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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, July 13, 1945, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 7/11/18

Robert Houser defeats Dr. Earl Grim for school director; military ballots decide this

The special board counting the military ballots at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg found that the …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, July 13, 1945, edition of the Press & Journal

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Robert Houser defeats Dr. Earl Grim for school director; military ballots decide this

The special board counting the military ballots at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg found that the votes by soldiers from Middletown decided a tie race for school director between Dr. Earl H. Grim and Robert M. Houser who, after the official count of civilian votes by the board found that each candidate received 425 votes.

Houser was nominated on the Republican ticket by receiving two military votes, making his total 427, and Grim, county coroner, lost out by one vote for a total of 426.

Grim who was a Republican aspirant for re-election as a school director, received one military vote.

John R. Brinser, present incumbent, led the Republican ticket for school director with a total of 502 in a five-cornered fight. Brinser received one military vote. Harold A. Romberger received 350 civilian votes and he, too, received one military vote.

The fifth candidate, E.C. Leber, who previously had served as a school director, received 184 civilian votes and one military vote.

In the contest, with three candidates, two to be named for Second Ward councilman on the Republican ticket, S.L. Swartz, present incumbent, who is seeking re-election, received two military votes that brought his total to 281 while Harold Brendle, who received a civilian vote of 282, did not receive any military votes. Alex Legoza, present incumbent in Council, received the highest civilian vote, 298, but he received no military votes. Swartz and Brendle each received the Democratic nomination.

David J. Rhen, present school tax collector, seeking re-election as borough tax collector on the Republican ticket, received 529 civilian votes and one military vote. He also received 57 civilian votes on the Democratic ticket. William Aderholt, a sailor, for whom a “sticker” campaign was waged by a nonpartisan committee for tax collector, received 453 civilian votes and two military votes on the Republican ticket. He received 196 votes on the Democratic ticket.

Yost brothers meet in Nuremberg, Germany

Mrs. Grant Yost, Cattel Street, town, received a letter from her husband, Pfc. Grant Yost, who is with the engineers at Nuremburg, Germany. He stated that he was visited by his brother, Cpl. Glendon Yost, who is with the infantry at Forel, on the outskirts of Landshut.

Pfc. Grant Yost was stationed at Landshut until three weeks ago, when he was transferred to Nuremburg.

He and his brother are 150 miles apart.

Grant wrote in the letter that he sure felt wonderful after seeing him, and had quite a talk, relating each other's experiences, and they had “chow” together.

This was the first time the brothers saw each other in two years, having missed each other in 1944, each having their furlough in July. On V-E Day, Pfc. Grant Yost was at the Czech border where his outfit fought for days and nights after V-E Day, while Cpl. Glendon Yost was in Austria-Hungary.

Grant also wrote in his letter that he never expected to meet his brother “over there” among the millions and millions of soldiers, as one never meets anyone from near his hometown.

Another brother, Henry Yost, residing at 339 N. Spring St., town, is reported quite ill at his home.

Francis Kelly was killed in auto crash

An automobile collision occurred about 10:15 p.m. Sunday on State Highway Route 230, in the lower end of Steelton, and Francis Kelly, 33, Roosevelt Avenue, Grand View, a grocer of South Wood Street, town, was instantly killed, while en route to Harrisburg.

He was driving alone, using the car owned by Earl Cain, town.

The accident occurred at a dark spot along the highway above Watch Box No. 10 of the Bethlehem Steel Co. at Steelton, which is at Front and “T” streets, several blocks north of the Highspire borough line.

In the other car involved in the accident, there were five persons, two of whom were injured and were admitted to the Harrisburg Hospital. Paul L. Brandt, 40, Rose Avenue, Middletown, who was the driver of the second car, suffered a concussion and a lacerated scalp, according to hospital attaches, who said his condition is satisfactory.

Mrs. Daisy Brandt suffered lacerations of the head, body contusions and a possible fracture of the skull. Her condition is reported unsatisfactory.

With the Brandts in their car were their two daughters, Joanne and Ruth, and a cousin, Miss Fay Orendorf, York Haven, all of whom escaped with minor bruises.

Headlines from the edition

• 102 U.S. soldiers executed since the outbreak of war, mostly for murder

• Palmyra boys arrested in Baltimore for series of robberies

• Hoerner Club held reunion in Hoffer Park

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