaders sdys: "Drwens of them are filing st the land office without going out to see the land as they were met by friends who had been out (od made the selections for them." This indicates very clearly the character of the pcoplo who are filing on land west of Pietre. Actual home ataader* do not depend on having •friends" select land for tliem. A." Facsimile of the Original "Saturday Shopper." The hare made another .de» 'posit In the SnMiu sinking forfd. The specialist came, and her life was spared, and in due time the bor rowed money at the bank was paid. I want to state right here that I shall always retain a warm spot in my heart for the kind-hearted president of the First National bank." In a way the starting of the "Sat urday Shopper" was just a happen stance, and like all big things had small beginnings. When Mr. Barker started business, he had no idea of running a paper in connection with it. When he started the "Saturday Shopper" ne had no idea of its ever developing into a newspaper. But the idea once started, grew, and de- MNiTWatkins Will R. Lambert Doane Wood veloped naturally and logically, and i'very step ot the way has been ac complished by hard work and honest efforts, and taking advantage of the various opportunities as they present ed themselves. To Mr. Chas. F. Halb kat is due, to a great extent, the credit for suggesting the idea which afierwards developed into the "Satur day News." Mr. Barker explains the origin of the "Saturday Shopper" as follows: "it will no doubt be interesting to a good many to know just how we happened to start the old Saturday Shopper. This is how it came about: For several months when we first .started in business we did nothing but commercial printing. I took a notion one day that it would be a good scheme to do a little advertis ing to stimulate business in our line. I prepared an ad and went to the Daily Public Opinion to have it in serted. The proprietors refused to accept the ad on the ground that it would conflict with their business. I went back to the office, sat down and lit my pipe, and indulged in a sort of a pipe dream. 1 had a vision. I got up from the chair and made up a little four page "dummy," one that we could print on our job press, and started out to ascertain if I could not get enough pdvertising contracted in it to permit us to print it every week and deliver it free. The idea seemed to take well with the merchants. The first issue contained nothing but ads—no reading matter whatever. One day when I was passing by Halb kat's jewelry store he called me in and said: "Say, why don't you make those ads a litt'e smaller and put a column of reading matter down along the ads." The point v/as well taken and I acted on Mr. Halbkat's suggestion, and it was not long before the "Sat urday Shopper" was the most widely read paper in the city. Elsewhere in this issue will be found a facsim ile of the old "Saturday Shopper"— the only and original." From the little room in the Mellette block, Mr. Barker moved in the year 1904 to the basement room under the Golden Eagle clothing store, which gave him more room, which was ab solutely necessary, as the business had grown to such proportions that the little room in the Mellette block would not accommodate it. In the Mellette block the invitation staring you in the face as you toiled up the long flight of steps was, "Drop up." When the change was made to the Golden Eagle basement, the legend was altered to "Drop down." Here the business grew wonderful ly. Business "dropped down" in large chunks. New machinery was added, and the new quarters became as crowded as the old ones. About this time Mr. Barker bot out the "Hill News," a bright little paper published by Jamie Thomas, a bright and enterprising youngster, a son of our former townsman, W. R. Thomas, Jamie got out a very creditable lit tle paper, having a good circulation, and duly admitted to the maili. Af ter this transaction the name rf the paper was changed to "Shopper News," as a result of the consolida tion with the "Hill News." The paper was now a fully fledged newspaper, and after lots of red tape was duly admitted to the mails. A subscription price of 50 cents per year was charged, which later was raised to $1, and the form of the paper changed to a seven column quarto. Last fall the name of the paper was again changed to "Saturday News," which name it will probably retain Oodlngton County, south Dakota, Today Mr. Barker is located on Mid Way, .the "main artery" of Water town, which has the distinction of be- herewith will give our readers an idea of the completeness and up-to date-ness of 'the plant The plant Includes a two-revolution Scott press, Eclipse folder, power stitcher, cutter, job presses, and all the usual adjuncts of an up-to-date print-shop. We have ordered a Sim plex typesetting machine, which will be installed by May 1, and this will make the snop one of the best equip ped in the state. We will conclude this write-up with a short history sketch of the "main spring" of the enterprise. E. M. Barker, or "Gene," as his friends call him, was born at Owa- Alfred E. Piercy Miss Robertson K. M. Barker Chester Ecker tonna, Minn., on Sept. 30, 18H6, his father being engaged in business at that point. The family moved to this country when E. M. was about five months old, coming in the slow and good old-fashioned way, in a prairie schoon er drawn by an ox team. They lo cated at Vermillion, Mr. Barker, sen ior, taking up a claim about a mile from that place. Here Mr. E. D, Br.rker established the "Vermillion Republican," which paper Is still run ning today, and, by the way. Is one of the best weekly papers in the state. 81TOMT OIHOraiTTCT 8M.TB11IOT. 2 naraby oertlfy that* I ha TO ffowa and that thlG papart ahar&« of th« nailing BOW oooplata ooplaa, 1Z00 of «Moh list of the 0atur|«jr printing ragnlarlj avmrf gaa^ 1576 ara bonlflt* aubaorlbara In patertown Tha balaaoa of "hiob whloh go to othor oountiofc In tha atata and ottalda of tha ptota. State of South Dakota, Ooant? of Codington. the above stetooont le true end oorreot in evory reepoot. for years to come. The history of the business has been one of con stant progress. and evoni to before Be this da/ of .. an4 ara Qln&lf rTsppar, -r being taly sworn depose* thef Botery pub)lo. In 1876 Mr. Barker moved to Yank ton, and bot an interest in the "Yank ton Press and Dakotan." He lived here about four years. Fargo, N. D„ was his next field of operation, and here he again entereJ CORNER ot IMPOSING DEPT. ing the only paved street In the city, into the newspaper business. Prom in a handsoni 1 brick building belong-1 this it will be seen that young K. ing to Mr. hn Keegan of this city. The shop is one of the best equljped in the state, and the views shown was "b0rn prlnt'" 4ar wiLh a was fam11- Printing office from his In- 4'