Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 11, 2014

Pat Smith: An anniversary celebration to remember

I’m enthused about the 120th birthday of the Greensburg Daily News. You’ll have trouble, as did I, believing some of those front pages from years past that publisher Laura Welborn plans to republish.

The Indiana State Library had a copy of one 1894 and one 1895 front page that no one I know has seen before. They had local happenings and advertisements mixed together on the front page. Examples of how that goes in a July 4, 1894 front page: Herman Fromer Sr. is on business today in Millhousen/ Lemon phosphate at Grover, Hazelrigg and Bonner/ Will McConnell and wife are visiting friends and relations in Cincinnati/ Go to the Depot Restaurant for anything in the way of eating. Open all Hours.

In the July 27, 1895 GDN Mrs. Clara Johnston of North Broadway is quite sick/ Closing out our entire line of .50, .75 and $1.00 men and boys straw hats for 32 cents at Zoller, Minear and Reiter/ Thomas Ray and David Miller of Clarksburg were here yesterday/ Miss Rose Ketchum is spending Sunday at Flatrock Cave with the camping crowd from Hope and Columbus. That kind of thing goes on for row after row.

The Friday April 13, 1917 GDN gave readers this: “New System to be followed in the Army.” There was an “Impressive Service which marked the flag raising at St. Paul yesterday (Thursday, April 12, 1917)” And this: “The Indianapolis Y team plays here this evening. Local lineup includes Dalmbert, Braden, Schlemmer, Donnell, Magee, Craig, Reiman, Ray, Meek, Mitchell and Batterton.”

I think you’ll get a real kick out of some of these old front pages. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the later pages – by “later” I mean into the 1930s and 1940s. But then, I wasn’t surprised that I had forgotten some of the front page headlines from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

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