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November 9, 2013

A piece of history: Man finds 70-year-old edition of Enid Daily Eagle

ENID, Okla. — When Brian Schwarzkopf began cleaning out a soon-to-be remodeled mud room at his house on North Taylor, he didn’t know he would also be uncovering a little piece of Enid’s history.

Schwarzkopf bought his house in March and was just getting around to working on the room on the back end of the house when he uncovered a 70-year-old edition of the Enid Daily Eagle.

Dated “Wednesday, March 17, 1943,” the copy of the paper is torn and tattered at the edges. But through the mildew and yellowing of the paper the stories being told back then still can be read.

The main headline of the paper concerns the war in Europe and reads: “British Start Drive On Mareth Line.”  The majority of stories on the front page are datelined Washington, D.C., and there is a single photograph on the front page.

Another front-page headline reads, “Battle Fires Burn Brighter In Renewed Clash In Burma.”  There also is a story about the FBI’s investigation into cases of sabotage in the United States that quotes J. Edgar Hoover.

However, not all stories on the front page are national news.

A story datelined from Tulsa tells of a fire at a Mid-Continent oil refinery, relying on information from “an unofficial source.” Another headline announces, “Engineers and Surveyors on Woodring Job.”

Schwarzkopf found the paper on the bottom of a cabinet in the back room of the house.

“It was the only one in there and is was back in the corner,” he said. “I’ve never had something in my hands this old before. It’s pretty cool. It’s a little bit of history.”

Thumbing through the paper, a void on the inner pages shows someone had cut out an article. A shred of the comics page remains, featuring a “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip.

The paper also shows its age in the language used in advertisements, especially one that touts a certain brand of buttermilk as, ‘The world’s finest health drink.’”

The Firestone shop offered to clean your car’s interior for 9 cents. Another store had a set of golf clubs on sale for $12.88. Wallpaper was being sold for 19 cents a roll and a gallon of paint that “dries overnight” went for 79 cents.

Movie times for Enid’s three movie theaters also are listed. The Aztec was showing “The Hard Way.” The Chief was featuring “After Midnight” and The Cherokee was playing “Tales of Manhattan.” Movie tickets sold for 25 to 35 cents each, depending upon which theater you visited.

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