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Writing clips for future generations

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:36 a.m. CST

As I filled up my coffee thermos Tuesday morning at Adams Street Espresso, my uncle Rich Waddingham told me to wait as he rushed to the back of the store.

He came back with two pieces of paper. It was a photocopy of The Cerro Gordo Farmer of an old newspaper article.

I’ve always had an interest in collecting old newspapers. I have a copy of the Creston News Advertiser from the day President John F. Kennedy was shot more than 50 years ago and a copy of the edition that covered the Villisca ax murder.

Thinking my uncle knew about my passion for newspapers, I thought it was just an old article he found interesting. As I started reading, it turned out to be something much more valuable.

“Tenth Child Is Born to Lakers Operating 480” the headline read at the top of the page. The lede of the story was about the birth of my father, Kevin, as the newest member to Arnett Waddingham’s clan.

The article was written by John Schwichtenberg on Nov. 23, 1959. He recently found the article and forwarded it on to my Great Aunt Helen Roth who forwarded it on to my aunts, uncles and father.

The family had recently moved to the 480-acre farm and they were completing an addition onto the house. The article quoted Carroll Peterson who was working on the house addition.

He said the Waddingham children were “just about the nicest” and best behaved he’s ever seen. It also described my grandpa’s back surgery to remove a disc and how my uncles managed the farm during his recovery.

Finding this piece of history made my day and gave me a little extra zip — although that could have also been from the coffee — as I helped put together Tuesday’s paper.

If you haven’t noticed, we recently redesigned the front page of our paper, updating the masthead with a new font and eagle. We also made the weather graphic easier to read and moved the front page advertisement.

Every morning we piece together your stories and design them to look as attractive as possible. We try to pump in as much local content as possible and include pictures of local faces and events.

While I hope the articles we write and the photos we take make an immediate impact, I also hope if someone picks up the Creston News Advertiser in 50 years it also has an impact.

Some of the stories are fun to write as we meet with great people who represent our coverage area well. Others are challenging, but are also a part of what will someday be our history.

I hope you like the redesign. I know a lot of people here at the paper put a lot of thought and effort into making it look good.

I have already tucked away my copy of the new look with the rest of my collection so I can show it off years from now.

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