The Ottaway Newspaper Empire
I've always figured that if we put out a good editorial product, the business end will take care of itself.
JAMES H. OTTAWAY, SR.
JAMES H. OTTAWAY, SR., the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., is a tall, slender, extremely personable man. He was born in St. Clair, Michigan, on July 8, 1911, and spent his childhood years in Port Huron. The son of Elmer Ottaway, a cofounder of the Port Huron Times-Herald, Ottaway attended the University of Michigan and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in journalism and edited the school newspaper, the Sandspur.
There he met Ruth Hart, who was one of two women on the Sandspur's staff. Ruth and her fellow coed had written an article on the female students' perception of the college. Ottaway accepted it for publication and then discovered that the reporters had not interviewed any women, as the article stated, but had, in fact, made up the whole story.
"Well," said Ottaway, "the paper has gone to press. We'll have to pull it out and print a new issue. I hope you two girls have enough money to pay for it." Fortunately, they did.
In spite of its unpromising beginning Ruth Hart and Jim Ottaway continued to work together on the Sandspur. Their relationship grew