Newspapers from times past often provide entertainment – and a bit of nostalgia perhaps. This is certainly true for issues of newspapers from around Christmas.

The edition of the “Springfield Herald” for Nov. 28, 1940, is a good example.

Interestingly, news related to area churches filled most of the front page:

A revival had been held at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. F.T. Carroll was so successful that the revival, which had already lasted two weeks, would continue longer.

The speaker at the County Young People’s Missionary Rally would be Dr. E.W. Craighead. He had returned from mission work in Rumania. The rally was scheduled for Springfield Baptist Church.

Springfield Baptist was also hosting the annual Thanksgiving service. The service was set for eight o’clock on Thanksgiving morning.

Sunday vesper services were continuing at the First Christian Church. Future programs would be given by Hardin Conn, County Attorney, and by Julius Mark, Rabbi of Nashville’s Hebrew Temple.

Also in the news was the “house-warming” given for Rev. and Mrs. J.L. Taylor. The four churches making up the Red River Circuit of the Methodist Church participated in bringing items for the parsonage pantry.

Rev. Taylor would preach the next Sunday at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Methodist. His topic would be “Was Jesus a Mason?” At 6:30 p.m. that same day, Taylor would be at Woodland Street Methodist. That sermon would focus on “Little Men in High Places.”

Of course, the front page of the Nov. 28, 1940, edition continued other news.

Dr. W.F. Fyke had died after a lengthy illness. An eye, ear, and nose specialist, he had been in practice with his father, Dr. B.F. Fyke, after moving to Springfield.

The Rotary Club was entertaining the SHS football team at the Colonial Hotel for the annual football banquet. Speakers included Mooney Griffith, a sportswriter for the “Nashville Tennessean,” John C. Pope, Duncan Moore, and Philip Bell.

Robertson County’s first draftees would head for Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on Monday, Dec. 9. These six men would be on the “Dixie Flyer” at 9:17 a.m.

Students of Mrs. Wells Burr would present “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in the Springfield High School auditorium on Dec. 6. John Briley would portray Tom Sawyer. Don Wilson would star as Huck Finn. Admission was 15 and 25 cents.

And finally, the Christmas Shopping Season had been planned by Springfield merchants. A program, beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 29, would feature contests and prizes, a parade, and the visit from Santa Claus. 

At 7 that night, stores would unveil their holiday windows. A contest would involve finding in each window, merchandise not usually sold at that store.

Another contest was the Treasure Hunt. Contestants would be assigned a number at a booth in the Courthouse. Then each participant would have to find the duplicate number assigned to an employee of a participating store.

The parade would begin at 8 p.m. Santa would ride a fire truck and hand out toys to children along his route.

Don’t you wonder if that special time was a success?

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