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 April 21, 1994, New Era reported on the next move in the city’s war against trash. Debbie Smithgall, Cheryl Holland and Mayor Janice Stork recruited an estimated 1,000 volunteers to pick up trash and recyclables to keep the city cleaner. Cleanups were set for Saturday mornings. Organizations such as Boys & Girls Club and others would also lend a hand.
The same edition also told the story of a high school dropout who was busy helping others get an education. Iris Rios dropped out of school while pregnant with her first child. Three years later she returned to the Francine Bunch Memorial Head Start Center to get her GED. Two years after that she was still there, tutoring English as a Second Language students in English and Math. “As much as I was helped, I want to be able to help others” Rios said.
National Headline: Coke offering new soft drink
50 Years Ago: A gang of five people attacked a woman and three blind boys in Lancaster Township. The group had been drinking when they came upon teacher Jane Trump from the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia. She was driving three blind boys home after a visit here. After forcing her car off the road, the group attacked the passengers with a belt and beat them. They backed off when the teacher told them that her students were blind. The April 21, 1969, Intelligencer Journal had the story.
The same edition reported that young pianist Francis Welsh thrilled audiences at the Fulton Opera House. For the first time with a symphony orchestra, Welsh played MacDowell’s Second Piano Concerto. Louis Vyner conducted the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
National Headline: Decency rally ends in riot
75 Years Ago: The April 21, 1944, Intelligencer Journal announced the need for more gardeners. Victory Garden Committee officials said gardeners were needed at once to cultivate 1,300 available plots. Residents were reminded that the need to grow vegetables at home to allow commercially grown food to be shipped to American soldiers was greater than ever. Plots were plowed and ready for planting.
Also in that edition, it was reported that 750 veterans of the first and second World Wars got jobs in Lancaster. The U.S. Employment Service office here placed most of the vets between beginning January 1. Many other veterans returned to their old jobs.
National Headline: No celebrations for Adolf Hitler
100 Years Ago: John McCollough found himself in a predicament when the buggy he was driving went off the road and ended up in chilly Mill Creek. Man, horse and vehicle landed in cold water about eight feet deep. McCollough was able to climb atop the buggy and wait more than half an hour until his cries were heard. A boat was secured to bring him to shore. The April 21, 1919, New Era had the story.
The same edition reported that Lancastrians were anticipating the arrival of the “Flying Circus.” The Airplane Squad was coming from Philadelphia on behalf of the Victory Liberty Loan. The “Flying Circus” of airplanes would drop loan and army recruitment literature.
National Headline: Wilson refuses to parley on Italian demands