The Daily Press
213-215 - 25th Street, Newport News, VA 23607

7505 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 247-4678 or (757) 247-4730

Courtesy of Bill Lee (WHS - '54) of NC - 02/12/08
WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!


   When I was in Newport News last summer, I wanted to pick up several recent editions of the newspaper, so we dropped by the Daily Press offices. 

   As I was turning to leave I saw these old presses on display, and a flood of memories watched over me.  I suddenly remembered touring the old newspaper location when I was a Brownie Scout back in '56.

   Fortunately, I always carry my camera in my purse.

Monday, July 9, 2007
The Daily Press, Newport News, VA

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 02/08/08

---- Carol

The Daily Pressure was located next to the police station on 25th Street. I am sure that Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) has shots of it.

- Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 02/11/08
AHA!!! Thank you so much, Dicky!

I'm sure that I won't be the first, but I'll tell you anyway. The Daily Press was located in the two hundred block
of 25th Street, beside the police department. I spent many early mornings there picking my papers up early,
which I delivered to all of Stuart Gardens.

- Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 02/11/08
Thanks, Jimmy-Jimmy!

Hi Carol.....the OLD DAILY PRESS and Times Herald offices and printing presses were located on 25th Street....
as I recall.....don't know for sure...but that's what pops up in my memory. 

- Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/11/08
Thanks so much, Janice!

Hi Carol.

The old newspaper office was located on 25th Street between Washington Avenue and Huntington Avenue.
If I remember correctly, it was diagonally across from the Boys Club.  When I was still in school, I worked
for Waters Advising which was on 32nd street and one of my jobs was to “run” ads over to the newspaper. 
It was a really fun job and I enjoyed working for Leonard Waters.

Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/11/08
Thank you so much, Joan!

Relative to the pictures you included in your most recent update, I was happy to see that the Daily Press had
saved some of the equipment used when my father was managing editor of the Daily Press (from 1933 until 1963).
I spent a lot of time, in my youth in the old newspaper plant (as my father called it), and could write a long story,
or a short book about those 'happy days'.

For now, and for your use, is the earliest "DP" thing that I have - a Christmas card; circa 1933. It depicts the building
(whose address was 213-215 25th Street, by the way) as it appeared even before we were very young!

- Bill Lee (WHS - '54) of NC - 02/12/08
WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! I kept desperately trying to visualize that building (or even that location), and at last an image
came to my mind while I slept - and that's it! Thanks so much, Bill!

Glad to see so many people had so many memories. I don't have the time, right now, to gather more memories
for your new page, but will do so in the near future.

I recall that Parke Rouse did a humorous article about the 'friendly' competition between the DP and TH staffs
(which I think he included in a later book of collected essays). I'll try to find it, and scan for your use, as well. 

- Bill Lee (WHS - '54) of NC - 02/13/08
Thanks again, Bill!

Hi, Carol:

I thoroughly enjoy reading comments from the TYPHOON Nation regarding old landmark buildings in the City of Newport News.
The 1933 image of the old Daily Press and Times-Herald Building is very interesting. Much later, the circulation department
expanded the building to the west, towards Washington Avenue in the form of a "shed" that permitted the circulation delivery
trucks to load the bundles of newspapers under cover from the weather. The "roller type" conveyor belts were expanded
to move the bundles to the exterior so as to allow them to be picked up and loaded more efficiently. The vacant lot that remained
after the old hotel on the corner of 25th Street and Washington Avenue served as a parking lot for the delivery trucks, and made 
possible the expansion of the Daily Press Building.

Now another question for the City of Newport News experts: What was the name of the hotel that was torn down that allowed
the Daily Press to expand their building?

One should know the answer to a question before asking it, but it seems to me it was called the Tidewater Hotel? Help!!!

TYPHOON Regards,

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/13/08
It's a well-established fact that I know nothing of such things, Joe, but I'm certain someone else will! Thanks!

Hi, Carol:

Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA mentioned that she used to walk to the old Daily Press building while working in her youth
to deliver materials for her employer. She also mentioned that she thought the old Boys Club was on 25th Street across from the old Daily Press building. Actually, the Boys Club was located on 28th Street, on the approach to the 28th Street Bridge.

To refresh our memories, Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA provided an image of that old building before it was torn down to make room for a new Sears, Roebuck & Company store. I believe you posted that image on your website under the Old Stomping Grounds section.

The Boys Club relocated to Jefferson Avenue when the old building was demolished.

It will be interesting to learn the name of the building that was on the northeast corner of 25th Street and Washington Avenue
before it was torn down. I was one block off by recalling it might have been the Tidewater Hotel, for it was located at 24th Street
and Washington Avenue before it was torn down.

TYPHOON Regards,

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/13/08
Oh, yeah, it's all coming back to me now! Well, maybe not all. Okay, maybe just a tiny little bit.....
Thanks for keeping us straight, Major Madagan!

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