World War Two Press Release

World War Two Press Release

The teletypes (news wires) that are presented here were received at the Morning Free Press in Easton, Pennsylvania during the beginning of the United States involvement in World War Two. The Morning Free Press was in existence from 1938 through 1945.

William Biesel

William Biesel

These teletypes were collected by my father-in-law, William Biesel, while he worked as a telegraph editor at The Morning Free Press in the early 1940’s before he enlisted in the army.  It was the use of these teletype machines that newspapers and newsrooms received information about the events that were taking place around the world.  It was one such event that was received on December 7, 1941 that propelled the United  States into war with Japan, the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The transcripts and photocopies of the actual teletypes that I present here are to the best of my knowledge provided in the time sequence that they were received at the newspaper.  I have, also, tried to keep the exact spelling that is contained on each document. As you will see in some cases the news wire will give directions as to where the information should be included in a previously received news wire.  Wherever possible I have included photographs of the individuals mentioned in the  news wire as a point of reference. The photographs were not transmitted with the teletype presented.  By presenting these news wires in the sequence (time line) that they were received I hope to show how World War Two unfolded to an editor at a newspaper.

 

 

The Beginning:

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WASHINGTON–JAPANESE SHELLING ISLANDS IN HAWAIIAN AREA, NAVY SAYS.

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R13 – THE DAY IN HARRISBURG

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THE DAY IN HARRISBURG

(BY THE ASSOCIATE PRESS)

 

SENATE ADJOURNS UNTIL 4 P.M., HOUSE UNTIL 9 P.M. MONDAY.

 

LEGISLATURE APPROVED CONGRESSIONAL REAPPORTIONMENT BILL AND SENDS IT TO GOVERNOR KAMES FOR HIS SIGNATURE.

 

ACT TO PERMIT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO LEVY SPECIAL TAXES FOR DEFENSE RECOMMITTED IN SENATE FOR AMENDMENTS TO TIGHTEN MONETARY CONTROL.

 

NEW DRAFT OF BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROVIDE MILITARY TRAINING FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PREPARED FOR REINTRODUCTION IN ASSEMBLY.

 

LEGISTATION IMPOSING STIFF PENALTIES ON BLECKOUT VIOLATIONS OFFERED IN BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE TO MEET ADMINISTRATION REQUEST.

 

ANTI SABOTAGE BILL DEFEATED IN 1941 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BY SENATE.

 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAMUEL S.LEWIS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDANCY FOR THE REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION.

 

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SUBMARINE ATTACK – SANTA BARBARA,CALIF.

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FIRST LEAD SUBMARINE

SANTA BARBARA,CALIF., FEB.23-(AP)-A SUBMARINE APPEARED TONIGHT NEAR GOLETA,  SOME SEVEN MILES NORTH OF HERE, AND FIRED SHELLS AT AN OIL REFINERY NEAR THE SHORE.

AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE SAID THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES AND NO DAMAGE, AND THAT NO FIRES WERE CAUSED BY THE SHELLING.

POLICE WERE INFORMED THE SUBMARINE APPEARED AT ABOUT 7 O’CLOCK AND THAT THE SHELLING CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.

ASKED BY POLICE ABOUT DAMAGE, THE MANAGER OF THE REFINERY, WHO REPORTED THE INCIDENT, REPLIED:

“I DON’T KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY DODGING SHELLS.”

LOCATION OF THE REFINERY WAS GIVEN AS BETWEENGOLETAAND ELWOOD.

AT LOA ANGELES PRESIDENT L.L.AUBERT OF THE BANKLINE OIL CO., WHICH OWNS THE REFINERY IN THE FIELD, SAID THERE WAS PRACTICALLY NO DAMAGE AND ONLY ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WAS HIT. HE DECLINED TO SAY WHAT THE EQUIPMENT WAS.

EYE-WITNESSES SAID MOST OF THE SHELLS EXPLOED IN A FIELD AND ONE WENT OVER HIGHWAY 101, BURSTING IN THE FOOTHILLS.

THE BARNSDALL AND RIO GRANDE OIL COMPANIES OWN WELLS IN THE AREA.

THE WITNESS POINTED OUT THAT THE SHELLING STARTED ABOUT THE TIME THE PRESIDENT BEGAN TO GIVE HIS FIRESIDE CHAT.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT ENEMY SHELLS HAVE FALLEN ON SOIL OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR NO.2.  IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THERE WAS ONLY ONE ATTACK ON THIS COUNTRY PROPER, AND THAT WAS OF AN INDIRECT NATURE.  A GERMAN U-BOAT ATTACKED A TUGBOAT TOWING BARGES OFFCAPECODEAND SOME OF THE SHELLS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE FALLEN ON THECAPE, AT A POINT NOW MARKED BY A SIGN RECALLING THE INCIDENT.

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