Fall of the Nazis in Paris, coal and railroad strikes


“Pages of History” features excerpts from the News Journal archives, including the Wilmington Morning News, Every Evening, Evening Journal and Journal-Every Evening.

August 22, 1959, Wilmington Morning News

Hawaii proclaimed statehood; Old Glory receives 50th star

The Enchanting Islands of Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21 and another star was emblazoned on Old Glory.

The seven red and six white stripes have remained unchanged for over a century. But the new 50-star field will have nine rows, five with six starts each and four with five each, instead of the current seven staggered rows of seven each adopted when Alaska was welcomed into the Union last January….

A 10 minute bit of history, with President Eisenhower presiding in the White House, brought Hawaii into the Union and set the design for the new national emblem….

August 25, 1875, every evening

About twenty miles swimming across the English Channel

Captain Matthew Webb pulled off the marvelous feat of swimming from Dover to Calais.

He was in the water 21 hours and 3 minutes; was nearly exhausted from the long and continuous pressure on his system, and once out of the water he was unable to stand.

However, he quickly recovered and walked ashore unaided. He was enthusiastically cheered by the large crowd present to witness his landing on the French coast.

August 26, 1922, The Evening Journal

Government could seize mines and railroads if strikes go unresolved

Plans for federal anthracite coal mining and non-functioning railroads were completed by President Harding and his advisers as anthracite and railroad strikes seemed hopelessly in the l ‘dead end.

Unexpected opposition to Cummins bill that would control profits in fuel, forced delay in reporting measure to Senate Interstate Commerce Committee today….

Senator Pomerane, Ohio, led the objection to immediate notice of the bill until more time was given to study the sweeping powers it grants to the Interstate Commerce Commission in establishing the priorities, embargoes and the distribution of coal….

Soft coal to heat Delaware homes due to strikes

Households in Wilmington and Delaware that haven’t stocked up on fuel for the winter will need to burn soft coal in their heaters and stoves for the next six months.

Such is the consensus of opinion expressed at the joint meeting in Rehoboth yesterday of the Delaware Coal Club and the State Coal Commission. The situation with regard to Delaware was thoroughly beaten, following the address of Leon Walker of that city, chairman of the commission, and it was generally agreed that efforts to obtain anthracite or hard coal would be little or no result.

Even if the coal miners returned to work immediately and the railroad strike was also settled, the figures presented at the meeting showed that it would be impossible to get out anything like sufficient supplies to support Delaware. ….

As the soft coal strike has largely been settled, a sufficient supply of this type of coal is expected with confidence….

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August 26, 1939, Journal-Every Evening

Talent available indicates Wilmington High’s year in football

With barely a school grid strung on yet, it nonetheless looks like Wilmington High School’s football ‘year’….

The Cherry and White eleven has had a dismal campaign over the past two years, but a look at the material available at the Delaware Avenue institution, Pierre S. DuPont High, Brown Vocational and Alexis I. DuPont High, shows that the Red Devils are much better off than their rivals there.

J. Harmer Donaldson, football coach at Wilmington High, will have 10 Red Devils from last year’s squad, the majority of whom had considerable college experience last year. Along with the remnants, his squad will be bolstered by the addition of Al Tribuani, Joe Dellose and Bill McGonegal, who transferred from Salesianum High School last year….

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August 26, 1944, Wilmington Morning News

Nazi commander in Paris surrenders

Parisian radio reported last night that the French capital had been liberated and the German commander had signed a document ordering his troops to cease fire immediately.

The announcement followed the entry of American and French troops into the capital during the day. There was no immediate confirmation….

The last word at headquarters was that American and French troops had joined the French patriots fighting on the Ile de la Cité in the heart of the capital after bitter fighting with collaborationist German and French militiamen….

A Paris radio broadcast reported that the German commander had signed the following document, presented by the brigadier-general. Jacques LeClerc, commander of the second French armored division and leader of the French force which entered the capital during the day:

“The German commander orders the forces under his command to cease fire immediately. The arms are stacked….

Contact reporter Ben Mace at [email protected]


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