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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 31, 1935 edition of the Daily Journal

Posted 9/4/19

Lineman falls 12 feet, fatally hurt

In a fall from. a platform of a Hershey Transit Company construction truck while working on an overhead street car line near Deodate Friday afternoon, Raymond …

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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 31, 1935 edition of the Daily Journal

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Lineman falls 12 feet, fatally hurt

In a fall from. a platform of a Hershey Transit Company construction truck while working on an overhead street car line near Deodate Friday afternoon, Raymond Tome, 30, of Hershey, was fatally injured.

He was taken to the Hershey Hospital, where he died about a half-hour after admittance.

Coroner Howard E. Milliken said death was due to head and chest injuries. Tome, employee of the transit company since 1926, resided at 435 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey.

He was working on an overhead line along the Elizabethtown tracks, about two and a half miles from Hershey.

He fell not more than 12 feet to a ditch alongside of the road, officials of the company said.

A fellow employee was inside the truck when Tome fell and could give officials no cause of the accident.

Physicians at the Hershey Hospital reported that there were no marks or burns from coming into contact with electric lines on Tome’s body.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Tome; a son Gerald, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Tome, all of Hershey.

Woman uses bird bath to wash clothes

A woman who Friday used Capitol Park, Harrisburg, for drying her weekly wash returned to obscurity as quickly as she gained the public eye by washing her meager supply of clothing in the bird bath near the State Museum.

While Capitol workers watched, certain it was some publicity stunt, the woman, apparently more than 60 years old, pulled clothing from a cardboard valise and proceeded to wash it in the bird bath. She hung it to dry on a line stretched between a tree and a lamppost near the Mexican War Monument.

She was non-communicative until newspapermen sought to learn who she was and why she selected the park for her washday activities. Then she told them in effect that: “It was nobody’s business,” but she used more expressive words.

A Capitol policeman arrived and got no more information.

“I don't want to be bothered,” the woman said. Then she repacked her valise and disappeared. To prevent pictures disclosing her identity, she wrapped her head in a towel.

Coal truck driver fined $25 and costs in borough

Due to failure on the part of Walter Dunn, Shamokin, to appear before Squire Clarence Diffenderfer, West Water Street, at 6 o'clock Friday evening, a large motor truck loaded with five tons of coal, which was put up as bail when the former was arrested, was forfeited.

Dunn, who was accompanied by two young boys, on Thursday stopped Constable Russell Houser on the street and offered to sell him coal at $6 a ton.

The constable, recently appointed weight and measure officer by the Local Retail Coal Dealers’ Association, started an investigation, and found that Dunn had no certificate of weight or papers of any kind.

Houser took Dunn before Diffenderfer, who was also appointed his assistant by the association, and there brought information against the driver of the truck. A fine of $25 was imposed on Dunn in addition to the costs of prosecution. The fine is to be paid to the state.

New highway to open at Rutherford

The Rutherford bypass, by which motorists can avoid the dangerous railroad underpass near the Reading Company yards, will be opened to traffic tonight.

In announcing that the road is ready for use, Secretary of Highways Warren Van Dyke said there will be no ceremony in connection with its being opened to traffic.

The new road begins near the old entrance to the former Harrisburg Fairgrounds on the road to Oberlin from Paxtang. To get on the new road from Derry Street, it is necessary to turn right from the highway just beyond Paxtang and cross the bridge over the Reading Company tracks.

The new road begins just beyond the bridge. It is 3.73 miles long and was erected at a cost of $189,000.

Its eastern end joins the dual type road near Chambers Hill Road. Eventually, according to Van Dyke, the road will be extended to 19th and Paxton streets, relieving traffic on Derry Street.

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• All $40 suits, $29.75. Sale of all Shirt Craft shirts (whites, blues, grays and fancies), $1.29 or 4 for $5. Doutrich’s, “Always Reliable.” Union and Emaus streets, Middletown.

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