Green River Star -

By Amanda Benson
Sweetwater County Historical Museum 

Lighting cigarettes for political campaigns


Since November 2016 marks another election year, this month’s artifact of the month comes from political advertising for elections. This artifact is a matchbook advertisement from John Warden Opie’s re-election campaign for County Coroner around the 1940s. The matchbook reads, “Let’s all vote for & support your present County Coroner J. Warden Opie, Democratic Candidate, The Logical Man For The Office.”

Opie originally hailed from Oroville, Wash., where he started his career in the funeral business. He moved around to other towns such as Wenatchee and Spokane, Wash., working for...

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