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From the Vault: News from the Friday, March 22, 1940, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 3/22/17

Court grants local man petition to bring wife into court (front page of the Annville Courier)Through a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed in the local courts late on Tuesday, which was …

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From the Vault: News from the Friday, March 22, 1940, edition of the Press & Journal


Court grants local man petition to bring wife into court (front page of the Annville Courier)
Through a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed in the local courts late on Tuesday, which was granted by Judge Charles V. Henry, Lebanon County has its first “detained bride” case.
John T. Neiswender, 21 years old, shoe worker, of town, filed the petition through his attorney, L. Ehrman Meyer, to obtain possession of his bride of a few hours, the former Josephine Becker, also of town.
Judge Henry fixed Saturday morning of this week at 10 o’clock as the time for hearing the case and has issued a summons to the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Becker, to appear and produce their daughter or show cause why this cannot be done.
According to Attorney Meyer’s statement, John T. Neiswender and Josephine Becker went to Virginia last Saturday, March 16, and were married. Upon their return to the Neiswender home here on Saturday evening, the statement alleges, the bride’s mother, Mrs. Sallie Becker, came to the Neiswender home and induced her daughter to accompany her home. The bride went with her mother.
The youthful husband claims that his bride is now being “restrained of her liberty by her parents, illegally and wrongfully for no criminal or supposed criminal matter.” The court in accepting the petition for a writ of habeas corpus directed an order to the Beckers “commanding them to bring before the court the body of Josephine Neiswender on March 23, at 10 o’clock a.m."

Start Monday to ‘cut off’ electricity: All who owe Royalton bill will be affected

Next Monday morning, the Royalton Borough Council , as a unit, will start its campaign against all consumers of electricity in the borough who owe bills.

The council decided to enforce its ordinance, which provides that when a consumer becomes delinquent for one or more bills, the current should be “shut off” and not “cut in” until after all arrearages are paid in full and then an extra dollar must be paid for cutting in the service.

The action taken by the Royalton Borough Council was brought about, it is said, when some of the citizens who paid their light bills regularly learned that their “neighbor” was not paying “so regularly,” then they refused to pay up until after council took some action to put every “electric current consumer on the same basis.” When the Light Committee of Council requested at complete list of “delinquents” from J.W. Doup, the clerk, it was then discovered that in the month of February, there was approximately 400 consumers owing upwards of $1,100 at that time. 

Although since that time when the report was made to council, and a publicized report of the impending action taken by the entire councilmanic body, several hundred dollars in “back bills” was paid back to the clerk by consumers, it is said.

It was also discovered that some of the delinquent bills are owed back as far as 1933, and quite a number of bills in 1938. The light superintendent was instructed to secure a list of all delinquents.

Borough officials halt removal of trolley wires here by The Harrisburg Railways Co.

Upon the advice of Solicitor M.R. Metzger and Burgess H.V. McNair, the Harrisburg Railway Co. was halted by High Constable Harold K. Houser on Monday morning at about 10 when its employees began removing overhead wires of its abandoned trolley line on West Main Street to Catherine in town.

Houser, who is also chief of police, notified the company’s workers to stop work, after they had removed the main power line from the western borough limits to the intersection at Catherine Street. 

The workmen remained only long enough to tie up ends of wire that were loose at that time.  ... The decision to halt the railways company, it was explained by officials of the borough, was reached at a conference last Saturday, not a council meeting, between the burgess and the solicitor. The burgess was quoted as saying he gave the “stop order” to be effective “until the railways company keeps the promise to have another conference to iron out the differences between the borough and the company.”

Headlines from the front page

• Hugh Shaneor died at home of his daughter

• Easter Sunday observance in churches with cantatas and usual children’s programs

• Girl Scout Troop 94 held its meeting

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