Thursday, June 27, 2013

News of 1952

A review of the Lawrence County News for the year 1952 by KB provided several obituaries for ministers who had died during the year.
Rev. Walter Henschen:   Former pastor of Pilgrim Holiness Church in 1932 – 36 and 1944 – 47.  “As pastor of the church in Lawrenceville, the Rev. Mr. Henschen accomplished much. The church prospered spiritually and financially, and he was a popular and respected resident of the community.” Buried in Lawrenceville cemetery.
Rev. R. A. Fielden:  Retired minister of the Church of God in Lawrenceville, serving from 1924 to 1928. Buried in Lawrenceville cemetery.
Rev. Morris A. Sanders:  Retired Methodist minister and native of Billett; had previously been employed for several years by the Ohio Oil Company and was with the National Supply Company before entering the ministry.
 Other obituaries from 1952:  
 January 31, 1952 (Date of newspaper) Mrs. Buddha Childress: age 80 died in the house in which she was born and in which she lived all her life. 
John McVickar:  age  80, of Sumner, was born in Ireland in 1871. He was a retired butcher and farmer and served Christy Township as Highway Commissioner and a resident of Sumner for more than 50 years. Died May 22, 1952
Dr. Clark Culbertson Piper: age  65, was a surgeon, a graduate of the University of Illinois, he was also a veteran of World War I buried in Sumner Cemetery. 
Pearl Flanders Milburn: age 84, the last member of the family of Dr. and Mrs. J. E. L. Flanders. Her father was a pioneer physician and surgeon who practiced in  southern Lawrence County.

Lawrence County News July 24, 1952 The Scaramouche, a silent film, was the opening show of the Avalon theater following its construction. Mrs. Hurley Gould who then headed the picture show business in Lawrenceville, was determined to open her new theater with the best film obtainable.  The other silent film Quo Vadis, also made by MGM, was a stupendous production in its day, and the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club realizing this fact, brought it to Lawrenceville as a project. It was shown about 1926 in the theater where the present State Theater is now located, and the proceeds were turned over to the United Brethren Church building fund. Mrs. Gould also operated that theater and graciously released it to the Kiwanis Club, realizing nothing from the project, other than the charge made for the theater employees.
H. E. Stevens, present manager of the Avalon, (1952) is bringing  these two outstanding productions back to Lawrenceville this summer. Quo Vadis was filmed in Rome and was three years in the making; it deals with early Christianity and the trials of the early Christians. Scaramouche is from a novel by Rafael Sabatini and deals with French history leading up to the assault of the Bastille.  Both films have keen love story interests throughout.