Recently while cleaning out my parents’ garage, I came across an old wooden toolbox. It had belonged to my father’s uncle who was a painter and carpenter. As expected, the tools that were probably 70 years or older were rusty and of no use. However, as I got to the bottom of the box I found it was lined with a crispy, yellowed copy of the San Antonio Light newspaper dated Friday, January 19, 1945. A picture of the front page is included. According to the banner, the paper contained 24 pages and cost five cents.
It seems appropriate to include something about this long lost paper since just a few months later, on May 8, 1945, World War II in Europe ended, and we have recently celebrated Memorial Day to remember all American personnel who have died in the service of our country.
The article following the paper’s headline, “Reds Hurtle Toward Berlin, Nazis Break Out on 40-mi. West Front,” reported that a Soviet offensive had captured the City of Krakow, Poland and liberation of Budapest, only 250 miles from Berlin, was imminent. At the same time the German army had broken through an Allied barrier in the west.
The article entitled “FDR Terms First 12 Years Hardest” covers preparations being made for the January 20, unprecedented fourth inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Because of the war, the ceremony would be limited, and his speech only about twenty minutes and 500 words in length.
Bits of history may surface almost anywhere, especially in older homes and neighborhoods. If you have something of a historical nature that may be of interest, write about it and submit it for inclusion in this newsletter. Then you can say that you also are a published writer.
- Alan Cash