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 June 2, 1994, New Era reported on an auction-loving antiques collector who amassed quite a collection of his own. In 1994 the antiques collection of George W. Scott was headed for auction itself. Christie’s of New York was chosen to call the world-class auction loaded with hometown favorites. In keeping with his love of antiques, Scott was a founder of the Heritage Center Museum.
Also in that edition, Susan Bloomfield admitted that she has an addiction. Luckily, the Holtwood artist’s addiction was painting. Art, an early interest of hers, was put on hold to raise her family, but in 1970 she began painting in earnest. After moving to Lancaster, Bloomfield fell in love with the arts community and embraced it, winning first place in the spring membership show of the Lancaster County Art Association.
National Headline: Leaders of 14 allied nations to gather for D-Day tribute.
50 Years Ago: Lancaster was experiencing a five-month drought. The sparse rainfall had not seriously damaged local crops, but the results of it were evident in area woodlands and pastures. There were no records for comparison, but it was believed that “the period of January through May was probably the driest in history.” The weather had one benefit: a large increase in tourism. The June 2, 1969, Intelligencer Journal had the story.
In the same edition, it was reported that Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy was ready to grow. The cornerstone for a new addition was put in place, complete with a copper box “time capsule” inside it. Seventeen items including a bible, church information and publications and catechism books were sealed in the box. The Rev. W. Lester Koder and Richard Divet took part in the dedication.
National Headline: Diploma denied girl from Harlem
75 Years Ago: The June 2, 1944, Intelligencer Journal reported on Sunday evening recreation programs that were planned for the summer. A group of fifteen pastors met with adult and youth recreational leaders to plan activities for area youth. The YWCA and YMCA along with other groups had already covered weeknights, but no plans had been developed for Sundays.
The same edition reported that a local postal employee was charged with “robbing the mails.” Percy Gable Parks was charged with opening mail and stealing at least $200 on May 31 and other occasions. The 17-year postal employee confessed to the thefts.
National Headline: Chlorine gas fells over 400 at street corner in Brooklyn // Gas leaking from tank being transported in truck, spreads two blocks in every direction, descends into subway, no fatalities reported
100 Years Ago: Elizabethtown was “invaded” by nearly 100 Freemasons, the June 2, 1919, Intelligencer Journal reported. The Masons piled into 19 automobiles to make the pilgrimage from Easton to the Masonic Homes. They spent the afternoon touring the buildings and grounds, and were given a brief tour of the city before returning home in the evening.
The same edition told the story of the famed 20-Mule Borax Team visiting Lancaster and attracting a great deal of attention. Stopping at New Holland, Lancaster and other county locations, the team drew the following of a circus. Borax Bill drove the team led by Trilby, a large mule responsible for providing direction to his 19 mates.
National Headline: Railroad and wire increases upheld