“I like the whole paper. I enjoy reading the paper every morning”

Theola Rose Raterman has been subscribing to the Dayton Daily News since moving to the city from Piqua in 1954. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

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Theola Rose Raterman has been subscribing to the Dayton Daily News since moving to the city from Piqua in 1954. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Every day Theola Rose Raterman reads the Dayton Daily News, as she has since moving to her north Dayton home with her late husband, Lou, 65 years ago.

“Since 1954, I’ve never missed,” the 96-year-old native of the village of Russia in Shelby County. “These days I mostly enjoy reading the sports section and doing the word scrambles…”

The daily subscription is valued “because I enjoy reading all what’s going on. And I like the page where you work all of the different puzzles,” she added. “I’m interested in all of it.”

Her newspaper ties actually began when her first husband – Elmer Boeke – served as a circulation branch manager in Piqua before his death in the 1940s.

It was picked up by her children – Jack Boeke, 71, Louis II, 64, Philip, 62, and Ann, 56 – as all three boys delivered either the Dayton Daily News or Journal Herald on routes in the neighborhood where their mother still lives.

With her husband Lou working at the Dayton Boys & Girls Club, Theola says her sons “benefited greatly from owning and operating their routes.”

And their jobs ensured unblemished delivery for her seven days a week.

“I like the whole paper. I enjoy reading the paper every morning” she said.

Notes her son, Philip: “She saves the sports section for me every day. Sometimes she calls me when she’s stumped on the word scrambles.”


To finish the 120th year of the Dayton Daily News this month we are featuring stories of some of our lifelong subscribers. Read them all at DaytonDailyNews.com

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