Saturday, February 4, 2017

99. Our School Newspaper: The Maroon and White

When Nancy and I were students at  Gettysburg High School from 1945 until  1949, our school newspaper, the Maroon and White, was published every two weeks. It was a remarkable achievement for a small school, especially in light of the fact the paper was 11x17 inches and typically six pages long.

Several factors were responsible for the success of this excellent publication which was free to all students. The experienced advisers, Louise Ramer and Ruth Mundis, gave direction and guidance to a huge staff of nearly sixty students from all four classes. In addition, each issue of the Maroon and White featured numerous display ads from local businesses.

The Wednesday, March 10, 1948 issue of the Maroon and White included fifty-six ads, and recently, Nancy and I walked down memory lane as we reviewed them.

Among the most popular places advertised in the school paper were the Majestic Theater which featured three movies plus a newsreel and cartoon each week; the Sweetland and the Delecto where friends gathered after school, sporting events or after leaving the Canteen; and Smitty’s Store located on what is now LeFever Street, for snacks, sodas, ice cream and soft drinks.

The sports news in the March 10 issue of the Maroon and White included a wrap- up of our recent very successful basketball season in which the team won seventeen games and lost five. Senior Kenny Fair, the leading scorer, was first team All-Conference and honorable mention All-State.

The March 10 edition also carried an ad for Adams County Motors, the Ford dealer where Nancy and I bought our first new car, a 1955 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan, the prettiest car we ever owned.

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