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October 11, 2002

I really enjoy those yellowing copies of this newspaper that were given to me recently by Virginia Gengler. They tell interesting stories about life in Perry many years ago and they conjure up images of a kinder, gentler time that we can only wish will return someday. Anyway, here are a few bits and pieces of information contained in The Perry Daily Journal on Thursday, July 7, 1938.

Lucille Ritthaler was honored with a miscellaneous shower by a group of friends at the Presbyterian church. Miss Ritthaler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Ritthaler, was the bride-elect of William Clarence Graham. Virginia Malzahn gave a reading, and Lois Magee and Frances Russell sang two numbers with piano accompaniment by Mary McClellan. Camilla Francis and Billie Boyer assisted the honoree in opening her many lovely gifts. Elizabeth Treeman and Frances Marion Jones presided at the punch table.

Young people of the Christian church were planning an ice cream supper to raise funds for delegates to a summer conference. Planning to attend the conference were Dixie Carter, Irma Newman, Helen Marie Neal, Mary Ellen Ritthaler and Jack Lewellen.

Hon. Henry S. Johnston and Judge W.M. Bowles were to speak in the Public Square in support of W.S. Key, Democratic candidate for governor. Brownie Drug Co. had a small ad offering a free 25-cent value bottle of Mennen Skin Bracer with each purchase of a big 75-cent value bottle, all for 49 cents, while supplies lasted.

It was Thursday, and that meant The Journal was full of large ads from Perry's many grocery stores. We'll include just a few highlights. Safeway invited grocery shoppers to compare their prices with anyone else's. Some examples: Safeway offered lard at 10 cents a pound ("you bring a pail"); veal shoulder steak at 15 cents a pound, corn-fed baby beef roast at 15 cents a pound, and sliced bacon ("no rind") at 23 cents a pound. Galaway's Market ("we deliver") advertised sardines packed in salad oil at six cans for 25 cents and Vienna sausages at two cans for 15 cents. Barge's Grocery & Market had boneless picnic hams at 31 cents a pound, potted meat at three for 10 cents and 10 gallons of Brimfull prunes at 28 cents.

The Famous Department Store announced a July clearance sale of shoes. Some examples were $6.50 Paramount white shoes for women on sale for $3.69; and $3.95 Jolene shoes for $2.19. Boys' shoes were reduced from one-fourth to one-third. Freeman men's shoes, two-tone and white, were reduced from $5 to $3.29. Straw hats were half off making the sale prices as low as 74 cents, 90 cents and $1.23. Smith's Variety Store on the east side of the square had anklets at 15 cents a pair.

On the sports page, The Journal had a wrap-up story about the next game scheduled for the semi-pro Perry Merchants baseball team. The Perry nine was to meet the Stillwater Boomers at Stillwater. The Merchants were hoping to snap a long Boomer winning streak after defeating the Eason Oilers, 16-4, in their previous game. Perry Manager Harold Daniels was uncertain who would start on the pitcher's mound for the Merchants, but indications were that lefty Roy Winkler would get the nod.

And so it was in Perry America that July day in 1938. As you can see, there were some happy times to make up for the Great Depression. We'll tune in on that era again soon.