James J. Craddock

Inducted: 1975

JAMES J. CRADDOCK (1904-1974) published the Weatherford News for more than 40 years, setting a standard for excellence among small town newspapers. He worked as hard to build his home community and civic organizations as he did in developing his newspaper. His newspaper won sweepstakes for general excellence in Oklahoma State Fair competitions and in the Oklahoma Heritage Society contests. He helped build the Oklahoma Press Association and served as its president in 1948.