Tahoe World founder dies
GRASS VALLEY – Joseph Gordon “Stub” Stollery, 84, founder of the Tahoe World in Tahoe City, died Feb. 14, 1999, in Grass Valley.
Stollery was born Aug. 6, 1914, to David J. and Eudora W. (Smith) Stollery in San Mateo. He graduated from San Mateo High in 1932.
On Jan. 25, 1935, he and Dorothy Roberta Crane were married in Reno and recently celebrated their 64th anniversary.
Stollery’s career was in the newspaper business and public relations. He started his newspaper days with the San Mateo Times, and later was a sports and general news reporter with the San Francisco Call Bulletin, San Jose Mercury Herald and San Francisco Examiner. During World War II he went to work for Henry J. Kaiser at his Permanente Plant in the Santa Clara Valley. He moved to the Oakland headquarters at the war’s end and, amongst other duties, he was active in bringing forth the Kaiser Health Plan (no Permanente) of which he was a charter member. He retired his executive position as corporate director of public relations and advertising with Kaiser in 1955.
With a move to Saratoga, Calif., he and his wife started Saratoga Springs, a resort in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Stollery was also instrumental in the incorporation of the City of Saratoga.
In 1960, he and his wife decided to move to the Sierras. They started a printing, office supply, arts and crafts business in Tahoe City before founding The Tahoe City World (now Tahoe World) in 1963. After the sale of the newspaper in 1970, and through 1981, Stollery continued writing his column “Sierra Sue Sez.”
Stollery and his wife have lived in Grass Valley since 1985.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Roger of Salem, Ore., and Gary of Grass Valley; brother Arnold of Sacramento; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two elder brothers, Dave and Ted Stollery.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice of The Foothills and in accordance with his wishes no services will be held.
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