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May 29, 2014

Pat Smith: A trip through Daily News history

Last week I went searching for some very old copies of the Greensburg Daily News.

Lois Carol McCormack and Dustin White were at the Historical Society Museum, so I told them I’d give two wisdom teeth if they could find some front pages of the Daily News from the time it started in 1894 to 1916. Alas, they don’t think the museum has any of those years.

The Daily News will be 120-years-old this year, and GDN Publisher Laura Welborn is planning something that we’ll enjoy. She wants to publish front pages from all 120 years. I volunteered to look for interesting front pages from 1894 until 1920 because some major changes took place during those years. Main, Broadway, North and other streets were paved, sewage system installed, the first police chief was appointed, the Lincoln Carriage fire in 1905, the library built and so on.

I’m actually excited about this, even though I’m disappointed that the local library and the museum don’t have any Daily News papers from those years. Oh sure, there are pages from other papers, but I need the GDN only. One thing found is that even those front pages after 1916 will be just as likely to have big news on page five than have it on page one. Some front pages have ads all over them too. Guess I’ll have to go to the State Museum or State Library to seek front pages from those years – that is unless you happen to have some?

*Former resident Jeff Martin told me that when he was driving west in Indianapolis on Rockville Road, just after he passed the Lynhurst intersection, he saw a statue that used to rest on the pedestal in the Odd Fellows circle when the buildings were there. When the organization built the new nursing home, the statue was relocated near the entry walkway.

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