Charles H. Prisk

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Charles H. Prisk
Charles Henry Prisk

(1875-12-24)December 24, 1875
Grass Valley, California
Died1940 (1941) (aged 64)
OccupationNewspaper executive
Known forEditor and owner of the Pasadena Star-News; owner of the Pasadena Post, owner of the Long Beach Press-Telegram

Charles Henry Prisk (December 24, 1875 – 1940) was a California newspaper executive. He was editor and owner of the Pasadena Star-News; and he owned the Pasadena Post, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, of which his brother, William F. Prisk, was the publisher.[1] Prisk was also the publisher of the Grass Valley Union in Nevada County, California.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Prisk was born in Grass Valley, California, the son of William Frederick Prisk, Sr. and Mary (Hosking) Prisk. His parents were from Camborne, Cornwall, England, and they settled in Grass Valley where his father worked as a miner.[3] Prisk began working in the newspaper business at age 12;[3] he graduated from Stanford University. A portrait of Prisk by Stephen Seymour Thomas is part of the Pasadena Historical Society collection.[4] His daughter, Neva Prisk Malaby, married the Olympian, Charles William Paddock who joined Prisk in the newspaper business,[5] Paddock eventually becoming vice president and general manager of the Pasadena Star-News, the Pasadena Post, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.[6] Prisk served as President of Pasadena's Rotary Club, and on the Board of Directors of First Trust and Savings Bank of Pasadena.[7]


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  2. ^ Ho, Patricia Jiayi (September 8, 2007). "Legend in local news, 82, dies". Pasadena Star-News. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b White, James Terry (1967). The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of the United States as illustrated in the lives of the founders, builders, and defenders of the republic, and of the men and women who are doing the work and moulding the thought of the present time. University Microfilms. p. 40. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Charles Henry Prisk". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Paddock, Charles William". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ Marvin (July 29, 2008). "Gainesville native called fastest man in the world". =Gainesville Daily Register. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Appendix to the Journals of the Senate and Assembly of the Forty-Ninth Session of the Legislatrue of the State of California, Volume II". Sacramento: California State Printing Office. 1931. p. 60. Retrieved 17 January 2020.