Monday, June 27, 2016

News from the Toma-Talks



Our researchers led by K. Fisher spent several enjoyable days looking  through the collection of Toma- Talks. the newspaper published by LTHS.  We have quite a collection, and they were supposed to be doing the inventory but instead they were reading and commenting about people they knew.

We did learn that the Toma-Talk was a bi-weekly paper called the voice of LTHS edited by the English V Class.  The first Toma-Talk was published in 1950. Before this time it was a supplement of the Lawrence County News.  The paper was financial supported by the sale of local ads, student subscriptions and was printed by the Suttle Equipment Company of Lawrenceville.

Oct 11 1950:  On October 13 and 14 Kiwanis will sponsor Pancake Days here is Lawrenceville for the purpose of raising money for the crippled children's fun.  They plan to lease the Illinois Gas Company building and serve pancakes at noon Friday, October 13 and all day Saturday, October 14. Besides pancakes, the committee will serve sausages, coffee and the trimmings.

The students of LTHS were asked to elect a candidate from each of the four classes to reign as Pancake Queen.  The candidates are: Freshman, Marilyn Morey; Sophomore, Marilyn Carlson; Juniors, Ailene Seward; SEnior, Peggy Linton.

A $50 war bond will be awarded to the queen and a $50.00 cash award will be given to her class.

The October 25, 1950 edition told the winner:  Marilyn Karlson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ralph V. Karlson, and sophomore candidate. The article also said the Kiwanis served approximately 100 teachers who were attending  the Southeastern Division meeting on Friday and served 800 people on Saturday.