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, Dec. 1, 1945


Here it is Dec. 1. It won’t be long until the fourth Christmas rolls around since Col. O’Corn began this column.

I wonder whether the reading of this weekly letter is dropping off. Should The Express quit publishing it? Let us have your answers by letter — one way or another. If we don’t get any answers, we shall have to consider the majority decision as being negative.

The old Colonel’s mail sack is light these days; so light it should not trouble the mail man in the Christmas rush. We have had only two letters in more than a week.

Sgt. George Litz who was a prisoner of the Jap expected to spend 90 days at home but had to go to a hospital. He says:

“I have some bad news this morning from the doctor. Here it is — that I will have to have an operation before I can come home for my 90 days. I have an infection on my right kidney. Yesterday they gave me 1,000 cc’s of blood plasma because I have low blood pressure.

“Since I have been here, I have had so many needles stuck into my body that if they were sticking out of me I would look like a pin cushion. I don’t mean maybe either.

“I am writing this letter in bed while they give me another 1,000 cc’s of blood plasma. It takes three to five hours to get it all into my veins.”

Best of luck, Gene. Come back to see us as soon as you get better.

Gene’s address is: U.S. Naval Hospital, Ward Q, Philadelphia.

Cpl. Joe Moran in Paris writes that he is now in Frankfurt. With billets and chow good and little in the way of entertainment there, Joe expected to save some money. He says: “I’m sure I don’t save anything in Paris.”

He had expected to go to Berlin earlier but the trip was called off.

“To visit Berlin military (and civilian) personnel must obtain cabled permission from the Berlin District Headquarters of which Maj. Gen. James Gavin, the 92nd Airborne commander, a Mt. Carmel boy, is head man.”

The permission did not come through. Joe hopes to get a trip to Switzerland.

“The other day I got two weeks’ issues of The Express in one day, so I was quite busy catching up on my reading for a day or so. I am pretty well informed now up to early October. Looks like Max Bossert has come up with a very scrappy outfit of frosh up at the Teachers College. With Bossert, Yost and Jack, sports should be looking up at TC.

“By the way, the European edition of the New York Herald-Tribune, published in Paris, and the Stars and Stripes carried the score of one of the games — LH 8, Bloomsburg 7. It was right under the Notre Dame – Pitt score. I sure would like to be back there seeing some of those games.”

Joe says he does not expect to be back home very soon.


William Brown to Lt. Col. DiGeso to PhM.


Son to T/Sgt. and Mrs. George Frank. Son to Coxswain and Mrs. Leroy W. Peters; daddy is in South Pacific.


Lamont Hamm, 10 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hamm, badly burned in fire at his home, dies of suffocation; his brother, Sherman, 2, ill after inhaling smoke; Mrs. Hamm trapped in cellar as door latch slips; forced to cut way through with ax to rescue Sherman and another son, Frederick; she was unable to reach the baby lying on a couch; children may have been playing with fire through the broken icing-glass of the stove door.

Charles Moyer gets compound fracture of leg when hit by car.

Arthur Anderson, 59, South Renovo, admits accidentally shooting George Fye, 73, North Bend, mistaking him for bear while hunting north of Renovo.

Two Rockview convicts escape; abandon stolen car between LH and Hyner. Recount by court of Renovo West Ward ballots reveals one major error — in voting for inspector of election.

Alpine Star Lodge and Sons of Italy dine on auxilary’s eighth anniversary; Father Hipp, speaker, suggests organizations sponsor playground near St. Agnes School as memorial to the six St. Agnes parish boys who died in the war.

Legion and Auxiliary sponsor movement to send gifts to disabled vets.

Ten dozen nylon stockings, placed on sale unannounced at Grant’s, go in 13 minutes ladies raise Hades. Jennings Randolph, W. Va. congressman, urges airport expansions in speech at Cub Fliers annual banquet.

Major Lou Miller gets $3,750 post with State Aeronautics sponsor movement to send gifts to disabled vets.

Don Passell’s cabin on Bald Eagle Creek burns. Ross Library observes 35th anniversary. Tom Reeder’s service station, Mill Hall, robbed; Mill Hall juvenile admits guilt. Anthony Romeo, home first time since being wounded in Germany last December, guest of Exchange Club; returns to DeShon Hospital, Butler, for more treatment. Mary Coria, Lexington, N.C., formerly of LH, discharged from WAC’s in Manila; flies to Tokyo to join MacArthur civilian staff.

Joel Freedman gets dental degree. $4,000 fire in Sohmer’s warehouse; two trucks damaged; food destroyed. Move on to form Girl Scout Council. Streets being lighted for Christmas for first time since war started. John Ware, Chester County, buys Williamsport Water Company, having previously purchased LH gas plant and Renovo electric light and gas properties.

By end of October, city’s receipts exceed expenditures by $9,800. LHHS to get Navy fighter plane for vocational school.

Mrs. A. J. Timms critically hurt when hit by car; both legs broken. Drive on at Mill Hall for recreational park. Clinton County borough officers seek industries. George Hoffman, former local band leader, very ill. Legion-sponsored dances for young people begin at City Hall.


Huntingdon, undefeated and untied, and State College, unbeaten but tied by Tyrone, top teams in Central Counties League, an 11-school circuit of which LH is a member. LH slates night game at State College for opener of 1946 season; 11 games on list with all home contests but one — that with Williamsport here – to night tilts. Deer season opens today.

TC basketball team has 15 games, scheduling Indiantown Gap, Harrisburg, Navy, Bloomsburg, Shippensburg, Millersville, Kutztown and Indiana; may add two with St. Francis of Loretto. Mill Hall High, coached by Frankie Marzzacco, honors footballers at banquet. F

orest fires fewer in 1945. Lots of sportsmen and fans writing letters to The Express’ sports editor on small game shortage here and on LHHS sports editor on small game shortage here and on LHHS football after Purple loses six out of 11 including defeat at Jersey Shore 20-0 on Turkey Day.

Lt. Othmar Brungard, Avis, recently returned from Philippines, only vicinity hunter to shoot bear; he shoots 175-punder in Pine Creek region.

Walter Levine heads football officials association. LHHS football teams of 1924 and 1925 have reunion, Sol Wolf and Doc Hoag speak; plan annual get-together for all old grad-players.


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