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From the Vault: News from the March 10, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal

Posted 3/14/18

Old-fashioned spelling bee here on March 20

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the common schools of Pennsylvania, an old-fashioned spelling bee will be held in the high …

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From the Vault: News from the March 10, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal

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Old-fashioned spelling bee here on March 20

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the common schools of Pennsylvania, an old-fashioned spelling bee will be held in the high school room on Tuesday evening, March 20.
The winner of the spelling contest will represent the district at the county meet to be held in Harrisburg sometime during the same week.
The districts included in this spelling bee are Middletown, Highspire, Royalton, Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships.
The contest is open to adults, or those who have passed out of the public schools.
School teachers and boys and girls enrolled in the schools will not be allowed to enter the contest.
On account of the limited space, only adults will be admitted to the spelling bee.
Arrangements are being completed to have the spelling bee on the old-fashioned type. Pronouncers, tally keepers, referees and choosers will be appointed and will be announced in a few days.
Get out your old spelling books and get ready for the contest.
The words with the exception of “jaw-breakers” will be taken very generally from newspapers. The older folks are invited to be present to live over their youthful days and indulge again in the sport of the olden times. The Shubert Quartet will sing some of the old-time songs.
“Macbeth now challenges Macduff,
To spell till someone cries enough.
Then out the knotty hard words roil
As long as a persimmon pole.
Recapitulating, cosmologically,
Chronologically, porphyry,
Anesthetically, beneficiary,
gutta percha, physiognomy.”

Driver accused of overloading school bus

George W. Rutherford of Bainbridge, accused of crowding 41 school children into a bus which has a seating capacity of 26, was arrested Thursday morning by Highway Patrolman John Aumon, of the Lancaster substation, on a charge of operating an overloaded passenger bus.
Rutherford is under contract to carry school pupils from Bainbridge to the Patton Trade School, Elizabethtown.
The children are pupils of the Conoy Township school, which was destroyed by fire two months ago, and are studying at the Elizabethtown school temporarily.
Rutherford will be summoned for a hearing before Justice of the Peace Elwood Grimm, of Elizabethtown.
He was the third defendant arrested as the result of highway patrolmen checking on school buses.
On Feb. 5, Mervin and Jennings Arnold, of Marietta, were arrested on charges of carrying dealer’s license plates on buses they were using to convey children to the Maytown school.
Each paid a fine of $10 and costs.

Arrest colored man for having loaded weapon

Editor’s note: Racist and offensive descriptions appeared in newspapers of the time. We reprint this headline not to perpetuate the terms, but to show how times have changed for the better.

After receiving numerous complaints from citizens that a young man was seen about town carrying a 38-caliber revolver, the chamber fully loaded, Constable Russell Houser started an investigation, and at 1 Thursday morning, located the man with the gun.
Following him to Siler's restaurant, West Emaus Street, Houser after searching a colored man, whom he trailed from descriptions given, found the loaded revolver. The man was unable to produce a permit, allowing him to carry the weapon. The stranger gave his name as Francis Payne, of 142 Ridge St., Steelton, and said that he was an employee of an automobile company in Harrisburg.
Payne was taken to the office of Squire W.J. Kennard, where information was made against him by the constable, on a charge of violation of the Firearms Act. In default of bail, Payne was committed to the county jail at Harrisburg, to await a hearing before Kennard at 7:30 Saturday evening.

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• M&H train crew finds man ill along track
• Thief steals $48 at the McNair store
• No flood stage by high water expected here

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