The Lancaster That Was (Nixon death)

Trudy Halls poses with memorabilia from her experience meeting Richard Nixon. (April 28, 1994)

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: As the nation observed the passing of former president Richard Nixon, in the April 28, 1994, New Era county residents shared interactions that they had with the Republican politician. Tracy (cq? photo says Trudy) Halls met Nixon in November of 1960 when he campaigned in the county. She won the chance to meet Nixon in person by submitting a poem about him to a contest.

The same edition reported that Take Our Daughters to Work Day was a success here. It was the second year for Hamilton Bank Vice President Fred Siglin and his daughter Jessica. Jessica said “It’s fun to see what your parents do all day.” Other businesses and industry representatives spoke to girls about non-traditional careers for women. Many employers participated.

National Headline: A final tribute: Nixon’s funeral a time of healing

50 Years Ago: The Friends of the Lancaster County Library sponsored a tribute to the late Cameron Hawley. More than 175 people attended in addition to special guests. The guests were 50 local authors who had been published within the last year. Among the author exhibitors were Sally Jarvis and Samuel Horst. Gerald S. Lestz presented a memorial award in honor of Hawley. The April 28, 1969, Intelligencer Journal had the story.

In the same edition, A.G. Breidenstine, chairman of the Elizabethtown College board remarked that “the ways of the jungle” had no place at Elizabethtown or any other school. He also urged the board to continue adding financial resources so that the college could reach its long term goals.

National Headline: De Gaulle quits French presidency

75 Years Ago: City Commissioner H.C. Kreisle announced plans to make the comfort station in Penn Square available 24 hours a day. Adjustments had already been made to lift the ban on women’s hair combing in the station. Hair had repeatedly clogged the washbowls as women combed at the mirrors over them. New mirrors were installed with shelves beneath for convenience. The April 28, 1944, Intelligencer Journal had the story.

Also in that edition, New Holland resident Lieutenant Thomas H. Wentz was cited by the Secretary of the Navy for “Outstanding Devotion to Duty.” Ensign Wentz maintained high morale and effectiveness in his crew despite repeated aerial attacks. His actions were called “heroic.”

National Headline: Avery ejected from Montgomery Ward offices // Government gets injunction against Montgomery Ward

100 Years Ago: The April 28, 1918, New Era reported on what Lieutenant John C. Geiszel did almost the moment his feet touched American soil: He called his mom, Marian Geiszel. He was even able to see her during a brief visit home from where he was newly stationed at Camp Merritt. Many other Lancaster soldiers were expected home in the coming days.

In the same edition, it was reported that Lancaster’s centennial celebration of Odd Fellowship filled the Fulton Opera House. The Odd Fellows started in Lancaster in 1841 with one lodge. Celebrating at the Fulton were a total of 25 lodges and a membership of 3,750.

National Headline: Propose to try ex-Kaiser for crimes of ages