Mildred Rosser moved to Cleveland in 1937 and chose the local newspaper as her means of keeping up with her new hometown.
The 104-year-old has been a faithful reader since seeing her first copy of the Cleveland Daily Banner.
“I read the whole thing,” Rosser said in a recent interview. “I can’t wait for my paper to come in the afternoon.”
She said she keeps a close eye out for its arrival. If the paper is late, Rosser wonders aloud where it could be. Once the bundle of news is in hand, she sets out to read the entire edition from front to back.
She pays special attention to the Sports section. The TV schedule gives her the times she needs to catch her favorite teams.
“When the [Los Angeles] Lakers come on, I love them,” Rosser said. “When they go on about 1:30 in the morning, I am sitting right [in my chair] covered up, watching them. I love them.”
Articles focused on health, especially prevention tips for Alzheimer’s, receive special attention from Rosser.
She sits down with the paper to read it a little at a time.
According to daughter Mary Ann Lowe, Rosser reads the Banner in between activities.
“She will read it in segments,” Lowe said. “She will sit down and read it and then watch TV before going back.”
When asked what has changed about the newspaper since 1937 she quipped, “There is a lot more of it.”
Added Rosser, “It is still the same, just a lot better. There is more in it, too.”
She said she thinks everyone should read so as to keep up with what is going on in the community.
Lowe said the paper always held an important place in the home growing up.
“I still subscribe today,” she said. “I am kind of taken aback when some people who live here don’t take the local paper, because how else are you going to know what tax issues are going on with the city government or what they are about to do with your property tax?”
Continued Lowe, “It is like people don’t know. You will have a conversation [about local issues] and they will be like, ‘I didn’t know.’”
Rosser explained that her love for reading the paper grew as she did. When she was a child, she did not read newspapers. She said once she moved to Cleveland with her husband, Homer, she always wanted to stay up to date with the paper.
“It’s good enough for me,” Rosser said with a nod of her head. “I like it.”