Around town on D-Day

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By Greg Summers

Here is a brief glimpse at some of the local news during the first week of June 1944:

• Final preparations were underway for the fifth war bond campaign, led by J.W. Medford. The county goal was $928,000.

• Col. Elliott Springs announced that Wade H. Gladden had been hired by L&C Railway as comptroller and W.S Barfield as superintendent.   

• It was announced that noted soprano, Dorothy “the Gospel Songbird” Strathearn, would accompany national Christian layman and philanthropist R.G. LeTournea to a July 2 speaking engagement at Lancaster Presbyterian Church.

• “The North Star,” starring Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews, was playing at the State Theatre in Kershaw and “Swing Fever,” starring Kay Kyser and Marilyn Maxwell, was showing at Parr Theatre.

• Three Main Street dime stores – Buckelew’s, Cox’s and Mack’s – announced plans to start closing at 7 p.m. during the summer to give employees “more time off through the hot summer weather.”

• Belk’s Department Store had a large stock of ration-free summer sandals and playshoes, ranging from $2 to $3.95 in price, on sale.

• After starting a baseball program in 1943, the members of Stafford Graham Post 31 announced they would field a local team in the upcoming state American Legion Junior Baseball Tournament, coached by Lancaster High School athletics director F.J. Suhrstedl and assistant coach Herbert Clough. Team members from Lancaster included Jack Mattox, Charles Holland, Bubber Gregory, James Ingram, Woodrow Player, Orell Pate, Henry Lowery, Smith Clark, Charles Gardner, Claud Sinclair, Gerald Pressley, Ward Harris, Glenn Hunter, Harold Hunter, William Manos, Arthur Lucas, Alex Deese, Eugene Bailey and Russell Lowery, along with Leonard Cooper, Buddy Cooper and Lester Bailey, all from Great Falls.