The Navy announced plans to build a 4-million-dollar ordnance laboratory on the Old Bladensburg Road in Prince Georges County. Nearly a million baby chicks burned to death in a $125,000 fire that destroyed the Harry Nock hatchery at Snow Hill. Died at Baltimore: James Keelty, 74, who built more than 6,000 Baltimore homes in the last 40 years, as well as St. Bernadine's Roman Catholic Church, which he gave to the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a memorial to his daughter. Mrs. Eva Dean, a strip-tease dancer at Baltimore's Clover Theater, suffered jaw injuries when she fell off the stage.
Bathing was banned at Nantasket Beach for 24 hours while the Army exploded mines in the vicinity. Fire did 1 million dollars damage to the National Chair factory at Roxbury and $30,000 damage to the Pierce Building at Clinton from which firemen rescued six persons. Newton High won the Eastern Massachusetts scholastic baseball title by defeating Medford 3-2. Springfield Police Chief Gallagher said that 15-year-old William Roach, named; the "most typical American boy" in his junior-high yearbook, had confessed that he gave 14-year-old Carolyn Bennett a ride on his bicycle to Forest Park near Springfield and there shot her to death "because she was going out with other boys.” Died: Lawrence's former Mayor Kane.
Paw Paw's service honor roll proved too small, so a new one with a capacity of 850 names was built. Local 50 of the United Automobile Workers (CIO) announced an assessment of $1 per member at the Willow Run bomber plant to establish a servicemen's fund of $25,000. Mr. and Mrs. William Angell of Detroit gave Kalamazoo College $50,000 to construct a new athletic field. Chester McEachern, St. Clair Shores druggist, was charged with embezzling $7,226 from the American Railway Express Company, for which his store was an agency. Pickers and packers were badly needed to handle the largest cherry crop in the history of the Grand Traverse region.
To meet the need for men, the Frisco Railroad started a six-day training course for brakemen, switchmen and firemen at Kansas City. Charged with murder of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foltz and their son Ladwin on their Shelby County farm, Raymond Patrick of Monroe City was jailed at Paris. Escaping from a sack in the back of the car, a copperhead snake curled around the neck of Moody Lentz, reptiles curator of the St. Louis Zoo, as Lentz was driving home from a snake-hunting trip in Arkansas; Lentz stopped the car and his companion jumped out and recaptured the snake as it slithered to the running board.
H Gov. Ford will be opposed by J. Thorkelson of Butte for the Republican nomination for governor in the primary election on July 18; candidates for the Democratic nomination were Roy Ayers of Lewiston, Leif Erickson of Sidney and A. B. Middleton of Deer Lodge. Charles Gorman became acting postmaster of Havre, succeeding George Wright, who was appointed U. S. marshal. The Rev. D. P. Meagher’s prized fly rod was stolen while he was visiting a Great Falls hospital. Sugar-beet fields around Billings were being tilled by 250 German war prisoners.
Ernest Brooks of Washoe County was elected chairman of the Republican State Committee without opposition at the State GOP Convention at Reno. The Navy's 5-millon-dollar auxiliary air station was commissioned at Fallon. At Las Vegas, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McConnell became the parents of a 16-pound boy, their sixth child. After juveniles destroyed $300 worth of electrical fixtures in the recreation center at South Centers and Ryland Streets, Reno, Police Chief Fletcher offered a $25 reward for their arrest.
North Jersey faced a beer drought as 4,000 workers in eight breweries in the Newark area went on strike over the refusal of the management to guarantee a minimum work week of 40 hours. Sheriff Robert Tipping of Bergen County fired six of his 15 court attendants because they refused to act as jailers during the summer. Fourteen persons were injured when a salute bomb exploded prematurely at an air-raid demonstration in Union Square, Elizabeth. Gov. Edge announced that at least 337,000 of New Jersey's estimated 375,000 servicemen and women were already listed to get ballots in the November election.
Plans were approved by the Queens County Board of Planners for a new race track to be built near Flushing after the war at which all profits will go to war-relief agencies; Col. John Hay (Jock) Whitney is one of the backers. Syracuse barbers began charging 75 cents for haircuts. Albany's Police Chief Fitzpatrick was accused by a special Albany County grand jury of failure to prosecute gamblers in his jurisdiction. Streamlined and enlarged, the Stage Door Canteen in Times Square reopened after being closed for alterations for five weeks. Snow fell in Olean on June 7.
John Dunlap, principal of the Piedmont Junior High School in Charlotte, succeeded Charles Blackburn, retired, as business manager and treasurer of the Charlotte school system. A $150,000 fire destroyed the Bunch furniture store in Statesville. Wilbur Dosher of Wilmington was elected president of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. Died;
John Caldwell, city manager of Chapel Hill for the past 12 years. Hiram Grantham, former mayor of Red Springs, in the Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville.
North Dakota crops in general and spring wheat in particular were in excellent condition. Earl Abramson resigned as superintendent of Mohall's public schools. The North Dakota Post War Highway Improvement Association circulated a petition to initiate a measure at the November election calling for issuance of $12,360,000 in state bonds to match Federal funds for a highway program after the war. The Valley City Baptist Church observed its 50th anniversary.
YANK 11 Aug 1944 Down Under Edition