75 Years Ago (1944): One of the largest groups to be sent to Altoona for final physicals and induction into the armed services left Somerset. Six large buses were utilized to carry the 220 selectees from draft board 2, in the Stein Building. Most of the men were married and a large percentage pre-Pearl Harbor fathers.
“How many persons have really read and studied the Constitution of the United States?” asked the Hon. J.A. Berkey of his audience at the dinner meeting of the Somerset Lion’s Club at the Church of the Brethren. Berkey’s subject was “Glimpses of the Constitution,” and it was a subject that even in the half-hour’s time he allotted himself, he gave an insight into the workings, and meanings and interpretations, of that old document that were illuminating.
50 Years Ago (1969): Four area Jaycees were chosen by Outstanding Young Men of America for inclusion in its 1969 edition. Sponsored by the Outstanding Americans Foundation, this publication sought to recognize and honor the young men of America who were working toward excellence in their careers and community. They were Richard Stoner, Rockwood, Lewis Brooks May, Berlin, Timothy Clites, Berlin, and Thomas Lee Smith, Berlin.
Shanksville’s Owen Long increased his lead in the Somerset County cage scoring race as he poured in a total of 56 points in two games, while runner up Jay Bartlett, of Turkeyfoot, was scoring 33 points in two contests.
25 Years Ago (1994): Two parents in the Berlin Brothersvalley School District, cited various passages and foul language and asked school officials to remove two different books. The first was “Running Loose” and the second was “Fever” by Robin Cook. “Fever” dealt with a 12-year-old girl who had leukemia. Chemotherapy had failed, and an untested drug was seen as the only answer. The question was whether or not the drug should be used.
Blowing and drifting snow caused slippery roads and whiteouts that obscured the vision of drivers, leading to a number of chain-reaction traffic accidents. Police and fire companies were kept busy all day responding to accidents across the county. As many as 10 cars were involved in an accident on Route 219 near the Jerome exit.