Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, who compiled the letters over several years of research and donated a full copy of them to the Clinton County Historical Society.)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 1945


A year ago John Savrock was playing a lot of football for the Purple and White at Lock Haven High School Athletic Field.

Today he is at San Bruno, Cal., with the Navy.

Savrock, a seaman, second class, writes that he is a reader of the “Letter to Our Boys” in which he follows the doings of his former chums and friends. He says:

“I’ve been in sunny California for three weeks and it is rather chilly, to be frank. So far, I’ve run into David Terrill, Anthony Vuocolo and Robert Bush. (Bush and Savrock were teammates as Bobcat footballers). We had a regular bull session. It was good to see a few fellows from good old Lock Haven — God bless it.

“We are all stationed here in San Bruno for a short while until we receive orders to go overseas. It is an advance base for duty on islands overseas.

“A couple of nights ago we had an earthquake tremor and to me, it felt rather funny — a floating sensation.”

“The men have been getting Marine clothing to train in and it is very tough material. The training consists of regular army bivouac and drill including full pack. It is the navy’s army.

“The homes in the district around San Francisco are very beautiful — all colors and designs.

“Tomorrow night the fellows will get a treat. The Marx Brothers will be here in person with a USO show. The depot theatre will really be jammed.”

John hopes for a speedy end of it all so that “all the boys will come home soon.”


Cpl. Max (Dubb) Powell, in Iceland, in an automobile accident. T/5 William Raymond, Aug. 4 on Luzon, in a truck accident, also.


Pfc. Clair Hursh, after overseas duty. Sgt. Chip Young, Flemington, after one year in Italy. Cpl. Gerald Shope, Avis, after 27 months in England.


Cpl, Wilmer Nyman, Mill Hal. T/5 Martin W. Grieco. T/4 Albert Muthler, Salona. Cpl. Russell Donahay. T/5 Charles Nelson, Renovo. M/Sgt. Joseph Celline, Renovo. Pfc. Floyd Nevner. Cpl. Charles Watach, Renovo. S/Sgt. David A. Henry. Sgt. Glenn Andrews. T/5 Cordis Robinson, Howard. T/5 Glen Jacobs.


Dorothy Bowers, Jersey Shore, and Ivan C. Eckel, Renovo, to Sgt.


Major James Herring, Columbus, Ga., to Lt. Shirley Baker, Aug. 19, at Camp Russell B. Huchstep, Egypt. Cpl. Henry Salisbury, Beech Creek, to Evelyn Williams, Beech Creek, Sept. 3. T/Sgt. James Gunsallus, of Blanchard, to Peggy Conklin, Castanea, Sept. 2. Donald F. Naval PhM2/c, Island, to Olive Irwin, Phoenix, Ariz., at U.S. marine corps base at San Diego, Cal., Aug. 10.


Final arrangements being made for the County Fair Sept. 10-15. YMCA reopens for Winter season. Piper Aircraft workers refuse to return to plant without contract. Third class beings at re-established LH Hospital Nurses Training School. Jersey Shore to vote on Sunday movies. USO to have victory ball at City Hall, Saturday, Sept. 22. Suburban Water Company to repair break in river line near Constitution Bridge; city furnishing water to company’s Castanea Township customers since ice broke pipe last March. New boundaries adopted by county in Grugan-Colebrook-Bald Eagle Townships area after tax assessments overlap. Dozen broken slabs in river dam replaced. Army engineers confer with local leaders on flood control. 2,594 students in all city schools. Nine boys from LH Draft Board Area will be drafted Monday; 11 from Renovo Board go Wednesday. Biggest auction sale in history at Clinton Auction, Mill Hall; livestock prices drop. Jack E. Crowley heads Playmakers. Lt. Harold Bernstein tells Rotary Club of his experiences as B-24 pilot. The state pays what it owes and so Colebrook Township will get 39 cents as its share for roads. Sawmill operation discussed at special one-day school at City Hall. Seven tons of scrap paper collected in August. Norm Benner, Leadley drug store manager, quits to sell for Lilly pharmaceutical house; will live in Lancaster.


Alumni beats LHHS by 26-7 score; Bobcats scrimmage Williamsport High today; open scholastic season with Emporium here next week.

Jersey Shore starts junior high school football. Church Softball League All Stars No. 2 team take doubleheader from No. 1 outfit 5-1 and 8-0; post-season playoffs under way with Trivans and Church of Christ, and Flemington and Presbyterian semi-finals rivals.

Bud Fredericks wins the Clinton County Club golf championship, beating Charley Morrill 4 and 2. Joe Hurwitz and Wayne Rathgeber win Business Men’s Bowling League head-pin tournament; Mrs. Rathgeber and Garth Kleckner, tie as high individual bowlers.

Sol Wolf aids Hooks Mylin in coaching Camp Lee, Va., football team.

Keith Kelley, Roy Goodlander, Mrs. Frank Gibson, Mrs. Joe Romeo represent LH in Williamsport tennis tournament. Dutch Ricker, former LHHS coach, visits here; soon to resume as West Chester TC’s line coach.


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