June 15, 1950
Clay County Democrat
Editor, J.R. Herrick
This is the second issue of The Clay County Democrat under our direction and with it we should like to make a few observations which we hope will show the intentions we hope to realize.
The new publisher hopes to become the old publisher in this community. This is a two-sided proposition but from brief observation it seems to us that Rector and Clay County have set a pace which we will find keeping us busy. There has never been, to our mind, a community more friendly and helpful to a newcomer than this one.
In turn we know that the relations of a small town publisher with his readers are intimate and personal. We hope to keep them kindly and just. The Democrat is what might be known as a somewhat conservative paper if by that it is understood that we are not out for scandal and whispering.,
It is our intention to present the news factually and accurately and, in our editorial columns, as well as in the news, to support the best for and the best in Rector. We promise our cooperation in all good things for the community.
In the meantime the working force of the Democrat, which will remain unchanged, and the new publisher will continue to rustle news, advertising circulation and job work.
We want your news and we want your business. We will do our best to merit both.
James R. Herrick took charge of the Clay County Democrat on June 1, 1950, from former editor, Neil Clark. Mr. Herrick was a native of Kansas but had lived in several states and in Europe during his career in public relations work, foreign service work with the Associated Press, as well as editor of other town newspapers.
Your writer believes that Herrick and his wife and young daughter moved to Rector from Lexington, Kentucky. I have not been able to find his wife or daughter's first names, so hopefully, our readers will be able to help. Editor Herrick died in 1952, but I could not find any further details surrounding his death, not even an obituary in his newspaper! He possibly was buried in Kentucky or maybe Kansas? His wife continued operating the Democrat until she was able to sell the paper to Wendell and Betty Crow in August of 1954.
The Herrick family's time in Rector was very short, so more information is needed.