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From the Vault: News from the Friday, April 14, 1950, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 3/6/19

Borough council contracts to install parking meters

Election of a First Ward councilman to fill an existing vacancy, action to enter into an agreement to lease parking meters, and formal action on …

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From the Vault: News from the Friday, April 14, 1950, edition of the Press & Journal


Borough council contracts to install parking meters

Election of a First Ward councilman to fill an existing vacancy, action to enter into an agreement to lease parking meters, and formal action on several ordinances constituted a busy session of borough council at the regular monthly meeting held Monday night in the Community Building Council Chamber.

Councilmen in attendance included President John Prowell Jr., Ross Seltzer Sr., Maurice Stauffer, Samuel Gruber Jr., John Bauder, Alexander Legoza and Earl Cain. Absent was Aaron Shaffner.

Cain presented the name of Walter E. Good to fill the unexpired term of Hiram Houser, whose resignation as First Ward councilman was submitted and accepted at the most recent session. Gruber also entered the name of Thomas Bretz. Following an aye and nay vote, Good was declared elected as he received four votes to Bretz’s three.

Supporting Cain’s nominee were Seltzer, Stauffer and Bauder. Those voting for Bretz were Gruber, Legoza and Prowell.

Good’s term of office will constitute the remaining two years of Houser’s term.

Parking meters will become a reality in the borough in the near future as council took final action to acquire approximately 200 meters from the Miller Meter Co.

Prior to the vote on the choice of meters, council allotted five minutes of time for the five sales representatives attending the meeting. Representatives from the following companies were present and submitted the following prices (per individual meter): Park-O-Meter, $61.50; Mark Time Meter, $51.50 (excluding a $4 installation fee); Mico Meter, $58.50; Dual Meter, $66, and Miller Meter Co., $72.50.

The vote to acquire the Miller meter was 4-3. Following Seltzer’s motion, seconded by Stauffer, the vote by roll call found Bauder and Cain joining the above members in favor of the Miller equipment. Councilmen voting against the motion included Gruber, Legoza and Prowell.

Legoza indicated his objection was based on the fact the Miller meter was the most expensive and that all of the meters described by the sales representatives were guaranteed as far as necessary maintenance was concerned.

Actually the acquisition of parking meters will not necessitate any outlay of borough funds since they will be paid through a lease plan which calls for the borough and meter company to share equally the revenue derived from their use until the cost of meters is met.

Meters are to be placed on Union Street, from Spring to Ann streets; Emaus Street, from Pine to Catherine streets; and on Brown Street, from Pine to Union streets.

If at the end of a nine-month period the parking meters are not considered feasible for this borough, council retains the right to have all meters removed at no cost to the borough.

Fox, 36, who lived at Stein’s Landing, drowned

A 36-year-old Royalton man, father of three small children, drowned in the Susquehanna River, near Middletown, about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was identified as William Fox, of Stein’s Landing, below Royalton, an employee at the Olmsted Air Force Base hospital, Middletown. Identification was made by the victim’s wife, Mrs. Marge Fox, through a hat which the man was wearing at the time of the accident.

The hat was caught by two Elizabethtown men, Ray C. Martin and Herbert Cairns, who saw the incident from the shore and tried to rescue Fox in a canoe. He sank below the surface before they could pull him out.

Fox was poling about the river in a rowboat when the boat capsized and he fell in. His wife, who said her husband was unable to swim, reported he was looking for driftwood. She also reported that he had not worked at the base hospital on Wednesday but spent the afternoon with his brother, Marcus Fox, trimming berry bushes.

Members of Middletown’s three volunteer fire companies, the Rescue, Liberty and Union, rushed to the scene. Using a barge, the firemen continued to search until 10 p.m. Wednesday when they were forced to stop because of high winds and rain. Searchers said the wind was causing whitecaps on the river and they were unable to control the barge.

The search began again at daybreak today. The body has not been recovered up to press time.

Searchers said the accident occurred not far from shore and only a short distance from the victim’s home at Stein’s Landing, along the Susquehanna River.

A number of other residents aided in the search which attracted several hundred people who lined the river bank. Besides his wife, the victim is survived by three children: Ronnie, 14; Darline, 9, and Regina, 2.

Also his mother, Mrs. Elseata Fox of Morgantown, West Virginia; a sister, Anna Fox of Morgantown, West Virginia; and three brothers, Claude and Ralph Fox, both of Los Angeles, and Marcus Pox, of the Middletown area.

Farewell to the Rev. Longbrake

A farewell reception for the Rev. and Mrs. William V. Longbrake was held in the social room of the Old Derry Presbyterian Church at Hershey on Monday night.

The minister and his family left Thursday for Milwaukee, where Longbrake will begin his work as pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on April 23.

The congregation presented him with gifts.

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