The Gettysburg Times from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on April 12, 1945 · Page 11
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The Gettysburg Times from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania · Page 11

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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SPECIAL EDITION THE GETTYSBURG TIMES Truth Our Quide--The Public Qood Our Aim With Honor To Ourselves And Prof it To Our Patrons m SPECIAL EDITION 3TABLISHED 1902 l**Md Win Member of The Auoclated Pres* GETTYSBURG, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 12, 1945 Read by Nearly everybody in Adams County PRICE THREE CENTS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DIES DR Visited ie hree Times President rahklin Delano Roosevelt visited tysburg three times during his -e than 12 years in the White ise--twice on official visits that ·acted nationwide attention and third time inconspicuously, mo- ng here from Washington on. a iday afternoon with no advance ice to drive over the battlefield h friends from the capital city, lie President's first visit here ;r entering the White House was ;he Memorial t»ay speaker, in the ional cemetery "Here on May 3D. t. . ' · - . - · · . . " ' . ' " · ' . ' . · 'hen he came to Gettysburg July 1938. to dedicate the .Eternal ht Peace Memorial on historic i Ridge at exercises that climaxed Seventy-fifth, anniversary of the ;tle of Gettysburg and the last nion of the Blue and Gray at jtysburg. tis last known visit was on a late imer afternoon in 1943 when he ie here by auto from the capital, red the 'Held and returned to .shington after being recognized few. He was accompanied by me Minister Winston Churchill. Town's Biggest May 30 Tie President's visit here for the morial Day exercises in 1934 ught the largest" crowd to Gettys- ·g in the history of the day In s community. The throng that ird him speak over a nationwide lio hookup from the rostrum ich he had mounted by means of specially constructed ramp was imated at 80,000 to 100.0CO. lie parade tha't day. was the ?est Memorial Day procession ttysburg had ever seen. Harry ij. tnes, then congressman from this brict, was master of ceremonies, e President's late military aide, 1. E. M. Walson, was here as was iretary of the Treasury Morgen- lU.. n his address that day the chief icutive pointed to progress that i been made toward making the ited States "a consolidated nan." He declared this goal was to attained through peaceful meth- i prescribed under the "broad and ilient" provisions of the consti- ion of the United States. Dedicated Peace Memorial I huge crowd, estimated by Secret rvlce men who accompanied the jsident here at more than 200,000 ·sons, filled the fields in front of ! peace memorial here late on the ernoon of July 3, 1938. They heard the President deliver : speech that dedicated the $60,- (Plewse Tarn to Pate 2) ruman Faces Difficult Task o Shape Peace Washington, April 12 (AP)--To irry S. Truman, one-time Mis- jrl county judge, falls the tre- indous task of shapintt that peace largely patterned by Roosevelt. Truman his hand on a small ick Bible whose pages were edged red, repeated the oath after Chief; stice Harlan Fiske Stone. 'I do solemnly swear," he said, lat I will faithfully execute the Ice of President of the United ates, and will, to the best of my ility, preserve, protect, and de- id the Constitution of the United ates." _ The scene was the cabinet room in e executive offices of the White )tise, where for more yars than y othr President, Mr. Roosevelt d presided over momentous meet?s of his key advisors. , Goes Into Seclusion They were there tonight to watch e slender, grey, former senator am Missouri inducted Into the ghest office. Truman read the oath from a slip white paper, swearing to uphold c Constitution. He came to the end. "So help you Ood?" Stone in- ned. "So help me Ood," Truman said. To his left was Mrs. Truman and T daughter. Truman shook hand* with the oup around him, all with solemn ces, many with red eyes. Then he and his family walked «r to the White Howe for a few amenta of seclusion. Truman Is 32nd U.S. President Waahlnrton, April 12 (AP) -Harry S. Truman of Missouri wan ·worn In as Thirty-Second President of the United States tonight at 7:09 P. M. (EWT). Solemnly he repeated the oath of the nation's highest office brief hours after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died' of a cerebral hemorrhage a j, Warm Springs, Ga., . = . - · . - ..- Trtunah is- 60. It .was a moment of significance, to America, and a warring world.- The transition in the nation's leadership came when Allied might was nearing victory i n Europe and when preparations for permanent peace even now were under way. Sudden Death Of President Shocks County Adams countians of all walks of life -were deeply shocked to learn of the sudden death of President Roosevelt this afternoon. A number of the more prominent residents who could be reached by telephone were unanimous in voicing their dismay and future concern for the nation. Statements from those contacted follow: Roy P. Funkhouser, alternate delegate to the last Democratic National convention and a state committeeman for a number of years, said today: "The death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt Is a severe shock-to our nation and we will miss his most able ieadship." Mr. Funkhouser attended the first two national conventions at which Roosevelt was nominated as alternate delegate and attended as delegate at the third convention. He was selected alternate delegate to last year's convention but was unable to attend due to