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Flashback Friday: ‘New Daily Starts Publication’ in the Upper Valley in 1952

See a PDF of the full article, and a text-only version, below.

Thank you to local history buff Art Pease for dropping this off at the Valley News this morning!

According to Art, it’s a clipping from the Hanover (N.H.) Gazette from May 29, 1952. “New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4″ is the headline, followed by the deckhead: ” ‘The Valley News’ Names Its Personnel And Plans.”

I scanned in the full article as a PDF below, and also typed it out at the bottom of this page.

Text version: 

New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4

“The Valley News” Names Its Personnel And Plans

The Valley News, first daily newspaper ever published in the Tri-Towns of Lebanon, White River Junction and Hanover, will begin publication on June 4 from its new plant on the Hanover Road in West Lebanon.

The six-day-a-week afternoon publication will be printed by the Valley Publishing Company, Inc. President of the company and editor of the News is Allan C. Butler of Plainfield, N.H. Allston S. Goff is vice president of the company and business manager of the News. Butler and Goff are both directors of the company and Robert Pittis of New York City is the third director.

The News is housed in a new one-story cinder-block building. Its machinery will include three Linotypes, a Duplex flatbed press and other new pressroom equipment. A darkroom and Fairchild engraving equipment operated by two staff photographers will insure quick photo coverage.

National and international news will be furnished by the United Press wire service. Both national and local news will be processed by teletypesetting equipment.

Heading the nine-man news staff will be James L. Farley of Windsor, managing editor. He has had five years’ experience reporting and at-desk work on the northern New England daily newspapers.

Advertising manager is John W. May, who until recently held a similar post with the Natchez, Miss., Times. William A. Russell of Woodstock is circulation manager, and David W. Durward, former mechanical superintendent of the Las Vegas, N.M. Optic, has a similar position with the new newspaper.

The news staff includes Michael J. de Sherbinin, city editor; Roy G. Kimball of Lebanon, sports editor; Mrs. Marcia O’D. Grodon of Woodstock, society editor; Granville S. Austin of Norwich, Edward S. Barnes and Weston A. Cate, Jr., of Hartford, reporters; William O. McAllister, chief photographer, and Hanson T. Carroll of Woodstock, assistant photographer.

Gordon A. Landry is composing room foreman on the News and Lyndon H. Kelley of Woodstock is press superintendent. Andrew R. Boisvert is advertising makeup man.

Mrs. Maxine D. Day of Wilder is chief teletypist and working with her are Miss Doris J. Wilkinson of West Lebanon and Miss Beverly J. Way of Hartland.

Mrs. Theresa A. Goular of Hartford is office manager. Edward J. Bennett of Canaan is consultant to the News in production and advertising and Harry Pearson of West Lebanon is Russell’s assistant in the circulation department. William J. Peck of West Lebanon is building custodian.

The News has hired a full staff of correspondents to gather items of local interest. They are Miss Frances E. Haslett, Hanover; Mrs. Jerome B. Hickson, Norwich; Mrs. John D. Warren, Wilder; Miss Josephine P. Sargent, West Lebanon; Mrs. Harold K. Gibson, Lebanon; Mr. Harry H. Gibbs, Hartford; Mrs. Henry Kessler, Quechee; Mrs. Earle E. Phelps, North Hartland; Mrs. C. A. McKenny, Hartland; Mrs. Herman Rogers, Meriden; Mrs. Palmer C. Read, Jr., White River Jct.,; Mrs. Willis K. Shirley, White River Jct.,; Mrs. S. J. Stebbin, Etna; and William E. Finley, West Hartford.

In addition to the UP wire service the News will carry the International News Service’s Wire Photos of national and international events. The Walter Lippman, Drew Pearson and Frederick C. Othman columns on national and international politics will be carried, as well as Sylvia Porter’s business and finances column, Mary Haworth’s Mail, a column of advice on personal problems, and John Crosby’s radio and television comment.

Nine comic strips — Steve Canyon, Blondie, Pogo, Donald Duck, Ozark Ike, Etta Kett, Dick Tracey, Rex Morgan, M.D., and Mary Worth — will appear daily. Jimmy Hatlo’s panel, “They’ll Do It Every Time,” will also be carried, as will a daily crossword puzzle and Thornton Burgess’ “Bedtime Stories.”

Hanover, N.H., Gazette; May 29, 1952

Dear grinches: Please stop stealing the crystal from the Hanover mystery bench

It is very rude. 

The bench, as seen on Saturday, July 7.

The backstory:

Earlier this year, I wrote about the interesting backstory of this Hanover bench, including that Nick Fabrikant used a “crystal element” in the design in 2013 to pay homage to his parents, who previously ran the Rosey Jekes clothing store.

But when walking by this bench the other day, I noticed that crystal element was missing.

Bench with crystal.

Bench with no crystal.

I reached out to Nick again, and he said the crystal has a habit of going missing.

“Indeed, there is a crystal thief on the loose,” he said in a text. He said he has run it by the Hanover Police and they are “very kind” but he still ends up replacing the crystal about twice a year.

Maybe keep an eye out for this guy?

Hopefully the crystal thief will knock it off soon.

“A crystal is so pure,” Nick said. “In an age of rampant nihilism, the crystal serves as a reminder of unity and universal beauty, that I believe we can all get behind. I really believe that.”

RELATED: The history of the mystery bench in downtown Hanover

It was only a matter of time: Dartmouth* weighs in on Hanover’s call for changes to the school’s bonfire safety

*Memes For Cold AF Teens, that is, which is basically the voice of the campus, IMO.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes for Cold AF Teens.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes For Cold AF Teens.

Not long after the Valley News broke this story on Monday, Dartmouth students took to Facebook to turn the news into a witty meme.

Never change, kids.

RELATED: Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

John Brady, left, a staff supervisor for the annual homecoming bonfire build at Dartmouth College, hammers in a nail as Cam Wright, center, a freshman at Dartmouth, holds a ladder in place and Christian Murray, also a freshman, sets a nail on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the college in Hanover, N.H. Wright and Murray said it will be their first year helping out with and experiencing the annual bonfire. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Remember Dartmouth Memes for Touch the Fire Teens? The Valley News reports today on the town of Hanover’s reaction, which is basically:

No touchy. 

More specifically, the town has said that it is unwilling to issue a permit for the college’s annual homecoming bonfire unless there are some significant safety upgrades.

Here’s the text of a letter that Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin sent to college officials last month:

And, yes, as you can see in this video from The Dartmouth student newspaper, touching the fire (or, in this case, pretending to) is a thing. We wrote about it in 2016, when arrests were up compared to the previous year.

Find a full story about the town’s demands in Tuesday’s Valley News.

p.s. Dartmouth Memes with the hot take.