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Richard Wessell, June 1940

Richare WessellAs editor in chief of the Taft Tribune, Richard (Dick) Wessell helped to chronicle the beginnings of the school which opened in 1939, and the first generation of students and teachers.  He served with distinction in the US Navy, came home and bought a newspaper in Des Plaines.  Today, The Journal and Topics newspapers that Dick published have grown to 16 papers serving the north and northwest suburbs, still a family venture with four sons and two grandsons in the business.