Win a Bike in 1936 for Selling Subscriptions to the Dispatch

1936 Dispatch Subscription Contest
1936 Dispatch Subscription Contest

In 1936 kids were selling subscriptions to the Eatonville Dispatch in hopes of winning a bike.  The little guy pictured is my uncle, George Van Cleve, who would later run Van Cleve Motors. Unfortunately, he didn’t win the bike that year, but my brother won one 40 years later.

The kids that tried for the bike were: Dolores Gilbertson, Alycye Mae Guske, Dale Hecht, Lorraine Hibbard, Moen Howard, George Van Cleve, Betty Lou Van Eaton, Ethel Whitman, Joe Foegel Johnson, Bertha Krones, James Morris, Russel Sachs, Thelma Thureson, and George Wehmhoff.

Photos courtesy of the Dispatch.

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5 responses to “Win a Bike in 1936 for Selling Subscriptions to the Dispatch”

  1. I remember selling big chocolate bars for band class. If I sold so many candy bars I could win a pocket size transistor radio. Every kid in the mid sixties wanted a transitor radio. I never did get enough points to win anything.
    A few years back I bought a 1965 era pocket size transistor radio at the big annual car swap meet in Portland. Just for the nostalgia.
    Today there is not too much on AM radio like back then with the top 40’s radio stations.. Like “KJR Seattle,channel 95″(I can still hear that jingle in my head after all these years !!)
    I suppose it would be the same as the kids these days with their Ipods, etc.


    • They have KJR again, but it’s FM. Plays the same songs. Now it’s an oldies channel.
      Maybe you can pick it up on your transistor. 🙂


      • That’s funny Diane !! The old transistor is only AM, About all I can get on AM is talk radio and spanish music !!
        I drove a ’64 Valiant back and forth to work for about 4 years. It had an AM radio.
        Salem still has an AM station KBZY, that plays MOR (middle of the road)music..kind of soft rock. I listened to alot of stupid talk radio also.
        I was so glad to get my PT Cruiser with an AM/FM stereo !!


  2. I believe Betty Lou Van Eaton with the help of her family won that bike. This information is based upon my mom’s version of the story.


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