In the Eagle Tribune, Mass., newspaper today. I won’t link to the full story, as they block all Web traffic from the UK and Europe.
‘Tryout’ Smith finally gets a headstone
22nd Sept 2018.
HAVERHILL — A Haverhill man who operated a small printing press in his shed on Groveland Street more than 100 years ago and helped launch the career of horror-fiction author H.P. Lovecraft and others now has his own headstone at the Hilldale Cemetery.
Charles W. “Tryout” Smith, who lived from 1852 to 1948, was an early pioneer of the amateur journalism movement. He will be honored on Saturday with a ceremony capped by the placement of a headstone at his gravesite, where previously only a stone for his father, a Civil War veteran, existed.
“Tryout Smith was a very well known figure in a very specific market, the amateur journalism movement at the start of the 20th century,” said historian and author David Goudsward, a Haverhill native.
Securing a grant from The Aeroflex Foundation, Goudsward, 57, contracted with Atwood Memorial to craft a headstone at Hilldale. A dedication ceremony is Saturday [22nd] at 6:30 p.m. as part of Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails.
Also on Saturday is a display of Smith’s work, the release of a commemorative booklet and self-guided tours with H.P Lovecraft significance taking place between 1 and 4 p.m., at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St.
Goudsward, who grew up in the Ayers Village section of Haverhill, lives in Palm Beach County, Florida with his wife, Heather Bernard, also a Haverhill native.
[… and then the article goes on to give a potted account of Smith’s biography and connections with Lovecraft, which readers of this blog will already know about or be able to find on their shelves.]
The local radio station also has a nice crisp crop of ‘Tryout‘ Smith at his compositing table, which I’ve colorised and added a late 1880s map to. He’s in the process of picking out the metal type (individual letters) which will enable him to set up a page of his little magazine for hand-printing.
The Fossil for July 2012 is a “Memories of ‘Tryout‘ Smith” special issue, with several contributions by Lovecraft.