The Gettysburg Compiler
July 15, 1944


Gettysburg's war prisoner camp along the Emmitsburg road at the edge of town will be completed possibly this Thursday.

The stockade surrounding the camp has been nearly completed and installation of sanitary conveniences is all that remains to be done before the tents go up completing the camp. In the meantime the German prisoners have been sleeping at the armory while members of the Army company guarding the prisoners have been sleeping at the high school.

Captain Thomas today urged residents of the county to forget rumors that have been flying thick and fast since the establishment of the camp that anywhere from one to three prisoners have escaped--with the rumors stating variously that the escape occurred at a number of plants, several of which have not as yet had any prisoner laborers working at them.

Already At Work

With a guard constantly watching the prisoners, both day and night, and with the prisoners counted morning and night it would be impossible for a prisoner to escape without the guards knowing it, Captain Thomas explained. If any prisoner ever wished to escape and did make the attempt every civil police authority as well as the Army officials and provost marshals office would be immediately informed of the escape and wide publicity would be given to the fact in order to recapture the escaped prisoner, it was stated.

The prisoners, sent here to help harvest and process the county's expected large fruit and vegetable crops have already begun their work in canneries despite the fact that their stockade camp is incomplete. The men at present are working at Lineboro, Md., Littlestown, Hanover and New Oxford plants and at Burgoon and Yingling's cannery here, helping to process the pea crop.

Later, they will be engaged in fruit crop processing at the C. H. Musselman company plants and at the Knouse Corporation at Peach Glen.