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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Nov. 21, 1934, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 11/21/18

Alwines tell of day spent in Honolulu

Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Alwine tell of their experiences of one day in Honolulu, prior to sailing for Japan. The letter is as follows:

I doubt if in our whole …

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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Nov. 21, 1934, edition of the Press & Journal


Alwines tell of day spent in Honolulu

Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Alwine tell of their experiences of one day in Honolulu, prior to sailing for Japan. The letter is as follows:

I doubt if in our whole trip we will find another place like Honolulu. We drove about four hours this morning in what I think was the most beautiful parks, drives with flowers so fragrant that the odor almost stifled you, the tropical trees, the plants and everything so profuse in its beauty that only by seeing it could you get an idea what a beautiful place it is.

We had the extreme pleasure of meeting a hometown girl, who made good in Honolulu, Miss Dorothy Campbell, now Mrs. Gordon, and she loves the place and is comfortably situated in one of the charming parts of the city along Waikiki Beach, in a beautiful cottage surrounded by flowers and plants.

Honolulu is a busy and prosperous city and one of the few who did not feel the depression with exception of their tourist business. Their principal industry is sugar and pineapples. We had the pleasure of going through one of the pineapple packing plants, The Hawaiian Pineapple Co. To give you an idea of the size, they employ when running capacity in their canning factory 7,100 people and about 5,000 in their plantations, and this only one of the many other factories.

Foundation of brick started on new post office building

The Samuel Plato Construction Co., in charge of the erection of the new post office building at Union and Brown streets, expects to have the brick foundation completed within 10 days, providing fair weather continues.

Drain tile has been laid along the foundation walls for drainage purposes, and the concrete footing is in place. Samples of the materials used in the work must be submitted to government officials at Washington, D.C., by Mr. Christian, the superintendent in charge of erection.

The procedure of work where samples are concerned cannot be advanced until after approval is made. It is hoped that work on the super-structure above the first floor can be started by Dec. 1.

Last week, a corps of 15 men was given employment, and additional men will be given work from time to time.

Blaze in Ford Coupe causes excitement for ‘Toots’

Fire burning in a Ford coupe owned by Harold Bamberger, of No. 34 Pike St., caused the tapping of the bell at the Rescue Hose House this morning at 1:45 o’clock, calling the firemen for assistance.

Bamberger, better known as “Toots,” and his wife motored to Hagerstown, Maryland, on Monday with their daughters, Revena and Irene Bamberger.

En route homeward, they stopped at the home of Mr. Stoller in Steelton, the latter being the father of Mrs. Bamberger. From there they went to Highspire and visited Edward Bamberger and family, where they had supper. The motor party returned to town about 9:30 o’clock, stopping for a few minutes at the home of Mrs. Harry Bamberger.

Mr. Bamberger stated that they retired about 11 o’clock, and the supposition is that a short circuit caused the fire and probably had been burning from 10 o’clock until discovered by a passerby. It is believed that the gasoline tank on the Ford coupe was almost empty, or it would probably have had scattered the blaze about the garage and caused it to ignite when it exploded.

There were about a hundred firemen and neighbors at the scene.

The automobile was a badly damaged. A large tank of chemicals, in addition to two hand tanks, were used at the blaze.

Posse searches for pair whose auto strikes girl

Two Negroes, who struck an 18-year-old girl Monday night with their car and then carried her off to a lonely road where one of them attempted to choke her, were being sought Tuesday by a posse of more than 25 men from Oberlin, armed with clubs and other weapons.

The girl, Miss Elizabeth Handshaw, 18, of Main Street, Oberlin, is in the Harrisburg Hospital suffering from shock, lacerations of the face and abrasions of the neck. According to two state highway patrolmen who were investigating the attack early today, Miss Hanshaw and Miss Margaret Stouffer were walking along the road that leads from Enhaut to Oberlin when the car occupied by the two Negroes struck Miss Handshaw, knocking her unconscious.

The Stouffer girl told the patrolmen that the men loaded the girl in their car and said they would take her to the hospital. Miss Stouffer said when she got home, she told the parents of the injured girl about the accident and they called the two local hospitals but were told that she had not been there for treatment.

Miss Hanshaw when brought to the hospital later, explained that she gained consciousness to find herself in the back seat of an automobile which was parked in a lonely lane. She said one of the Negroes attempted to choke her, and she escaped and ran to a nearby house. The persons who live in the house took her to the hospital.

The patrolmen say they found the car which struck Miss Hanshaw and that it had been stolen from Howard Rhoads, of Harrisburg, earlier in the night.

It had been parked in front of the Paxton Fire Company House. Rhoades did not know his car was missing until it was returned by the patrolmen.

Hot buys

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