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From the Vault: News from the Monday, Nov. 23, 1936 edition of the Daily Journal

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Council reinstates suspended policeman

Borough council has countermanded Mayor George Mansberger’s suspension of a police patrolman who refused to drop charges against a man he arrested for …

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From the Vault: News from the Monday, Nov. 23, 1936 edition of the Daily Journal


The parade and Borough Hall dedication was a success

Fair weather Saturday afternoon helped to make the parade and dedication of the new Community Building and Borough Hall in town a grand success.

Shortly after 2 o’clock, the parade started on its march over a route passing each one of the three fire houses. George A. Bacon, marshal, was followed by Professor George Feaser, marshal of the first division, which included hundreds of school boys and girls, headed by the School Band; Howard E. Myers, marshal of the second division made up of different organizations; and Russell E. Houser Sr., marshal, and the fire department, headed by the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.

Officials of Borough Council and the councilmen in automobiles were also in line.

Forty-five dollars in prizes were awarded to the following:

First Division — Boys and girls from the G. W. Feaser School Building, most in line, $10. Best appearing group, Susquehanna School Building, $5.

Second Division — Sons of Veterans Reserves, $10 and the Girl Scouts, $5.

Third Division—Union Fire Company, 31 men, $10 and the Liberty Fire Company, 30 men, $5.

The judges were Professor H. J. Wickey, H.O. Schaeffer, esquire, and M.P. Gatchell.

Immediately after the parade, the dedicatory exercises were held on the stage of the new auditorium, which was decorated with palms and cut flowers. David J. Rhen, president of council, was in charge of the program. The program in its entirety, as previously announced, was carried out.

As part of the dedication of the Community Building, a program will be presented tonight at 8 o’clock. This musical program promises to be one of the best that has been rendered for sometime in this community by local talent.

Mr. Fred Casper, of Harrisburg, will direct the large chorus assisted at the piano by Mrs. Henry H. Rhodes, of town. The program consists of chorus work, solos and quartets. Also selections by John Whitman, violinist, and community singing.

The admission will be free. Everybody is welcome. Children should be accompanied by their parents.

The following program will be presented: Chorus, “Swing Along” by Cork; tenor solo, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” performed by Taylor Davies; violin solo by John Whitman; male quartet, “Winter Song” by Bullard, performed by Henry, Tritch, Schaffer and Tritch; baritone solo, “Without a Song” by Youmans, and “The Ol’ Ark’s a Moverin” by Guion, performed by Fred Casper; violin solo by John Whitman; male quartet, “The Bells of St. Mary’s” by Adams; chorus, “Deep River,” arranged by Burleigh, and the bridal chorus, “Rose Maiden” by Corven.

Dole population in Pennsylvania drops to new level

Editor’s note: “On the dole” was a typical phrase in this era, but isn’t used much now. It simply means receiving benefits from the government.

Continued improvement in private industry throughout the state slashed Pennsylvania’s dole population to new low levels during the second week of this month.

In the week ending Nov. 14, the State Emergency Relief Board reports, 1,554 cases, comprising 6,181 persons, were taken from the direct relief rolls. Half way through the month, the total number of families remaining on the dole had been cut to 134,966 and the number of persons receiving cash relief had dropped to 408,946.

The reduction in the direct relief loads resulted from the continued improvement in industrial conditions, causing the resignation of large numbers of WPA workers and the subsequent transfer of SERB cases to fill the vacancies thus created on the WPA rolls.

In step with the statewide decrease, all but one of the counties in this area reported decreases in the direct relief load during the week ending Nov. 14. The exception was Cumberland County, which showed an increase from 834 to 850 persons. In Dauphin County, a decrease of 61 persons was reported.

Private employment in the county removed nine families directly from the SERB rolls and absorbed an additional three families through the indirect WPA route.

Presbyterians will hold rally Tuesday, Dec. 1

A rally of the Presbyterian Churches of America will be held on Tuesday evening, Dec. 1 in Parlor A of the Harrisburger Hotel in Harrisburg. The speakers will be Rev. Charles A. Woodbridge, general secretary of the Independent Board for the Presbyterian Foreign Mission, and the Rev. Edwin H. Rian, general secretary of the Committee of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church of America.

The topic for discussion will be “The Crisis in Presbyterianism.” Woodbridge and Rian will present the facts of the apostasy of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

The meeting will be open for questions and general discussion.

Headlines from the edition

• Surprise party for Jean Garver Saturday night

• Eagle Scouts plan party

• Central Grammar School to render special Thanksgiving program Wednesday

Hot buys

• New fall suits and top coats, single-and double-breasted, new sports backs. $19 to $22.50 and $25 to $30. New fall hats, $1.95 to $5. Doutrich’s, Union and Emaus streets, Middletown (illustration from ad above).

• Choice mums for the Thanksgiving table, special centerpiece, 75 cents, H.R. Bauder, florist. Phone 363.