Ray Malone has been a loyal, lifelong subscriber since 1945 when he returned home from the army. STAFF PHOTO / SARAH FRANKS

Former business owner relied on newspaper for his company

Since 1945, the Dayton Daily News has been Ray Malone’s daily way to stay connected.

At 97, Malone never skips a day of reading his paper. When he returned home to Dayton in 1945 after serving in the Army working with field artillary, one of the first things he did was subscribe to the newspaper.

“We needed the paper, and we’ve been subscribing ever since then,” Malone said. “I read it front to back, as a rule.”

Born in Jamestown, Tennessee, Malone came to Dayton when he was 16 years old looking for work. During his time in Dayton, Malone owned a carpet cleaning company and also said he owned former restaurant, Lora’s Restaurant on West Third Street in Dayton.

Like many of our loyal, lifelong subscribers, Malone has been reading the Dayton Daily so long, that his own life milestones have contributed to the contents of the paper. His 50th anniversary of marriage to his wife was documented in the paper, as well as an unfortunate break-in to his restaurant.

One of Malone’s past times, in addition to reading the newspaper, is about once a month, Malone and his daughter, Vicki Barton, will check out one of the garage sales listed in the classified section of the Dayton Daily.

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