A festive mood was in the air of the Cleveland Daily Banner lobby Friday.
Among the well-wishers for its 160th anniversary and familiar community faces was Ben Moore.
Moore had also been at the Banner 60 years prior when the paper had its centennial celebration.
He was 24.
At that time, Moore owned a pharmacy on the corner of Ocoee and Second streets, where a title company is now.
“The Cleveland Daily Banner was down the street on Second Street,” Moore said.
Carmage Walls owned the Banner at that time.
“Carmage Walls bought the Banner from Will Rogers,” Moore said.
Syd Gould was the publisher.
For Moore, his interaction with the Banner started as a child.
“They had to melt that lead to make type and set the type everyday…I would go over there and get the scrap lead and I would melt it down in my basement over on Oak Street and I would pour it into molds to make toys,” Moore said.
One of his favorites to make was toy soldiers.
“That’s been a long time ago,” Moore said.
Moore said he remembered when the Cleveland Daily Banner had a Saturday paper instead of a Sunday paper. He said potential flagship stores of the Cleveland Mall, which he was connected to establishing, wanted a Sunday edition. They, along with other retailers in the area were happy with the new establishment of the Sunday paper.
Reflecting on his friendship with former publisher Lee Walls, Moore said, “Lee Walls was such a nice person.”
He reminisced about times Walls would invite him over to his office and talk to him about things that were happening at the Banner, including difficult times.
Moore said some of these visits were while, “Goldie [Pledger Wattenbarger, a former editor and publisher of the Cleveland Daily Banner] was at war with his boys in the back.”
A lot has changed for the Cleveland Daily Banner in the past 60 years. Everything from location to personnel to how the paper is produced.
Stephen Crass is the publisher now.
Technology has changed the process of how a story goes from a reporter to the printed page.
An estimated 100 people visited the Cleveland Daily banner to enjoy cake and take a tour during the 160th celebration Friday.