The Dobson Digest is a new weekly column by Mark Rogers featuring regional historical tidbits supplied by the Dobson Memorial Center Museum and Home in Miami.
A front-page story in the July 16, 1967 Miami News-Record proclaimed the end of a lengthy strike by B.F. Goodrich workers.
The paper reported “The 86-day-old strike of B.F. Goodrich workers ended Saturday afternoon. As word spread like wildfire through Miami, members of the 1477-member Local 318, United Rubber Workers expressed jubilation over settlement of the longest strike in the Miami plant’s history. The agreement calls for an immediate 15-cent hourly general increase for workers in all plants with an additional 10-cent hourly increase for skilled workers. It also calls for an additional 15-cent hourly boost effective July 1, 1968 and an additional 13-cents hourly effective June 30, 1969. Overall, it will mean a 43-cent hourly increase for skilled employees and 53 cents hourly increase for skilled workers. Currently, the top scale has been $3.88 hourly.”
The article went on to say that the new contract would also see an increase in the pension plan. Negotiated was the sum of $5.50 monthly times the number of years served, representing a $2.25 increase.
After the agreement was reached, Goodrich president Ward Keener stated the company would be unable to absorb the costs, and would result in a substantial price increase over the product line.
Also happening 50 years ago was a Fairland Roundup Club “Showdeo” featuring a downtown parade and 500 new bleacher seats at the arena. Admission was 25 cents and 50 cents.
A Hockerville couple, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Simpson, welcomed triplets. “We thought we were just going to have a big baby!” they said. The newcomers were named Julia, Judith, and Daniel. They were the first triplets born in Baxter Springs Memorial hospital.
“The only other sets of triplets in Ottawa County will start to school in September. They are the Durborow triplets, now 6, of Miami – two girls and a boy, children of the Donald Durborows, 2002 C N.E.,” said the article.
Mel Landers opened a can of worms when the president of the Miami Lions Club announced plans for public discussion of a proposed shelter house, rest room and fountain in the Lion Chaney Park located in Rockdale addition.
“Some Rockdale citizens protested, contending the restrooms were not needed in the residential park and would not enhance the area,” reported the paper.
An advertisement for Shadow Lake in Noel, MO, promoted a dance featuring “Mr. Steel Guitar” Leon “Take it Away” McAuliffe.
Joanna’s Silhouette Hair Designs ran a grand opening ad touting “the interior enjoys a French Provincial décor. White, gold and soft blue add restful serenity while patrons are receiving beautification treatments. Owned by Joanna Turner, the shop was located at 101 Second Ave. S.E.
A photo page by photographer Ed Craig, featured students on location at their summer jobs. One caption read “Jim Thompson (NEO) and John Finley (OSU) change a car’s oil as part of their jobs at a local auto sales and service firm.” Thompson would become a successful Miami attorney, and John Finley president of First National Bank.
In the weekly “Moccasin Telegraph” column, historian Velma Nieberding wrote, “The big drum is silent, the dancers have put away their colorful costumes until another occasion. But the Quapaw pow-wow, an attraction offered free to the public, closed one of its most successful years. The committee secretary reported there were 140 camps at Beaver Springs, some of them housing and feeding as many as 24 persons.
An item listed in “From the Clutter” stated “A center of attraction will be the city’s newly crowned wading pool queen, Susan Hicks and her attendants.” The spectacle was a part of the city’s annual doll and pet parade, which had to be rescheduled twice due to rain that year.
9,500 bricks were reported stolen from the site of dormitory construction at Northeastern A&M. The bricks were valued at $800 and police figured that a large truck had to be used in the theft.
Stamps were a big deal in the 60s. Home Furniture gave S&H stamps, Minson’s Discount Supermarket in Commerce offered Gold Bond Stamps and Farrier’s IGA Thriftway handed out Top Value stamps.
At Minson’s you could receive 50 extra Gold Bond stamps with purchase of one stalk of crisp celery.
Shoppers could load their carts with Milnot for 10 cents a can, Miracle Whip for 49 cents a quart and Banquet frozen cream pies 4/$1.
Farrier’s in Miami offered T.V. brand buttermilk biscuits 3 cans for 19 cents and Wilderness pie filling for 29 cents a can.
Jeannie’s, 19 South Main, had a sale on swimsuits and cover-ups for $2 each and swim caps for 88 cents.
Hunt’s, 11 North Main, lured in customers with Bermuda shorts for $3.99 to $5.56 and Van Heusen sporty p-j’s for $3.33.
After all that shopping, you could catch “The Glass Bottom Boat” starring Doris Day at the Coleman for 85 cents.
In world events, the Associated Press reported that Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, the world’s most famous ballet dance team, were among 18 persons arrested at a wild hippieland party in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. All were charged with disturbing the peace and visiting a place where narcotics – marijuana—were being used.
“You could hear the noise a block away,” stated an officer.
They found seven hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in a china cabinet in the apartment and several others scattered on the front steps.
The Dobson Historical Society wishes to honor Lou Ella Reynolds as the volunteer of the month. She has welcomed visitors since 1995.
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