At the Southern Illinois Editorial Association meeting held on June 1 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Victor Mohr, Sr., and his late wife, Gertrude “Trudie” Mohr, were named as this year’s recipients of the Master Editor Award.
North County News Editor Mary Koester, who was voted in at that meeting as the SIEA vice-president, had the honor of presenting the award.
The following is her speech when presenting the award:
“The North County News started publication on March 26, 1959. The News covers the northern part of Randolph County, Illinois and is currently located at 124 South Main Street in Red Bud.
“Many things may have changed over the years at the News – the location, the editor, the way the paper is set up, and more, but one thing has been constant, the Mohr family.
“Gertrude “Trudie” Mohr married Victor Mohr in 1949. She was a former bookkeeper for the Chester Herald Tribune, Evansville Enterprise and Red Bud Pilgrim for Koenemam & File, as well as the office manager of the Red Bud Pilgrim. Vic helped run his family’s plumbing business, Mohr Plumbing and Heating, after returning from serving our country in the United States Navy. He took over the plumbing business in 1972, and in 1993 he sold the plumbing business to his son.
For more on Victor Sr. and Trudie Mohr, please see this week’s print edition.