The Press introduces a feature looking back at what Baker Countians were reading 75 and 25 years ago this month. The snippets are pulled from our archives:
June, 1939-75 years ago
- The big news in the June 2 edition was the arrest of a man named Carl Andrews for the murder of friend Paul Raulerson, whose bullet-ridden body was found in a burning car south of Fort White, FL in Gilchrist County. The newspaper quotes Mr. Andrews as telling Deputy W. W. Burnsed, “Bill, it looks like I got into something that I won’t get out of in a long time.”
– June 15 is the date that the City of Macclenny will begin impounding stray cows and pigs that are roaming the streets. Violators will have to pay a penalty to get their livestock back.
– The Aid to the Blind program assisted 12 blind and near-blind Baker County residents in June. Total outlay $154.
- The Press advertised annual subscriptions. Price one dollar. Single copy price 5 cents.
– A crowd of about 150 turned out in Macclenny to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the founding of the Lions Club. The event was held in the dining hall of the Hotel Annie downtown, followed by a dance at the clubhouse.
– The Board of Public Instruction decided to reduce the salaries of both teachers and bus drivers for the coming year due to a shortage of funds brought on by “poor tax collections” the past two school terms.
– The Macclenny Cash Store (phone number 4) advertised white bacon at 12 cents a pound and ten pounds of grits for 23 cents. Three bars of Lux soap went for 20 cents.
– The Macclenny and Sanderson chapters of the Future Farmers returned from the state convention in Gainesville, having won first place in judging sheep and second in judging beef cattle.
– A funeral date was set for J.J. Combs Sr., 73, of Glen St. Mary. He represented Baker County in the 1913 session of the Florida Legislature and was a former member of the Board of Public Instruction. Mr. Combs was also a founder of the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
– The 21-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sweat of Jacksonville died when he was run over by a car containing his father and uncle, who were leaving on a fishing trip. The boy’s parents were natives of Baker County.
– The comedy-drama entitled “They Made Me a Criminal” was showing for an extended three nights at the Baker Theatre. The newspaper assured readers it will “amuse all who see it.”
– The Baker County Commission paid these amounts from the funds indicated: $2937 from the general fund; $163 from fine and forfeiture and $11,956 from the road and bridge fund.
June, 1989-25 years ago
– The historic Morris House in downtown Macclenny, a former rooming house known for its daily home-cooked lunches, was extensively damaged by fire that started in an adjacent building.
– The U.S. Forest Service gave belated approval for a natural gas pipeline to cross 23 miles of the Osceola National Forest going west to east through Baker County.
– The Glen St. Mary Supermarket advertised three pounds of ground chuck for $6.27; pork chops at $1.39 a pound, ten pounds of ground beef at $13.90 and chicken leg quarters at $4.90 for ten pounds.
– The Baker County Commission set a workshop to further discuss hiring a county manager.
– The school district was criticized for failure to pay an architect for the design phase on the new Baker County High School during fiscal year 1986-87 when the service was rendered. He was not paid until the $17 million grant that paid for the new school in Glen St. Mary was approved. His fee: $712,000.
– The Navy was looking at an undisclosed land mass in Baker County for a “touch-go” carrier landing strip for training pilots, replacing the one near Whitehouse that has come under fire due to jet engine noise. The project never got off the ground.
– Ken Reagh Chevrolet in Macclenny advertised new custom vans for $19,945, Camaros for $11,738 and S-10 picks for $7448.
– The football coaching staff at Baker County High School realized the practice field at the new campus in Glen would not be ready in time for the fall, so it planned to remain at the old field near the present-day middle school.
– The PInetop fire tower west of Glen St. Mary was deemed the second driest reporting station in the 13-county area that comprises the Suwannee Valley Water Management District. It recorded just under 22 inches of rain from April, 1988 to May, 1989.