Illness. Lose Best Friend Henry W. Garvin, president of the Chamber of Commerce, stated: "America has lost the best friend it ever had. The nation will have to go a long way to find a man to take his place. It is to be regretted that he could not have lived to see the victory he fought for and to participate in the foundation of a world peace." Judge W. C, Sheely was out of town on a speaking engagement this evening and was unable to be reached for a statement. Carl W. Kane, Democratic chairman of Adams county, said: "We have lost one of the greatest men the world has e"ver known and I sincerely hope the nation does not suffer too much from it. I hope our new President, Harry S. Truman, will be able to pick up and carry on the fine work of our late President." Sergeant James H. Harness, recently discharged after being wounded on the Anzio beachhead in Italy, and now employed at the Gettysburg Tmies,' made the following statement: "In recent days the nation, as (Please Turn to Parr 2) The Late President Roosevelt News Of President's Death Shocks Capital; Chief Executive Was On Diet Of Gruel For Past Several Days Yanks Invade Bohol Island In Philippines Manila, Friday, April 13 (AP) -- Veteran American division Yanks landed Wednesday on. Bohol island, last of the central Philippines still in enemy hands, under cover of naval and air bombardment, Gen. IJouglas MacArthur reported today. Bohol, a -round Island, is between the southern ends of Ccbu and Leyte islands, directly north of Mindanao. M*J. Gen. William H. Arnold's American troops landed at TafMlaran, on the southwestern »ngce, and quickly drove inland "In an endeavor to secure control of the entire island oeio^e I n e SHrprraed enemy could rally his strength," Mac- Arthw MM. Gverrllla troops were operating In coordination with the MacArthw termed the Inva- ·fcm "amOtr thrwt In the swift campaign to clear the fcewtM- ewd enemy tram the Washington, April 12 (AP)--The death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked Washington to its foundations today. From the man who now-will become President--Vice President Harry Truman--down to the least of the city's people the news was overwhelming. Mrs. Roosevelt, after dispatching a widowed mother's message of strength to their four sons in service, prepared to fly to Warm Springs. The capital prepared for a funeral in the east room of the White House Saturday. The buria.l of the only man to serve three terms as President,-only to die in the third month of j Mis fourth term--is to be at Hyde [Park, N. Y. C.ahinct in Session That is the home for which he said last year all that was within him cried out for. A Cabinet meeting was called immediately and Truman was present --10 years ago an obscure county ! judge in Missouri. He would become ! the 32nd President. The President's death was announced by his secretary. Stephen Early, who on December 7, 1941, gave -the world the news of the Pearl | Harbor attack that plunged this | country into war. j The White House called the three | major news services at about, 5:45 p. m. EWTt, on a conference call. There wasV long pause. Then Early came on the wire and made the electrifying announcement. His voice*sounded fairly calm and measured, but, he obviously wa.s laboring under intense emotion. His first words were: Flurry Among- Reporters "Hern is a flash. "The President died suddenly early this afternoon--" / There was a sudden flurry among his listeners. "You mean President. Roosevelt," someone shouted over the line. "Of course," Early replied. "There is only one President." Although Interrupted several times, he continued to recite what he called "notes for the story." "I have 'no statement," he explained. Last -week at a banquet for Associate Justice Hugo Black of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Roosevelt disclosed to Senator Barkley. of Kentucky, the Democratic leader, that the food the President had been eating recently had no taste for hull. Taking- Only Gruel Barkley said he remarked that Mr. Roosevelt looked thin and haggard and Mrs. Roosevelt said she felt he was too thin. Mrs. Roosevelt said that for several days previous the President had been taking only gruel because he had no taste for other foods. Mrs. Roosevelt Cerebral Hemorrhage Is Cause Of Death Warm Springs, Ga.; Funeral On Saturday By D. HAROLD OLIVER Warm Springs, Ga., April 12 (AP)--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died suddenly at 3:35 p. m., CWT today of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Commander Howard Bruenn, naval physician, made this announcement reporters shortly after White House Secretary William D. Hassett called hurried news conference to announce the death of the nation's only fourth-term Chief Executive. Mr. Roosevelt died in the little white house on top of Pine mountain he had come for a three-week rest. He'was 63 years old. Dr. Bruenn said he saw the President this morning and he was in excellent spirits at 9:30 a. m. . ; "At 1 o'clock," Bruenn added, "he was sitting in a chair while sketches being made of him by an architect. He suddenly complained of a very severe occipital headache (back of the head). ; Fails To Regain Consciousness ; "Within a very few minutes he lost consciousness. He was seen by ine 1:30 p. m., 15 minutes after the episode had started. "He did not regain consciousness and he died at 3:35 p. m." Only others present in the cottage were Comdr. George Fox, White pharmacist and long an attendant on the President; Hassett, Miss Grace Tully, confidential secretary: and two cousins,Miss Laura Delano and Miss Margaret Suckley. Bruenn said he called Vice Admiral Ross