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From the Vault: News from the May 12, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal

Posted 5/15/18

Woman takes hubby’s part after a fight

A lawsuit, made up from peculiar circumstances, was heard in the office of Squire J. K. Henry, in Lower Royalton, the other evening, when Stephen …

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From the Vault: News from the May 12, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal


Woman takes hubby’s part after a fight

A lawsuit, made up from peculiar circumstances, was heard in the office of Squire J. K. Henry, in Lower Royalton, the other evening, when Stephen Mageskey, Royalton, appeared as the defendant to answer to assault and battery, on information of Mrs. Joseph Schaeffer, who resides in the old Furnace House, Rife’s Extension, of town.

According to the testimony presented, Mrs. Schaeffer’s husband and Mageskey are employed at the Nelson Meat Plant in Royalton, and one day this week, following an argument, blows were struck; it is said that Schaeffer got “the worst of it.”

When Mrs. Schaeffer heard about the matter, she immediately went in search of Mageskey. It so happened that both parties concerned, met at the Malin Gruin home in Lower Royalton. There, another argument was started, whereupon, it is said, Mageskey reached for Mrs. Schaeffer’s throat.

The woman knocked the man down. He got up and in the scuffle, it is said he almost bit off the one end of her finger. This aggravated Mrs. Schaeffer and she grabbed a dish pan of water and dashed it over the man.

Mageskey, all wet, became so enraged that he made another dash for the woman, but missed her. Mrs. Schaeffer, witnesses said, then picked up the dish pan and brought it down over his head, breaking the bottom out of it, so that the pan rested on his shoulders.

The squire, after hearing the evidence of both parties, decided, due to the fact that Mrs. Schaeffer so persistently defended her husband, decided not to send the case to court but divided the costs between the prosecutor and defendant.

Mageskey was ordered to pay all the costs of prosecution, which amounted to about $16, and the case would be withdrawn, on condition that if an infection to Mrs. Schaeffer’s finger results, that he pay the doctor bill.

Board drops teachers who are married

H.E. Raffensperger was re-elected to his tenth term as the supervising principal of the East Donegal Township school system and five new teachers were among the staff of 25 elected.

Adopting a policy of employing no married teachers, the board did not re-elect Mrs. Marguerite Fryberger, of Maytown school, and Mrs. Esther B. Myers, of Florin, who taught at Washington school.

The new teachers chosen were Miss Mary Longnecker, of Rheems for the fifth grade, Maytown; Miss Susanna Eater, Marietta, third and fourth grade, Florin; Harold Zarfoss, Columbia, Union school; Miss Naomi Weaver, Manheim, English and library in the junior-senior high school; and Ross Houseal, Marietta, history in the high school.

The present teachers re-elected were:

Maytown elementary building: Miss Emma Eshelman, first grade; Miss Anna Kready, second; Miss Anna Mae Hoover, third; Miss Ruth Eby, fourth; Alva Bender, sixth.

Florin building: Miss Rhoda Engle, first; Miss Anna Mae Eby, second; Robert Adams, fifth and sixth.

Lincoln Elementary: Miss Emeline McCummings, Miss Emily Kraybill.

High school: Miss Grace Henderson, art and penmanship; Benjamin Powall, geography; J. P. Dohner, mathematics and health; Miss Mary Strickler, history and health; Miss Beatrice Datesman. Latin and English; A.M. Baugher, science; George Landry, instrumental music; and C. H. McHose, vocal music.

Man was in 2 crashes in a day

A man involved in two weekend crashes is under arrest on a charge of seriously injuring Henry Clark, Hummelstown, who suffered a compound fracture of the left leg, cuts and bruises about the head when struck Saturday night.

Harrisburg Hospital attendants reported his condition as unsatisfactory.

Charles Page, Highspire, was driver of the car that struck him, according to Steelton police, and he took the injured man to the hospital.

The motorist being held for a police court hearing gave his name as Lawrence R. Stoner, 29, of Market Street, Lemoyne.

Police reported that early Saturday night, Stoner's car struck a machine driven by George Hipple, Marysville, at Front and Walnut streets, Harrisburg.

Hipple suffered many cuts and bruises about the hands and body.

Again early Sunday morning, it is charged Stoner’s car figured in a collision at Front and Division streets, Harrisburg, with a car driven by Obed Blanch, 23, of 492 Elizabeth St., Highspire.

Blanch was pinned beneath his overturned automobile and later treated at the Polyclinic Hospital for a deep cut over the right eye, while his three companions escaped injury, according to police.

The driver, according to police, abandoned the Stoner car and fled.

Stoner was arrested by Chief Steward H. Christine of Lemoyne.

Headlines from the edition

• Wonder why cabin was destroyed by fire

• Storekeeper brings suit to collect $2

• Doutrich introduces bill for toll bridge here

• Houser returns loot to Harrisburg hotel

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