In 1877, Fred Schoensigel was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He graduated in the University of Wisconsin Class of 1901.
In June 1910, Fred launched an English-German newspaper in New Leipzig, North Dakota. A couple of years later, Fred was in Simms, Montana publishing the Simms Enterprise.
Sometime in 1916, Fred moved his newspaper and print shop to the Fairfield community, in the midst of a region that was to become the Greenfields Irrigation District. It was in 1916 that Fred began publishing the Fairfield Times.
Fred Schoensigel and his wife Bertha kept the Fairfield Times alive in boon-times and bust. Fred once wrote on the front page of the Times that the only reason Fairfield had a newspaper was because its owner, Fred Schoensiel, was an "ornery old cuss."Fred and his wife were key to the creation of the Town of Fairfield in 1941. That same year, Fred sold the Times.
Over the years, the Times was served by a variety of owners and publishers. Fred Schiesigel even tried to sell, or lease, the newspaper several times in the early years, but ended up back at the helm of the only Teton County newspaper that has been located in the same community since it was founded.
In 1992, the Fairfield Times acquired the Sun Valley Sun newspaper, and the Fairfield Times became the Fairfield Sun Times. On January 1, 2008, the Times was acquired by its current owner, Darryl Flowers.
Even though it was his first time to serve as a publisher, Darryl has newspaper ink in his veins.
Darryl was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1957. Only days after his birth, Darryl's connection with the printed word was cemented when his dad, who was a pressman at the legendary Commercial Appeal newspaper, was struggling to come up with a name for his newborn son. Looking over a copy of the Commercial Appeal "fresh off the press," Darryl's dad noticed an ad for a movie produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.
Darryl grew up in the pressroom of The Jackson Sun, a daily newspaper in Jackson, Tennessee. Over the years Darryl would work in the dispatch department, mailroom, pressroom and camera-room. In the earliest days of newsroom digitization, Darryl went to work for CompuScan in Teterboro, New Jersey working on the forerunner of the newspaper "front end" systems and optical character recognition (OCR) systems.
After a couple of years of college, working toward a degree in engineering, wanderlust took over and Darryl earned his certification as a machinist and began two decades of "Gypsy Printing," with noticing more than his machinist tools, his 1978 Harley SuperGlide and a pickup truck. During those years, he honed his talents as a top-notch pressman and newspaper/commercial printing troubleshooter.
In 2007, while supervising the production of about a dozen newspapers – both weekly and daily – and running three production facilities, Darryl grew tired of the crowds back east as well as the "corporate" newspaper. He retired at age 50.
Soon, though, boredom took over, and while looking for a pressroom in the Southwest (so he could ride year-round), the owners of the Sun Times – Ron and Cindy Dauwalder – had put the Sun Times on the market. Ron and Cindy invited Darryl to come to Montana and take a look at the newspaper and the communities it served.
While the purchase of a newspaper was never something he had ever considered, once Darryl arrived in Fairfield and saw why Montana is known as "Big Sky Country," and saw how supportive the community was of its newspaper, he bought the Sun Times.