Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11:47:07 :
Friday, May 11, 1962
Ex-Editor Celeste G. Murphy Dies
Death came yesterday to Celeste G. Murphy, 79, onetime editor of the San Rafael Independent.
Mrs. Murphy, whose father, H. H. Granice, owned the Independent from 1900 to 1903, died in a Sonoma hospital after an illness of more than a year.
A resident of Sonoma most of her life, her home was in the historic barracks building on the Sonoma town square once occupied by the troops of Gen. Mariano G. Vallejo.
She leaves her husband, Walter L. Murphy, with whom she owned and edited the Sonoma Index-Tribune; and a sister, Mrs. Julie G. Sprague of Redwood city.
A native of Santa Clara, Mrs. Murphy was graduated from University of California in 1901, immediately taking over the reins of the Independent, which she edited until it was sold in 1903. It was under Miss Granice’s editorship that the Independent grew from a weekly to a daily.
In addition to editing, the young newspaperwoman covered the courthouse, police and sheriff’s “beats,” sold advertising and handled the business affairs of the paper. Two printers completed her staff, the trio working from 7 a.m. to 7p.m.
She was later Marin County correspondent on the prison beat for the San Francisco Bulletin.
She and her husband took over the Index-Tribune from her father and operated the Sonoma paper until they both retired in 1949. Even though retired, she took an active interest in the paper until her illness of a year ago. The paper is now owned and edited by her nephew, Robert W. Lynch.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Bates, Evans and Fehrensen in Sonoma. Entombment will be in Mountain Cemetery, Sonoma.
The CA Death Index gives information: she was born July 27, 1882 in CA; mother’s maiden name was Keough.
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