The home front, Class of 1968 & Somerset scores 6
75 Years Ago (1943): That the home front was as important to the American people as the battlefronts was evidenced by the fact that already 33 men and boys had registered for work on Somerset County farms. Maintaining an adequate food supply was considered one of the most important contributions to the war effort. During normal times, the county hired more than 1,200 workers annually to plant and harvest the crops. Since the war started, many farms were inadequately staffed.
Overcome by smoke at the $25,000 blaze at the Baer hardware store in Meyersdale, Assistant Fire Chief Norman Walker, 36, lied in Hazel McGilvery Hospital in serious condition. He was overcome during a stubborn blaze that summoned five county fire companies to the home.
The beautiful July Fourth night played no small part in the success of the bond rally and Independence Day celebration held on the courthouse plaza when 3,000 people assembled to hear the speeches of notables and to purchase war bonds and stamps or to pledge to buy them at some future date. As bonds were sold, the amounts were registered on a large signboard on which was depicted an airplane with a thermometer on the side marked off in thousands.
50 Years Ago (1968): The class of 1968, Somerset Area Schools Practical Nursing Program, received their caps in an impressive ceremony in the senior high school auditorium in Somerset. Joseph N. Cascio, Somerset attorney, was the speaker for the capping exercises. Cascio spoke of the realization that service to one another and to all mankind was the essence of our existence. Since the world began, it had been possible for man to make progress because of the goodness and gifts from someone somewhere greater than man.
Somerset County celebrated a safe, happy July Fourth, even if it did start off a little chilly. Reports from the state police and state park officials were all favorable. Both the turnpike and county details of the Pennsylvania State Police reported no accidents and light traffic all day. Of course, the heavy traveling was done Wednesday evening, and more heavy traffic was expected during the weekend, but it was a wonderful start.
25 Years Ago (1993): Somerset scored six unanswered runs in the seventh inning to upend Stoystown 7-3 in Turnpike American League baseball action. Following a leadoff homer in the first inning by Corey Sarver the Somerset Businessmen’s bats were silent until the final inning. Somerset put together a two-out seventh inning rally, capitalizing on two walks, two errors and a two-run single by Ethan Oglevee.
Employees of Somerset County 911 had some tense moments when a construction miscalculation along North Center Avenue, Somerset, limited some of its capabilities and knocked out at least 28 phone lines. Crews were boring under the road and accidentally hit a phone line. The bore barely missed a fiber optic cable that transmits calls away from the southern end of the county.