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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 11, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal

Posted 8/9/17

Why is there an eagle on Page 1? It has nothing to do with guns

Editor’s note: This logo appeared on both sides of the masthead on the front page of the Middletown Journal on Saturday, Aug. 11, …

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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 11, 1934 edition of the Middletown Journal


Why is there an eagle on Page 1? It has nothing to do with guns

Editor’s note: This logo appeared on both sides of the masthead on the front page of the Middletown Journal on Saturday, Aug. 11, 1934.

When you see the initials NRA today, you probably think “National Rifle Association.” But in 1934, the country was still coming out of The Great Depression, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies were still in place.

The NRA stands for National Recovery Administration. The act that established it “sanctioned, supported, and in some cases, enforced an alliance of industries. Antitrust laws were suspended,” according to

It was ruled unconstitutional in May 1935. However, while it was in effect starting in 1933, companies that complied with the act displayed this symbol. It would appear as a blue eagle with red type around it in color publications, but of course the Journal didn’t have the capability of printing in color in 1933.

One other note of interest: This eagle logo is what prompted the Philadelphia Eagles football team to take its name. The team was founded in 1933, and the name was used to honor the symbol by owners Bert Bell and Lud Wray.

Husband asks damages from parents-in-law

An action was filed in the Dauphin County Court, at Harrisburg, Wednesday, by Oscar G. Wickersham, counsel for Joseph D’Agostino of Hummelstown, who took legal recourse against his parents-in-law, Frank and Mrs. Ida Stortoni, of Hershey, claiming $25,000 damages for the alleged alienation of the affections of his wife.

Two weeks ago, D’Agostino lost a court action which followed the marital breach in his family when court awarded his wife custody of their two children, Joseph Jr., aged 3 years, and Robert, 20 months.

Mrs. D’Agostino, who filed action to gain custody of the children, charged her husband forced her from his house. The court ordered the children placed in the custody of their mother, who was crippled in an auto accident several months ago, but ruled they might visit their father two days weekly.

The D’Agostinos were married June 9, 1930, and, the husband says, lived happily in Hummelstown until July 30 of the same year when, he charges, her parents by “promises, persuasions and entreaties” alienated the affections of his wife.

The Stortonis, the husband claims, by “false statements … and by various other unlawful means, caused and procured the said Verna D’Agostino to lose her affections … thereby causing a permanent separation between the plaintiff and his wife.”

D’Agostino pleads he is entitled to damages because he has lost the love of his wife and because he has suffered great humiliation. W. Justin Carter, counsel for the Stortonis, is required to file an answer to D’Agostino’s action in 15 days.

Refused to open council meeting at Royalton

The meeting of the Royalton Borough Council was not held Tuesday evening due entirely to the refusal of Guy S. Vogt, president, to open the meeting with nine representative taxpayers sitting at the council table, each one eager to serve as a councilman from his respective ward.

Eli K. Metzler Jr., the court appointee with his associates, LeRoy Kohr, George T. Boyer and President Vogt were present. Likewise John T. Sides and his associates, Ralph Kohr, William Miller, Roy Daugherty and John Snavely were at the table.

Solicitor H.O. Schaeffer was asked for an opinion concerning the matter, in order that a meeting could be called. He stated that in his opinion, Sides had just as much right to serve as a councilman, irrespective of the fact that he was elected by only four members and without a presiding officer in the chair, as Metzler, having a court appointment and also a court order.

President Vogt flatly refused to open the meeting and have a roll call, with nine men answering to the call. It was suggested that both Sides and Metzler retire, and go ahead with the meeting until after a court decision, scheduled to be heard on Monday, Aug. 27.

Famous Lancaster Turnpike reproduced at Ford exhibit at the World’s Fair, Chicago

When Pennsylvanians visit a Century of Progress in Chicago this summer, they will find one exhibit there which should have for them a special and personal interest.

In size, it is insignificant compared with the buildings and vistas which surround it. But historically and sentimentally, it is of the utmost significance for Pennsylvanians.

It is the reproduction of the famous Lancaster Pike between Philadelphia and Lancaster. The reproduction is one of 21 replicas of famous roads of history which comprise “The Roads of the World,” a 2,000-foot oval roadway in Ford Gardens.

Lost money returned

While Mrs. Sara Gates, of town, stopped on Union Street, to talk to William Lemon, she dropped $16 in bills on the running board of Mr. Lemon’s automobile. She did not miss the money until sometime afterward. The roll of bills was found by an Imbrognio boy and it was given to Mr. Lemon, who returned it to Mrs. Gates after an identification of the denomination of the bills.

Headlines from the edition

• 2-year-old child and two young men in accident

• Dedication of E-town street is this Saturday

• Woman was caught shoplifting at store

Hot buys

• Big semi-annual markdown sale. 500 pairs of men’s sport pants, $1. Straw hats, half price. Doutrichs, Union and Emaus streets, Middletown.

• For sale — one horse board wagon, one cider press and one scalding trough. Apply Emanuel N. Hoffman, near Geyer’s School House.

• This is positively the greatest liquidation sale the poultry industry has ever witnessed. Every pullet, every cockerel and every laying hen on the Lutz Poultry Farm at Middletown must be sold and will be sold at astoundingly low prices. All of the fine breeding, which has taken years to perfect, will be sacrificed. 100 ROP hens, 3,000 laying hens, 500 ROP cockerels, 2,700 5-month-old pullets, 2,300 12-week-old pullets. First come, first served.