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Former Brazil Times owner dies

Thursday, November 20, 2003

In an industry where business ownership changes constantly, Margretta Cassel held up for years.

Cassel, who owned The Brazil Daily Times (as it was then known) for 25 years, from 1948-1973, died Tuesday. Before owning the paper, she worked as a secretary for her husband Jim Raper, owner of The Times.

When Raper died, she assumed control of his stock and the paper itself. Jim Dressler, a retired Times editor, said that she "built it into a strong daily."

"She started as a secretary and lived it the rest of her time there," Dressler said. "It was an interesting paper family, and it was always a pleasure to see her in meetings or at events."

Joe Redenbarger, former publisher, also remembers Cassel.

"I worked for her for 12 years, and it was very nice to work for her," he said. "She was a very nice person and she always enjoyed the newspaper business. She took over after Jim died and she was always very pleasnt... I really enjoyed working for her."

Cassel sold The Times to Nixon Newspapers, based in Peru, Ind., in 1973. She died at the age of 104.



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