Seeing as national election coverage has dominated the news lately, Hot Springs Village resident Gary Lutes thought it might make for an interesting story to share an old newspaper his grandmother gave him back in the 1970s.
“She told me it was a famous headline, so I have kept it,” said Lutes.
That headline - “Dewey Defeats Truman” - is from the Nov. 3, 1948, Chicago Daily Tribune that announces that New York Gov. Thomas Dewey had defeated Harry Truman for the presidency.
According to Internet sources, there were approximately 150,000 of the papers printed and sent on their way before the error was corrected.
Back then, this paper sold for four cents and has a stamped address on it, that being his grandparents who lived in South Whitley, Indiana, back in 1948.
Many years ago Lutes almost sold the paper. He had a buyer contact him and they decided on $100 as a fair price. But a Chicago snowstorm kept them from meeting to close the deal. “So I decided to keep it,” said Lutes.
Part of the interesting article reads in part, “The Republican victory brought to a close the 16-year reign of the New Deal which began in the country’s most devastating depression ....”