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
	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