75 Years Ago
Total Loss Due to Ice
May 12, 2022
Herald of May 15, 1947
Snow, ice and below freezing temperatures were to blame for what was being called “a total loss” by some fruit growers in the Cove. The large peach orchard at Ore Hill owned by Charles Packard was reported to be totally frozen, and a nearby apple orchard sustained losses around 80%. Some areas were harder hit than others.
First Sgt. Michael W. Pitcher of Williamsburg, who was killed in action in Germany on March 22, 1945, was posthumously awarded the Military medal by the King of England in recognition of his extraordinary heroism. Sgt. Pitcher was killed about tw...