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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Dec. 21, 1951 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 12/20/17

10-inch snow again snarls local traffic

Snow started to fall about seven o’clock Tuesday morning, and continued until Tuesday afternoon, when a depth of 8 to 10 inches was reported locally in …

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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Dec. 21, 1951 edition of the Press & Journal


10-inch snow again snarls local traffic

Snow started to fall about seven o’clock Tuesday morning, and continued until Tuesday afternoon, when a depth of 8 to 10 inches was reported locally in addition to a 4-inch snowfall last Friday.

Traffic throughout Middletown and the nearby area was paralyzed, and tow trucks were called out many times during the day and night Monday and Tuesday to help stranded motorists.

The State Highway Department sent its snow plow to Middletown and cleaned off Main, Union and Swatara streets, and also on the Lancaster Pike and River Road.

The Borough Highway Department with its available apparatus for cleaning streets and crossings, was pressed into service.

The Borough Electric Light Department was kept quite busy taking care of the transmission lines, especially where heavy snow existed, causing only slight interruptions with electric service.

Numerous accidents due to slippery sidewalks were reported. The police department reported only several slight accidents at intersections due to skidding on account of the snow, with only minor injuries sustained by motorists or passengers.

Due to the bad weather conditions, the Middletown Public Schools were closed at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Rural pupils who use transportation were excused because motor buses were unable to get through on the roads.

In Royalton, the public schools were also closed at noon Tuesday, but reopened again Wednesday.

Doe kill less than 37,500 in 2-day season

The State Game Commission estimated that less than 37,000 antlerless deer were bagged during the-two-day doe season Dec. 14-15.

The commission had hoped for a kill of at least 75,000 to bring Pennsylvania’s deer herd down to fit the size of the range afforded it. The state's greatest doe kill was 171,000, racked up in 1938.

The commission said that buck hunters, who ranged the woods Dec. 3-13 this year, probably brought down in excess of the 23,302 legal antlered deer shot last year. Last year’s doe kill was 31,505.

Wintry weather and hazardous mountain roads cut the field of hunters this year, as it did last. The commission said a large field of hunters went afield last Friday morning and made a “fair” kill, but reports from commission field supervisors indicated the snowstorm that struck the state late Friday cut Saturday’s field of sportsmen to 25 to 50 percent of that anticipated.

The commission had allotted 225,000 doe licenses and hoped that an average of one buyer in three would bag a doe.

The buck and doe hunting seasons ended last week with a grim total of hunting fatalities: At least 11 dead by accidental gunfire, by heart attacks in the field, and one hunter believed murdered.

Seven hunters died by gunfire last year.

Youth theme of Farm Show opens Jan. 14

With the 1952 Pennsylvania Farm Show dedicated to “Youth in Agriculture,” thousands of rural young people will be there, including at least two agricultural “queens” and a number of queen contestants, according to information received by the Farm Show Commission.

The Farm Show opens Monday morning, Jan. 14, and runs through Friday, Jan. 18.

Providing a bit of glamour for Farm Show visitors will be an entirely new feature, “Farm Fashion Festival,” arranged as a part of the program for the Pennsylvania Co-operative Potato Growers Association’s annual meeting.

Models for the fashion show will be the Pennsylvania Potato Blossom Queen contestants and the Apple Pan Dowdy Queen contestants.

Miss Jean Mastin, Quakertown, Bucks County, a Penn State co-ed who is the 1951-52 Potato Blossom Queen, is expected to be present.

Area men not reported on official prisoner list

An official list has been compiled by State Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters from announcements of those missing in action in the Korean War, giving the names of those from central Pennsylvania communities.

The next of kin in any case should await official word as to the prisoner of war status and are reminded of the warning by the Department of Defense that the prisoner of war tabulation given out by the Reds has not been confirmed by the United States authorities. Next of kin have already been notified they were missing in action.

Among the names on the list from Middletown and nearby communities are:

Pfc. Edwin C. Hedges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus G. Hedges, 9 Luna Lane, Pine Ford Acres, Middletown.

Sgt. Henry E. Flowers, nephew of Mrs. Ruth L. Funk, Annville.

Pfc. Kenneth R. Stuck, son of Mrs. Minnie Stuck, 251 W. Second St., Hummelstown.

Pfc. Arthur P. Miller, brother of Mrs. Rebecca G. Harmon, Hummelstown R.D. 2.

Pfc. Charles E. Gammer, grandson of Mrs. Frank Thomas, Annville.

Pvt. Walter L. Reisinger, son of George Reisinger, Marietta.

Pfc. Clarence E. Eberly, son of Mary E. Eberly, Marietta.

Headlines from the edition

• Gas rates to be increased

• Fire damages truck trailer used for paper storage

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