Gaston: The legacy of Adolph Ochs endures

This 1976 photo shows Postmaster General Benjamin F. Bailar presenting the Adolph Ochs stamps to Ochs' daughter, Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, and her four children, Judith P. Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Ruth S. Holmberg, and Marian S. Heiskell.
photo Adolph Ochs stamp

The famous newspaperman Adolph Ochs was born on March 12, 1858, in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents, Julian and Bertha Levy Ochs, were natives of Bavaria. The family was living in Knoxville when their son began his newspaper career delivering papers for the Chronicle at the age of 11. In 1870 he worked in an uncle's store in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended Warner's Business School at night. A year later he returned to Knoxville and worked as a printer's devil on the Chronicle. He then went to Louisville where he worked as an apprentice for the Courier-Journal and returned to Knoxville where he held several jobs on the Tribune.

Ochs was only 19 when he moved to Chattanooga in 1877.