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William Frederick Prisk, Jr. (April 2, 1870 – December 21, 1962) was a California newspaper executive. He held posts on the Grass Valley Union (editor and publisher), Evening Telegraph (publisher, typesetter, reporter and business manager), Pasadena Star-News (co-owner with his brother Charles H. Prisk), Long Beach Press-Telegram (editor-publisher). He was elected to the California State Senate in 1897, and at the time, was the youngest member of the California State Legislature. For his many years as editor-publisher of the Press-Telegram, he received the nickname "Mr. Long Beach".[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Prisk was the second son of William and Mary (Hosking) Prisk, natives of Camborne, Cornwall, England, who settled in Grass Valley, California, US, where his father was a miner.[2] He was born in Grass Valley.[3] He became a naturalized US citizen in 1869.[4] Three years after his death in Long Beach, he was selected to the California Newspaper Publishers Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame.[5] The William F. Prisk Elementary School in the Long Beach Unified School District is named in his honor.[6]

Partial worksEdit

  • 1895 pictorial history of Nevada County, California
  • Nevada county mining review


  1. ^ Healey, John (1978). Editors West: California Press Association, Newspaper Hall of Fame. Journalism Dept., California Polytechnic State University. p. 26. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "William F. Prisk". Media Museum of Northern California. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ Payton, Philip (15 April 2005). The Cornish overseas: a history of Cornwall's 'great emigration'. Dundurn Press Ltd. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-1-904880-04-2. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ Wyckoff, Bob (July 14, 2007). "Nevada County's Hall of Fame: William F. Prisk, publisher By Bob Wyckoff". The Union. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ William F. Prisk Elementary School. "William F. Prisk". Historic Resources report Press-Telegram and Meeker/Baker Buildings Long Beach, CA 31 July 2006, rev 15 August 2006, and California Newspaper Hall of Fame. Long Beach Unified School District. Retrieved 2 January 2012.