Monday, November 28, 2016

92. More Memories from November, 1947

An article in the Gettysburg Times on November 10, 1947 reported on the schools and stores that would be closed on Armistice Day, Tuesday, November 11.

Few people today will remember a National Holiday called Armistice Day which honored those who died  in service to our country during World War I.  On June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day honoring all veterans of all wars.

Another article in the Times on November 10 reported that Secretary of State, George Marshall asked congress for 597 million dollars to be used to rebuild the war torn countries of Europe. In what became known as The Marshall Plan, eighteen European countries received a total of 12 billion dollars in economic support. The United Kingdom, France and Germany were the largest recipients.

November was also the month that the people of Adams County were asked to donate food and cash for the starving people of Italy and France. Contributions were delivered to the Shetter House on Chambersburg Street then trucked to Harrisburg and placed on the Friendship Train headed to New York City.

In November, the first call went out for basketball candidates for the 1947-48 season at Gettysburg High School. Twenty-seven students responded including three lettermen from last year, Kenny Fair, Bill Eisenhart and myself.

Finally, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in seven games in the first televised World Series, and Jackie Robinson, second baseman for Brooklyn, became the first African American to play in a Series. November, 1947

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