It is Friday, March 8, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish a public’s recollection, the Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to March of 1942.
The front page of the Progress featured a bold headline that read:
“Thirty-two Men Are Ordered to Report for Induction from Local Area within the Next Two Weeks”
The article included the full list of men ordered to report to the Easley Armory for induction.
Also featured in bold on the front page of the Progress was a headline that read:
“County Rationing Unit Opens Office Monday in Easley City Hall”
The article detailed that Pickens County Rationing Board No. 1 had secured office space in Easley City Hall.
The front page included another headline that read:
“Prisoners of War Bureau Is Set Up”
According to the article, the War and Navy Departments had announced jointly that the bureau had established offices in the War Department.
The Lyric Theatre in Easley was showing “Sierra Sue” starring Gene Autry and “They died with their boots on” starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.
Several advertisements were also featured.
The Progress featured a graphic tutorial on the flag of the United States, how to respect and display it.
A highway campaign conducted by the Motor Vehicle Division of South Carolina announced,
“This Must Stop” “Don’t Kill our Workers”
The ad included a poster of a police officer shaking his fist.
In other news, General Douglas MacArthur and his family had been safely evacuated from the Philippians on a PT boat, and the countries of Australia and New Zealand declared war on Thailand.
In other news, nearly three years had passed since the new Easley High School was finished off of Pendleton Street in August of 1939, and three decades remained until construction on the Old Market Square would begin.
The Easley Progress was in its 40th year and cost 5 cents per copy and $1 per year.