Sept. 8, 1953, is a notable date for several different reasons. It is the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 53rd anniversary of the 1900 Storm. It also marks the day that 60 precocious children began their kindergarten year at Sacred Heart Elementary School on Galveston Island.
World War II had been over for eight years. The Daily News featured stories about Harry Truman giving hell to President Eisenhower, Lana Turner marrying Tarzan Lex Barker and the Miss America Pageant. The paper also advertised that organdy Priscilla curtains were $3.98 a pair at Penney’s, Nathan’s Salon was offering the “Italian Boy” cut for $1.50, Motorola television sets were on sale for $229.95, Buster Brown shoes were $6.95, Schreiber & Miller was selling a GE refrigerator with “rotocold” and automatic defrost for $249.95 (with trade-in) and Sam J. Williams men’s store was offering suits for $5.