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October 8, 1992


A Kansan who rose from the rank of printer's devil to publisher will be honored Saturday during Editor's Day festivities at Kansas University.

Warren W. "Jiggs" Morford was selected as the 82nd member of the Hall of Fame by members of the Kansas Press Assn. Morford, publisher of the weekly Sharon Springs Western Times, died April 30, 1989. He was 72.

Mike Kautsch, dean of KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will deliver the induction address.

Morford was born May 14, 1916, at Lenora. While in high school, he became a printer's "devil," a term given to apprentice printers who worked in the hot, dirty print shops of newspapers of the day. Later, Morford became editor of the paper where he had begun work. Eventually he held positions at the Norton County (Colo.) Champion and the Pryor (Okla.) Daily Times before buying the Sharon Springs newspaper in 1958.

In 1959, Morford and his wife, Ruth, moved to Sharon Springs, where she continues to live.

Besides his publishing endeavors, Morford was mayor of Sharon Springs for 18 years. In 1978 he won the Boyd Community Service Award, presented annually to the Kansas newspaper man or woman who has led community development efforts. Morford was a member of the Kansas Press Assn. board of directors and was elected KPA president in 1984.

The induction of a Kansas editor is a traditional part of Editor's Day activities.

This is the third year of an agreement between KU and Kansas State University to alternate playing host to the annual event.

Last year, longtime KU journalism professor and newspaper consultant John B. Bremner was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1990, McDill "Huck" Boyd, who was publisher of the Phillips County Review, was inducted.

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