Sentinel reporter Joseph Cress offers a daily digital glimpse back in Cumberland County history with help from our Newspapers.com archives:
75 Years Ago
The Sentinel reported how Cumberland County was tasked with the goal of raising at least $4.1 million during the Fourth War Loan drive set to begin Jan. 18, 1944.
Carlisle had the largest quota of $2 million or half the goal. Mechanicsburg came in second with a quota of $550,000 followed by Shippensburg at $490,000, Lemoyne at $260,000, Camp Hill at $250,000, New Cumberland at $200,000 and Mount Holly Springs and Newville at $100,000 each.
The communities of Enola, West Fairview and Wormleysburg combined were given a combined quota of $100,000 while Shiremanstown was tasked with a $50,000 goal.
In other World War II news, The Sentinel published a United Press wire story from Perry County about a stray barrage balloon that landed in a field about 3.5 miles east of Newport on the W.C. Snyder farm.
The cigar shaped balloon measured about 80 ft. long and 12 ft. in diameter. State Police believed it was the same craft that struck its cable on a high tension electrical wire near Denton, PA that caused the power line to fall to the earth and set fire to a field.
Barrage balloons were set aloft over sensitive targets with cables that dangled down in order to deter an air attack. They were in common use by Allied forces during the war.