OEA Survey Shows Acute Okla. Teacher Shortage
Caddo Lions Club Wins Attendance Trophy
Truman’s Mother Dies: Aged 94: Simple Service
Carl Albert’s Father is Dead- Buried Tuesday
State Heat Reaches 111- Around 107 in Caddo
Rescue Try Fails and Sulphur Boy 13, Drowns
Utility Worker Killed By Live Wire Near Atoka
Summer Term of School Opens with Enthusiasm
Clyde Clack is President of Durant Chamber of C
Mrs. C. W. Banta Died in Colorado: Buried Mon.
Caddo Must Vote a 5-Mill Tax Levy for Schools
Roy Jones Weds Lassie of Louisiana in Dallas
As you may have already guessed, I’m fascinated by old newspapers. Not only is the news itself interesting, but so is the way in which it is presented. The headlines listed above, and half a dozen more are all on the front page of The Caddo Herald, Friday, August 1, 1947. The front page. Most of the headlines are the same type and size. There is one large “Headlines” which lists world and state teasers- not articles, and there is another large heading- “School” with some news below. It seems as though the editor endeavored to squeeze in every drop of news he could find, so most issues have obituaries, weddings, news, sports, and weather on the front page. My great-grandmother Banta’s obituary is between “Bokchito Plans to Have a Big Day Saturday” and “Church of Christ Meting will Close Sunday Night”. Order doesn’t seem to have been as important as juggling the amount of type to fit the allotted space available. The inside pages of the paper were saved for wire service news, advertisements, and some interesting items we’ll get to in a moment. There are also large advertisements for Calhoun Auto Store, Craighead Notion Shop, The First State Bank, S&B Grocery, Jordan’s Dept. Store, Bass Groceries, and the Rex Theatre on the front page. By the way, the Rex was showing “My Darling Clementine” with Henry Fonda and Linda Darnell that Friday and Saturday.
Inside the paper are articles and photos from around the globe. There is an article about Bantam chickens, and one about an end to the sugar shortage. There is a photo of a young New York radio star, and one of Princess Elizabeth. There is a “history of the bison” next to a column called “Star Dust” about stage, screen and radio news. One of the column’s notes is that “Duel in the Sun has grossed about $7,000,000 and caused no end of discussion.” There are a few classified ads from around the state. On page five there is a short story- “Nice Old Girl”, by Margaret Cobb. Again, space must have been the deciding factor for “what went where”, because there is an item about a double hanging in Kansas right next to an article about how to make plastic diaper covers! Page six has a Sunday School Lesson, Sewing Circle Pattern, the comics, Household Hints, and a wonderful ad for BUB bubble gum- “parents approve this laboratory- pure, foil-wrapped, quality bubble gum”.
On page seven you’ll find Chapter XXI of Last Lover by Helen Topping Miller Right next to that is Household Memos by Lynn Chambers and an informative article about canning. The last page is a mixture of state and national news, a filler about the beginning of the coffee industry, more ads, and “Locals” such as- “Mrs. Russell Fox went to Tushka Monday morning, the school beginning then. She will teach at Tushka this year.”
I leave you with these words of wisdom from an item on the last page headlined Don’t Replenish- Conserve-“Here are the classic rules for conserving household linens: Rotate the use of sheets, putting the fresh ones on the bottom of the pile when you sort the laundry each week, then using off the top.”
News to live by.