Did you wonder about the Christmas festivities here in 1940? “The Springfield Herald” has the answer in its Dec. 2 edition.

According to one article, a crowd “estimated at 5,000” enjoyed the contests and the parade.

First prize in the window decorating contest went to Tennessee Light and Power Company. The display portrayed a table set for two with a turkey and side dishes ready to be eaten.

An electric stove in one corner had the door open and a tray of golden biscuits for the meal. In another corner was a lighted Christmas tree.

Prizes given for other contests included turkeys and Christmas baskets.

Another headline on the front page of this edition concerned the Red Cross Roll Call. Citizens gave over $730 to the annual call. This was only from the county and did not include Springfield. Mrs. Elizabeth Cody Johnson was County Chairperson.

The article next to this one described the American Red Cross effort as far as relief for “war-torn Europe.” Food, clothing, and medicine were going to families in the British Isles whose homes had been bombed. Air raid shelters were also being built in England by the Red Cross.

The same newspaper told of local 4-H clubs holding their annual Achievement Day the week before. Approximately 250 gathered at Harris & Jones Loose Floor. They elected officers, presented awards, played games, and enjoyed free movies at the Capitol Theatre.

Ray Henderson was elected president of the county group. Lucile Dixon and Harmon Jones were the county agents.

Another article on the front page concerned the addition of 12 miles of new CEMC power lines in the county. These lines would run southwest from Cross Plains. It was hoped that residents along the route would have electricity by Christmas.

One of the most enjoyable pages of old newspapers would have to be the “Personals” section.

Many of the announcements in this edition were related to students home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Among these was Jeff French, who had visited his mother, Mrs. C.W. Russell, on Greenbrier Road. Mary Elizabeth Pepper returned to the State Teachers’ Institute in Murfreesboro. Fred Harris, Jr., returned to Memphis.

A host of young men had been at home from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville. These included Dick Smith, Billy Jarrell, Dick Williams, Clarence Cobbs, and Johnny Tigue.

Marjorie Barber was hostess for a luncheon at the Cardinal Tea Room in Springfield. She honored a houseguest from Dyersburg.

The Springfield Sub-Deb Club entertained at an “o’possum hunt.” A wiener roast was part of the fun at the home of chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. Culver Burnett on Adairville Road.

An advertisement offered dresses for $1.99 at Akin’s. And a Lord Elgin watch with 21 jewels could be purchased at McCord & Harris.

The Willys Americar was available at Glover Auto Company. The cost started at $635.

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