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Mid-April 1945: Of wars, and auctions, and death in far-off lands
In mid April, 1945, America mourned the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. An ocean away, the Soviet Army had Berlin partially surrounded and began a merciless artillery pounding of the city; and the bloodbath in the South Pacific continued. Not yet known stateside, two more Adair Countians suffered battlefield deaths: 20-year-old TSgt Ivan Haskel Robinson in Europe on the 15th, and 26-year-old Pfc Wilbur M. "Budge" Edrington in the Battle of Luzon on the 16th.
Budge had written to his mother in early April, and The News made mention of the letter in the "Our Boys in the Service" column in the April 18 edition:
"Pfc. Edrington Writes From The PhilippinesAn assortment of headlines graced the front page of the mid-April 1945 News, including:
Many businesses placed tributes and memorials to President Roosevelt in lieu of regular advertising. Still, Lerman Bros. had a hot post-Easter sale in progress; W.R. Wooten, proprietor of the Triangle Food Store, wanted to buy hams, bacon, and fryers; and at the Rialto, the movies played on, including the latest and greatest horror flick, House of Frankenstein.
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