G. A. Stout is the proprietor and publisher of the Pella Booster, an eight page, all home print weekly paper
which has been instrumental in securing many needed improvements in the city and county. He was born in Illinois
on the 24th of April, 1868, a son of J. S. and Esther (Smith) Stout. The father was engaged in lead and zinc mining.
Mr. Stout of this review was given excellent educational opportunities, as, after graduating from the public schools,
he completed a business course in the Penn College of Springfield, Missouri, being a member of the class of 1883.
Upon leaving school he learned the printer's trade and for eighteen months was reporter upon the Globe-Democrat
of St. Louis. He later turned his attention to job printing and learned that business thoroughly, working for twenty
one months in some of the large print shops of St. Louis. In 1891 he established the Independent, a weekly paper
published at Rossville, Illinois, and joined the fight on Joseph Cannon in 1892 when that redoubtable leader went
down in defeat. In 1892 he sold that paper and came to Pella, where for several years he engaged in job printing.
In the same year he founded the Pella Advertiser. but after publishing it for some time sold it to A. P. Heald.
On account of his health Mr. Stout gave up the printing and newspaper business for a time and returned to Illinois,
but after a few months came again to Pella. He again entered the job printing business and bought Pella's Weekblad
and Blade of H. Neyenesch and consolidated it with the Advertiser under the name of the Pella Chronicle. Mr. Stout
in time disposed of this paper also and for a while traveled upon the road and also worked in Des Moines for a
short time. In 19o5 he again located at Pella, established a printing office and founded the Pella Booster. He
still owns and publishes this paper, which is a weekly and which has a large circulation, its subscribers numbering
at present fourteen hundred and fifty. It is in the main independent in political matters but has democratic leanings.
It started as a four page paper, but now has eight pages, six columns to the page, and is all home print, which
is rather unusual among the weekly papers in the smaller cities. In January, 1914, new and thoroughly modern equipment
was installed, including unitype machines. Mr. Stout's thorough knowledge of the mechanical and technical side
of printing insures the paper's typographical excellence and its editorial and news columns have attained an equally
high standard. He is an editorial writer of force and lucidity and his leading articles are worthy of careful reading
and thought. He has the journalistic sense highly developed and can gauge accurately the amount of space to which
a news story is entitled. In the make up of his paper he maintains a wise balance between local and general news
and, as he exercises great care in determining the truth or falsity of accounts of happenings and places great
stress upon accuracy, his paper ranks as one of the best weekly publications in this section of the state.
In 1894 Mr. Stout was united in marriage to Miss Marie Lankelma, of Pella, a daughter of Peter C. and Anna Lankelma,
who in 1856 settled in this city. The father was for many years in the hardware business but during his last years
lived retired. He died on the t6th of July, 1914, having survived his wife since 1908.
Mr. Stout is a democrat in politics and has served upon the county democratic central committee. He has always
been an active worker for the betterment of the city and did valuable service in arousing public sentiment in favor
of a municipal light and water plant. Fraternally he belongs to the Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of
the World and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is charter member of the local lodge of the last named fraternity.
As a private citizen and especially as the editor of the Pella Booster he exercises a strong influence in the affairs
of the city and county and this power is always used for the general good. His public spirit and his integrity
have gained him the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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