Long-Time Publisher Passes Away
Long-time Britton Journal and Langford Bugle publisher Charles L. “Chuck” Card passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 90.
Card had been a resident at Wheatcrest Hills in Britton for the past two years. Funeral services are set for Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Britton with a visitation planned at Price Funeral Chapel on Friday from 5-7 p.m.
The 1946 Webster High School graduate earned a journalism degree from South Dakota State University in 1950, serving as sports editor of the SDSU Collegian in 1947 and editor in 1948 before serving as SDSU Student Body President in 1949.
During his senior year at SDSU he purchased The Britton Journal with his father, Harold Card, who was a long-time publisher of the Webster Reporter & Farmer, from H. B. Tysell in 1950. He hired an editor to run the paper while he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-54 and then purchased the Langford Bugle with Dale Holdridge of Britton in 1960 from Quentin Miles. Card assumed full ownership in 1981 when Holdridge retired.
Card operated the Journal and Bugle until 1997 when he sold the papers to his son, Doug. However, he continued to play an active role with the papers, selling advertising and covering the Courthouse news. He finally ended his community newspaper career in 2015, serving the region for a total of 65 years.
“I am proud to have followed in Dad’s footsteps,” said current Journal publisher Doug Card. “He set the bar high for the Journal and Bugle and had a sincere and caring heart for this community.”
The long-time publisher also teamed up with publishers from Webster (Larry Ingalls) and Sisseton (Jack Adams) to start the KBWS Radio Station in 1983 that now operates out of Sisseton.
Card had a strong work ethic and a dedication to community, serving on countless boards, committees, service clubs, and community groups throughout his life. He was a huge booster for the hometown business community, school, churches, and athletics.
He served as the president of the South Dakota Press Association in 1972-73; served as president or chairman of the Britton Board of Education, the board of trustees of the Marshall County Memorial Hospital, Britton Area Chamber of Commerce, Britton Lions Club, Britton Country Club, Marshall County Republican Party, Britton American Legion Post, First Lutheran Church, and Glacial Lakes Association; and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Britton and the Aberdeen Scottish Rite where he served as a class instructor.
Other community activities included serving many years as a Sunday School teacher at First Lutheran, being active with the local Boy Scout program as a former Eagle Scout, helping establish the Prayer Rock Museum as a member of the board, and being a member of the Britton Community Theatre.
His hard work and dedication was recognized with a number of awards. The South Dakota Newspaper Association named him to the Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1997 and also awarded him the Distinguished Service Award. He was named a Friend of Britton Education and a Friend of 4-H for his many years of promoting area youth.
Card was also known as the “Voice of the Braves” football team for 54 years, serving as the announcer at football games from 1950-2004.