Throwback Thursday: October 27, 1933

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!


For this week’s #TBT post, let’s take another look at local news from the past. Previously,we’ve read snippets from issues of the Waterloo Press and the Garrett Weekly Clipper, so this time around, we’ll be skimming through an issue of the Evening Star from Friday, October 27, 1933.


Reports of an attempted robbery in South Bend and a possible “convict gang” in Richmond, Indiana, made the front page headlines. The men involved in the South Bend hold-up were believed to be “members of the Dillinger convict mob.”


In response to the robbery of four Indiana banks in the past week, the secretary of the Indiana Bankers’ association, Don E. Warrick, urged Hoosier banks to tighten their security to protect against hold-ups.

Not all of the news was grim, however. “Hallowe’en” being right around the corner, a number of local groups listed costume parties in the Socials section of the newspaper. The American Legion Auxiliary was to host a party on Saturday for its junior members, and the ladies of the W.B.A were planning to host a masquerade, followed by a potluck supper.auburn-hs-yearbook-1933

Some locals were celebrating more than the upcoming holiday: Auburn High School’s annual yearbook, The Follies, had recently won the All-American honor rating in a national yearbook contest for their 1933 edition, the “highest obtainable” rating achievable in the competition.

The 1933 issue was published as a miniature yearbook, a challenge that few schools usually attempted, due to the “difficulty of making the small publication an all-inclusive annual and accurate record of the school year.” The feat was accomplished by the Auburn High School’s yearbook staff of 20 and the use of a miniature camera (for miniature pictures, of course!) The yearbook itself was one of a dozen other books put on display at a convention in Chicago, and was deemed “an exceptional book,” and one that “sets a new pattern in yearbook production.”

Want to see more local news from our county’s past? Click on the “throwback news” tag at the bottom of this post to read our other #TBT news posts. You can also visit the Willennar Genealogy Center to browse the many issues of local newspapers we have available on microfilm.

Curious about local history? Feel free to search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.


About Chelsea

I've been working at Willennar Genealogy Center for over two years now, and I've loved every minute of getting to learn more about the stories of DeKalb County and the surrounding area. I'm interested in all kinds of history, but I'm especially fond of the early film industry, old letters and journals, the DeKalb County Fair, and the Interurban line.
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