Lowell Sun, Feb. 3, 1945, Page 1

Doing winter cleaning last week at our house, we found some old newspapers, which are always a fascinating window on the past. In this case, hostilities in Europe during World War II were reaching a climax. One can imagine what it was like in the city reading the reports on the war in Europe and in the Pacific each day, following the progress with great concern because almost every family had a member or friend in harm’s way. I wasn’t born until after the war, but my father and five of my uncles were in combat. The day this newspaper was published, my father was with the Army’s Fourth Division pushing into Germany. Following are the headlines from page one of the Sun. Note that this is the 7 o’clock edition, which would be 7 p.m. because there’s a bulletin on the day’s stock market activity (“irregularly higher course today in active trading … around the 700,000-share mark.”)—PM


Russians Pour Across Oder; Foreign Diplomats Begin Flight From Reich Capital

Peace Rumors Sweeping Cairo

Yanks Rip Siegfried Line; Pour Through Strongest Part Off Monschau

Yanks Drop 3000 Tons on Berlin Heart

Local Soldier Loses Life in Belgium, Pfc. James P. Smith (of 466 E. Merrimack St.)

Report Big Three Talks Under Way; In Southern Russia?

Held in $1000 as Would-be Armed Robber (Fulton St. shopkeeper assaulted)

Woman Faces Court After Stabbing (assault at 615 Merrimack St. in dispute over use of hallway sink)

May Move Welfare Dept. to City Hall; Manager Said to Be Planning Closing of Cabot St. Site

Need More Blood Donors Than Ever

50 Percent Increase in Postal Receipts Here

Mother, Child Injured by Auto (crossing Kearney Square)

Little Oil for Germany

Plan Election Next Week; To Select Military Sub for Hartwell