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Sentinel reporter Joseph Cress offers a daily digital glimpse back in Cumberland County history with help from our Newspapers.com archives:

75 Years Ago

Authorities in Pennsylvania and four other states are on the hunt for Jacob Radel, the 42-year-old railroad worker who escaped from the Cumberland County Jail the night of May 7-8. Radel used part of a hacksaw blade to sever the bolt of his cell door and to remove a bar from the shower room window. Pennsylvania State Police are supervising the manhunt while county sheriff Emory Bretz is questioning fellow prison inmates for clues on how Radel obtained the hacksaw blade. Radel left a note behind for Bretz that read: “I hate to do this to you but it’s my only hope. I hold nothing against you or anybody else.” The escape took place on the eve of his criminal trial on charges Radel stabbed two men.

In other news, 3-year-old Yvonne Sherman of the 100 block of South East Street, Carlisle, survived a near-drowning in the nearby LeTort Spring Run the afternoon of May 7. The little girl was playing with friends along the creek bank when she toppled into the water without the knowledge of her companions. Marlin Warner of South Pitt Street was fishing near the Pomfret Street bridge when he noticed the form of a child, face-down in the fast-moving stream. He jumped in and rescued the child who had recovered enough to return home and resume play with her friends.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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