John Voorhies passes away

Grants Pass, Ore. — Many in Southern Oregon are remembering a pioneer in the newspaper business.

The Daily Courier reports John Voorhies, the owner of the Grants Pass Daily Courier for the past 45 years, is dead at the age of 90.

He died on the morning of October 24th, 2016.

His wife Sylvia says Voorhies worked in just about every capacity at the paper, from delivering newspapers at age 11, to selling ad space, to becoming the publisher.

1031-voorhies-smullinIn an old photo you can see John Voorhies’ grandfather Amos Voorhies on the left who founded the Grants Pass Daily Courier with the late William B. Smullin on the right who founded KOBI.

The photo shows the two partnering to found KAGI Radio in Grants Pass in the 1930’s on a simple handshake.

While Voorhies owned the Daily Courier for 45 years, his family started it 119 years ago and passed it down to him. His wife Sylvia says the paper will continue to be owned by the Voorhies family.

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