Editor's note: The Chronicle presents this tribute in photos and video to those who served our nation on D-Day 1944.
In military terms, D-Day is the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the most well-known D-Day – the day of the Normandy landings – which initiated the Western Allied effort to liberate western Europe from Nazi Germany.
To honor this day in American history, and to remember those who served, we scoured the archives to dig up the edition of our paper released on June 6, 1944. Back then, The Chronicle was known as The Sentinel-Mist. It first went to print in 1881, eight years before St. Helens was incorporated as a city.
This project presented a unique challenge given the pages of the newspaper are now 75-years-old and are too delicate to scan. Ultimately, we chose to take photos of the pages, though some content around the edges may be lost due to the folds from the binding.
If you flip through the photo gallery above, you will find each of the pages in their entirety followed by close-ups of the articles. The sections dedicated to “News of men in the service,” which includes mention of servicemen from Clatskanie, Rainier, and Vernonia among others, jumped from page to page, so we have included those below in the order they were meant to be in for easier scrolling.
We hope you enjoy this look back at Columbia County history from our archives, and if you'd like to see more projects like this in the future, reach out and let us know. We can be reached at 503-397-0116 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.