Thursday, January 14, 2016

52. News from Gettysburg: January 1946

Nancy and I were lowly freshmen at Gettysburg High School and about to turn fourteen when the new year began in January of 1946.  Both of us were honor role students and involved in school activities like sports, student council and choir.

On the south end of town, the College announced the need for rooms to accommodate 150 veterans of World War II who were planning to begin the second semester at Gettysburg. Thanks to the GI bIll which paid veterans to continue their schooling, nearly eight million veterans would participate in education and training programs throughout the country.

In January, Kathryn Oiler, librarian for the Adams County Free Library on Carlisle Street, announced the hours when the library would be open for the public.  Nancy and I remember the library across from High Street School and the library in the former Post Office on Baltimore Street but have no recollection of a library on Carlisle Street.

Also in January of 1946, members of the Chamber of Commerce were informed that Gettysburg was not chosen as the site for the United Nations peace capital.  Gettysburg was one of forty areas that offered to host the  intergovernmental organization established to promote international cooperation.

A front page story in the Gettysburg Star and Sentinel on January 5, 1946,  reported that someone broke into the local jail, but the culprit escaped. Apparently, the prowler didn’t realize that if he surrendered after breaking in, the sheriff would have obliged him and provided a cell.

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