The Drumheller Mail celebrates its 100th birthday in 2011, the same year that the founder of the town of Drumheller, Colonel Samuel Drumheller, began coal mining operations, making it one of Alberta’s oldest community newspapers. The Mail was started in 2011 by Grover Cleveland Duncan in Munson, Alberta. In April 1918, the printing plant was moved into Drumheller and amalgamated with the printing job plant of E.C. Payne. In September 1952, three Drumheller businessmen (John Anderson, Sam Robb, and Osborne Sheddy Sr.) purchased the newspaper from The Clarke Brothers. John was the accountant, Sam was the Pressman, and Ossie was the young Salesman and Manager of the operations. Over time, Ossie reinvested his share of the profits into purchasing more ownership in the company until he owned all shares in 1972.
The Drumheller Mail is still owned by the Sheddy family and employs over 20 people. Ossie Sheddy Jr. and Osborne (Bob) Sheddy III run the business. In 1999, the newspaper went online and claims to be one of the first newspapers in Alberta to incorporate video clips. The website has become Drumheller’s longest running and most comprehensive news website. It also offers an easy to navigate events calendar and invites event submissions from readers. In January 2007, the Sheddy’s launched Inside Drumheller a free local tabloid sized newspaper that is available throughout Drumheller and area. Inside Drumheller is published on Fridays.
Ossie Sheddy is the editor and publisher of The Drumheller Mail and has been with the paper for over 40 years. Ossie has held many volunteer positions in the community including President of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, Chairman of the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, President of the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club, board member on the newly formed Badlands Community Facility Steering Committee. Ossie writes the well-read column “Read All About It” each week in The Drumheller Mail.
Bob Sheddy has been with The Drumheller Mail since 1994, and although he is primarily the managing editor of the newspaper, you’ll catch Bob taking photos and videos of happenings around town. Bob graduated in 2001 with a Commerce degree, and he did a minor in journalistic studies. Bob is involved in the management of The Mail and DrumhellerMail.com. Bob is also the owner of Century 21 PowerRealty.ca and InnovatORS Inc.
Patrick Kolafa has been with The Drumheller Mail since 2002 and has covered many major stories in the area. Patrick’s reportage has contributed to The Drumheller Mail being recognized nationally by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. Before coming to The Mail, Patrick reported for the Bonnyville Nouvelle, and contributed to Associated Press’ coverage of the 2002 G8 Conference. His work has also appeared in the Calgary Herald.
Michael James joined the Drumheller Mail as a reporter in October 2011. He hails from Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta and received a BA and Masters of Science degrees.
In the past 100 years 15 newspapers have started in the area, and the “Drumheller Mail” published as a broadsheet format has maintained it circulation publishing 4,627 copies every Wednesday. For more information see www.drumhellermail.com.