Here’s a glance back at what Baker Countians were reading 75 and 25 years ago this month. The snippets are pulled from our archives:
November, 1939-75 years ago
The Swift Creek Oil Company began construction on a 130-foot derrick south of Olustee to support a test drill looking for oil deposits.
- Principal Thomas Sweat reported “splendid” success at the Sanderson High School carnival. It raised $83.36 from the carnival booths and $52.61 from the beauty contest won by Althea Lee of Olustee.
- Sheriff Shannon Green arrested W.R. Bennett of Jacksonville, formerly of St. Augustine, for incest after it was learned he married a woman in Baker County who was really his daughter. She falsified her name and said she was forced into the arrangement because she was pregnant.
- The Press reported the death of Louie Burnsed at her son’s home in Macclenny, claiming she was Baker County’s oldest citizen at 94. She was described as “a very interesting to talk with” who recalled many incidents of the county’s early history.
- Klein’s Dairy in Glen St. Mary began selling pasteurized milk at the same price as raw milk. “It looks like the dairy has gone modern,” stated The Press.
- Two Macclenny residents, Dolice and Bodie Rhoden, were among 38 recruits in the rookie class of the newly formed Florida State Highway Patrol that trained in Bradenton.
- Press editor Tate Powell Jr. was named president of the Florida Press Association during its annual meeting in St. Augustine.
- Southern Resin and Chemical announced a two-year $10,000 building project at its turpentine camp headquarters at Pine Top west of Glen St. Mary.
- Sheriff Green declared that the Florida blue laws prohibit hunting with firearms in Baker County on Sundays. The law does not prohibit hunting with bows, slingshots or other weapons that don’t use explosives.
- The Macclenny Cash Store was selling ingredients for holiday fruit cakes: glazed pineapple and cherries at 39 cents a pound, orange and lemon peels at 29 cents a pound and pecans at a dime per pound.
- The Baker Theatre in Macclenny was featuring the movie “Gunga Din” starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr..
- In an announcement said to be of “wide-spread interest to the people of Macclenny,” the Baker County Public Library was expected to re-open under Womens Club supervision on November 24.
- Baker County boys working under the National Youth Administration were nearly finished with the new cafeteria aside the school in Glen St. Mary. That and other projects employ 34 young men here with a monthly payroll of $600.
November, 1989-25 years ago
- Nine juvenile males were implicated in the theft of $2000 in cash from an office on Ward 36 at Northeast Florida State Hospital where they were temporarily living as wards of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.
– The Glen St. Mary Supermarket advertised “tailgate” specials to coincide with Florida-Georgia weekend: three pounds of ground chuck $6.57, fryers 65 cents a pound, bananas four pounds for a dollar.
- The Baker County Commission mulled the purchase of a parcel of property and former office of Dr. Frank Kilgo behind the county courthouse for expansion. The price: $30,000.
- Oakland A’s pitching ace Storm Davis brought his anti-drug message to the Baker County High School student body and to a smaller group at the middle school.
- CSX announced it will install gates and signals at crossings in Glen St. Mary, the scene of several vehicle-train collisions, one of them fatal and resulting in a lawsuit by the victim’s widow.
- The BCHS Wildcats under Coach Danny Green clinched a district title with a 6-3 victory over the Bradford County Tornadoes, then remained in the race for a regional crown by beating Zephyrhills 24-7.
- A group of citizens approached the Glen St. Mary Town Council suggesting a night curfew be enacted to combat what they saw as a rash of vandalism and speeding vehicles on town streets at night. One suggestion was a neighborhood watch system and installation of street lamps.
- For the second year in a row, the Baker County School Board approved a resolution opposing a move by the state’s school board association calling for appointment of superintendents.
- The Press reported on the sudden death of Glen Crosby, 48, an Albuquerque, New Mexico commercial airline pilot, while in Glen St. Mary to attend the funeral of his mother Willie Murphy.
- The county commission whittled down a list of applicants for the job of county manager to ten, six of them Baker County residents. The job eventually went to James (Wayne) Hurst.
- Ken Reagh Chevrolet in Macclenny advertised new four-wheel drive Scottsdale pickup trucks for $16,975 and new S-10 pickups for $7989.