Thomas R. Mayhill
One of Knightstown's most industrious and prominent residents, Tom Mayhill, died Tuesday evening at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield at the age of 95.
He was born April 18, 1917, in Delphi, where his parents, Bert B. and Dora L. Mayhill, edited and owned The Delphi Journal. Their role in newspapers aided tremendously in sparking his interest in the business
Mr. Mayhill was the longtime owner of the Knightstown Banner, which he purchased in 1946. He served as publisher of the weekly newspaper for more than 40 years, and expanded the Mayhill Publications operations to eventually include Farmweek and AntiqueWeek.
He began his long career in journalism in 1928, at the age of 11, when he covered sporting events for the Delphi Journal and in 1930, he published a children's newspaper, the Delphi News. While in high school, he became sports editor of the Delphi Journal.
Mayhill graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was managing editor of the highly-regarded Daily Illini college newspaper his senior year and represented the university at the opening of the New York World's Fair in 1940.
He was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was inducted into the Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity while at Illinois.
After graduation from Illinois, he worked briefly as a pollster and investigator for the Gallup Poll.
During WWII he served as Lieutenant (senior grade) and gunnery officer on troop transport ships.
He married the former Peggy Kreisle from Tell City, Indiana on December 26, 1944
After the war, Mayhill became assistant publisher of the Hoopeston, Ill., Daily Chronicle-Herald, and owner and publisher of the Camden, Indiana, Record-News.
It was late 1946 when he purchased the Knightstown Banner, and become editor and publisher. During his tenure, the Banner won many state awards for newspaper excellent, including the best weekly newspaper in Indiana. He was chosen as Knightstown's Citizen of the Year in 1967.
During his long and illustrious publishing career, Mr. Mayhill served as president of the Indiana Republican Editorial Association and as a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention. He is a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, inducted in 1991.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with the calling and funeral being held at the Knightstown United Methodist church this Saturday, June 30. Friends may visit the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the funeral following at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery. Those who plan to attend upcoming services may check the funeral home's website (http://www.toddfuneralservice.com) for further information.
The Mayhill's have four children: Julie Long (Dan), John Mayhill (Sally), Janice Menke (Denny Dicke) and Merry Thoe (Gary). 12 grandchildren: Molly (Long) Bain; Katie Long; Billy, Jenny. and Hunter Menke; Christy (Menke) Traub; Andy, John, Ruthanne, and Corby Thoe; Emily (Mayhill) Shoop; Tommy Mayhill. The Mayhill's also have 10 great grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by grandson Robert Long in 1993.
Contributions can be made to: Hoosier Gym, 355 N Washington St, Knightstown, Indiana 46148; Historic Knightstown, 22 N. Washington St., Knightstown, Indiana 46148; or Hancock Regional Hospital Hospice, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.