100 Years Ago
GREAT PAGEANT HELD TO HONOR FIGHTERS — A monster patriotic demonstration, known as Souderton's Welcome Home and Victory Jubilee, to attest the town's appreciation and pride of the local men who served in the Great World War, was held last Saturday afternoon, followed by the exercise and festivities in the evening, and the event will go down in history as a most glorious fitting occasion.
Five thousand witnessed the spectacle of the town's gala attire and the big parade. The crowd was "swept off its feet" by feelings of joy, thanksgiving and merry-making.
AMERICAN LEGION POST ORGANIZED — A Post of the American Legion was organized in Souderton last Saturday evening at the conclusion of the Welcome Home parade by State Organizer Stanley H. Hunsicker, of Norristown, with virtually every ex-service man who paraded as a potential member.
STOLE AUTO IN BROAD DAYLIGHT — A Ford touring car was taken from the barn in the rear of Alpheus Allebach's place, on West Broad street, Souderton, shortly before 11 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon ... Word was sent to a number of police officers in various towns and cities, and on Wednesday evening a telegram was received from Lansford that Mr. Allebach was to call up the Chief of Police at the town hall at 12 o'clock that night ... At the time of going to press, Mr. Allebach has not returned from Lansford and we are unable to say whether the fellow who stole the machine has been arrested. It was a mighty bold act, and it is hoped that the thief will be captured and justly punished.
TELFORD — Our town is now represented by a traffic cop in citizens' clothes to enforce the motor vehicle law, which is very often disobeyed.
MAN DECAPITATED ON THE RAILROAD — Vincent Wile, aged 33, a resident of Spring Mount, was decapitated by a freight train on the Perkiomen Railroad, near Zieglersville, Tuesday evening, while he was hurrying towards his home during the height of the storm that swept the valley.
Apparently the man, in his endeavor to save himself as much as possible from the rain, had partly covered his head, while traveling along the tracks and failed to hear the onrush of the train.
50 Years Ago
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL IN UPPER SALFORD — Main attractions this year include Theodore Bikel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Cooney, Tom Paxton, John Denver, Oscar Brand and the Muddy Waters Blues Band.
BIG RED BAND AT ALL-STAR GAME — Souderton Area High School's Big Red Marching Band performed before more than 10,000 football fans Friday night at the second annual Montgomery County All-Star football game at Roosevelt Field, Norristown ... Souderton's band, directed by Gregory Woodruff, represented the north at the game. Band members received a standing ovation for their rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
SUB DIVISION APPROVED FOR 35 ACRE HILLTOWN FARM — A Lapp and Alderfer spokesman said country estate homes will be erected on the lots, in keeping with the desire of the Hilltown Planning Committee to preserve a rural atmosphere in Hilltown township.
FRENCH GUESTS RETURN HOME — Twenty French youths who spent three weeks in the homes of Souderton-Telford Rotarians left for home last Thursday ... Le Grande's Exchange will continue next July 14 when American youths from District 743 make the return trip to Normandy.
LONGACRE FIRM HOLDS ANNUAL EMPLOYEE PICNIC — Last Monday the Longacre Family of Corporations, Franconia, held their annual picnic at West Point Park, North Wales.
More than 485 men, women and children turned out for the free rides on the amusements, generally walking around the area enjoying the beautiful weather and viewing various films ... Following the afternoon activities everyone was served a barbecued chicken dinner.