Claremore Daily Progress

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August 5, 2006

The summer of '46 and football was near

Larry Larkin Column

Larry Larkin

A Claremore Daily Progress advertisement for a local grocery store listed onions for 89 cents. That's 89 cents for a 50-pound sack of onions. A shopper could also purchase 100 pounds of potatoes for $1.99.

Rogers County District Judge N.B. Johnson about the same time ordered a temporary halt for workers installing parking meters for the first time along the four main blocks of Claremore. This happened after local attorney H. Tom Kight Jr. filed a petition on behalf of seven businessmen.

In other local matters, the city's bathhouse owners elected to start using the term "Claremore mineral water" because they all believed that "radium" misrepresented their healing waters.

And, word of the day was that popular movie star Leo Carrillo would be coming to town. He was scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming Will Rogers Day events. A close friend of Rogers County's late favorite son, Carrillo would soon become better known as Poncho in the television series The Cisco Kid.

The county's local draft board also had a notice on the front page of The Progress. The board cautioned all young men working on farms at the time to not leave their jobs without the board's consent. If this happened, their 2-C classification would change to 1-A, top of the draft order. This notice was for all men, single or married with no children, between the ages of 19 and 29.

School would open on Sept. 9, it was announced.

Claremore had three movie houses at the time. On this one date, viewers could enjoy "Boys Ranch" starring Butch Jennings and a preview of Charles Coburn's "The Green Years" at the Yale Theatre; the Cadet Theatre's double feature "She Wolf of London" and "They Were Expendable" with John Wayne and Robert Montgomery; or for the cowboy fans, Johnny Mack Brown at the Palace Theatre in "The Gentleman from Texas," plus the sixth serial chapter of "King of the Forest Rangers."

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