Brent Land of Litchfield brought a yellowed copy of The Hillsboro Journal from Aug. 3, 1944 into the office last week.
Published as the allies were fighting their way through Europe on the way to Germany and an end to World War II, the front page contains 13 stories about the war–most on Montgomery County residents who had earned decorations, were on furlough, assigned to active duty, and were killed or missing in action.
There was also municipal news; the Hillsboro City Council was petitioned to improve Lake Hillsboro Park. A story also described legal action by a county judge, serving as a private in the U.S. Army, filing suit to collect his judge’s salary. There was 4-H show news, and of course, an Old Settlers preview–the newspaper, after all, was published in August.
Only one advertiser in the eight-page edition is still in business under the same name at the same location: the Orpheum Theatre. Headlinng at the Orpheum was “Uncertain Glory” starring Errol Flynn. Tucked inside the Orpheum ad were weekend movie listings at The Deluxe Grand.
There were also ads from Seymour’s Drug Store (selling paint), Hillsboro Rendering Co., Hillsboro National Bank featuring a prominent photo of the building in the space Lincoln Plaza now occupies, optometrist Dr. W.T. Thorp, Max Wilson Real Estate, Fisher & Whitten feeds, flour and sugar, Kroger, J.M. Weingand Hardware, S.W. Coe & Co. Loans, and Sears (where a “Victory Fly Spatter”, regularly a dime, was on sale for three cents.
The newspaper also featured a comic strip page, and, apropos of the time, on the back page a “Ration Timetable” letting readers know what stamps were required and at what time for processed food, meats and fats, sugar, gasoline, fuel oil, shoes, and stoves.