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, December 8, 1945


Don Shultz, ill after service in the navy, is not only regaining his health, old Col. O’Corn is happy to report, but is attending Texas Tech, where he is secretary of the Student Veterans Association.

He lives at Lubbock, Tex., where the college is located. That is the home town of his wife, the former Norma Price. Don now weighs 206 pounds. He is taking an engineering course.

An article in a recent issue of the Texas Tech student newspaper had a feature article on Don.

Fram Shanghai, China, comes a Christmas greeting from Paul Rizzo. With dainty Chinese art, foil, silk, cotton, the card is unusual. I could not read the Chinese but the English said “With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a bright New Year.” Paul’s note said: “Tell the gang at the office I said Hello. Expect to be home for Christmas. Still around Shanghai.”

Eddie McCabe, serving with the Medical Corps attached to the 33rd Armored Regiment, sends a Christmas greeting from Halle, Germany.

Bill Welliver, still in Manila with the Navy, has been promoted to lieutenant.

Jimmy Bacon, who had been serving with the Navy in the Panama Canal Zone, is on terminal leave. He will soon doof his uniform as a lieutenant (jg). He hopes to get back in newspaper work, possibly with the Associated Press. He was at the Albany, N.Y., bureau of the AP when he enlisted. he had previously been employed on a Syracuse newspaper during and after attending Syracuse University.

George Fisher is now a petty officer, 3/c, a promotion from seaman, 2/c. He is now on a troop transport in the Pacific.

Thomas Bache has been commissioned a second looey at Fort Benning, Ga. He was drafted in March. His wife, Marion, lives at 304 S. Jones Street.

T/5 Bob Shadle is home for 45 days after two years in the Pacific. He was with Gen. McArthur Oct. 20 when he landed at Leyte. He wears three battle scars and a bronze arrowhead. From here he will go to White Sulpher Springs, W. Va., for further treatment for a skin disease contracted while serving in the Pacific.


Eagles to celebrate 42nd anniversary on Sunday with initiation. Victory Bond drive participation and banquet. Nypen Paper Mill resumes operation after few days of inactivity due to labor grievances. Prince Farrington and Sam Stylers, Mill Hall R. D. 1, arrested for illegal posession of liquor on Porter Township farm.

Local Catholic parishes drive for 3,000 cans of food as quota in national campaign to feed the hungry of Europe and Far East. Don Passell, who is building a new service station at Bellefonte Avenue and Commerce Street, sells Flemington station to Harry Dunkle, pin-ball king of the juke box.

William Mix, South Williamsport, named chief of police to succeed Mart Peters who quit Sept. 15 to take over Senate Cafe. Doc McGhee and Adam Dickey re-elected prexy and vice-prexy of school board for 17th time.

Three children die as fire burns home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pedigree, Swissdale: Janet, 11; Patricia, 5, and Lawrence Jr., 4; Sandra, 3, and Roberta, 1, in serious condition; Mrs. Pedigree badly burned. Dick Parsons spoke at Elks annual memorial services. Morton Fromm begins law practice with office in Woolworth building. Shirt factory to open soon in Jersey Shore.


Biggest news of this week in sports — and for a lot of weeks — is choice of Bob Eyer, Beech Creek, LHHS grad, as end on Associated Press All-Pennsylvania football team. Eyer is a fosh at LHTC, 17 years old, 5-11 and 171 pounds. He is first to land such a post in history of local sports. Clinton County Fish and Game Association sponsoring winter campaign for Boy Scouts who will aid in trapping wild rabbits in city and aerial bombing with sacks of feed for deer.

TC wrestlers and basketball players drilling for 1945-46 campaigns but with draft hitting two squads, it may be that the teams will be weak until additional candidates are forthcoming with new entries with the state of the second semester in January. Max Cook, former Tyrone and Ebensburg HS coach, moves to St. Francis College at Loretto as basketball mentor.

State College and Emporium added to Susquehanna Football League; Renovo reinstated making 15 including LH, Jersey Shore, Bellefonte, Lewistown, South Williamsport, Selinsgrove, Milton, Bloomsburg, Danville, Northumberland, Montoursville and Muncy.

Deer kill light in first week of season but weather has been punk. Snuffy Snyder, well known to visitors to Pat Reeder’s on Coudersport Pike, kills self with revolver. LH Catholic 5 loses 11-22 at Emporium in opener.


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