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 July 7, 1994, New Era reported on a major thunderstorm that caused widespread damage in Lancaster County. Residents throughout the area were clearing fallen trees while crews unblocked roads and repaired downed power lines. More than 15,000 residents were without power after the “fierce” storm moved through. The northwest was particularly hard hit with lightning strikes that caused extensive damage.
The same edition included a story about the Hole In The Wall Puppet Theater venturing out for a walk in the park as part of the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival. Founder and puppeteer Rob Brock and puppeteer Anne Meeder took the puppet and live-performer show “Mother Goose” to Musser Park on Lime and Chestnut streets in the city.
National Headline: Meat to have safe handling labels
50 Years Ago: Lancaster city Mayor Thomas J. Monaghan created a housing task force. The nine hand-picked members were charged with finding solutions to Lancaster’s public housing problems. The group would evaluate current public housing and its effectiveness, as well as determine an appropriate direction for the future. The non-political committee would begin its work immediately. The June 7, 1969, Intelligencer Journal had the story.
The same edition also reported that Earl Clark, owner of Dutch Wonderland, opened his newest entertainment attraction. The Wonderland Cinema opened with a ribbon cutting and a showing of “Popi” starring Rita Moreno and Alan Arkin. “Funny Girl” was next up at the new Lincoln Highway theater.
National Headline: Mysteries of the moon await first man
75 Years Ago: A Lancaster soldier was given the nation’s second highest military honor for his D-Day service. Technician Fourth Grade Elmer G. Shindle was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The award was given in Normandy, “on ground wrestled from the Nazi Army.” Shindle and others honored were part of the initial “H-hour” assault on the beach at Normandy. Ten other men would receive similar honors. The July 7, 1944, Intelligencer Journal reported the story.
In the same edition, it was reported that two soldiers from New Zealand visited Lancaster to fulfill a promise made to Pfc. John K. Burkhart. Sgt. Nick Fisher and Sgt. Sam Fernyhovah met Burkhart in Wellington, New Zealand, while all three were serving there. Burkhart moved on to Guadalcanal and the other two promised to visit his mother in the United States on furlough.
National Headline: Nimitz sees future bright In Pacific
100 Years Ago: The July 7, 1919, New Era reported on a meeting of the Lancaster School Board. At the annual election, most members were re-elected to their previous posts. Frank Shibley retired as principal of the South Duke Street Schools, replaced by Ross Myers. Teachers’ salaries were increased as per the Teachers’ Salary Bill. Increases would be provided “as an act of Legislature.”
The same edition report that the large Franklin House property on North Queen Street was sold. Harry Schlotzhaur purchased it with an eye toward renovation. He said his aim was to provide the city with an “up-to-date hostelry” and to use a portion of the building for “the sale of bakery products.”
National Headline: Big blimp, torn from moorings, nearly escapes // Three hundred American Army balloon mechanics hard put to hold mammoth airship