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Newspaper time machine

March 9, 2011 - Nikki Younk
So, lately I've been doing some research into the Iron Mountain Daily News' first year of publication, 1921. The results of that research will be included in a future story.

As I majored in history in college, I find this assignment to be right up my alley. Looking at blurry microfilm, following stories from week to week, and interpreting the cultural references are tasks I was meant to do.

My biggest discovery so far has been that not much has changed in the past 90 years. You know how older people are always referring to "the good old days," or mourning the current rate of juvenile delinquency? I don't think "the good old days" were actually all that good.

In the period from April 1921 through August 1921, in our local area, there were two murders, one car-jacking, two joy-riding incidents, five accidental shootings, three mining-related deaths, one fatal car accident, and several arrests for illegal booze (hey, it was the Prohibition era!).

That's quite a bit of action, isn't it?



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