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Excerpts and summaries of local news stories from the pages of the Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era appear here each Monday. They focus on events in the county's past that were noteworthy, newsworthy or just strange. Full versions are available on microfilm at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.
Also, during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, excerpts from Lancaster's Civil War-era newspapers, as well as new stories, can be found on the "Lancaster County and the Civil War" blog, at LancasterOnline.com, keyword: Civil War.
GROWING PAINS: The Lancaster New Era reported on the findings of a yearlong study by the county planning commission of the needs arising from local population growth:
"Lancaster County stands at the threshold of its fastest growth period in history and will require 40,600 new housing units for an additional 120,000 persons by 1980."
By the beginning of the '80s, the planners' report said, the county population was foreseen to be about 397,400.
The rapid growth was expected for several reasons:
·The baby boomers would, by the late 1960s and early '70s, be getting married and having children.
·The continued growth of business and industry in the county would result in more people moving here.
·Life expectancies would continue to rise, resulting in greater need for housing suitable for older residents.
The commission recommended planning early and thoroughly for vastly increased residential needs, setting aside land for residential growth and drafting ordinances to govern its development. (March 26, 1963)
TWISTER: The New Era reported on an unusual weather occurrence -- a tornado touching down in the county:
"A freak tornado ripped out of York county into Marietta Tuesday night, smashed two large tobacco barns, terrorized seven people caught in the buildings, uprooted trees and damaged homes."
The evening storm touched down on Fairview Avenue in Marietta, then destroyed a barn along Route 441. It then hopped a half mile, touching down a second time to destroy another barn and some smaller farm buildings.
Despite the widespread property damage, no one was injured in the storm. (March 27, 1963)
CHANGING TIMES: The New Era reported on a change in the careers desired by high school students -- with "housewife," once a popular choice, dropping quickly:
"Out of more than 2,000 (McCaskey High School) students only 11 were interested in becoming housewives.
"Homemaking, in fact, ended in a dead heat with funeral directing and embalming, which also was named by 11 students.
"McCaskey officials smilingly announced that the top choice among the 56 fields named is teaching ... ."
Other popular career paths included secretarial work, nursing, the military, beauticians and barbers, architects and engineers. (March 29, 1963)
CHARITY: The Intelligencer reported on -- and assisted in -- efforts in Lancaster County to send charitable aid to victims of massive flooding along the Ohio River:
"The widespread disaster caused by the floods in Ohio and other parts of the Middle West calls for immediate relief. Urgent appeals for aid of the many thousands of homeless and destitute have been sent by the National Red Cross Society. In answer to these demands, the Intelligencer has started a fund for which contributions are urgently sought. ... Any amount from ten cents up is acceptable. The appalling tragedy should bring a generous response."
The floods hit Dayton, Ohio, hardest, with initial death tolls estimated to be near 10,000, with an additional 70,000 homeless.
However, the next day, the estimates were greatly reduced, with the dead numbering less than 1,000. Those seeking food and shelter, however, still numbered in the tens of thousands. (March 27 and 28, 1913)
Flashback Lancaster is compiled from the Lancaster Newspapers archives by Jed Reinert.