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 12, 1994, New Era showcased the newly renovated Goodwill headquarters on North Plum Street. The $500,000 remodeling effort added conference and training rooms as well as office space. The client cafeteria was expanded and the HVAC system was replaced. Even the lobby got a full upgrade.
The same edition profiled Ruthann Williams, who left her job as the head of the Business Department at Caldwell College because she felt called to a different area of the school. Williams entered the convent on the grounds of the Dominican-run college at age 38. She is now Sister Ruthann Williams, and the new program director of a ministry at St. Joseph’s Convent in Columbia.
National Headline: Exxon Valdez captain blames mate for wreck
50 Years Ago: The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority planned to “regroup its forces” after West Hempfield bowed out of the proposed suburban sewer system. Without their participation, the $34.7 million dollar system would probably need to be redesigned. Elvin Heisey, sewer authority manager, was waiting for word on how to move forward. The May 12, 1969 Intelligencer Journal had the story.
Th same edition also reported that Harry James went on a “Sentimental Journey” and took the Fulton Opera House audience right along with him. A full orchestra backed the “world of swing” and James’ solid musicianship was heartily applauded by concert-goers.
National Headline: Passionate plea // Castro’s sister foments revolt
75 Years Ago: The May 12, 1944, Intelligencer Journal announced that Clair R. McCollough would follow in his father’s footsteps. The younger McCollough was elected to the advisory board of St. Joseph’s Hospital. He assumed the seat vacated by the death of his father, Austin McCollough. Clair McCollough was the manager of the Mason Dixon Radio Group.
In the same edition, it was reported that the search continued for two gun-toting thieves who led police on a 10-mile chase. The pair abandoned their loot-filled car after gunshots shattered the rear window. Police found some of their clothing with stacks of stolen gas ration cards in the pockets.
National Headline: Dewey declares he opposes poll tax; Barkley favors fourth term
100 Years Ago: A message dropped by a dirigible in the navy free balloon race landed near Lancaster County. The balloon was seen by Columbia residents as it passed over the river area. The message read “The balloon, Chamber of Commerce (the name of the entry), passed over here 7 a.m. All going fine. Expect to reach coast by noon.” The May 12, 1919, New Era had the story.
The same edition reported that the third in a series of mysterious fires hit Drumore Township in the night. The most recent fire burned the home of Christian Herr to the ground. The Herr family had recently moved, but many of their belongings were still in the home. Another house and a barn had been burned only two weeks before the Herr house was destroyed.
National Headline: Labor board demands paper strike to end