T. Mclntyre, Navy surgeon general and White House physician in Washington and that Mclntyre in turn called Dr. James E. Paullin, of Atlanta, an internal medicine practitioner honorary consultant to the Navy surgeon general. ^ r ; . Dr. Paullin was present when Bruenn gave the statement of the cause death to reporters of the three national news services. Dies Without Pain Dr. Bruenn said the President died without pain. News of the President's death spread quickly and caused many a tear the 125 infantile paralysis patients at the Foundation here. Mayor Frank W. Allcorn, of Warm Springs, was giving a barbecue at mountain cabin this afternoon for the President and -about 50 other guests. Allcorn was awaiting the President's arrival when reporters got word through the Army Signal Corps radio telephone and summer White House telephone communication to rush to the Foundation. Miss Louise Hackmeister, veteran White House chief telephone operator, could hardly talk in her excitement to round up those who had to be informed. Tears and quivering voices accompanied the announcement of the President's death by Hassett. Had Lost Weight Miss Tully, Mrs, Alice Wineger, Hassett's secretary, and Mrs. Dorothy Brady, presidential stenographer, sat tense on a sofa as Hassett gave the Mr. Roosevelt arrived at Warm Springs March 30. He had been underweight and his doctors wanted him to take it easy to see if he could the poundage at which he felt comfortable. Rumors had been heard the last few days that the President was not picking up as much as his doctors would have liked. He received reporters last Thursday and, in the presence of Sergio president of the Philippine commonwealth, told of his desire to grant full JWrs. Eleanor Rooserell, widow of President, whs told Harry S. Truman, then vice prenMent and now President, that the Chief Execwthre iew. 9Re MeM Ute cnJMren* Mr. Roosevelt had not been in the best of health for some time, it was disclosed tonight. When the death became known here, several hundred gathered outside the -iroh railing of the White House grounds. They questioned guards through the fence, without success. The loweriner of the flag atop the White House to half staff attracted scores of other passersby late in the afternoon. On capitol hill, the telephone, switchboards were "hopelessly" jammed with calls. Two physicians were at the President's bedside when death came a t . , ,. . , .- -, 4:35 p. m.. Washington time. They j pendence to the islands by autumn. were identified by Admiral Ross T. Mclntyre. the President's personal physician, as Dr. James Paullin, of Atlanta, and Dr. Howard Bruenn, a navy commander who was at Warm Springs with the President. Physician Is Shocked Dr. Mclntyre said that the news came to him like a bolt from a clear sky. He had talked to Warm Springs this morning and the President was all right at that time. "There was no apprehension this morning," Mclntyre told reporters i at the White House. Mclntyre toid this sequence of events: The first word he had came in a i phone call from Warm Springs at 3:05 p.'m.. Washington time. He was told that the Chief Executive had fainted while having his portrait painted. It was then that he phoned Dr. Paullin who made a high speed trip from Atlanta to the Georgia resort. The President had planned on coming 'back to · Washington the first of next week and Mclntyre had planned on goiiig down to him this .week for two or three days of golf. As a stunned capital sought to weigh the Implications of Mr. Roosevelt's -passing, Truman issued this one-sentence statement: "The world may be sure that we will prosecute the war on wwfi II 1 wilts, eaAt and west, wltn «n the vigor we posat», to * »«cce»f*I conclusion." Mr. Roosevelt also outlined ambitious postwar plans for American participation in the western Pacific to prevent further Japanese aggression. He said the United States and the other United Nations must accept trusteeships over Japanese-mandated island s, build new naval and air bases the Philippines rebuild economically after the commonwealth becomes a selt governing nation. Funeral Services Saturday Reports of this news conference were to have been withheld for security reasons until the President returned to Washington. Funeral arrangements were not decided at the time Secretary Hassett I Commander Bruenn made their statements. Hassett gave newsmen the first announcement. News of the President's death spread like wildfire around the Foundation and atop an adjoining mountain where guests were gathering for a barbecue. The President's late arrival for the barbecue caused some anxiety. A telephone call was put through and a few minutes later representatives of the Associated Press, United Press and International News Service were told to immediately to the Carver cottage on the Foundation grounds for some The President, the nation's first Chief Executive to break the two-term tradition, had planned to stay here another week, then he was to return to Washington and spend one day before taking a train to San Francisco to open April 25 United Nations' conference to which he had given so much attention in recent months. Mr. Roosevelt died in the bedroom in his little white bungalow atop mountain, where he had been coming for 20 years to take the after-treatments for infantile paralysis with which he was stricken in 1921. Long before his Presidency; Mr. Roosevelt helped found the Warm Springs Foundation for polio victims. In recent months he had taken a deep teterwt in expanding it for servicemen afflicted with the disease.. . ~- (flease Tom t» P»f* 2) "

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