POST TIME: What else was happening in Palm Beach County on June 6, 1944?

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D-Day was underway, but back home, life went on.

Readers: Unless you have been living out in the Everglades, you know Thursday, June 6 is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Elsewhere in The Palm Beach Post, you have seen, or will see, various stories about that momentous day and the people who took part in it.

But, as we’ve done at times in the past, we also want to give you a snapshot of what else was going on in the area that day. Here’s more from the June 6, 1944, edition of The Post. Keep in mind that the invasion happened early on June 6, South Florida time, and only a tiny story about it got in. The rest of the paper had been “put to bed” hours before that. Here’s some of what else it reported:

The county’s fifth war loan drive was set to get underway at 8 p.m. at the Hotel George Washington. The Coast Guard softball team had edged out the nine from the Ream Hospital, the convalescent center set up at The Breakers. The final: 3-2. A memorial was planned for George O. Butler, who’d been clerk of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court for three decades before his death at 79 just a few months earlier.

A fire gutted a home on North Military Trail. Another fire did $75 damage to Roxy’s Grill, 126 N. County Road, Palm Beach. Police looking for people in an unrelated case caught two 16-year-olds trying to break into the Carefree bowling alley. A Fort Lauderdale man convicted of intoxication in Lake Worth municipal court was fined $5. Two “negroes” each lost $15 bonds after they were found drunk in the city’s white section. And the Dixie Court hotel advertised for “colored chambermaids. Good pay.”

The Park Theater was playing “Happy Land,” starring Don Ameche. Flamingo Beauty Shop, 2005 S. Dixie, offered a shampoo ant set for $1 and a manicure for 75 cents. Simpson Motors, 315 S. Dixie, had a 1933 Chevy sedan for $150. And a man who lived at 314 Hibiscus St. said he had to sell his “clean” 1938 Ford Tudor, with like-new tires, because he was leaving for the Navy.

And Mrs. R.E. Small, of Lake Worth — newspapers didn’t bother with women’s first names at the time and identified them as simply as Mrs-their-husband — reported she’d gotten word that her brother, Teddy Schroeder of New Jersey, last heard from in the Aleutian area near Alaska, had been killed in action on May 26. He never lived to see D-Day.

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