Norman Ross, “Intox Driver”, 7 July 1948

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Parades were held almost every day throughout New Castle’s sesquicentennial week—the veterans parade, the youth parade, the agricultural parade, the old-timers parade, the fraternal parade. Tuesday, set aside for the celebration of industrial labour, was a quieter day. Nevertheless, the carnival midway on the city parking grounds by the central fire station was open and busy until after midnight.

No alcohol was sold at the midway, but much was consumed. While driving home at twenty to two in the morning, Norman Ross—who had earned a purple heart when he was shot on Christmas eve, 1944, during the battle of the bulge—was stopped by police and arrested for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. He was fined $100 and jailed for three days. When he got out, sesqui week was over.

(More on the sesquicentennial here.)

Sources: New Castle News (23 Jan 1945, “Pvt Norman Ross Wounded In Belgium”; 20 April 1945, “In US Armed Service”; 3 July 1948, “Week’s Celebration of City’s Sesqui To Start Sunday”; 8 July 1948, “Driver Is Held”).


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