Through the Years
Fire Department’s annual inspection in ‘57
by Joe Toppe Staff Writer
It is Friday, Sept. 13, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish our public recollection, the Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to September of 1957.
The Progress featured this front page headline that read:
“Fire Department Begins Annual Inspection Monday”
The accompanying article stated Fire Chief Clyde Ellenburg announced the department’s annual inspection of residential and business sections of the city.
According to the report, all homes, businesses, schools, and churches would be checked thoroughly for fire hazards.
The Progress also reported this front page headline:
“Open House Will Be Held At Hospital Next Thursday”
The article reported that Baptist Easley Hospital would hold an Open House inspection and invited citizens from the surrounding areas to attend the special occasion.
In local sports, the Green Wave rolled over Greer by a score of 25-0 while Easley Mill golfers won in Woodside’s Chain Golf Tourney.
The Colony Theatre in Easley was showing “China Gate” starring Gene Barry and Angie Dickinson and “The Black Whip” starring Hugh Marlowe and Coleen Gray.
The Easley Drive-In was showing “Tarzan’s Savage Fury” starring Lex Barker and Dorothy Hart and “Heaven Knows” starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.
Several advertisements were also featured.
Winn Dixie in Easley sold a pint can of bug killer for 39 cents and two 14 oz. cans of Ajax for 25 cents.
B.F. Goodrich on the Pickens Highway in Easley offered a free battery check and new tires starting at $6.95.
Home Insurance Agency of Easley announced,
“Don’t forget a thing especially a car insurance check-up”
“Enjoy peace of mind on your vacation and the knowledge that your car insurance gives you complete protection against loss in case of accident.”
In other news, the first edition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road went on sale while U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops to Arkansas to provide safe passage into Central High School for the Little Rock Nine.
By September of 1957, the Korean War had been over for more than four years while the Second World War had been over for more than 12 years.
The Easley Progress was in its 55th year.
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