The 70, 80, 90 and 100 years ago entries are my favorites, but I'm going to start with one from 50 years ago...
April 2, 1964
Andy Staponski killed a wolf last week.
March 30, 1944
A ten-months old Jersey heifer will be sold at public auction in Pierce City Saturday afternoon. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross fund.
April 8, 1954
The Post Office Department introduced its first regular 8 cents United stamp bearing the motto "In God We Trust" and also portraying the Statue of Liberty on radio and television at noon today.
Your ice will be delivered by the Peirce City Ice Plant now as soon as you want it.
Price will be 50 cents per 100 pounds, except for the 5 cent chunks which will be at the rate of 7 lbs for 5 cents.
Commercial Street will present quite a different appearance when all the rubbish is cleaned off of it.
A member of the orchestra has spent the day searching for the gray eagle.
April 13, 1944
Lt. Virgil E. Fieker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fieker is reported missing in action in England. He failed to return from a raid over Germany, March 16. He was a co-pilot on the Flying Fortress Ole Smoke. Fieker had been in England since last November.
April 19, 1934
A rally of all who believe in prohibition and temperance work in Lawrence county will be held in the circuit court room, Saturday, April 28.
April 23, 1954
The rabies quarantine which has been in effect since Feb. 17, has been lifted.
It is noted that hollyhocks planted outside around the chicken lot make an attractive and effective screen and help supply the chickens with shade.
and hummingbirds with nectar...
You are hereby ordered by Mayor and City Council to restrain all chickens or fowls of any description from running at large, from March 15, 1944 until October 15, 1944. If your fencing is not sufficient to hold your chickens, please make fencing that will. If you have a desperado, put him in the pot.
I've saved the longest and most revealing of the times for last. 90 years ago...
Thirty years ago eggs sold at six dozen for a quarter, butter at ten cents a pound and milk five cents a quarter. The grocer treated you to a cigar and gave the children a sack of candy and the good wife a package of chewing gum and said, "Thank you very much, call again." Arbuckle's coffee was nine cents per pound and each package contained a stick of candy. Women did not powder and paint in public, use lip sticks, smoke, vote, play poker, tote vanity cases, carry poodle dogs, nor shake the shimmey. Men wore whiskers, boots, suspenders, drank out of a mustauche cup, chewed tobacco, smoked a pipe, spit on the sidewalk and cussed. Beer was five cents a schooner and lunch free. A boy could take his girl to a church social and treat her to ice cream, strawberries and cake, all for 20 cents. Today everybody rides in automobiles or airplanes, plays golf, shoots craps, billards and pool, smokes cigarettes, drinks 'Rufus Juice', blames the high cost of living on their neighbors and thinks Uncle Sam should always be doing something for them and insists the world owes them a living and a heluvagood time. These are the days of suffragetting, flapperetting, jellybeaning, profiteering, high rents, excess taxes, bank failures, fake oil leases and a thousand other what-nots. How times do change!
Any small town news stories in your area?