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A Look Back: Orange on July 21st 1930



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Here are some interesting things going on in Orange 93 years ago today.

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Three people in Geneva, Illinois were found slain with axes. A fire was set in an attempt to cover it up. 

Reverend Edgar Eskridge of First Baptist Church of Lebanon, Tennessee, will be in the pulpit of First Baptist Church. He is a prospective new pastor of the church

W.G. Box was cleaning a well at his home o Old Spanish Trail when he asphyxiated on gas fumes and died

In State news, candidates for the office of the governor are confident of victory with rallies slated in the Orange are this week


In national and world news, the US Senate is nearing a vote on the London Naval Treaty that hopefully will limit the sizes of navies and prevent a future world war. 



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Click the button below to be taken to an archived copy of the July 21, 1930 edition of the Orange Leader.

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– Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.45 ($7.01 in today’s dollars)
– White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.40 in today’s dollars)
– Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.43 ($6.70 in today’s dollars)
– Round steak (1 pound): $0.43 ($6.70 in today’s dollars)
– Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.86 ($13.40 in today’s dollars)
– Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.28 ($4.36 in today’s dollars)

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In Theaters & On the Radio

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The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 311, Ed. 1 Monday, July 21, 1930newspaperJuly 21, 1930; Orange, Texas. ( July 21, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.




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A Look Back: Orange on September 15th 1959



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The Orange County Commissioners Court adopted a budget set at $1,131,145 with a total tax rate of $2,12 per $100 valuation.

Fair Park Residents requested new paving and better drainage at the West Orange City Council Meeting 


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Top Single for the Week of September 14th, 1959

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Interesting facts of 1959

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  • Danny’s Coffee Shops are renamed Dennys.
  • U.S. supermarkets number 32,000 and account for 69 percent of all food store sales although they comprise only 11 percent of food stores.
  • The BIC ballpoint pen is introduced in America
  • On February 3, Alaska is admitted to statehood. Followed by Hawaii on August 21. For about a year in between America had a 49-star flag.
  • Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marx’s final TV appearance together – on G.E. Theater with host Ronald Reagan
  • Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released.

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Some Costs of Living in 1959

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House: $10,900
Average income: $5,016
Ford car: $2,132-$3,979
Milk: $1.01
Gas: $.25
Bread $.20
Postage stamp: $.04
Brook Trout: $ .59
T-Bone steak: $1.09 lb.
Sirloin Tip Steaks: $.89 lb.
Nestles Quick 1 lb can: $.39

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Browning, J. Cullen. The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 56, No. 223, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 15, 1959newspaperSeptember 15, 1959; Orange, Texas. ( September 15, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.


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Orange Reduction Refinery to be built; A Look Back at Orange August 25th 1902



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Orange Reduction Company to build Refinery as planned

It was announced that the Forward Reduction Company will be reorganized as the Orange Reduction Company and go forward with the Refinery that is partially completed.

When finished, the refinery will have a capacity of 2500 barrels of crude oil daily. 

The price of crude oil in the Teas Field today is about 17 cents a barrel


James Blanchard Meets Death in the Sabine


Saturday night while standing on the bank of the Sabine River, James Blanchard slipped and drowned. Blanchard was about 35 years of age and has resided in Orange for about 5 years. No one seems to know where his home is or how to contact relatives.

He was interred in Evergreen Cemetary

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Interesting facts

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.


Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.


Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico,
Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.


The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.


There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

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Ford, A. L. The Orange Daily Tribune. (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 140, Ed. 1 Monday, August 25, 1902newspaperAugust 25, 1902; Orange, Texas. ( August 25, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.


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Texas and Louisiana to build Sabine River Bridge; A look back at Orange on August 18th 1925



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Sabine River Bridge could be a reality

A bridge over the Sabine River has taken one more step closer to reality as County Judge Dewitt C Bennett and others traveled to Austin to confer with the Attorney General.

The bridge is expected to open up vast areas of trade, Both states will build to the center of the river sharing the expense with some federal aid.

Health Dept Closes Cafe

The Health Department closed the “Tent Cafe” located on Front and Fifth street until the cafe is put in a sanitary condition

Dr. Dumeron, the city health officer, stated that there were some two or three other places in the city scheduled to be shut down if there were not some cleaning done right away



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Interesting factoids of 1925

A pound of bacon cost 48 cents (adj for inflation, $8.30 in 2022 dollars)
A dozen eggs cost 52 cents (adj for inflation, $8.80 in 2022 dollars)
A pound of coffee cost 50 cents (adj for inflation, $8.47 in 2022 dollars)
A gallon of gas on average was 22 cents a gallon (adj for inflation, $3.72 in 2022 dollars)

An acre of Farmland in Orange County was valued at $38 an acre (adj to inflation, $643.34 in 2022 dollars)

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Hicks, Robert E. The Orange Daily Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 49, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 18, 1925newspaperAugust 18, 1925; Orange, Texas. ( August 18, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.



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