Excerpts and summaries of news stories from the former Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News that focus on the events in the county’s past that are noteworthy, newsworthy or just strange.
25 Years Ago: The May 19, 1994, New Era informed readers that city schools had performed their first random weapons sweep. Lincoln and Wheatland junior high schools and the district’s alternative school were swept by specially trained security teams using hand-held metal detectors.
That edition also reported that Lancaster General Hospital offered the public an opportunity to honor loved ones in the Health Campus’s memorial garden. Prices ranging from $10 to $300 allowed people to dedicate flower bulbs, a tree or a shrub as a memorial to a loved one. Engraved plaques cost an added $75-$150.
National Headline: Jacqueline Onassis worsens, will get no more treatments
50 Years Ago: The May 19, 1969, Intelligencer Journal researched doctor and house calls. House calls were declining, and while doctors didn’t mind that, many patients did. In Lancaster County, many doctors still made house calls, but stated that treatment would be better if given in the office. Dr. Jack Pontz said that doctors carry essentials for responding to emergencies in their “black bags” but that offices hold everything that is needed for diagnosis and treatment.
In the same edition, it was reported that Lancaster County was home to the Crown Princess of Posture. Jacquie Shupp, the Lancaster County Queen of Posture, became the Crown Princess at the Pennsylvania State Posture and Physical Fitness Contest in Pittsburgh. Shupp was first runner-up.
National Headline: Apollo 10 streaks toward moon // All systems functioning flawlessly
75 Years Ago: The Public Library’s role in helping to solve the problems of demobilization was discussed in the May 19, 1944, Intelligencer Journal. The library would cooperate with local, state and federal agencies to provide services. A focus on areas of individual and career, vocational and social resources would be needed. Librarians were already working to compile information directories and update equipment and materials.
The same edition reported that an event at Buchanan Park was billed as open to all faiths, and it incorporated many church representatives. There would also be a community chorus and service men and women. Dubbed the “I Am An American” program, it sought to give thanks that “the United States has been spared the ravages of war that have laid waste countries in other parts of the world.”
National Headline: House passes G-I Bill of Rights
100 Years Ago: Mayor Trout welcomed a national organization of tobacco men to the city. The members of the National Cigar Leaf Tobacco Association held its annual convention at the Hotel Brunswick, complete with official welcome and “a splendid programme of entertainment,” before the group got down to the business at hand. The May 19, 1919, New Era had the story.
That edition also rerouted that the oldest “newsie” in the city passed away at the age of 83. “Baker” Young was one of Lancaster city’s best known figures. Until “failing health and blindness came upon him,” Young was a renowned newsboy. He sold Baer’s Almanacs and city newspapers starting as a young boy, pausing only to serve with an uncle in the Civil War.
National Headline: Airman Hawker is rumored off Irish coast