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Yesteryear for April 2, 2014

58 YEARS AGO -- March 29-April 5, 1956

Posted: April 1, 2014 8:45 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

(The Camden News)

Announce personnel of The Camden News staff

Personnel of the staff of The Camden News and other information regarding the new paper was made Wednesday by Harold C. Booker, editor and publisher.  The announcement was made coincident with the publication of the first issue.

“The Camden News,” Mr. Booker said, “is owned by a group of well known Camden and Kershaw county people … it was desired that publication begin immediately, the paper … printed by contract and will be issued weekly.”

David C. O’Keef will be the general manager … Mr. O’Keef had for the past three years been business manager of The Camden Chronicle and prior to that had been connected with the Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington newspaper.

Miss Harriette Nelson will be secretary and in charge of the front office….

Mrs. Clarissa Bristol is the editor of the woman’s page….

Miss Harriette Mays is the Bethune representative….

Mrs. E. L. Jones will represent The News at Liberty Hill….

Mrs. Barbara Truesdell will be the correspondent at Westville….

Mr. Booker, the editor and publisher of The News, has served as editor of The Camden Chronicle for the past eight years….

Lancaster News editorial on The Camden News

Under the heading “Vol. 1, No. 1” Lancaster News in its Tuesday edition, carried the following editorial:

“As all newspapermen know, the index number, “Vol. 1, No.1” has a meaning all its own.  It represents the hopes and fears of a new enterprise plus the incredible amount of hard work that goes into organizing and printing the first issue of a newspaper.

“Such a first issue came off the press this past week in Camden but announced itself not as a new paper but as an old acquainted greeting its readers in a new dress.  It was The Camden News which will be published in that city every Thursday from now on.

“Harold C. Booker, distinguished South Carolina newspaperman, is editor and publisher and David C. O’Keefe is general manager.  Mr. Booker was formerly editor of The Lancaster News… Mr. O’Keefe was formerly advertising manager of our sister publication, The Chester Reporter.

“Both were associated with The Camden Chronicle, which recently changed hands and is now under the guidance of Editor C. William Calk and Advertising Manager Herman T. Bass, the latter another alumnus of The Lancaster News.

“Residents of Camden and Kershaw county are to be congratulated on their new paper.  Vol. 1, No.1 is a vigorous, healthy infant with a good set of editorial teeth and 20 pages of news and advertising.  If know-how and enthusiasm are the ingredients of growth the future of The Camden News would seem rosy.”

Begin telephone service in Bethune on May 20

The telephone exchange at Bethune will be put into operation at 2:01 a.m. on May 20, officials of the Sand Hills Telephone Cooperative informed The Camden News….There will be 125 phones in the Town of Bethune and an additional number in the surrounding area.

Four candidates enter House race

Four candidates qualified for the race for the House of Representatives from Kershaw county.

Representatives L. P. Branham, Sr. and James L. Sweet are seeking re-election.  Ben D. Emerson and Donald Holland are the opposing candidates.

County Superintendent of Education Arthur Stokes and Clerk of Court Ed Ogburn are unopposed….

Bethune Lions to work for lights on football field

The Bethune Lions club has undertaken a new project for the year beginning July 1 to install lights for the new football field on the site of the new high school in Bethune….


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