Publisher's service went beyond newspaper

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Thursday, October 23, 2008
— Danny Markham's impact in Brodhead didn't stop when the ink dried on his family-owned newspaper.

He felt a civic duty to give back to his city, which he did through many local and regional organizations, said his son, Kim Markham.

"Plus, he just enjoyed being with different groups of people," Kim said.

Marshall Dan "Danny" Markham, 78, died Monday at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Monroe.

Markham was well known and respected by many people in the area, and he will be missed, said Gary Rosendahl, editor of The Independent-Register in Brodhead. Danny hired Rosendahl in 1996.

"He was a newspaper man, the old-styleóreally thorough, very civic-minded, interested in Brodhead," he said.

Danny married Helen Gerber in 1951, and a year later the couple moved to Brodhead, where Danny joined his father, Dan Markham, at The Independent-Register.

At age 23, Danny was one of the youngest editors in the state, and the newspaper became his lifelong career. He retired in 1999 after serving as publisher and editor.

"He liked writing, being involved in the community and staying on top of things in the community," Kim said.

Danny worked with his brother Dick and publishers in Evansville and Edgerton to help form Dairyland Press, a central plant for printing area publications. He also served a term on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

But his community service went beyond the newspaper industry.

The Jaycees recognized Danny in 1991 with a distinguished service award for helping make Brodhead a better place to live.

"(He was) very strongly interested in having Brodhead grow," Rosendahl said.

That interest showed in his service on the Brodhead Industrial Development Board and when he became a charter member of the Green County Economic Development Corporation.

Sports also were a big part of Danny's life. He was a multi-sport athlete at Brodhead High School, and he went on to earn three letters in basketball at UW-Madison. He led the team as captain in 1950 and 1951 and was third in the nation in assists as a junior.

He later enjoyed coaching the kids of Brodhead and helped form the Brodhead Little League.

"He was quite a guy," Rosendahl said.


Funeral services for Marshall Dan "Danny" Markham will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Brodhead, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home, Brodhead, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Brodhead Library, Brodhead High School Band uniforms or the United Methodist Church.

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