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Creel, George Edward (01 December 1876–02 October 1953), journalist and government administrator, was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, the son of Henry Clay Creel and Virginia Fackler, farmers. He grew up in the Missouri towns of Independence and Odessa, where his mother supported the family by sewing, gardening, and operating a boarding house, because his father was often drunk and unemployed. As a teenager, Creel ran away from home to follow county fairs, then to roam the Southwest. In 1896 he was hired as a cub reporter by the ...

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Rowan, Carl T. (11 August 1925–23 September 2000), journalist and writer, was born Carl Thomas Rowan in Ravenscroft, Tennessee, the son of Thomas David Rowan, a laborer, and Johnnie Bradford Rowan. The family moved to McMinnville, Tennessee, while Carl was still an infant. Carl and his four siblings grew up in a house lacking electricity and running water. His father often stacked lumber, earning twenty-five cents an hour, but the Rowans, like most black families in McMinnville, were poor....