Through the Years
City’s budget released in ‘62
Joe Toppe Staff Writer
It is Friday, Nov. 15, 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 November of 1962.
The Progress featured a front page headline that read:
“City Budget For Year: $215,395”
The accompanying article detailed the budget was prepared by City Clerk, C.B. Kirkley and estimated over $215,000 in the year’s expenditures.
According to the report, substantial expenditures included street improvements, alderman salaries and cemetery expenses which combined for $11,500.
The Progress also included a front page headline that read:
“Fire Hits Shop Early Wednesday”
According to the report, a fire swept through McConnell’s Welding Shop on Greenville Road causing only light damage.
The fire started in a small storage room but only scorched the main building.
In local sports, the Green Wave rolled over Hillcrest High School by a score of 60-0, while Daniel High School took care of business against Chapman High School 20-6.
Easley would go on to win the state championship in 1962.
The Colony Theatre in Easley was showing Walt Disney’s “The Lady and the Tramp” and “The Spiral Road” starring Rock Hudson and Burl Ives.
Several advertisements were also featured.
Frierson’s Drug Store in Easley sold two Electrex Heating Pads for $5.96 and a 12 ounce can of Milk of Magnesia for 63 cents.
The Goodyear Service Store in Easley sold a 23-inch General Electric television for $189.00 and an automatic toaster for $8.93.
In other news, Richard M. Nixon lost the California governor’s race, and in his concession speech, he stated that this is his “last press conference” and that “you don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore”.
Meanwhile U.S. President John F. Kennedy ended the blockade of the Caribbean nation in response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba.
By November of 1962, one year remained until U.S. President John F. Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while less than six years remained until his brother, Bobby Kennedy, was assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The Easley Progress was in its 60th year and cost 10 cents per copy.
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