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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Nov. 9, 1945, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 11/14/18

Aderholt defeats Rhen in tax collector fight; Sunday movies defeated

In one of the most spirited elections held in many years for local offices, Middletown voters marched to the polls in …

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From the Vault: News from the Friday, Nov. 9, 1945, edition of the Press & Journal


Aderholt defeats Rhen in tax collector fight; Sunday movies defeated

In one of the most spirited elections held in many years for local offices, Middletown voters marched to the polls in record numbers for an off-year election to cast their vote.

Crossing party lines in support of William Aderholt, Navy veteran, the newly organized nonpartisan league and the local Democratic organization teamed up in a bitterly fought contest to win by a margin of 60 votes over his opponent for tax collector, David J. Rhen, incumbent. The vote was 1,184 to 1,124.

The heavy vote caused election boards to work into the early hours of the morning, and the board at the Liberty band hall called in outside help to straighten out the confusion of the many split ballots.

Reports that the voting machine referendum which was defeated locally in 1940 by a close vote will be considered here at the earliest opportunity was discussed by party leaders.

Interest also centered on the contest for the election of school director in which Robert Houser and Dr. Earl Grim, county coroner, defeated John R. Brinser and E.C. Leber. The vote was Houser 1,218, Grim 1,181, Brinser 1,106, and Leber 626.

The Sunday movie referendum which was bitterly opposed by the organized churches of town, was defeated by a large majority. Opponents of the referendum made a house-to-house canvass against the measure. The vote was 1,624 to 702.

All five Republican candidates were elected to their posts on the borough council. In the first ward, Joseph Schaeffer and Aaron Shaffner; second ward, Solomon Swartz and Al Legoza; third ward, Simon Blecher.

Harold V. McNair was re-elected burgess of Middletown, having won the Republican and Democratic nomination in the primary election.

Large majorities were recorded for the Republican organization party ticket.

Thousands expected for V-J, Armistice Day Parade

At a meeting of the committee in charge of the V-J and Armistice Day Parade to be held in Middletown this Saturday at 2 p.m., final arrangements have been made.

A large crowd is anticipated. Organizations and bands will be in line from Lebanon, Hershey, Hanover, Elizabethtown, Hummelstown, Highspire, Harrisburg and other communities.

The Liberty Fire Company will be headed by the White Hill Band, and the Rescue Hose Company will have the Liberty Band, of town.

The committee requests folk decorate with patriotic displays.

The judges stand will be at the Legion Home, and winner announcements will be made from Arnold’s Electric Store.

Child shot by sister near Waltonville

Arlene Gragon, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Gragon, Waltonville, Hummelstown Route 1, was seriously injured Saturday evening when accidentally wounded by a shot from a .22 caliber rifle.

The child was taken to the Harrisburg Hospital and was admitted with a bullet wound of the lower chest.

State Police investigated the accident and said the girl was accidentally shot by her older sister in the bathroom of their home. Hospital attendants gave the following account of the shooting, which they said was told to them by the injured girl’s brother.

“Arlene and her older sister were in the bathroom having a friendly argument about who was going to get in the tub to take a bath. The older girl ran to her father’s room, picked up a rifle, believed to be unloaded, ran back to the bathroom and jokingly said: “I’ll shoot you if you don’t let me in the tub first.’ With that, she pulled the trigger and the gun exploded, wounding Arlene.”

State Police reported that of Grogan’s 10 children, Eleanor, 12, Marian, 9, Janice, 8, and Arlene were engaged in the argument.

A physician at the hospital said the bullet entered the right arm, passed through the back and came out near the right side of the spine. She is paralyzed from the waist down as the result of the wound.

The bullet later was found on the bed, police said,

No charges were preferred against the sister, who did the shooting, police said.

The child was moved to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia for an emergency operation.

Five crew members and passengers unhurt in C-54 crash at Olmsted

When a C-54 bomber crashed on its nose after landing at Olmsted Field, Middletown Air Technical Service Command, Sunday after-noon, five crew members and 11 passengers, including three Pennsylvania soldiers, escaped injury.

The accident occurred when the nose wheels collapsed after the runway. The passengers were thrown forward in the plane but none was injured.

Hot buys

• 35 head of cows and heifers at private sale. Canadians, Wisconsins and Pennsylvania cows. Extra special: five fine Holstein heifers. C.S. Erb and Co., Middletown. Phone: 469M

• Pyrex “Flavor Saver” pie place, 45 cents. Pyrex deep pie dishes, 10 cents. Pyrex bowl set, 95 cents. Smith Hardware, 22 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

• Sundial school shoes, most children’s styles and sizes, $2.50 to $5.50. Hauer’s, on the square in Hummelstown.

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