The Greendale Review Newspaper - Beginnings Revisited - Part 2

The Greendale Review was Greendale's first newspaper and for the next year I will post stories from the early days of Greendale that were in the newspaper.


With this year being the 75th anniversary I thought it might be interesting as well as fun to look back at Greendale’s beginnings from the viewpoint of its own residents and local news stories of the day. Every Thursday through the end of the year, I will be posting humorous, relevant or just interesting stories from Greendale’s original newspapers.

Continuing from last week…

The first and only issue of the Bulletin from August 24, 1938 was replaced by the Greendale Review on Saturday September 10, 1938. The new paper would continue as an 8-1/2” x 11” sized “newsletter” type of publication consisting of about 15 stapled pages until the Thursday, December 29, 1938 edition. It was enlarged to 9-1/2” x 12-1/2” and became 10 pages with an increase in price. It was also no longer stapled, but was made from sheets of paper measuring 12-1/2” x 19” that were folded in half similar to an actual newspaper. It was not hand typed on one side of the page, but typeset on both sides of the paper.

Here is a short notice about the price change in the December 29, 1938 edition:


At the last meeting of the Greendale Review Staff it was decided to change the price of the Review from 4c to 5c. This is to cover the added expense of a printed paper. All the staff members, being paid subscribers, felt that our subscribers would be willing to pay the extra penny in order to have a better paper in Greendale. We have received many paid subscriptions of 50c for 13 issues and $1.00 for 26 issues. All those interested in taking out a new subscription contact any member of the staff. The staff meetings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 P.M., at the Review office. Everyone is invited to attend.

Beginning with the January 14, 1939 issue it was mostly being delivered on Saturday and on March 25, 1939 the paper became a larger 12” x 16”, 8 page newspaper without the header of the original Review.  Saturday delivery continued until September 20, 1939 when it was changed to Wednesday and continued on Wednesday for the most part until September 21, 1944 when it went back to Thursday. On January 17, 1947 it started to be delivered on Friday’s.

Here is a small blurb in the March 25, 1939 issue about the size change:


The Review Staff is happy to present to the people of Greendale a different type of paper. It has been our ambition to publish a paper that resembles, as nearly as possible, a regular newspaper.

The entire staff has worked diligently to accomplish this change, and we sincerely hope it meets with the approval of our fellow residents.

The original The Greendale Review zinc plate printed header would appear and disappear over the next decade after 3/25/39 with it being used once on Wednesday, May 14, 1941 for the third birthday edition, then it came back on Friday, February 28, 1947 and continued through the end of 1947, all of 1948 and most of 1949 with the final time on September 30, 1949. The name The Greendale Review or Greendale Review would always be at the top of the first page, but the size and font used would change from time to time as well as the size of the paper. It would generally be the larger 12” x 16” size after 3/25/39, but occasionally had smaller or even larger dimensions. There seemed to be a lack of consistency over time as to the look of the paper as it would change and then change back or to some other look and size.

On Thursday, November 1, 1951 the paper changed size again with this notice:

Greendale Review Merged With The Tri-Town News

The Greendale Review, a semi-weekly paper formerly published at Greendale, has merged with the Tri-Town News. This is the first issue of the merged papers.

The merger was brought about in the interest of giving more complete coverage of both news and advertising possibilities to Greendale and Hales Corners area, Carl Yoss, Review Editor, and P. G. Nickerson, Tri-Town News publisher said.

The price also changed from a semi-weekly paper at $1.25 a year for 26 issues or 5c each, to a weekly paper of 52 issues a year for $2.00 or 10c per copy.

The name Greendale Review continued on the top of the Tri-Town news through at least 12/31/51. After that I was not able to find any info on when the name Greendale Review ended. On Thursday, October 27, 1960 a new weekly paper the Greendale Village Life began with the first several issues being free until $2 a year subscriptions or 10c each could be established shortly thereafter. From what I understand, in-between the end of the Greendale Review and the start of the Greendale Village Life there were a number of other papers with various names.

The last issue of The Greendale Village Life was on Friday, 1/19/07 at 75c each until it became part of one of the NOW papers on Thursday, January 25, 2007. The new NOW paper combined these community newspapers - Oak Creek Pictorial, Franklin Hub, Hales Corners Village Hub and the Greendale Village Life. It is currently available with the delivered Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and online.

Now that you have a quick background about the early newspapers in Greendale, look here every Thursday for reprinted stories from those Pioneer days. I will be taking them in chronological order and continue from issue to issue until the last Thursday in December of 2013. Next week I will start featuring the stories from the newspapers.


Steve Peters

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