4 died in Ohion: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – May 8, 2010
William Penn Senior High School graduate Harold C. Walker, a journalism major at Kent State, captured this image of the 1970 shooting at the Ohio school. The son of York, Pa.’s, Doris Wehrenberg told The Gazette and Daily that he was covering the protest as a journalist but was drawn into student demonstrations. He provided this photograph to the York newspaper, published on May 6, 1970, with the following description: ” ‘Someone yelled “hit the dirt” and we did. I thought they were firing blanks. When I got up, a kid beside me was bleeding. His side was drenched in blood. There were bodies lying on the hill after the gunfire. Girls began screaming and many people were crying … It was ugly. As close to war as I hope to get. Lying there on the hill and hearing the bullets fly… .” The anniversary of the shooting was observed earlier this week. See more details at: York native on scene at Kent State shooting. Also of interest: Cartoonist made York newspaper owner’s views an art form and Sixty years ago, Dem upset GOP incumbent for York County congressional seat and Newspaper’s founding date hard to pin down.
Neat stuff from all over … .
Philadelphia Inquirer writer Bob Ford connected Phillies slugger Jason Werth with the late Robin Roberts – and York, Pa.
All in one column.
Ford wrote that Werth’s uncle and grandfather played in the majors.
But his great-grandfather would only rise as high as the minor leagues in the 1920s and 1930s:
“He played for Crisfield in the old Class D Eastern Shore League in Maryland and had stops in Hagerstown, Md., Wilmington, N.C., San Antonio, York, Pa., Hazleton, Pa. and finally, Springfield, Ill., where his professional career ended in 1938.
“Some years later, still playing sandlot, John Schofield played with an up-and-coming 17-year-old on his way to pro ball. And, of course, that was Robin Roberts.
” ‘My great-grandfather died when I was about 10, but he definitely played a big part in my life,’ Werth said. ‘I spent a lot of time with him and he worked on hand-to-eye coordination with me. Then, fast forward 20 years and Robin was talking about him. He played with him when my great-grandfather was, like, 45. The stories were special to me. He gave me details I had never gotten out of anyone else. It all came full circle.’ “
A lot of people – the famous and not so famous and the kinsman of the famous – have passed through York over the years.
On the hunt: Writer Jerry Bohnen is on the hunt for a World War II MIA or presumed KIA Tony Spagnola from York County. He believes the Spagnola family lived on Keesey Street in the York area. If you have an details, contact Jerry.
Recommended blog post of the day: Yorkblogger Bil Bowden photographs a mother and baby eagles at York Water Co.’s Lake Williams.
Forum of the day: An lively conversation is taking place about the story: So why isn’t York one of the nation’s top 10 livable areas? To check out, visit that story’scommenting area.
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