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 5, 1994, New Era reported that Stephen R. Gibble would not seek a new term as chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party. Gibble announced that he was opting for “a short breather” while he opened a new law office.
The same edition featured a piece on the Theater of the Seventh Sister taking audiences back to the (allegedly) good old days with a production of “Spoon River Anthology." Small town life at the turn of the century was examined in all of its failings and frustrations to see if “the simple life” was really just simple nostalgia.
National Headline: American teen gets 4 lashes with cane // Condition is satisfactory, Singapore says // Fay could make millions off his lashing, agents say
50 Years Ago: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Swan were as proud as any parents could be, but it wasn’t their sons who were heading off to college. It was the Baker twins, Curtis and Calvin – two boys who had stayed with the Swans every year since they were 6 through the Fresh Air Program. Their mother, Lillian Baker, praised the Swans for inspiring her sons to go to college. The May 5, 1969, Intelligencer Journal had the story.
Also in that edition, it was reported that Millersville State College hosted its first annual competitive meet of the International Frisbee Association. While some laughed at the idea of anyone taking Frisbee throwing so seriously, Dan Roddick of Shippensburg obviously disagreed. Roddick took first place in every category he was eligible to enter.
National Headline: Derring-do by 2 halts locomotive
75 Years Ago: The May 5, 1944, Intelligencer Journal announced that three area hospitals had been named as depots for the wonder drug penicillin. Lancaster General Hospital, St. Joseph’s and the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon County would receive the drug immediately, despite a current shortage. It was hoped that the shortage would be over in a week and then any other hospitals would be able to apply for the drug.
The same edition reported that Lancaster got lucky when it came to the weather. Heavy snow and flooding plagued some areas of the country, while other states were baked by record heat. During the same time period, Lancaster enjoyed a pleasantly summer-like 85 degrees.
National Headline: Methodists vote, 373-300, to back war // Conference takes action because “God himself has a stake in the struggle”
100 Years Ago: The City of Lancaster was “going wild with joy” as the Company D boys arrived home from World War I. Many thousands gathered to greet the returning soldiers, recalling the “days of ’65.” The happy throngs also acknowledged a sadness for the boys who had “gone west” during the fighting and would not be returning. Every corner of the city had some sort of celebration going when the soldiers arrived. Bells rang, the mayor’s office was the scene of frantic activity and the train station was overrun. The May 5, 1919, New Era had the story.
Also in that edition, it was reported that William Crafts of Washington spoke to Lancastrians on the moral issues that faced the country and the progress society and government had made to address them. He discussed “the four evils” of intemperance, impurity, Sabbath-breaking and gambling.
National Headline: Allies will hand peace treaty to German delegation coming Thursday