He was one of Missouri’s most respected newspapermen. He once wrote, “Those newspapers in the country that are conducted with enterprise, spirit and industry-that are alive (not dead) to the news and interest of the respective localities-that are just, but fearless, respectful but outspoken, promoting and conserving the best interest of the community where published – that, in short, have brains and use them vigorously, hands and employ them constantly, will become a power no monopoly can destroy.” But William F. Switzler was more than a newspaperman. He was, among other things, a member of the legislature, a humanitarian and the author of one of our state’s most important history books.

AOWM – March 16