A broken eardrum kept Harold Geary out of the war. His friend, Ross Paswell, had been sent home after having been found unsuitable for naval service. They robbed the Wilson café in Ellwood City at gunpoint in January, 1945. The $50 that they took from the till lasted them four days, at the end of which they and their girlfriends were arrested. The women were given short sentences in the workhouse; the men were sent to the state penitentiary for six to twelve years.
Harold served his time without event and returned to Ellwood City, where he opened Geary’s Cycle Center and managed a motorcycle racing team that represented New Castle in state-wide competitions during the 1970s. He died in 1996, at the age of seventy-four.Sources: New Castle News (3 Feb 1945, “Arrests Solve Ellwood Case”, 7 Feb 1945, “Four Arrested In Café Robbery Are Given Sentences”; 29 March 1974, “Bike Business Booms”; 8 July 1975, “Local Cyclists Take Places”; 5 Aug 1975, “Local Cyclists Take Places”; 12 Aug 1975, “Geary’s Racers Win Trophies”); Beaver County Times, 14 Aug 1976, “House Of Moto Wins Cycle Competition At Bel Mesa Course”.