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Publication Printing History

Help us celebrate our 130th year since we were founded as the "Waterloo Weekly Gazette" in 1881 – just 14 years after Nebraska was established as a state! Printing operations have continued through multiple owners and publication names. In 1959 the company was purchased By Arnold and Jim Fencl along with their partner Charles Rohman.

Our 130th Year: 1881 - 2011

• in 1881, George A. Bryant started the first newspaper in Waterloo, the Waterloo Weekly Gazette.

• 1889, Records show that G.A. Bryant sold the Waterloo Gazette to W.A. Crane.

130 years


Pub circa 1910


• August 10, 1900, issue of the Waterloo Gazette announces the purchase of the paper by James H. Riggs of Waterloo.

• James H. Riggs, a Nebraska State Senator, died in 1915 and his son Herbert took over the Waterloo Gazette.

• In 1918, Frank Cox was the Publisher and Owner.

• 1936, George Woodword, Sr., and George, Jr., purchased the paper. In 1945 the Woodward's purchased the Douglas County Gazette, also in Waterloo. The papers were consolidated.


Arnold and Jim

• October 1, 1959, George Woodward, Jr., sold the Douglas County Gazette to Arnold Fencl, James Fencl, Jr., and Charles Rohman.


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Arnold prints the paper while Joyce delivers the latest news at a parade in 1964. Is this the origin of the Information Highway?



• October 1, 1970, The Douglas County Gazette name and publishing rights were sold to Mrs. Anne Batchelder and the Fencls adopted the name Publication Printing to support the growing commercial business and the continued production of the Gazette.


Pub Printing Plant

• In 1973, the old 1800's building was torn down to make room for a new building that is still the home of Publication Printing today.

Joyce and Arnold  
• In 2010, after a half century of supporting many area charities and organizations, Joyce and Arnold Fencl are awarded the Business Persons of the Year award by the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.  
• In 2009, Phil and Cyndi Crews joined Tom Fencl as partners in shaping Publication Printing's future plans.  




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