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Charles Kelly Bassett

Male 1859 -

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  • Name Charles Kelly Bassett 
    Born 25 Feb 1859  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • See census and sketches to follow.

      1880 Federal Census of Plymouth, Hancock County, Illinois
      Charles Bassett 21 M IL -- -- Other Printer
      Living with the Jacob Cutwright Family

      1900 Federal Census of Valley City Twp., Barnes County, ND (3 Jun 1900)
      Charles K. Bassett 41 M Feb 1859 IL NY OH Head Editor
      Laura 38 F Jul 1861 IL IL KY Wife
      Ray W. 16 M May 1884 ND IL IL Son At school
      Vera 11 F Dec 1888 ND IL IL Daughter At school
      (Married 20 years, 4 children, 2 living)

      1910 Federal Census of Hyannis, Grant County, Nebraska (23 Apr 1910)
      Charles K. Bassett 51 M IL NY OH Head Editor Newspaper
      Birdie B. 32 F WI WI MN Wife
      Emma H. Smith (Div) 53 F MN PA PA MotherL Milliner Shop
      Millard M.E. 9 M ND IL MN SonL Line man railroad
      (His 2nd marriage, married 4 years, no children)

      1920 Federal Census of Hyannis, Grant County, Nebraska (2 Jan 1920)
      Charles K. Bassett 60 M IL NY OH Head Editor Newspaper
      Birdie B. 41 F WI WI MN Wife

      Bismarck Tribune, December 17, 1900
      Bassett In The Ostrich Business

      Sheldon Progress Editor Bassett will establish an ostrich ranch at Valley City. The raising of these birds is another industry that has hitherto been much neglected in North Dakota and it is one that can be made very profitable. The meat is far superior to the best porterhouse steak and one egg will make an omelet sufficient for a large family. The rooster bird is very muscular and when hitched to a small treadpower can be utilized to saw wood, run a printing press and do chores around the house and barn. Under the saddle the ostrich has a smooth gait which contrasts favorably with the jolting motive of the native oroncho. The digestive powers of this bird are proverbial. It will thrive on a diet of oyster shells, old Monogram bottles, etc., where anything else will starve. At the head of his herd Mr. Bassett has a registered rooster from the Khedive’s stud at Cairo.

      Charles K. Bassett from 1878 History

      Bassett, Charles K.

      He is the editor of the Abingdon Register, and was born in that city 25 Feb 1859, the son of George and Nancy (Wilson) Bassett, the former a native of NY and the latter of Ohio. Charles spent six years in the common schools of Abingdon and then commenced the printing business, issuing a timy amateur paper. For his journalistic career we refer to sketch of his paper in this book.

      Charles Kelly Bassett: Editor & Publisher: b. Abingdon, Ill Feb 24, 1859; s of George Bassett-Nancy Wilson; ed Abingdon Ill; m Birdie White July 1, 1905 La Moure N D; 1871-74 lic to distribute bills & advertising in Abingdon Ill; 1874 with money earned by distributing bills, pur equipment & estab amateur sch paper, later worked in newspaper off until 1877; 1877-80 owner & publisher newspaper Abingdon Ill, sold paper & moved to Plymouth Ill; 1880 estab Plymouth Phonograph, sold paper, moved to Valley City N D 1883, estab & opr Valley City Alliance until 1905; 1905-08 editor & mgr Borken Bow Republican; 1908-37 owner, editor & publisher Hyannis Tribune, leased paper in 1937 after 60 years service as editor & publisher; NPA; Natl Edit Assn; AF&AM 234, Scot Rite, Tangier Shrine; hobbies, travel, fishing, hunting; res Hyannis.


      C.K. Bassett who has the unusual record of owning and editing a newspaper for sixty years, bought the Grant County, Tribune in 1905 and still owns the paper, although he has leased it the past three years. When he first bought the paper here the government was giving away forest reserve land around Hyannis. He said, "My wife and I ran the Tribune as a daily for three weeks then in order to have room to list the pieces of land chosen by the new migration of homesteaders in the land drawings."

