Forest Park Review subscription contest winner Barbara Beck (left) receives the keys to her new Ford Tudor Sedan from publisher Claude A. Walker after winning the paper’s subscription drive contest. The paper’s office was at 7233 Madison St., in a building that is no longer standing. (Forest Park Review, Sept. 25, 1958)

When the Forest Park Review hosted a subscription contest in 1958, it was a Concordia College sophomore from the 100 block of Rockford whose perseverance and door-to-door knocking got her the first prize. Miss Barbara Beck was awarded a brand new Ford Tudor, for her efforts, besting 19 other subscription competitors. 

Bonnie Howard, whose phone solicitations convinced locals to purchase subscriptions, was rewarded with second place and a $1,000 check. Mrs. Carl Loyd of the 300 block of Circle who took home the third place honor and $500.

In 1958, the Forest Park Review was the only local newspaper in town and had a weekly circulation of 3,700 papers. Claude A. Walker was the editor and publisher and had a weekly column “Personal Observations.”

The subscription contest resulted in nearly 1,000 new subscriptions and Walker wrote, “The contest didn’t do my nervous system any good and I heaved a sigh of relief when the contestants gathered in my office last Thursday morning and received their awards.”

He went on to say, “Of course the contest could not have been a success had it not been for the support of the good folks in Forest Park and sincere thanks are offered. Now if advertisers start a deluge in our direction, everyone will be happy.”