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May 13, 1995

An anonymous contributor sends along a photocopy of portions of The Perry Daily Journal as it was published on July 31, 1945. Among the tidbits are a crossword puzzle, "Back Home Again" cartoon panel, a few classified ad cards, the masthead with current subscription rates (single copy price five cents; 20 cents per week delivered by carrier in Perry, or $4.34 per year by mail in Noble and adjoining counties); and a column of brief items about Noble county men and women in the armed forces.

One of the latter is an interesting account of Army nurse First Lt. Dorothy J. VanBebber who was home on 30-day leave with her mother, Mrs. Ila VanBebber, after returning from two years in the World War II European Theater of Operations. Another concerned Pvt. Glenn Yahn, who had just left for Fort Ord, Calif., after a 10-day delay en route here with his family. Sgt. Fred Edmiston was visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Rikli, at 505 Grove street. His mother, Mrs. Ella Edmiston, was employed at the Douglas plant in Oklahoma City. Still another item was about Cpl. Fred G. Beers, who was on the staff of the Starts & Stripes Army newspaper in the Pacific. What ever happened to him?

Some of the classified ad cards were for Lobsitz Plumbing Co. ("Let Us Fix It"); Bartows Help-Ur-Self Laundry ("Wet Wash & Rough Dry") at 717 Cedar street; Perry Saw Shop ("We Still Sharpen Lawn Mowers; Bring Them In"); Davis Funeral Home; O.K. Filling Station ("Headquarters for U.S. Royal Tires") at 427 Seventh street; and another small one with this rather cryptic message: "Fruit Trees Are Scarce; Time Waits for No Man; See STONE." Harry Gengler also was advertising fryers for sale at his place 3/4 mile north of the Community Sales Ground.

One more news item was included in the montage. It concerned the finale of Perry's 14th annual supervised play program under the direction of Harold Daniels and Mrs. Zack McCubbins, with Lavoy Whitworth as the summer band instructor. A separate program was held for Negro children under the direction of E. H. Hancox and Mamye Brooks. School superintendent George Spraberry pointed out that no major accidents had befallen any of the participants since the play program first began. Far as I know, that's still true, even 50 years later here in 1995.

Thanks to my anonymous contributor for this interesting bit of Perry-style Americana.