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Dayton Days horse races once captured the Touchet Valley's attention in a big way

 

July 30, 2020

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There was obviously something in the air in the spring of 1940 when this special Dayton Days magazine was published by the Dayton Chronicle. The bold "!WAR!" headline may have seemed tongue-in-cheek at the time, looking back from the vantage point of 80 years. This 16-page magazine, on loan from reader Herb Bowen, was full of ads and newsy pieces about the volunteers of Columbia County, the horses, and other pithy shorts about race weekend in Dayton.

Long-time Chronicle reader Herb Bowen brought in a treasure recently-a 16-page magazine geared toward the Dayton Days horse races, published by the Dayton Chronicle in 1940 with the front-page ad for Lindon "Shelloney" Barnett trumpeting "!WAR!"

Of course, with the United States' entry into World War II unknown at the time and some 19 months off, the ad-tongue in cheek-refers to the revolutiona...



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