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Over the years, the WR Historical Society has collected memories of the residents of the community. 

Whiting in 1959

Going back in time sixty years, we can see how things might have taken longer to happen, but life was much more simply lived. Many of the things that were part of Whiting in 1959 are still here, whereas many other things, like the voice of a real live person connecting your phone call, are gone forever.


PHOTOS AND BITS FROM WHITING’S FIRST 50 YEARS

The Whiting Times Historical Edition, from 1939, was filled with photos and stories about the city’s first 50 years. A glance back at that newspaper gives us a chance to see some of Whiting’s early history.


The OriginS of Spring Training

 The regular season of major league baseball starts soon. But, until then why not read about the origin of Spring Training. And good luck to your favorite team in their quest to win the World Series this year.


The Telephone comes to Whiting

Read about the evolution of the telephone in the city of Whiting, from its inception in 1895 to the direct dial system in 1960.


Who Remembers the 1950s?

A trivia quiz for those who lived through the 1950s in Whiting-Robertsdale, and a chance for the rest of us to see how many stories from that decade we absorbed while growing up in the years which followed.


A HISTORY OF SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY

Find out about the history of St. Valentine’s Day, and get a glimpse of what the holiday was like for the Region.


THE ORIGIN OF THE OILERS

What is the true story behind Whiting High School’s nickname?


WHAT’S NEW IN WHITING, 1929

The following stories were printed on the front page of The Ben Franklin News ninety years ago, in 1929. 


CHRISTMAS A CENTURY AGO

A snapshot of a Whiting Christmas - 1918.


ICE SKATING WAS ONCE WHITING’S MAJOR WINTER SPORT

Ice skating has appealed to Whiting-Robertsdale residents from our earliest days, but its height of popularity was probably the 1920s through the 1950s.


A Walk on the South Side of New York Avenue in the 1920s


Grocery Store Memories

We had our full quota of churches and saloons. But aside from quenching sin and thirst, there was a great need for food. The old grocery stores served us well.


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4th of July Memories

Memories about Whiting's Fourth of July Celebrations as remembered from the WRHS Newsletter in 1985.


A Stroll Down LaPorte Avenue in the Early 1900s

Memories Betty (Long) Gehrke  grew up on the 1600 block of LaPorte Avenue. Years later, she could still remember the people who lived on her block, and on the next block down.