Alcohol shortage, Maple City fund drive & World Youth Day

August 18, 2018

75 Years Ago (1943): Somerset experienced the same shortage in alcoholic beverages as other parts of the country. Chairman Gelder, of the state liquor control board, announced that the board was receiving from producers only 60 percent of the quantity of liquor received during July and August of 1942. The shortage affected not only the retail dispensers, but the clubs as well. Beer licenses suffered along with those who sold hard liquor.

Somerset independent meat markets, which had been suffering shortages of meat that summer, had been assured of more adequate supplies from then on, it was learned. The shortage had been due to the fact that many stores that formerly dealt in meat, received through western packing companies, was materially decreased.

“I am uninjured and my health is good,” was the word that Mr. And Mrs. C.W. Baldwin heard from their son Richard, who was a prisoner of the Japanese since the fall of the Philippines. Although repeated efforts to hear from their son proved ineffectual, the Baldwins were gratified to receive the card, with the stamp of the Imperial Japanese Army, telling them their son was still alive.

50 Years Ago (1968): Meyersdale volunteer firemen initiated their annual fund drive, with the first phase of the campaign being concentrated in the rural areas surrounding the community. Members of the department canvassed within a radius of five to 12 miles in Larimer, Greenville, Summit and parts of Elk Lick townships. The borough would be canvassed later on.

“Major,” the mascot of all Somerset Borough forces, the Somerset Fire Department and area Seabees, was dead. The pet of William Stader, loved by many and the friend of many, passed away early after being struck by an automobile on South Edgewood Avenue. He was always present for Seabee inspection and also present at the Naval Weapons Station in Virginia.

Three finalists, who would compete for the title of 1968 fair queen, were picked from among 13 contestants at Ratsy’s Restaurant. Bonnie Wiester, Patricia Countryman and Rebecca Welsh were the top three and one of them would be named the queen following a service in a preview of the 1968 fair at the fairgrounds in Meyersdale.

25 Years Ago (1993): Twelve members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Boswell and St. Joseph’s Church in Jenners were taking part in World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. The observance was an international gathering of young adults and youth with Pope John Paul II. The local members traveled to Denver with 180 other youth from participating parishes in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

A Berlin man’s hobby had led to the creation of a showplace of brightly colored flowers most amateur gardeners envied. Jim Suder of 420 Fletcher St. had always grown flowers. But about two years before, he and his wife, Kay, purchased the lot next door, tore down the old house on the property and expanded his garden.

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