I’ll start today’s post with a hearty “Happy New Year!” to all you local history fans. Thanks for reading and I hope you stick with me into 2011. My resolution is to continue posting three old articles per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Give me some feedback on what you think of this blog so far. Do you like the mix of articles? Would you like to see more of a certain topic? Is it too many stories per week (or not enough)? Any thoughts from you would be greatly appreciated. Anyways, let’s now take a look at the continuation of the article I posted earlier this week(A Good 60′s Flashback (part one)).
While the endless “years in review” roll in as 2010 comes to a close…I of course had to add my own double look back as today’s post features The Winfield Glimpses 1960’s “decade in review” as told in its January 14th, 1970 issue. It’s kind of long, so I’ll feature the continuation of the article later this week. It’s also only one article in a series, but I’ll post the rest in the future as I come across them.
I usually crop out the extraneous articles that surround the piece I am focusing on, but thought I'd leave in the segment about a fallen former resident, as a tribute (and showing yet another case where it seems like things never change). See you Friday.
I came across this late 1950’s Winfield Glimpses article after reading the winfield411.com post about the possibility of changing our ruralish postal numbering system to something a little more urban. The headline, “Suburban or Rural Life?”, grabbed me immediately.
Once you dig into the article, you’ll see that the question then was whether or not we should change from a rural way of dealing with sewage to an urban one. Luckily this change was indeed carried out in most areas of Winfield and if the address change could be carried out it would probably be a good thing too. Unfortunately, the Village doesn’t have as much direct power in enacting the address change as they did with the sewers. Enjoy the article, which also touches on how the area was developing at the time and remember to click on the image to see it larger.
I have to admit that I didn’t know what a “pfennig” or a “beutel” was, as referenced near the end of the article, so I Googled the words. Turns out they are both German words. A pfennig is an old German coin and a beutel is a purse, bag or pouch (but then you probably knew that).
As we’re gearing up for the local election in 2011, it’s a good time to pause and look back at a past Winfield campaign. How far back? How about the early 1930’s. In the April 2, 1963 Winfield Glimpses, the editor published an article regarding one groups platform from thirty years earlier. Looks like some pretty solid planks! (click to enlarge)