The Chadron Journal - December 29, 1933

Chadron Enjoyed Fine Christmas; Business Was Very Good; Efforts Of People Aided Holiday Spirit

Civic Organizations Gave Prizes for Outstanding Decorations; Chadron Residents Did More Decorating Than Ever Before

Business conditions in Chadron this Christmas were decidedly much better than they were a year ago. The Chadron merchants report that there was from 25 to 50 per cent more Christmas buying this eyar than last year. Most of the merchants feel that this is a very favorable sign.

The holiday spirit in the town was much greater than last year. There was a great deal more preparation in getting ready for Christmas, and as a result, Chadron is one of the best decorated towns in this section of the country. Almost everyone made some attempt at decorating his home and there were a great number that put up Christmas decorations to enter in the contest that is sponsored each year by the civic organizations.

The decorations in the homes and business houses were so outstanding this year that it was very hard for the committee that was choosen(sic) to judge the winners, to pick one that was more outstanding that(sic) the others. They stated that they wished to thank everyone that assisted in making this Christmas one of the most outstanding in years.

The judging was done Saturday evening by five people, who were selected from the different service clubs in Chadron. The judges stated that the Claude Barber Log Cabin, situated at the edge of town, was the outstanding decoration of the year but through request of Mr. Barber, the decoration was not entered in the contest prize money. The Kiwanis donated the prizes for the outstanding homes in Chadron and the prize for the outstanding decoration East of Main went to the Ed Godsall home and honorable mention was given to the Charles Loewenthat(sic) residence. West of Main, the outstanding home was judged to be Rev. Johnson’s residence and honorable mention was given to Dr. Chet Ball’s home.

The Rotary club awarded two prizes for the downstown section. The first prize was awarded to the Western Public Service company and the second prize was given to Morey’s drug. Faye D. Graves and Woodard’s Eagle Store, were given honorable mention for their decorations. The Western Public Service donated their prize to the Civic Relief.

The City decorations this year were outstanding. A hugh(sic) Christmas tree was placed at the intersection at second and Main with streamers of lights running from the tree to each corner. The intersection at third and main was also decorated with lights. These lights are burned each night and will be left up till after New Year’s.

All these decorations give the city a more holiday appearance and gives the people the holiday spirit. Tourists traveling through and visitors to Chadron feel a more friendly spirit toward our town. The people here have a much greater Christmas spirit if the town is decorated to suit the occasion.

Last Saturday afternoon, Glenn Pope acted as Santa Claus for all the children of Chadron and passed out candy to all those who wanted some. 1120 sacks of candy were given away at the time. The Chamber of Commerce donated the candy. All the children congregated at the corner of second and main and Glenn Pope appeared in the guise of Santa Claus. He talked for some time with the children, finding out what they wanted for Christmas and asking them whether they had been good children or not. He then passed out the candy to all of them.

Warn Transients to Hunt Shelter After January 1

In Chadron, as at other points in the state, notices have been tacked up at places where they are most likely to be seen by transients, that it is time for them to seek shelter somewhere. On and after January 1, all of the railroads will drop the ban on “bumming” of rides and no leniency will be shown the tourist who continues his efforts to ride free.

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The government is now establishing shelters for transients in a number of large cities, where men who have no home may go for the remainder of the winter and be fed while they occupy their time profitably in study and supervised recreation.

The warning in this section is issued by the Central Transient Bureau at Omaha, in charge of the federal shelter which is being made ready there. The plan as it is now drafted is not intended that any or all transients will be forced to go or stay at the central shelters. It means they must get off the road—go home if they can or to someone’s home where they can find harbor for the winter. If they have no place to go the shelters will afford them protection.

Notice:

Because of the extreme danger to life it is necessary that I warn all children that hooking sleds onto automobiles will not be permitted within the city limits nor will coasting on the streets after sundown be permitted after this notice is published.

I appreciate the fact that I was a kid myself not so long ago and I did these same things which I now prohibit but there were not so many cars then, nor did the children take the chances they take today. The ice on the paving makes it almost impossible to control cars at the stop signs so I ask pedestrians to be on their guard while crossing the streets. – Charles H. Loewenthal, Mayor. 

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