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 9, 1994, New Era reported on tobacco growing in Lancaster County. Tobacco remained a profitable crop in the county, but many farmers struggled with the choice. Planting a crop that was a health risk drove some away, but others stuck with the low-risk cash crop that had always grown in the county. Old Order Amish and Mennonite groups were among those committed to still raising it.
The same edition reported that local and state legislators were discussing the contraceptive Norplant. A report recommending that the state assist women in buying the device sparked a debate. Was Norplant more than just a highly effective contraceptive? Some were concerned that the product could cause abortion of a fertilized egg. Others contended that the drug was not an abortifacient, just effective - and expensive in terms of up-front costs.
National Headline: Vaccine: Can it wipe out 6 illnesses?
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50 Years Ago: The June 9, 1969, Intelligencer Journal reported on a merger and the closing of a local toy wholesaling business. Jaschik Toys merged with H&W Cantor Enterprises. Ben “Uncle Ben” Jaschik would close the business he started in 1946 and become the sales director at H&W Cantor’s new Fort Washington distribution center.
In the same edition, it was reported that the Zion Lutheran Church held its annual Rose Ceremony. Each year church leaders made a payment of one red rose to an heir of Baron Henry W. Stiegel. The payment was the church’s rent for land Baron Stiegel deeded to it in 1792.
National Headline: 25,000 GIs to pull out of Viet by September
75 Years Ago: A purse-snatching at Lime and Chestnut Street made the news in the June 9, 1944, Intelligencer Journal. Mrs. George Hoover was waiting for a trolley when a young man or boy grabbed her purse from behind. Mrs. Hoover was unable to provide a description of the thief. Two hundred and fifty dollars meant for paying bills was lost in the theft.
The same edition reported that parking meters were proving to be an asset in Columbia. In two years the meters added $14,475.63 to the borough’s coffers. All temporary loans were paid, and the treasury reported a balance of $8,118.88 for the month of May.
National Headline: President Roosevelt’s health is termed excellent in all respects
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100 Years Ago: The June 9, 1919, New Era urged citizens to “display the National colors” during the upcoming very special week. Lancaster would be hosting the 53rd annual Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. Delegates from all over the state poured into the county to take part in memorializing the Civil War. A street parade, a campfire in the Fulton Opera House, speeches and medal presentations were planned throughout the week.
Reported in the same edition: Two canoeists “took an involuntary bath” in the Conestoga River. Charles Wagner and Harry Overly overturned their canoes near Rocky Springs. Wagner’s foot was caught and he was unable to get his head above water. Two former policeman who were in the area rescued the unconscious man and brought him to shore.
National Headline: Mr. Hoover expects delirium tremens to end with peace