Mason, William E.

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Mason, William E.

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      • Mason, William Edger
      • Mason, William Edge
      • Mason, W. E.
      • Mason, Bill
      • W. E. Mason
      • Bill Mason
      • William Edge Mason
      • William Edger Mason

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      William E. Mason was born March 2, 1882 in Walkerton, Ontario to David Mason (a carpenter) and Mary Lindsay Mason. Mason was registered under the name William Edgar Mason on his birth certificate but his death record, obituary and grave marker record his name as William Edge Mason. The eldest of six children, Mason began a three-year apprenticeship with the Walkerton Telescope. First as a printer’s devil for the newspaper and, by 1900, as a journeyman printer.

      On October 31, 1906, Mason married Alice Maud Tinlin (1877-1945) in St. Catharines, Ontario. The couple met when they were both working for McLaren’s Limited, a dry goods business in St. Catharines. Mason was employed at the company as the advertising manager. At the time of the wedding, Mason was working as a real estate agent in St. Catharines.

      The Masons moved to Toronto, Ontario and William E. Mason worked for the newspaper, Toronto Saturday Night as an assistant foreman.

      On November 7, 1907, the Masons moved to Sudbury, Ontario. William E. Mason worked as a printer for Sudbury Mining News. He became the printing foreman in the mechanical department for the new newspaper, the Daily Northern Star (later known as the Sudbury Star), which published its first issue on January 11, 1909. After the newspaper suffered financial difficulties, Mason acquired local business investments for the newspaper and became the manager and owner a short time later.

      In 1927, Mason acquired the North Bay Nugget. He also started CKSO radio in Sudbury, with the first broadcast from the radio station airing on August 19, 1935.

      William E. Mason passed away on June 22, 1948.


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          In regard to his name, William E. Mason's father, David Mason, provided the information for his birth certificate and William Mason's brother, George Mason, was the informant for his death certificate. W.E. Mason normally used either his first and middle initials or his first name and middle initial, not his full name when writing his own name. As for his date of birth, his birth record states he was born on March 2, 1882 while his death record states he was born March 4, 1882.

          "Married," St. Catharines Standard, November 1, 1906, p. 3
          “Publisher Freed on Arson Charge – W.E. Mason Acquitted of Setting Fire to Sudbury Plant,” The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec) June 13, 1932, p. 8
          “Obituaries – David Mason,” The Globe, June 18, 1936, p. 10
          “Mrs. W.E. Mason Dies,” Ottawa Citizen, January 8, 1945, p. 5
          “W.E. Mason, 66, Dies; Northland Champion,” Sudbury Star, June 22, 1948, p. 1 & 3
          “Pay Tribute to Late Publisher for His Good Works,” Sudbury Star, November 18, 1952, p. 3
          Oiva W. Saarinen, “William Edge Mason – Newspaper Mogul (1882-1948),” From Meteorite Impact to Constellation City: A Historical Geography of Greater Sudbury, (Wilfrid Laurier University Press: Waterloo, Ontario), 2013, pp. 86-87

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