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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:24 AM


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DELPHOS — Back in 1944, when Jack Holden was a sprite 12-year-old, he and the other paper boys spent countless hours folding papers in the basement of the Delphos Herald.

“My friend, Jim McKowen, and I folded papers together,” Holden said.

“All the paper boys went around the back of the building and down the steps to the basement to fold papers. Sometimes the press would break down and they would have to wait on papers, so they would play ball out back.”

Holden said he delivered papers in the evening by bicycle on Route K, which encompassed South Main Street down Suthoff and into the country on Route 66.

“I delivered about 40 papers every day,” Holden said. “The weather never stalled us. When it poured, we waited and when it snowed, I still rode my bicycle.”

Holden said that Saturday delivery included collecting money for subscriptions from his customers. When they paid their subscriptions, he would hole-punch a card with the customer’s information on it to show they paid.

“It was important to have a job; it was just enjoyable working with my friends,” Holden reminisced.

Back then, television shows were in black and white, World War II was being fought and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was President of the United States.

At that time, the Herald was owned by A. J. Laudick and the paper was named The Delphos Daily Herald. He said that Laudick was a nice enough guy who invited the boys into his office to talk once in a while.

“Main Street really has not changed that much since then,” Holden stated. “There’s more industry.”

Today, Holden spends his time with his family and enjoys watching sports and visiting the Delphos Public Library.

“The Cleveland Browns are my team,” Holden said proudly.


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