Following are summaries of local news stories from the pages of the Intelligencer Journal and New Era. This column appears on page B1 of the printed newspaper each Monday. The items are researched and compiled by staff member Tim Buckwalter. Full versions are available on microfilm at the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.
25 years ago
INSURANCE CRISIS: The Warwick Boys’ Baseball Association nearly packed up its bats and bases and called off its season after facing a liability insurance crisis. The organization eventually obtained a policy that offered a quarter of the coverage for twice the price. Other youth athletic associations were facing similar challenges as insurance prices soared. (April 11, 1986)
MARKET MASTER: Donald L. Horn, 55, began work as Lancaster city’s new market master, replacing retiring market master Bob Sherts. Horn’s job was to serve as the liaison between City Hall and standholders at the city-owned Central Market. (April 15, 1986)
PRINCIPALS: The Rev. William McDonnell was named principal of Lancaster Catholic High School, replacing the Rev. Joseph Coyne, who was named principal of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg. McDonnell had been serving as principal of York Catholic High School. (April 15, 1986) (Note: McDonnell died in 1990 at age 46. Coyne died in 2001 at age 57).
LIBYAN RAIDS: A day after U.S. warplanes conducted air raids on Libya to strike “a blow against terrorism” and send a message to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, local travelers were busy changing their plans. Lancaster County travel agencies reported a number of residents were canceling trips to Europe and elsewhere out of concern that the raids would spur counterattacks aimed at Americans abroad. (April 15 and 16, 1986)
50 years ago
HOSPITAL COSTS: The cost of hospitalization for any catastrophic illness will soon be completely out of reach for all but “a very minute” portion of the population, Dr. Donald C. Smelzer (right), executive director of Lancaster General Hospital, declared in a panel discussion sponsored by Lancaster Manufacturers’ Association. Smelzer painted a somber picture of spiraling costs and “inadequate” hospitalization insurance formulas. (April 12, 1961)
TRAGIC FIRE: Fire swept through the small frame home of a large family in Newville, west of Elizabethtown, killing six brothers and sisters ages 3 to 14. The victims’ mother and one of their brothers were in critical condition. Officials said it was one of the worst fires in Lancaster County history. (April 14, 1961)
F&M RIOT: Armed with a litany of complaints about college policies and food, a high-pitched mob of students, many wearing Bermuda shorts and with towels around their heads, ran wild on the Franklin & Marshall College campus.
Students threw mudballs at police, whipped eggs at college officials and hurled stones at firemen. Motorists had their car stalled, and a police car was rocked back and forth on College Avenue.
Yelling youths also carried burning effigies of F&M executives across the campus and lit a bonfire fueled by college property. (April 13, 1961) Continue reading