MG 684 - Progress Bugle Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains seven issues of the "Progress Bugle," a community newspaper from March - July, 1935, and a newspaper column written by Curtiss Demmy in 1973 describing the paper and providing a history of the publication.


The Progress Bugle was organized by a group of fourteen and fifteen year old boys who attended Susquehanna Township High School. The editor was Bob Laskowski whose father and brothers owned and operated the Cotterel Company on Market Square, Harrisburg, an office equipment store which allowed the boys to get their supplies at wholesale. The office of the Bugle was located at 131 Shell Street. The paper covered all community events: births, deaths, weddings, school and church service clubs, fire department and school board meetings, and other politics. It included an editorial column which promoted interest in beautification and recreation in the town. Other departments within the Bugle featured jokes, games and crossword puzzles, and advice to the lovelorn. All local merchants advertised in the paper. Other members of the staff were Roy Hartman, assistant editor; Donald Nulk, news editor; Hal Stoneking, Jr., circulation manager; George Turns, advertising manager; Ray Houseal, Jr., staff artist and Robert Shaffner, feature editor. Circulation ceased after 1935 when the boys grew up and turned to other interests.

Date(s): 1935, 1973

Extent: 2 folders, 2 enclosures