Meet Miss Lancaster 1922, plus household budget advice circa 1947 [Lancaster That Was] | Story

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Excerpts and summaries of stories from the former Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News that focus on events from the county’s past that are noteworthy, newsworthy or just plain weird.

25 years ago

A new school year began at McCaskey High School on August 27, 1997, after a massive $18.5 million renovation and expansion project.

But it wasn’t just new classrooms and infrastructure the students were exploring – they also got their first taste of some new concepts in education.

Perhaps the biggest change was the idea of ​​bringing the internet to education. Each class had four computers – three for the students and one for the teacher. Previously, McCaskey’s computers only existed in the writing center and the computer lab.

The “restructuring” also saw students of different ages grouped together to study certain subjects, and teachers working in teams rather than alone.






McCaskey High School students Jennifer Benson, left, and Jessica Shepps were happy to learn they were in the same journalism class in this photo from their first day at the new McCaskey High School, Aug. 27, 1997.


In the titles:

Espy is accused of accepting gifts as general secretary

North Korea cancels talks with the United States

Diet drug linked to higher risk of heart disease, experts say

See August 21, 1997, Intelligencer Journal here.

50 years ago

A federally funded placement program to help Vietnam veterans find work was unveiled in Lancaster on August 28, 1972.

The program would involve training five people to be job placement investigators and encouraging potential employers and employees to use the Job Security Office as a shared resource.

Something like a pre-internet LinkedIn or Monster, the Office allowed job seekers to register their name and a list of their skills. Bureau employees could then alert local businesses to potential employees whose skills match the requirements of the posted job.

The Lancaster program was part of a larger initiative to set up systems that could then be established in other cities across the country.

In the titles:

Spitz wins two US gold medals

Nixon plans to end draft

Pathologist Confirms JFK Sole Assassin Theory

Check out the August 21, 1972 Lancaster New Era here.

75 years ago

In August 1947, food prices were rising, and the New Era polled local housewives for a front-page story on how they were reducing the cost of food on the table for their families.

Among the solutions found by city dwellers:

  • Use half the usual amount of meat when making chili and compensate by adding more beans.
  • Wear clothes longer before replacing them and redirect the clothing budget to food.
  • Play meat bingo to win your dinner.
  • Buy a burger instead of a steak or pork chops.
  • Buy margarine instead of butter or reduce butter in recipes.
  • Growing vegetables at home.
  • Serve occasional “vegetable plates” without meat for dinner.

In the titles:

Military training for able-bodied youths encouraged by Dewey

Truman and the Pope exchange views on freedom

2 billion dollars per year requested for American scientific research

Check out August 21, 1947, Lancaster New Era here.

100 years ago

A week after the last call for entries, the Miss Lancaster competition sponsored by the Lancaster Intelligencer, had selected its winner.

Elsie Mae Blumenstock, 19, of Poplar Street, won the award and will soon be leaving by train for Atlantic City, where she will compete for the title of Miss America.

Blumenstock and her chaperone would travel by saloon car to Philadelphia, where she would join other beauties from around the country for a movie date with “movie men” before leaving later that day for the shore.

In Atlantic City, Blumenstock would stay at The Breakers, a lavish boardwalk hotel. The next two days would be a whirlwind of appearances, entertainment and giveaways, culminating in the final contest.

In the titles:

The railway authority receives a request for 400,000 way agents

75 miners trapped 900 meters below in a gold pit

Check out August 21, 1922, Lancaster Intelligencer here.

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