This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Wednesday... December 25th. I'm Rich Bradley
Christmas Day 1980... and in the State Journal-Register... a full cover page picture of a watercolor of Riverton's Immanuel Lutheran Church... built in 1897. In a front page editorial... Publisher Helen K. Copley describes the country's current condition as “gloomy” and believes 1980 was the winter solstice of the decade... the darkest time... but with a glimpse of brighter days ahead.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Tuesday... December 24th. I'm Rich Bradley...
It's December 24, 1977... and in a special combined publication... the State Journal and the State Register reports the "Friend-in-Deed Fund" completes their deliveries. Billy Graham's A Family Christmas Special is on WAND tonight. There are also Christmas services at churches all over the area tonight and tomorrow.
Heloise reminds readers to RELAX... It's Christmas Eve.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 23rd. I'm Rich Bradley
It's December 23, 1980... and from the Illinois State Journal-Register... Eight delivery trucks... and 1 station wagon... full of food... clothing... and toys are on the road today for the Friend in Deed Funds.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Sunday... December 22nd. I'm Rich Bradley
From the Illinois State Journal on this date in 1970... a first grade boy from Butler Elementary wrote a letter... printed on the front page... reading: “I am unhappy. Your paper said it would snow. It did not and I could not make a snowman. Can you do better? It is signed: Paul Gifford. The paper's response is “We're trying, Paul...”
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 16th. I'm Rich Bradley
On December 16th in 1969... the Illinois State Register reports a 6-part Christmas series begins tomorrow... The Christmas Story of Herod the Great... King of Judea... when Jesus was born... presented in its total background of human history.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Sunday... December 15th. I'm Rich Bradley
In 1973... in the Illinois State Register... posters promoting Memorial Hospital's holiday concert... and featuring the Springfield Municipal Choir... are being hung by 5th grade students from Ball Elementary in Chatham. A photo shows Ellyn Fox and Laurie Phillips in the hospital cafeteria.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Saturday... December 14th. I'm Rich Bradley
And in the Illinois State Register in 1971... take note of the deadline for submitting names of needy for this year's friend-in-deed fund. In Taylorville... a shopping tour and party for their needy families.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Friday... December 13th. I'm Rich Bradley
On December 13th in 1968... on the front page of the Illinois State Register... a large photo of a Fairview kindergartener with her mom's Christmas present. Don't tell Patty Thrasher though…. the tin can with lots of macaroni & glue is a surprise! There is also a photo of kids at Butler School in the role of Santa's Helpers... collecting toys in one of the many barrels throughout Springfield. Friend -in-deed has received more than $800 so far...
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Thursday... December 12th. I'm Rich Bradley
Looking back at this day in 1964... the Illinois State Register reports Old St. Nick was welcomed by the children of Springfield... at the Governor's annual Christmas party in the state armory. Governor Otto Kerner's children... Helena and Tony were also there.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Wednesday... December 11th. I'm Rich Bradley
Lets look back at the Illinois State Register in 1966. Governor Otto Kerner is almost forgotten at the Annual Christmas Party. On the front page of the Register... two large photos of Santa's appearance at the party... with the governor standing in the background.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Tuesday... December 10th. I'm Rich Bradley... and on this day in 1961... the Illinois State Register reports the 124th Annual Governor's Christmas party for the children of the Springfield area will be held in the Armory on December 23rd. There is a huge decorated Christmas tree inside. The governor will attend... and plans to pass out candy to each child at the end of the event. Oh... and Santa will also make an appearance.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 9th. I'm Rich Bradley
On this day in 1984... the Illinois Times reported the sun was shining... despite the very cold temperatures for Springfield's annual Christmas Parade. Also in Illinois Times... a history of Sears & Roebuck Company... widely known as an excellent source for holiday gift ideas. Included in the annual holiday book list were two of Vachel Lindsey's works…”Tree of Laughing Bells” and “The Poetry of Vachel Lindsey, Volume 3”
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Saturday... December 7th. I'm Rich Bradley.
December 7, 1971... a Tuesday... and in the Illinois State Register... an ad for Christmas trees at Goldblatt's range from two and half dollars to five and a half. The live Canadian Balsams are touted as perfect for an old-fashioned Christmas. Buy today... Just say “Charge it!”
Some Pleasant Plains High School students are selling handmade Christmas items at tonight's basketball game and at the Christmas choral concert on the 16th.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Friday... December 6th. I'm Rich Bradley.
It's December 6, 1982... a Monday... and in the Illinois Times for the week of December 2nd through the 7th: White Oaks Mall was remembering Christmases past... as shoppers visit Springfield as it might have been in the mid-1800's... in “A Dickens of a Christmas.”
Santa is busy this week: at Fairhills Mall kids can get their picture taken with him. And he'll swing by the YWCA for snacks and special lunch.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Thursday... December 5th. I'm Rich Bradley.
From the Illinois State Register... in 1975... Colder weather is forecast... with a possibility of flurries in the evening. The "Friend-In-Deed" fund is getting a good start... thanks to the owners of the local Mexican restaurant... Taco Gringo.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Wednesday... December 4th. I'm Rich Bradley.
In 1962... December 4th was a Tuesday. The Illinois State Register noted there are just 17 shopping days left before Christmas... and that so far... it does not look like it'll be a white Christmas. Springfield is experiencing erratic weather... and many residents report flowers in bloom! And the Springfield post office appeals for the community to shop and mail early.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Tuesday... December 3rd. I'm Rich Bradley.
In 1972... December 3rd was a Friday and the Illinois State Register featured a front page photo... of a small boy depositing his letter to Santa... in a special mailbox identified as being for "North Pole Letters ONLY."
Three-year-old Karen Mosley was selected as Auburn's princess Snowflake, along with Prince Tiny Tim portrayed by Robert McCarthy, also age 3. The couple will adorn the town's Christmas parade the next afternoon
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Monday... December 2nd. I'm Rich Bradley.
In 1972... December 2nd was a Saturday. In the Illinois State Register... a story about a warning issued by Illinois Attorney General William J. Scott. He warns consumers to be wary of ordering Christmas gifts from unknown companies advertising in catalogs.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Sunday... December 1st. I'm Rich Bradley.
In 1960... on the first of December... a Thursday. The Illinois State Register reports there are 20 shopping days until Christmas. The Register also reports the first annual Springfield Home Christmas Lighting Contest will be held... with the judging to begin at 5 pm on December 19th. Prizes of a $25 U-S Savings Bond will be awarded in 4 regions of the city: The NW... NE... SW... and SE.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Saturday... November 30th. I'm Rich Bradley.
And in 1965... November 30 fell on a Tuesday. And in the Illinois State Register... you could learn that 12 year old Linda Reid of Glenview will get an early Christmas present when President Johnson's daughter... Luci... plays Santa. She is sending Linda one of her pet hamsters. The gift arrives at O'Hare International Airport. Linda... who wants to be a veterinarian... will name the hamster Frisky.