The News-Chronicle (Shippennsburg, Pennsylvania, 27 Aug 1954, Fri, Page 9

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The News-Chronicle (Shippennsburg, Pennsylvania, 27 Aug 1954, Fri, Page 9 - SPEAKS AT ROTARY Dr. William E. B. Hall...
SPEAKS AT ROTARY Dr. William E. B. Hall Reconstructs Local History of 1756 From Bones Found in 1951 Dr. William K. B. Hall of Cham-hersburg Cham-hersburg Cham-hersburg told members of the Ship-pemdiurg Ship-pemdiurg Ship-pemdiurg Kotary club Tuesday night how a collection of bones found in- in- 1051 were determined to he those of an eurly settler who was tortured and murdered by the Indians. Indians. Dr. Hall, who is pathologist for the Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, noted that the bones were brought to him by the state police after they had been discovered discovered y William C. Myers, a farmer, near Williamson. Mr. Myers ran across the bones when he determined in October of 1 (.")! to cultivate a hitherto uncultivated uncultivated patch of ground on his far.n. He discovered the first bone 2 inches below the surface. Determines Identity After putting the bones together and doing an infinite amount of checking, Ir. Hall came up with a large number of facts which seem to indicate rather conclusively that the bones are those of John Wasson, Wasson, an early settler in the Williamson Williamson district who was killed by the Indians on May 2(i, 1756. Dr. Hall learned that the bones were those of a man between 25 and 30 years old because of the formation and condition of certain hones. From skull measurements he determined the man to be a Nordic. He also determined that the man was badly crippled, was left handed handed and was afflicted with a venereal disease. Correlating the information learned from the bones with that of the valley history books, brought Dr. Hall to the conclusion that the bones were those of John Wasson. Marries Widow This early settler was a cripple, although the history books don't nay much about it, and he had a arm and small dwelling in the Williamson area. He had married a widow with four children and to this union were born three more , children. This John Wasson, history books ay, had incurred the wrath of the Shawnee Indians by killing one of their leading chiefs. Because the Indians had been ravaging the land, the early settlers settlers of the area were housed in Rev. Steele's church on the Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir Conodoguin-tt-Chii-jrvnir f l756. -..-- -..-- -..-- -..-- However, John Wasson and his wife decided to go to their farm and make preparations for putting out crops. Leaving their seven children in the care of neighbors, John and his wife set out. Discover Body When the couple did not return after a reasonable time, a few of the men went out to find out what had happened to them. They discovered discovered that the Wasson home had been burned and that John Wasson had been tortured and murdered by the Indians. However, John's wife was nowhere to be found. Later it was learned the fndi-ans fndi-ans fndi-ans had held Mrs. Wasson a captive for three years and then released her after which she went to Philadelphia. Philadelphia. She lived in Philadelphia for four years before returning to the valley. One remaining de- de- Pendant of the valley Wassons lives in McCor.nellsburg today, Dr. Hull said. Demonstrating from the bones in front of him and from color slide pictures, Dr. Hall pointed out that the early settler had been struck a blow first on the side of the head and then two while he was lying . - . i . 1 TL , . f xuavo on inu Kiounu. i nt-c nt-c nt-c .....v. those of a stone tomahawk and later blows came from steel tomahawks, tomahawks, which had been sold to the Indians bv white traders. . Man is Scalped The skull also gave proof that John Wasson had been scalped. One thiph bone had a piece of the stone from a war club imbedded imbedded in it. a stone which is found only in Ohio. The Indians also had slit open the body and cut off the ribs and then broken the bones, hone by bone. Two buttons and four hand made nails also were found with the body which indicated the time to be be-twe be-twe be-twe -n -n 1750 and 17!W. The nails undoubtedly fame from the building which the Indians had , burned down. The supposition is that the settlers settlers came upon the tortured body of John Wasson and hurriedly buried it in shallow ground be- be- i'r. jotin A. liargieroau, ihuribmi chairman for the month, introduced Dr. Hall. The next meeting of the club is to be a stag party at Carl Naugle's cabin in South Mountain. Teachers, Friends Plan Meet At Oak Grove School The . Odk Grove school house, Southampton township, will be the scene of a farewell meeting and reunion .Sunday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. iSince the school will pass into a jointure this fall all former teachers, teachers, scholars and friends are invited invited for the reunion. There will be worship service, songs and speeches. POLIO COSTS SHOW INCREASE THIS SUMMER More Funds Are Needed to Help Save Lives in Paralysis Fight Join Campaign Now "Increased polio incidence, and improved treatment techniques for polio patients have conspired to send polio costs soaring this year," William H. Theurer, Cumberland county chairman of the Emergency March of Dimes campaign, said this week. "This ironic combination," Mr. Theurer explained, "is one of the underlying reasons why the national national foundation for infantile paralysis paralysis has found it necessary to hold an emergency appeal for funds this month." He said surveys by the national foundation for -infantile -infantile paralysis showed the following developments in 1954, the 17th year of the organized organized fight against polio: More lives are being saved today, today, but the cost of survival is greater. Only 4.8 per cent of all reported polio cases died in 1953 compared with a death rate of 11 per cent during the five year period period 1938-42. 1938-42. 1938-42. Thus last year about 290 people lived who in earlier years would have died. But they require more . extensive and expensive expensive care and treatment as a result. The patient aid bill for 1953 was $29,734,000, the largest in history. It may be even larger this vear. iMore polio patients need help today so it costs more. There were 67,000 hold-over hold-over hold-over patients from 1953 and earlier years still needing March of Dimes help this year. Incidence Incidence of polio for the first half of the year is one third higher than the average for a similar period period during the past five years-There years-There years-There may be 40,000 new cases this year, with hospital costs hign-er hign-er hign-er than in 1953. Treatment for polio patients in hospitals is one-third one-third one-third higher than the average of all hospital cases. The prospect is a possible $33,500,000 for patient aid. "Facing these and other facts," Mr. Theurer concluded, "it is obviously obviously impossible to cut back fin-viously fin-viously fin-viously impossible to cut back financially financially in the field of patient care. That's why the Emergency March of Dimes must succeed. The thousands who are seriously disabled disabled and now depend upon their fellow Americans' generosity constitute constitute a public trust that must be fulfilled' ' Time Comes for Boro To Put in Own Sewer The borough of Shippensburg which has been very busy requesting requesting citizens to make their hookups hookups to the new sewer system, came across a letter from itself this week, requesting that the Hrough make two new sewer hookups of its own. Fresh from its meeting with the plumbers in town, the borough borough powers decided that there just might be a bit of trouble encountered encountered if any one or two of the plumbing gentry were arbitrarily selected for the job. So the borough office has decided to ask for sealed bids in an advertisement in this issue of the newspaper. The borough needs lines installed at its Cumberland Valley Hose company building and at its Municipal Municipal building which houses the borough offices and the Vigilant Hose company. Sealed bids for the jobs will be-accepted be-accepted be-accepted up to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. at on the in Paul 24 at the registered the A 97 ncn Aug. Summit, session, from

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