      History of the Grant County Newspaper

      On July 9, 1908, Charles K. Bassett came to Hyannis from the Custer County Republic and with thirty years of experience took over the Grant County Tribune. He was to remain in charge until July, 1919, when Ora G. Frazine leased the paper for one year, planning to buy at the end of that time. In January, 1920, however, Mr. Frazine elected to move to Wyoming to homestead and became editor of the paper there, so Charles Bassett returned as publisher until April 28, 1937.

      Nebraska, The Land and the People, Vol. 2

      Charles K. Bassett, owner of a 1280-acre ranch near Hyannis, and owner and editor of the Grant County Tribune of Hyannis, is one of the outstanding figures in this region, and one noted for his courageous stand on public matters, and his forceful editorials which are widely read over a wide territory. He was born at Abingdon, Illinois, February 24, 1859, a son of George and Nancy (Wilson) Bassett, grandson of John Bassett, and great-grandson of Jonathan Bassett and his wife, Amie (Finch) Bassett, the latter of whom was born in 1761. John Bassett was born in 1779, and in 1801 he married Sabia Willer, who was born in 1782. The maternal great-grandfather, Alexander Wilson, was born in Ireland, and his son, Adam, who was born in 1758, married Sarah Robinson, born in 1768, and their son, Aaron, married Esther Beard, born in 1793, and their daughter was Nancy Wilson, mother of Mr. Bassett of this review.

      Following his completion of the courses in the public schools of Abingdon, Illinois, Charles K. Bassett began learning the printer's trade, thus following out his own inclinations, although at that time he was only fourteen years old, and during his first year printed the smallest newspaper ever issued, 4x7, called the Amateur News. This first attempt attracted much favorable attention, and the little newspaper grew under his personal attention until it became a full column paper, and in 1877 became the Abingdon Register. After conducting the Register for three years Mr. Bassett sold it and went to Plymouth, Illinois, where he founded the Plymouth Phonograph, and edited it for three years and nine months. At the end of that period he moved his entire plant to Valley City, North Dakota, arriving there in 1883, and at that time he established the Valley City Alliance. For the subsequent twenty-two years he continued to edit this paper, and during that time he made it the leading weekly newspaper in the state, and became himself known all over North Dakota. Affectionately styled “Old Man” Bassett, he became the “power behind the throne,” and was very active in politics, at one time naming the candidate for governor. Aside from serving as chief of the Valley City fire department for four years, he never held office, preferring to work as a private citizen. A friend of education, he gave the school board his strong support, and worked with it. Finally selling his newspaper, he traveled for a time, and then, in December, 1905, located at Broken Bow, Nebraska, and for two years had charge of the Custer County Republican, owned by D. M. Amsburry. While there he purchased the Grant County Tribune, and, coming to Hyannis in 1908, has since edited and published this strong newspaper. Few men stand as high in newspaper circles as does Mr. Bassett, and his support of the highest principles of his calling brings forth deep appreciation from all classes the country over.

      In July, 1905, Mr. Bassett married at La Moure, North Dakota, Miss Bertie B. White, a daughter of Roy and Emma White, the latter of whom died at Hyannis in 1920. Mr. White died when Mrs. Bassett, the only child, was two years old. He had gone to Oregon, and there contracted quick consumption, and did not recover. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett have no children. He is a thirty-second degree and Shriner Mason, and belongs to all branches of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Uniformed Rank of the same order, the Ancient Order
    Person ID I00105  56B Jonathan Bassett of New York
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2012 

    Father George Bassett,   b. 06 Jan 1808, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1887, Abingdon, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Nancy Wilson,   b. Abt 1818, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1906, Abingdon, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 07 Sep 1837  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Laura A Whitsin 
    Married 23 Sep 1880 
    +1. Ray Wilson Bassett,   b. 31 May 1883 (CDI), North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1951 (CDI), Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Vera Bassett,   b. 10 Dec 1888, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1981, Duarte, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Family ID F00051  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Birdie White 
    Family ID F00113  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart