They say we're entitled, narcissistic, lacking work ethic, constantly needing affirmation of our overinflated self-esteem and we just won't leave the shelter of our parents and let them BE already! Well, I say I deserve a day off for my hard work, some recognition for it's superior quality and yes, Mom, I will be at dinner on Sunday.
I'm just trying to hold on to my youth, really. Aren't we all?
The headline in the Port Angeles Evening News reads “Healthiest Place in the World – That’s Eastern Clallam County.”
The year was 1941.
“Scientists have proclaimed the climate and general characteristics of the Sequim country most ideal for healthful human existence,” the article reads. I believe it. My family has certainly thrived on the east side of Morse Creek.
This local newspaper and a dozen others from 1905 to 1947 ended up at my parents’ house a couple weeks ago and I spent a whole evening thumbing through each page. There was a section called “About People” where you read who was visiting from Seattle, who was hosting a dance party and who would be the handyman at the Seevers’ grocery during the absence of Mr. Kearny. It was John Chenery, in case you wanted to know.
An article celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Sequim Press ran in a 1941 edition of the Port Angeles Evening News. George W. O’Brien started the Sequim Press, a weekly, in 1911 after publishing earlier newspapers in Clallam Bay. The Sequim Press was delivered on Thursday evening.
A 1917 edition of the Port Angeles Evening News included great coverage on WWI. As I read the wartime newspapers, I was struck by how much national and international news there was. Of course, that was vital to the public because there were no televisions, no Internet, no Facebook and no cell phones with which to stay in the know.
Social events and gatherings were big news in the 1905 Olympic Leader newspaper. “Miss Fairy Johnson Will Give an Entertainment Monday Evening Next” was front page, top-of-the-fold news next to the annual Degree of Honor picnic and the newly formed Boosters Club.
I’ll leave you with the full text of a 1917 front page article titled, “The Weaker Sex…”
“VINCENNES, Ind., April 19. — (AP) Five perspiring and embarrassed men struggled to carry a piano into Mrs. Evaline McGiffin’s farm home. Two excited neighbor women had run out of the home with it when a nearby barn caught fire.”