The Daily News reported that on Monday evening, May 8, 1933, a group of 66 residents met at the Longview Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of forming an "Old Timers" organization.

The name of the new organization was the '23 Club. Officers were elected, bylaws adopted, committee appointments announced. Dues were 50 cents a year, and any person here in 1923 or before was allowed to join without payment of dues. Dr. J.L. Norris was elected the first president of the '23 club.

The Daily News now is celebrating 95 years of service, gathering and reporting the history of Longview and surrounding areas.

The Longview '23 Club will hold its 85th annual dinner meeting Oct. 1, to honor and reflect on R.A. Long's vision and dream and others who planned and built our city. The program, "The History of The Daily News, 1923-2018, will be presented by '23 Club president Arleen Hubble, John McClelland III and Bob Gaston.

Membership in the club was once exclusive to 1923 and earlier pioneers. Membership now is open to all who share a love for the city, its beauty and its history. Dues are $6 for a family or $4 for an individual per year. The dinner costs $16 per person and will be held in the St. Rose Parish on Oct. 1. Fellowship begins at 5 p.m. with a viewing of artifacts from the R.A. Long history room as presented by Helene Watson. Hors d'oeuvres will be served by chef Hayden Evans with dinner served promptly at 6:30 p.m.

For details, visit our website, longview23club.org, email ahubble61@gmail.com, call Cal Fowler at 360-423-9652 or watch for our annual ad in The Daily News.

Cal Fowler


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