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#tbt: When the circus came to Hanover in 1975

We heart Thursdays bc it’s #valleynewsthrowback day on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

A trainer works with an elephant prior to its performance at the King Brothers Circus in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Long-time husband and wife clowning team of Cha-Cha and Pepito came to the King Brothers Circus performance in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975, from the days of vaudville. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Possibly my favorite @vnewsuv #tbt so far

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram, of course.

Beautiful weather proves too much for 8-year-old Scott Conner, as the Summer School session at Mt. Lebanon School nears the end of its five-week stint in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 26, 1961. Accommodating grades one through high school level, a staff of 12 teachers, under the direction of Mrs. Malcolm Lavigne, instructs students from the area who desire the added tutoring. Proven an asset to students, the summer school was in its fourth year. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

tbt: Summer fun in the 1960s! (Keep reading in Enterprise, on newsstands Friday)

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. Take a look back at Upper Valley summer recreation of the 1960s in the latest edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine edited by Amanda. New issue on newsstands starting Friday; website updated before the weekend.

Eugene Revels, 5, right, of New York City, enjoys spending two weeks in July 1964 with Marty Canillas, 4, and his family on Airport Road in West Lebanon, N.H. Revels is amongst the 10,000 children entertained by “Friendly Town” hosts through the efforts of the “New York Herald Tribune’s” Fresh Air Fund, started in 1877. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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

tbt: The world’s tallest man visits Lebanon in 1970

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Reporter Gary Ebbels is six feet tall but Henry Hite, the world’s tallest man at eight-feet, two inches, is head and shoulders above him. Young Dick Coutermarsh, of Lebanon, N.H., barely comes above the giant’s knee cap. Hite, who has been travelling on a promotion tour for Wilson-Sinclair meats for eight years, was at the IGA store in Lebanon on June 4, 1970. “Of course, Hite is just a stage name,” he said. “My real name’s Lowe, but no one would believe me if I went by it.” (Valley News – Jim Higgins) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

And here’s how that picture looked in the print edition:

Valley News.