Carroll W. Parcher
Glendale News-Press

Carroll W. Parcher was born Sept. 13, 1903, in Glendale, the only son of Wilmot and Nanny McBryde Parcher. His father was the first mayor of Glendale.

Young Parcher attended Glendale schools and was student body president and editor of The Stylus yearbook in his senior year. He worked on the school paper, The Explosion, and, following his graduation in 1921, was an apprentice printer, pressman and stereotyper on the Glendale Press. He later was a reporter for the Los Angeles Express.

Parcher started the Crescenta Valley Ledger in Montrose in 1922, serving as editor, publisher, advertising manager, business manager, printer and pressman until its consolidation with the Tujunga Record. He stayed on as co-publisher with Wallace M. Morgan of The Record for 16 years.

In 1931-32, Parcher served as deputy for a county supervisor and again for a Los Angeles city councilman. He was one of the founders of the Tujunga Kiwanis Club and later served as a district lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis.

Parcher joined the staff of the Glendale News-Press as a columnist in 1939 after selling his weekly interests. He became associate editor in 1942, editor in 1944 and editor and publisher in 1948. Parcher served in that role for 25 years.

After his retirement, Parcher was drafted to fill a vacancy on the Glendale City Council in 1975. He was re-elected twice, serving a total of 10 years and an unprecedented four terms as mayor.

Parcher served as president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 1959 and as president of Cal Press in 1971-72.

Parcher died March 31, 1992 in Glendale. He was 88.

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