An Autobiography: Chapter 20, Newsboy

| 8/1/2012 2:23:31 PM

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January 1937, saw the worst natural disaster in Northern Kentucky history when the Ohio River crested 17 feet above flood stage, to 79.99 feet. The Great Flood of 1937 did considerable damage in the Covington area, resulting in millions of dollars in damage. Fortunately, we were safe from the waters on Banklick Street.

My brother, Edwin, was selling newspapers at 8th and Madison, on the sidewalk in front of the Montgomery Ward store. Clarence had sold papers there before him, and I was soon to inherit this important business. The Moore boys had a monopoly on that corner for almost 10 years before I retired in 1940.

We sold the Times-Star, one of three major newspapers in Cincinnati; they put out a Kentucky edition also. The paper was Republican, and the Cincinnati Post was the Democrat paper. Dad was a strong Democrat and could never understand why we didn’t sell that paper! Whenever a major story broke, an “Extra” was printed, and the papers were rushed to the corners where boys were selling, and a bundle would be thrown to the boys. We got busy and started shouting, “EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!” In my years of selling, some of the big stories were the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 at Lakehurst, New Jersey; France surrendering in 1940; Los Angeles flooding in 1938; and the German invasion of Poland in 1939.

I started selling newspapers some time in 1937, and I have one picture of me, with a big smile, taken about the time I started. You can see the Montgomery Ward sign on the window behind me. When I started selling papers, they were 2 cents, and I made 1 cent per paper sold.


Thurston Moore selling newspapers in the late 1930s. 

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