You’ve all heard me say that you can’t plan the future without looking in the past. This past week, two great friends helped me connect with someone in our past. His name was Dr. Maxmillian Markus. He is buried in the extreme Southwest corner of the Richfield Cemetery, alongside his wife, Elizabeth. Max and Elizabeth owned the Richfield Reaper from 1920 to 1930.
I would like to have known Dr. Markus. He sounds like a truly remarkable character. He came to Richfield with a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Vienna, invested in modern press equipment, was President of the Utah Press Association, and taught Latin and French at Richfield High School in his spare time, Elizabeth was Associate Editor of the newspaper until her death in 1924, and authored original short stories within its pages.
I’m a huge fan of “the local rag” as Norm Fuellenbach, later publisher of the Reaper, sometimes called his newspaper. The Fuellenbachs were family friends. Norm’s son, Mark (who followed in his father’s footsteps as Publisher) and I went from kindergarten all the way through high school together. We even got kicked out of class a couple times together. I’m still upset that he was taken from us so early. Mark and his family donated countless hours to local causes.
I love and admire the current management of “the rag.” I loved the generations of Fuellenbachs who directed this great business. I am blown away with what their predecessors, Max and Elizabeth, did for our community almost a hundred years ago. When Max passed away 3 years after leaving Richfield, he was brought back here to be buried by his sweetheart. Every business in town closed for his funeral. He left a mark on this community. We promised his family that they would never be forgotten. I’m honoring that promise.
Mayor David Ogden