Nov 03, 2011 • By

Mr. Eventually News

Companies of all kinds and sizes have recognized the value in communicating company news to employees. With the rise of the Web and social media, there are many creative ways to do that today.

But the communications options were a bit limited in the formative years of General Mills and the Washburn Crosby Company.

We dug into the General Mills Archives to discover how we first spread the word about our mills, the people who worked in them, and the company leaders who were guiding the growth of the business.

Vol. 1 of “The Eventually News” from Washburn Crosby Co. Mills, published Oct. 29, 1919, announced the new newspaper with an optimistic subheadline of “Eventually News to Foster Family Spirit in Big Plant.”

That edition also marked the debut of “Mr. Eventually News.”

Maybe we need a “Mr. A Taste of General Mills”?

The 1919 article said “The Eventually News will attempt to serve the employees of the mills just as a daily paper serves the city in which it is published.”

In reading that first edition, I was struck by the similarities then, to what this blog now sets out to do with our posts about General Mills employees.

The writer says The Eventually News “hopes to take a personal interest in the affairs of the employees and their families … It is going to try to give publicity to those who deserve it and desirable publicity is the greatest boost any man or woman can get.”

More than 90 years later, that initial mission has not changed. We still aim to present great stories about our employees, whether it’s on our company intranet or here on this blog.

And with so many deserving of publicity, we have many stories to tell.

Do you have any knowledge of how the company you work for started spreading its employee news?

Are you a General Mills retiree, who wants to share your thoughts on reading employee and company news years ago?