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Historian Dan Gillett featured La Harpe fifty years ago during Summerfest

"Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea.

"Let's go to press: This is Walter Winchell reporting to you from beautiful downtown La Harpe," said Dan Gillett as he comfortably was seated on stage during an evening at Summerfest last week.

The audience enjoyed Gillett's report as follows:

"The following Dateline La Harpe, Illinois August 1956

In the news:

Jenny Hamilton and Biz Miller have purchased the adjoining store building and will expand doubling the size of their grocery store.

In a related story, John Folks has also purchased the next building and will also double the size of the Fair Store.

And now to our sponsors:

Artistic Beauty Salon offers the ladies a permanent for $7.50 in air conditioned comfort.

L & N Drug Store offers school supplies at 50% off.

And, for those going back to school, the Travelers Inn offers their student lunch plate for $.60. The meal includes meat, potatoes gravy, your choice of vegetables and hot roll with butter.

Have you been following the news? Jim Mayor's feed store is under new management, with Bob Jones offering a full line of Kent Feed.

In a related note, Standard Service Station is under new management. Maris Carey has turned the business over to Wayne Carey.

And now for our sponsors.

See Jim Howd for all your insurance needs.

When your car needs service, see Jim Welch at Sinclair Oil Company.

If a new care is what you are looking for, go to your local Ford dealer-Reeder Motors.

For the new Chevrolet cars and trucks make a visit to Northside Motor Sales.

When your car needs a wheel alignment, go to Chet's Auto Body.

And for your heating and plumbing needs go to Gitting's Hardware.

See Keith Bowen for rock hauling.

Little Brothers Hardware offers Benjamin Moore paint for $2.98 a gallon.

This just in: La Harpe Order Buyers at the TP & W Stock Yards will have no market on Labor Day.

In a related story, the Hi Way Drive-In will be open all day on Labor Day.

The Federated Store has just received a new line of cotton fabrics.

And now let's focus on the men and women of the Armed Services.

Paul Anderson, Naval Recruit, is nearing completion of his boot training at Great Lakes Naval Academy. He will graduate August 18, 1956, and after a 2 week leave, will return to duty for machinist training.

And now for the entertainment news:

The Merchant's Fair kicks off this week. The horse show will be held at the fairgrounds, and the Royal United Carnival will be in the city park.

And now straight from Hollywood, Clark Gable and Lana Turner will be performing in La Harpe-on the new wide screen at the "A mus U" theater operated by Howard and Elsie Magin.

Let's turn to our sponsors:


Street Maintenance Superintendent Allen Winter reports city streets will be seal coated this week.

From the Quill:

Bill Bradshaw reports that Dr. Mueller will be on call at the hospital while Dr. Collins is in Chicago on vacation.

Maxine Duncan will soon be returning from vacation and will be back to work at the Benner Food Store where Jello is on sale 4 packages for $.29.

And now from our sponsors;

And now turning to birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

Jack Sharpe and Myrtle Fife are celebrating 40th birthdays this week.

Local butcher Kurt Hoffmeister, along with his wife Betty, will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary with friends at the Union Church.

And on September 2, 1956, Miss Donna White will be married to Carl Reeder at the Methodist Church.

And that is the news as reported to you for August 1956 from beautiful downtown La Harpe, Ill.

Wait! This just in.

Bill Lightner reports that the Four Maples Motel has been damaged in the recent wind storm. One of the large maples in front of the motel has fallen onto cabins 3 and 4. It may now be called, the 3 Maples and a Stump Motel!

And that is the news.