May 14, 1937

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 14, 2004

May 14, 1937

Lead stories in the Suffolk News-Herald 67 years ago…

Hawaiian leprosy colony a model of its kind


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The Hawaiian island of Kalaupapa has set up rows of spotless cottages for 400 doomed men and women who will soon fill the graves of the long white beaches of the Pacific ocean. The people are lepers – pain-wracked people isolated from society in an effort to prevent the spread of the dreaded malady. The average leprosy victim lives only eight years. They cannot swim because salt water burns their skin. They can’t association with strangers because they are contagious. Inmates at Kalaupapa have their own money, food and clothing supplied free by the federal government. Surgical treatment is available at all times. Many of the lepers are married and have children who show no trace of infection. The children are cared for in government institutions, seeing their parents only on occasional days. The institution is a monument to Father Damien, who gave his life for the cause of leprosy study.

Ladies invited to ballpark today

Baseball at League Park today will be geared toward the fair sex as the Suffolk baseball field holds &uot;Ladies Day&uot; today. Women are invited to join the fun this afternoon as the Aces battle Sewanee of Portsmouth, the league’s top-ranked team. The Aces will battle Port Norfolk tomorrow, then take a week off before the semi-pro St. Mary Celtics of Alexandria come to town.

Joyner’s goes wild in 26-3 win

Grover Spivey allowed just six hits as Joyner’s Park defeated host Wellon Street 26-3 in softball action last night. After Wellon jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on, Joyner’s drove across seven runs in the top of the second and five more in the fourth to take control. Ray Parks and Ashley Rubenstein hit home runs for Joyner’s.

Martin pitches, Peanuts hit in big victory

Raleigh Martin threw four perfect innings as Suffolk defeated Windsor 12-5 in high school baseball action yesterday afternoon. Taylor Spain, Ernest Wilins, Feets Pearce and Martin racked out three hits apiece, and everyone on the team got at least one hit. Charlie Nichols hit the first homer of the season in the eighth inning, driving in two runs. The Peanuts head to Smithfield at 1 p.m. today.

– Compiled by Jason Norman