120 days: 1939



Join us in marking memorable

images and events during this newspaper’s history.

Historical issues of The Daily Sentinel are available for review on microfilm — and recent issues on CD — at two places 
in Grand Junction: Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave.; and the Mesa County Public Library Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.

The year 1939 brought the beginning of World War II in Europe. Life goes on in the Grand Valley. with men and women enlisting to help the fight.

The Prinster brothers open the first supermarket in western Colorado at Fourth and Rood, and City Market offers shoppers a totally new experience.

At 250 S. Fifth Street, a new terminal is opened for long distance bus service with Rio Grande Motor Way.

The Peach Board of Control is founded to ensure consistency.

Crime is running rampant, and a special grand jury is convened to investigate several local murders, gambling, prostitution and even local law enforcement.

Elsewhere, the New York World’s fair opens, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind” premiere and Amelia Earhart is declared dead after her disappearance.

Pope Pius XII becomes the world’s 260th pope while students at Harvard University start the craze of swallowing goldfish.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is opened, Mount Rushmore is dedicated and Albert Einstein urges FDR to make an atomic bomb and The Manhattan Project is developed.

See an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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