W. R. Voris

W. R. Voris, editor and publisher of the Franklin Republican, was born at Whiteland, Johnson county, Indiana, on January 31, 1877, and is the son of C. H. and Julia (McCollough) Voris, both of whom also were natives of Johnson county. Mr. Voris received his education in the public schools and in Franklin College, having resided in the of Franklin from the year 1880. In 1902 Mr. Voris embarked on the sea of journalism, becoming a partner the ownership of the Republican at Franklin with C. E. Fisher, with whom he was associated until 1907, when he bought his partner’s interest and since been sole owner of the Republican. In the conduct of his paper Voris maintained a deep interest in affairs outside his own individual interests, and has at all times sought for and worked for the highest and best interests of the people, exerting an influence which has been potential in the betterment of the public welfare. As a side issue Mr. Voris has given considerable attention to music, having for the past thirteen years served as organist and music director in the First Presbyterian church of Franklin, where he has attained splendid results and where his efforts have been duly appreciated.

In 1905 Mr. Voris was married to Eleanor Jane Lagrange, the daughter of William H. and Clarinda (Brewer) Lagrange, a union which has been blessed with one child, Mark Harvey. Mr. Voris is a man of splendid personal characteristics, being genial and approachable and delights in the companionship of his friends. Of marked domestic tastes, his greatest enjoyment is found in his home. He and his wife move in the best social circles of the community and among their large circle of acquaintances they enjoy a well deserved popularity.

Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Indianapolis IN: B. F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1913. pp 607-608

Transcribed by Lois Johnson