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 Oct. 20, 1994, New Era reported on a visit from one of Lancaster’s “sister cities.” Thirteen representatives of Frankelbach, Germany, spent a week visiting sites and businesses throughout the county. One stop was Ford New Holland, where they learned about the farm equipment produced by the company. Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dan Witmer escorted Barbarae Jorg and Rolf Kunne for the visit.
The same edition reported that even stately and historic Wheatland wasn’t immune to Halloween’s mysterious and spooky side. While guests toured the home of Lancaster’s President, they met more than Buchanan-related history. They met the characters of Charles Dickens’ final (and unfinished) work “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” At the end of each tour, guests voted on the guilty party.
National Headline: New guidelines for mammograms issued
50 Years Ago: Suicide was fast becoming a major concern in Lancaster County. The Oct. 20, 1969, Intelligencer Journal attempted to help tackle the frightening problem. Every year about 30 Lancastrians died by suicide. Stanley Nelson, administrator of the county’s Mental Health and Retardation program outlined some of the warning signs that families should watch for and some of the options available for getting help.
In the same edition, it was reported that Larry Burkholder ended up in the emergency room with llama trauma. Burkholder bought a llama and was taking it to his home zoo when it “bumped” him. The bump resulted in “lacerations of the eye.” Burkholder did not disclose where he purchased the llama.
National Headline: Kopechne judge // Autopsy problem said “real tough”
75 Years Ago: It was a hard day for several Lancaster County families. The war casualty listing included several local soldiers in different categories. Army Air Force First Lt. Robert F. Lindemuth was killed in England when two planes collided. Private Dallas Hirneisen (Ephrata) was wounded in Germany. Private Gordon Vingst (Lititz) was wounded in Italy. PFC Richard Eshleman (Lancaster) was wounded in Holland. Two Columbia men, Cpl. Dean Pettis and PFC William Studenroth were wounded in the South Pacific. The list was published in the Oct. 20, 1944, Intelligencer Journal.
Also in that edition: Lancaster’s falcon returned after disappearing early in the spring. The Peregrine falcon returned to its roost on the highest ledge of the Griest Building, much to the delight of regular admirers. Thousands of people came to observe it during its previous visit.
National Headline: False fire alarm box installed for fans’ convenience
100 Years Ago: The Oct. 20, 1919, New Era reported on a big real estate purchase for Watt & Shand. The firm purchased the former Rohrer Liquor Store “in the heart of the city” on Penn Square. The four story building fronts on South Queen St. and borders other properties owned by Watt & Shand. The sale gave Watt & Shand a significant presence on the square.
Also in that edition: Liberty Can and Sign Company began production. They already had more orders than they could fill in six months. Once another group of machines were installed, the factory expected to produce millions of cans every year and employ between 200 and 300 people.
National Headline: Warns against refiner boost in sugar price // Attorney General notifies beet sugar men wholesale figure must not exceed 10 cents