Middletown Journal & Sunday News Journal (Ohio) articles

by Stanley Meisler

The Middletown Journal
The Sunday News Journal

Stanley Meisler was a reporter for The Middletown Journal and The Sunday News Journal in Middletown, Ohio from 1953 to 1954. The complete articles are available at NewspaperArchive.com. All articles are copyright © The Middletown Journal and The Sunday News Journal.

1953

Give Blood? Not This Reporter (Stanley Meisler's first published story)
"It took 22 years, but I finally got up enough nerve to let a pretty nurse, Mary Jane Bishop of Cincinnati, draw one whole pint of dark RED blood from a bulging BLUE vein in my pale WHITE arm. Officials of the Red Cross and the American Legion trapped me yesterday during the first day of the bloodmobile's current visit to Middletown. I was snooping around the Legion Home on a routine check of Red Cross business when Mrs. Charles Fay, scheduling chairman, suggested a tour of the bloodmobile operation..."
The Middletown Journal
April 9, 1953

Teachers Need Raise, They Say
"Harry E. Hadley and J. Howard Stalker, candidates for positions on the Board of Education, today announced they will support the board when it asks for a tax levy in November. The board said on June 3 that it would need the additional funds to adjust wages and salaries of school personnel..."
The Sunday News Journal
June 21, 1953

Bible Classes Fulfilled Dream Of Mr. Schulz In 32 Years Of Teaching; "God Opened Way"
"In April, 1921, a preacher, forced by illness to give up his congregation, came to Middletown High School at the request of Principal Wade E. Miller, his college roommate. The Rev. Jerome C. Schulz was to fill in for a few months, but he stayed for 32 years until the legal retirement age of 70 pushed him out of the schools this June and back into preaching..."
The Sunday News Journal
June 21, 1953

City Cloaked In White As First Heavy Snow Drops; Santa Arrives
"The face of Middletown glowed under a thin veil of white this morning. Crystals of snow last night fluffed onto the city and instead of loosening into streamlets of dark, dirt-drawing water, they huddled together and clung to the rooftops, trees and the ground. It was not the first snowfall of the season, but it was the first that left some of itself behind..."
The Middletown Journal
November 27, 1953

Postmen To Walk Again Tomorrow Night For MD-Afflicted Victims
"Burning porch lights will signal the start tomorrow night of Middletown’s fight against muscular dystrophy. Local letter carriers, rewalking their routes at 6 p.m., will stop at all homes where porches are lighted and collect contributions for the campaign against the disease..."
The Middletown Journal
November 27, 1953

1954

A Classroom Tour: Sixth Graders Find Men Teach Too
"Sixth graders at Garfield School are taught by one-third of the city's staff of male elementary teachers. Since the corps numbers no more than three, however, the boys and girls are receiving the normal volume of instruction. Their teacher J. W. Riley Saylor is a man and thus, through none of his own design, possesses traits that are peculiar in the overwhelingly female elementary teaching set-up..."
The Sunday News Journal
March 7, 1954

A Classroom Visit: Youngsters Learn On Their Level
"Although the minds of men bounce on different levels, all walk and eat in the same physical world. The business of schools is to train youngsters to take the best places their abilities will allow in this world. Most of the information the public gleans from schools concerns the vast body of boys and girls who act in plays or debate important questions or learn stenography or star in basketball or lead cheers or run for office or pass and flunk courses..."
The Sunday News Journal
March 28, 1954

Keeping Up With State: City Teachers 'High' On Experience, Survey Shows
"Middletown schools are staffed with teachers who have less training but more experience than the average faculty of city systems in Ohio. Differences however, between Middletown and the mean are slight. In fact, for cities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 both Middletown's training and experience are a bit above average...."
The Sunday News Journal
March 28, 1954

Cash For High Schoolers: Flood Of Grants Available To Seniors
"Seniors at Middletown High and in fact, high schools all over the nation have more scholarship school opportunities than the boys and girls who went to school 10 years ago. Most of the additional funds, Miss Helen Hartman, supervisor of guidance at MHS, explains, comes from industries who are trying to fill the nation’s need for engineers, scientists and managers..."
The Sunday News Journal
May 2, 1954

Ability Matched By Humor: Butler Calls Himself "Interim School Head"
"Two elementary school principals recently sat young and stiff and bored at the final session of a Middletown conference of their southwestern Ohio colleagues. The usual atmosphere of such meetings drowsily seeped into the room, causing the fellows to puncture the speeches with comments that were nasty although set in a proper tone... Hugh Butler, acting superintendent of Middletown schools then was introduced to the crowd, which greeted his appearance with soft, fingertip applause..."
The Sunday News Journal
May 2, 1954

No Immediate Change: Court Decision May Not Be Felt By City's Schools
"The Supreme Court's decision yesterday to outlaw racial segregation in the nation's public schools probably will not affect Booker T. Washington School in Middletown, R.H. Snyder, president of the Board of Education, predicted this morning. 'I can't see how the decision would affect the school in any way, "the president stated. 'School boards in Ohio have a right to set districts. The problem is a districting one in Middletown...'"
The Sunday News Journal
May 18, 1954

Something Different: Kindergarten Classes To Thin Out Next Year
"Middletown schools, unlike the overstuffed halls of learning all over the nation, are expected to have more vacant seats in September 1954 than at the beginning of the current school year. This local quirk does not mean that baby production in Middletown fell off greatly during 1949 while it was booming throughout the United States. Less five-year-olds than usual will enter kindergarten in 1954 because of a change in Board of Education bookkeeping..."
The Sunday News Journal
May 23, 1954

Legion Committee Head Draws Up A Case: City Drive Against Horror Comic Books Hinted
"A local American Legion committe is attempting to enlist public support for a drive that will keep “horror” comic books out of the hands of Middletown youngsters. Donald Alstaetter, chairman of Post 218’s youth activities committee, wants leaders of community organizations to join him in setting up a program that would not allow local merchants to sell juveniles these books..."
The Sunday News Journal
May 23, 1954

What About Booker T. ? Court Ruling On Segregation Revives Issue
"Booker T. Washington School, created in a spirit of goodwill about 36 years ago, has bloomed into a difficult spot in the social landscape of this community. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to outlaw racist segregation in public schools has prompted the local National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People to renew their effort to make the 17th Avenue building a mixed institution..."
The Sunday News Journal
June 6, 1954

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