Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 6, 2013

Women find historical paper

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Deanna Parsley was looking through a box in search of a serving dish on Thanksgiving Day when she found a 50-year-old copy of the Glasgow Daily Times.

The newspaper was the Nov. 22, 1963, edition, which told the story of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the appointment of Vice President Lyndon Johnson as the country’s 37th president.

It was one of several her great-grandmother, Maude G. Bartley, had saved through the years.

“We thought it was neat when we found it,” said Sandra Casteel, of Tompkinsville.

The newspaper was found at a time when the news media was retelling the story of Kennedy’s assassination on the 50th anniversary of the event.

Parsley, who is Casteel’s granddaughter, had recently studied Kennedy’s assassination in Dawn Shaw’s history class at Monroe County High School.

“We studied like where he got assassinated, like the building. We learned who they thought shot him, and how all of his medical records from that day were all messed up and that they didn’t do anything right,” Parsley said. “The FBI agents wiped out the seat after he got shot, so they didn’t have anything from there.”

Parsley took a photo of the newspaper with her smartphone so she could show it to her history teacher, Dawn Shaw, at Monroe County High School.

Parsley was afraid to take the actual newspaper to school.

“I was afraid I was going to mess it up,” she said.

Parsley said her teacher was surprised to see the photo of the newspaper.

Her great-grandmother was known to keep mementoes through the years, including newspapers. She not only kept the Nov. 22, 1963 issue of the Glasgow Daily Times, but several copies of the Tompkinsville News as well.

Casteel remembers being at Bartley’s house the day the Nov. 22, 1963 edition of the Glasgow Daily Times arrived.

“I actually remember getting this newspaper out of the mailbox that day,” she said. “I was 9 years old and I was in school when all of this took place. Whenever I got it out of the mailbox and saw all of this, I was like in shock.”

Casteel recalled her grandmother, who was a teacher, sitting down and explaining it all to her and telling her who everyone was.

She also remembers watching news videos about the president’s assassination on television.

Casteel was a teacher like Bartley, so she has taught her students about the assassination of Kennedy.  

“It just amazed us when we found it at that point in time when that was all being discussed,” Casteel said.

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