Percy R. Trubshaw

Percy R. Trubshaw, editor and proprietor of the "Griggs Courier," and the efficient postmaster of Cooperstown, North Dakota, is a gentle man of ability as a newspaper man, and a citizen of worth. He was born in the world's greatest metropolis, London, England, December 3. 1864.

The father of our subject, John J. Trubshaw, was also born in England, and was a civil engineer in his native country. He was very proficient in railroad construction, and was employed in that capacity in France about eight years. He is at present engaged in rice farming near Jennings, Louisiana. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Rose Howard, and she died when our subject was a small boy. The father afterward married Elizabeth E. Phillips.

Our subject resided in the north of England for a number of years and became an apprentice in the office of the "Cannock Advocate," and remained there four years. He emigrated to America in 1881, and went direct to Jamestown, North Dakota, arriving there September 21. He secured a position on the "Alert," and later worked on the "Capital," and subsequently worked on different papers throughout the state. He became manager of the Neew Rockford "Transcript" in 1885, and acted in that capacity for some time, and in the fall of 1886 went to Cooperstown and worked on the "Courier," and May 11, 1888, purchased the plant, since which time he has been editor and proprietor of the paper. He has met with success in his calling and the paper is widely circulated, and is considered one of the bright exchanges of the newspaper world of North Dakota. Our subject was appointed postmaster of Cooperstown in 1897, by President McKinley, and is now acting in that capacity.

Our subject was married August 1, 1888, to Miss A. E. Haskell, a daughter of Captain A. Haskell, who resides northwest of Cooperstown on a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Trubshaw are the parents of one child, Maud A. Mr. Trubshaw has served as justice of the peace in Cooperstown, and has also been a member of the school board. He is a man of intelligence and earnest in his labors for the welfare of his community, but his duties as editor and postmaster claim the greater part of his attention, and he cannot devote time to public affairs. Politically he is a staunch Republican. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Modern Woodmen of America.

Source:  Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota 1900 Page 333

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