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1943 East Berlin area news


It has been while since I sampled local news of the past. You can find out so much about a community and the families that lived there by reading the old newspapers. Each small area had their own stringer who reported the very local news in detail.

Here are few excerpts from the lengthy East Berlin area news column published in the October 7, 1943 Gazette and Daily, from the York County Heritage Trust microfilms:

“Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hull announce the birth of a 10-pound daughter at their home here Friday evening. This is their third daughter.

“Earl, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Zeigler, Kralltown R. D. 1, fell down the stairsteps Sunday evening and fractured his collarbone. Dr. A.W. Kelly, this place, is the attending physician.

“Pfc. Melvin Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Baker, near here, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., is spending a furlough at the home of his parents.

“The East Berlin schools resumed classes Monday after being closed for a two-week period in order that the students could help pick apples in the orchards of several fruit growers.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bert E. Sterner and family have moved from their farm near Eisenhart’s mill to the farm vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Eisenhart and family, who have moved into the former Henise home, which is now owned by George E. Mummert, this place. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sterner and family have moved from the Mrs. Dale Miller home on Harrisburg street to the Sterner farm.

“Pvt. Charles B. Wallace, this place, who was inducted into the Army several months ago, has been transferred from Fort Custer, Mich., to Camp Como, Miss.

“Ralph E. Myers, near here, has purchased the farm of his uncle, Amos D. Sower, on Route 1. Mr. Sower with his niece, Miss Della Sower, will continue to make their home at the farm, which for many years has been the old Sower’s homestead.

“Lieut. Richard G. Eustice, former member of the faculty of East Berlin High school is at Goodfellow field, San Angelo, Texas, where he is teaching meteorology.”