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What fun to find a newspaper dated Dec. 28, 1950!

The front page, like most newspapers of the day, shows both the bad and the good happening then. The headlines tell that “The Springfield Retail Business Sets Record for 1950.”

Several businessmen had been interviewed to support the headline. These included James V. Sprouse , vice-president of the First National Bank, Earl Douglas at Hille’s Market, and K.I. Todd of J.C. Penney’s.

There had been heavy losses in the tobacco fields because of heavy rain, but this was balanced by “scare buying” at the beginning of the Korean War.

Concern was expressed over the request for $75,000 to build an addition to the Robertson County Hospital (the old hospital located on Willow Street). With that money rooms could be added as could an elevator, laundry facilities, and fire-prevention “devices.”

Another front-page article told of “tavern operators” who were running slot machines and having to go to court because of that. Raids had been held on the Cedar House and the Wagon Wheel, both on the Greenbrier Pike.

Smaller articles told of a square dance set for the following Saturday in Cedar Hill School’s gymnasium. The caller would be W.T. Fort and music provided by the Cedar Hill band.

A box supper would be held that same night at the Martin Chapel Community House. Proceeds would pay for a power lawn mower for upkeep of the church cemetery.

On a sadder note came the news of an Adams soldier missing in action in Korea. This was 19-year-old Cpl. Alfred Henson, Jr.

There were a number of articles that were “fillers.” For example, one told of a dog breeder who was writing insurance policies for dogs – but only for AKC-registered dogs. The man owned beagles.

Another article suggested that “Furs Reflect M’lady’s Traits.” The idea of a “professional fur stylist” was that women who wore “sheared raccoon” were often mischievous, just like raccoons.

Women wearing muskrat fur coats would resemble muskrats in their “highly developed home-building tendencies.”

And women in mink, while “affectionate and full of boundless energy,” could be “almost impossible to tame.”

There were several death notices in that issue. Mrs. Mary Etta Robertson Corbin had died in Cedar Hill. A White House farmer, Thomas Charles (Tarp) Wilkinson, had also died.

The death notices were located in several different sections of the paper. Another difference from today’s newspapers is that far less information was given. These notices did not include education, hobbies, and so on.

The paper did include a review of a book at the Robertson County Public Library. The book was “Man, the Unknown” by Alexis Carrel. The article said that “every thinking, honest, and truth-seeking person” would be interested in reading Carrel’s book. Librarian at the time was Miss Sue Taylor.

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