I hope everyone had a great summer and you’re settling into the new semester. After an extended hiatus due to a ton of major life changes all at once, I found the time to stop by RCPL this weekend and get in a bit more newspaper research. We now have through mid-May 1951.
The most exciting event for early 1951 is Pacific Mills’ participation in a major southern textile strike. While there were a number of grievances, Southern workers were most adamant about having their pay raised to the equivalent of Northern textile workers. As of mid-May the strike, which began late March, was still ongoing.
Most of the articles I collected were about the strike, both locally and regionally. There are also several Pacific News social columns, a few sports pieces, and some articles about events at Olympia High School – such as the crowning of Miss Olympia!
I expect to be able to get onto campus to upload scans of articles less frequently than I was able to in the past. If you are interested in a specific article that I have not yet uploaded to the external hard drive, please feel free to email me. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!