The roll top desk, telephone and typewriter now housed at the Phillips County Museum were once an integral part of the work done by former Enterprise publisher Max Starbuck. — Johnson Publications
Pieces of local newspaper history at home in Phillips County Museum
Forty years after his retirement from the newspaper business, Max Starbuck’s contributions are still remembered, and his legacy is now immortalized at the Phillips County Museum. For over 30 years, Starbuck owned The Holyoke Enterprise, and he worked there over 50. This year, his roll top desk, typewriter and telephone were added to the museum’s collection.
Starbuck’s daughter Wanda Janik, who lives in Lyons, first contacted the historical society to see if they would be interested in some of her father’s former work items. The historical society, of course, saw the value in a local piece of history and made arrangements. Janik, representing her sister Pat Altstadt of Omaha, Nebraska, as well, took the desk, phone and typewriter to the museum to make the donation.
Also included was a framed portrait of Starbuck. Together, the pieces are a tribute to historic print media, currently located directly inside the front door of the museum.
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