GREENVILLE - Susan Kiser Hershey is guessing she was 10 years old when she found a bunch of papers and magazines in a shed at her paternal grandparents’ old farmhouse on Wildcat Road.
She was fascinated with some of the items and decided to grab the ones that looked interesting before they were thrown away.
Her picks included a Christmas book, a book on Orville and Wilbur Wright plus a papers with all of the U.S. presidents up to John F. Kennedy, plus a copy (reproduction?) of the Declaration of Independence.
But, one of the most interesting, she said, was a newspaper, the May 8, 1945, issue of the Greenville Daily Advocate.
The entire issue focused on World War II and more specifically V-E Day. The main headline read: “Bloodiest War in History Will End at 6:01 p.m. Today,” and it carried a Paris dateline. Atop that was the word “victory” in block letter form full of war-related photographs.
A subhead on another lead story read: “President [Truman] terms end of war in Europe as “very solemn but glorious hour,” with another small head underneath reading, “Hard road still lies ahead.”
The newspaper itself, back then, was 17 inches wide and 22 inches long, much bigger than it is today.
About halfway through were two full pages of pictures and information on local soldiers who died serving their country. Most died in action, but other deaths involved aircraft accidents.
There was even a poem written by a Gettysburg man, Robert A. Fansher, titled “The Waiting,” and another item dubbed “A Soldier’s prayer.” They were on the same pages as the Roll of Honor, in which deceased soldiers were named. Some included photographs, but all information included their ages, parents or spouses names and when, where and how they died.
Names that were accompanied by photos were Carl Drew, William Hoblit, James F. Riegel, Nolan Campbell Jr., Guy Nealeigh, Harry C. Ross, J.H. Fletcher, Virgil D. Roland, Doyle Bankson, Ralph Barnhart, Luke Barga, Robert Collins, Emil Rush, Robert Beasecker, Burl E. Whited, Jerome J. Goubeaux, C.F. Heisman, Albert Beyke, C.W. Kaffenbarger, H.L. Witwer, Frank Roy Aten, Marvin Garbert, Bernard Shimp, W.O. “Bill” Hudson, Beoin Corzatt, Robert I. Good, James Lee Young, Marvin Barga and Eugene F. Rhoades.
More names featured were: Maurice Hoover, Edward Jefferis Jr., Philip Rowe, Robert F. Thompson, Charles W. Stover, Stuart Johnson Jr., James Garinger, George Weisenbarger, John Thomas, John Vallorani, Sherman Altick, Richard Vance, Henry Harter, Harley Alexander, Charles Huston, Farrel Dunn, Ralph Scholl, Albert Oswalt, Paul York, Maurice Sullivan, Chester Wills, Lloyd C. Brown, George Sherry, Walter Reichert, Kenneth Pease, Walter Oswald, Clifford Pheanis, Hall Buell, Romayne Metzner, Edward Holscher;
Forrest Miller, George Singer, Charles Lesher, D.B. Brandon, Beverly Floyd, Ernest Bohman, Clarence Short, Thomas Barry, Franklin Albright, Ohmer Strawser, Howard Yoder, Anthony Voisinet, Vitus Bey, Tom Arnett, Norbert Mescher, George Loy, Robert Rue, Robert McGriff, Gerhardt Oehrtman, Alvin Pearson Jr., Martin Bruner, Richard Birum, Robert E. Wilson, Marvin Kress, Edward Lantz, Robert Heery, Robert Tobin, William M. Dickey, August Wirrig Jr., Alvin Young, Lyle Shifflet, Harold Marchal, Edward Burk;
Donald Kincaid, James Parent, Kenneth Detrick, William Wilson, Forest Gigandet, Jerry Hill, Homer Arnett, Harley Alexander, Forest Lyme, George Gavit, Charles Nyman, Tom Arnett, Robert Cross, Russell Phinney Jr., Joyce Rehmert, Maurice Cheadle, Lawrence Fenstermaker, Robert Gillette, Merle Puterbaugh, Cletus Rhoades, Roscoe Keith Woodbury, Dean Ora Besecker, Billy Neiswonger, Francis Beasley, Lewis Bulcher, Willard Bunger, Kenneth Johnson, Robert Crawford, Norbert Mescher, Harold Newbauer, John E. Kaucher, Clarence Short, Robert Geesy, Myron Haworth, Donald Oliver, Richard Miller, Daniel Yount, Thomas Scherger, George Curme, Herbert Shafer, Verl Townsend and Eugene Caupp.
“My daughter, Aleesha, and her boyfriend, Dustin Nick, thought this was so neat,” she said.
Hershey, who has two others daughters, Jessica, 25, and Brenda, 19, as well as a granddaughter, enjoys looking over this old newspaper and is proud of her early finding, even though it is in a delicate state.