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From the Vault: News from the Feb. 16, 1940 edition of the Middletown Journal

Posted 2/14/18

Edward Laverty dies in hospital from injuries, rendered unconscious when struck by tree limb

Edward Laverty, aged 35 years, a resident of Water and Nissley streets, died at 1:46 o’clock, …

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From the Vault: News from the Feb. 16, 1940 edition of the Middletown Journal


Edward Laverty dies in hospital from injuries, rendered unconscious when struck by tree limb

Edward Laverty, aged 35 years, a resident of Water and Nissley streets, died at 1:46 o’clock, Wednesday morning at the Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, without regaining consciousness, following injuries received while topping a tree in the yard at the Frank Brinser home, Monday morning at 10:15 o’clock.

The Brinser family is a neighbor and lives in the Laverty property. Early Monday morning, Laverty, assisted by Delansen Fenner and the latter's son-in-law Charles Hawk, started to take down a large tree, but cutting off the top limbs first.

Laverty, with Hawk, was on the ground, and in an attempt to pull the limb to the ground by means of a rope, one of the limbs, about 10 inches in circumference, in falling, struck Laverty on the left side of his face, rendering him unconscious.

His comrades hurried to his side, and after some difficulty a physician was summoned who rendered medical aid.

In the afternoon it was decided to remove Laverty to the Polyclinic Hospital, which was done in the Rescue Community Ambulance. At the hospital, following an examination, it was found that the tree limb struck Laverty on the left temple, causing a fracture of the skull and paralyzing the left side of the face.

Coroner Dr. Earl H. Grim, after an investigation, stated that death was due to a fracture of the skull.

For the past 14 years, Laverty was employed at the Metropolitan Edison Co. plant in town. He is a member of the First U.B. Church, and the Young Men’s Bible Class.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hilda Shireman Laverty, a daughter, Jacqueline, and three sons Wallace, Larry Lou and Terry Lee, all at home. His father, Jacob Laverty, and three brothers, Lester, Clyde and Samuel Laverty, of town, also survive.

The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at his late home, and at 2 o’clock at First U.B. Church, the Rev. H.K. Geyer officiating. Burial will in the Middletown Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday evening from 6 to 9 o’clock at his home.

150 men attend father and son banquet here

About 150 men of St. Peter’s Lutheran church attended the Father and Son banquet, held in the Parish House Friday evening.

A menu consisting of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, corn, celery, sweet potatoes, apple pie, ice cream and coffee, was served by a committee of the Arthur King Brotherhood Class, A.J. Rose being the chairman.

Professor R. N. Mathias, president of the class, after making the address of greeting, presented the Rev. R.L. Lang, D. D., who acted as toastmaster. Lang then introduced Dr. Frank Cramer, professor of education at Gettysburg College, who spoke to the men and their sons on the chances for becoming acquainted with each other, by the use of sightseeing trips together, both gaining health and education.

Cramer spent last summer touring Alaska, and his description was most interesting and enlightening, and he was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

Lang next introduced Maj. George G. Cressey, commander of tire 2nd Transport Air Squadron at the Middletown Air Depot. Cressey is no stranger to Lutheran men, and his description of the training of the new men, which are being taken into the Army, proved very entertaining.

Additional remarks were made by Dr. D.P. Deatrick, teacher of the class, and others.

After the singing of “America,” the “dads and lads” returned to their homes, feeling they had a very profitable evening.

Blizzard with snow causes traffic tie-up

A blizzard with a 4-mile-an-hour wind and snow struck this section practically all day Wednesday and far into the night, causing drifted snow to close many traffic arteries, including the highways and rural roads.

In Middletown, the borough highway force with its snow plow were put to work early Wednesday morning and continued all day and part of the night and today again opening practically all the streets of the borough. Many snow shovelers who were employed were at work cleaning side walks and pavements.

The snow here was reported to be from 10 to 12 inches deep and it is said this was the deepest snow that struck here for many years.

Throughout the state of Pennsylvania, 14,000 men with every piece of state-owned equipment and an auxiliary force of 375 plows were put to work opening the main highways.

Wednesday night, reports were given that practically all of the outlying rural roads were drifted shut and on many of the highways only one-way traffic was maintained. Many motorists who park their cars along borough streets had difficulty in moving them, because the snow plows pushed the snow up against them, making It necessary to dig the car out.

The trees draped with snow that clung to the limbs everywhere made a beautiful winter landscape.

Headlines from the edition

• Kiwanis Club observes three timely events

• To observe “Community Days,” merchants offering many bargains

Hot buys

• Clearance sale. Men’s two-pants suits, topcoats, $23. Shirts and pajamas, 4 for $5. Doutrichs, Union and Emaus streets.

• “Gone with the Wind,” State Theatre, Columbia. Will not be shown anywhere except at advance prices until at least 1941. Matinees, 75 cents. Evenings, $1.10. State Theatre, Columbia.

• The Ambassador, Atlantic City, the largest boardwalk hotel, $42 for one in a room, $80 for two in a room. Includes large outside twin bed room with private bath, three rolling chair rides.