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From The Vault: News from the Thursday, Feb. 23, 1961, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 2/26/20

Red Cross committee gets 414 flooding questionnairesA total of 414 questionnaires, representing over 1,300 town and Royalton residents, have been turned in to the disaster committee of the Middletown …

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From The Vault: News from the Thursday, Feb. 23, 1961, edition of the Press & Journal


Red Cross committee gets 414 flooding questionnaires

A total of 414 questionnaires, representing over 1,300 town and Royalton residents, have been turned in to the disaster committee of the Middletown Red Cross Chapter.
This was reported yesterday by George Mansberger and Brig. Gen. Leo T. McMahon, chairman and co-chairman of the disaster committee, following a special meeting held Tuesday night by chairmen of the rescue and evacuation committee. This committee is headed by Albert Hornig and John Brubaker.
The questionnaires were distributed and collected last week by borough firemen to people whose homes are located in potential flood areas of town and Royalton. Mansberger and McMahon lauded the committee for the exceptionally fine work accomplished in such a short time.
The questionnaires, already segregated by Hornig and Brubaker, list all residents according to streets.
So far, the information compiled by the rescue and evacuation committee shows that 34 invalids currently live in these potential flood zones and that 37 people require regular medical attention. The committee said that arrangements have been made to take care of invalids by removing them to flood-free areas or homes designated for their care.
Mansberger pointed out that no provisions have been made to move all furniture from homes should a flood occur.
“We will assist in moving heavy pieces but residents should attempt to move furniture and personal belongings to second floor level before a flood comes.”
A survey is also in progress in Lower Swatara Township under the guidance of the volunteer fire company. After questionnaires are turned in, the information will be compiled and made a part of the Greater Middletown Disaster Committee records.

Temporary postal employee honored for actions

A temporary employee of the local post office during the busy Christmas season whose quick thinking prevented what could have been a serious accident was cited last week by J. Edward Day, the new postmaster general.
John Allsup of 409 Lawrence St. received a certificate of accomplishment and a cash award of $25 for disregard of personal safety in an incident on Dec. 22 in the vicinity of Sycamore Lane and Pine Ford Acres.
According to Postmaster Doug Carpenter, Allsup dashed into the street, climbed into a driverless moving truck and brought it to a stop in time to avert a collision with a parked vehicle into which the lady-owner was about to enter. In a letter of commendation sent to the Post Office Department, Carpenter said, “Not only a collision was prevented by his quick thinking but possible serious harm may have resulted to the entering driver.”
A native of Steelton, Mr. Allsup moved here five years ago when he married the former May Y. Carrillo. The couple are the parents of four children and perhaps five when we put this to press. Mr. Allsup was exceedingly happy with the cash award since he is unemployed. He was a pattern layout man with the Phoenix Iron and Steel Co. before it was moved from Harrisburg. His employment stopped with that company last August, and with exception of the temporary postal job he hasn’t worked since.

Churches circulate petition for liquor referendum

A move to put the issue regarding sale of liquor before Londonderry Township voters at the May primary is currently in progress by four township churches.
Petitions are being circulated to obtain sufficient names in order to ask Dauphin County commissioners to put the “wet or dry” issue on primary ballots.
Four establishments in the township are planning the sale of liquor, a spokesman for one of the township churches reported last night. Included are the Middletown Hunters and Anglers Association, the Knights of Columbus, 230 Diner and Mrs. Samuel Saul.
Last night, a petition was located at Geyer’s Church. A group of church members conducted a telephone call campaign urging residents to go to the church to sign the petition.
Next Wednesday night, efforts will be made to place petitions at Strickler’s Church, near Clifton, Shope’s EUB Church, Round Top Road, and Swatara Hill. They will again be located at Geyer’s Church.
A total of 150 signers are required in order to put the issue before township voters. The petition must be submitted by March 16. Township voters last voted on the “wet-dry” issue in 1957 and favored sale of liquor by less than 20 voters.

Shope Gardens Cub Scouts pack to hold banquet

Cub Pack 206 will hold its “Blue and Gold Banquet” on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Highspire VFW, five to seven o’clock.
This traditional February function of Cub Scouts throughout the nation will be the first banquet held by the pack, which was organized in January 1960 and is sponsored by the Shope Gardens Civic Association.
The 18 members of the pack will be joined by their families, den mothers and den chiefs in a covered dish dinner. Presentation of the new charter by District Commissioner Richard Yetter to the president of the Shope Gardens Civic Association George Hickernell is planned.
Other features scheduled are displays of individual and den projects and special prizes and awards for these achievements.

Hot buys

• Used furniture and appliances bought and sold, 10 percent discount during our get-acquainted week. Feeman & Walter, 101 Mill St., Middletown, across from the Moose Home.
• Topcoats $38.75 to $42.75, now $19.88. $69.50 suits now $49.88. Sweaters, $4.88. Tony’s Men Shop, 52 E. Emaus St., Middletown.
Doors from $49.50 to $79.50. Windows from $15.95 to $29.95. Van’s Home Improvements, 30 E. Emaus St., Middletown.

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