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            Roy David Pinkerton, whose journalistic experience covers a period of twenty-eight years, has since June, 1925, been editor of the Ventura County Star; a daily newspaper published by the Ventura County Star, Inc., of which he is president.  He was born in Crookston, Minnesota, June 28, 1885, a son of Henry David and Hattie May (Newton) Pinkerton.  His advanced educational training was received at the University of Washington in Seattle, from which institution he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911.

            It was in 1905, when a young man of twenty years, that Mr. Pinkerton began his newspaper career as a reporter on The Tacoma Times, published in Tacoma, Washington.  He was subsequently connected as reporter, and later as assistant city editor, with The Ledger of Tacoma, became a copy reader with The Los Angeles Tribune in 1911 and was sub-editor of The Los Angeles Express in 1912.  Next he was associated with The Sun of Seattle as city editor in 1913 and in the following year represented The Seattle Star in a similar capacity.  During the six-year period between 1915 and 1921 Mr. Pinkerton was editor of The Times of Tacoma and from 1921 to 1923 edited The Star of Seattle.  The next year he served as associate editor of The Press of Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1925 was editor of The Sun, published in San Diego, California.  Thence he came to Ventura and on the 15th of June, 1925, founded the Ventura County Star, which he has edited and published to the present time.  In 1926 he purchased the Ventura Daily Post, which he consolidated with The Star.  The Ventura County Star, established as a weekly newspaper in 1883, is one of California’s live dailies and has become a strong force for progress and advancement in the Ventura district under the capable management of Mr. Pinkerton.  The Star is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, the United Press Association, NEA Service, Inc., California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Ventura County Newspaper Publishers Association.  He resides on the Rancho Del Caballito, or the One Horse Ranch, situated twelve miles from the city of Ventura, where he owns one hundred acres of land partly planted to fruit trees.  On the 21st of August, 1912, Mr. Pinkerton married Flora Hartman, of Bozeman, Montana, and they became the parents of two sons:  Roy Hartman, now nineteen years of age, who is a student at the University of Washington; and Robert Newton, a youth of fifteen years.  On the 16th of May, 1923, Mr. Pinkerton was again married, his second union being with Airdrie Kincaid, of Seattle.  Mr. and Mrs. Pinkerton are the parents of a daughter, Airdrie Paula, who is six years of age.

            Active in community work, Mr. Pinkerton is a valued member of the Rotary Club, of which he served as president in 1929-30.  He has been a director of the Ventura County Chamber of Commerce, director of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and president of the Ventura Community Chest.  He is a member of two Greek letter fraternities, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Delta Chi, and enjoys high standing in social circles of the community in which he makes his home.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 187-188, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,  Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  V. Gerald Iaquinta.