100 Years Ago
SOUDERTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO HEROES OF GREAT WORLD WAR ON SATURDAY — Never before has there been a celebration in the community to equal that which has been planned for this occasion, which is to mark the town's official "Welcome Home" to its heroes ... Parade, music, a banquet, speeches and other features have been combined most efficiently to make the day a gala one ... While most of us remained at home, following our ordinary pursuits in life, and doing our feeble "bit" by lending money to our Government, or in supporting the Red Cross and similar agencies, these splendid men were forsaking home, with all its comforts, were sleeping in mud-filled trenches, charging over shell-swept ground, suffering, yet never flinching, that our National honor might be held spotless.
CIGAR STRIKERS PARADE, PLAYING FUNERAL MUSIC — The greatest labor demonstration ever held at Quakertown took place Monday afternoon when 800 striking cigarmakers from Perkasie, Pennsburg, East Greenville and nearby points, together with local strikers, paraded the principal streets with their bands playing the "Dead March" when passing factories where a few cigarmakers are still at work.
TOWN TOPICS — Miss Catharine Nyce spent from Saturday to Monday on a vacation at Spring Mount ... Reports state that Mrs. George M. Crouthamel, who last week underwent an operation at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, is doing nicely, which her many friends are pleased to learn.
FROM ALL SECTIONS — A farmer sold a barrel of cabbage containing 100 heads to a Doylestown merchant for $1.50 and a day later discovered the merchant retailing the cabbage at 15 cents a head ... John S. Underkoffler, of near the Quaker meetinghouse, Upper Providence, died from injuries sustained to his abdomen from the kick of a mule. The mule was down in a stall and was struggling to get on its feet. While assisting the animal Mr. Underkoffler received the blow that subsequently proved fatal.
ONE AUTO FOR EACH 20 PERSONS — There are four times as many pneumatic-tired vehicles in Pennsylvania now as there were in 1914, while there are six times as many trucks.
50 Years Ago
HARLEYSVILLE MOTHER OF THREE KILLED IN ROUTE 309 BYPASS ACCIDENT — Catharine M. Bunton, wife of Robert J. Bunton, 551 Park dr., was driving alone when her station wagon ran out of control on the bypass ... A witness told Hilltown Police Chief Blair Boose that the northbound car struck a guardrail, went out of control and left the highway, rolling up an embankment into a grassy plot near the ramp leading to route 113.
YOUNG JORDANIAN VISITOR ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT AMERICAN FREEDOMS, "OPEN HEARTS AND HOMES" — Americans do not fully appreciate their freedom because they have never been without it, according to a young Jordanian woman accustomed to living with war noises, obeying curfews and refraining from talking politics in her Israeli-occupied homeland ... Nevart arrived June 30 for her second stay in America. During her first visit from July 1962 to July 1963, she spent six months with the Detweilers and six months with a family in Goshen, Ind., as an exchange trainee under the sponsorship of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which initiated the program after World War II to foster increased understanding among peoples of the world.
ON NAVY SQUAD — Former Souderton High School athletic standout Ozzie Fretz has made the roster on the U.S. Naval Academy's 1969 football squad ... the 19-year-old Fretz, 6-0, 175 pounds, was All-BuxMont first team as a defensive halfback and second team at quarterback in his senior year. He was also honorable mention all-league as shortstop on the baseball squad.
FIREMEN PLAN WATER FIGHTS AT SELLERSVILLE — The Sellersville Fire Company will sponsor water fights Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the Fire House, Main st., Sellersville.
Participating will be the fire companies of Souderton, Telford, Perkasie, Silverdale, Dublin, Tylersport, Quakertown, and Quakertown West End.
The public is invited.
STATE POLICE RODEO NEXT MONDAY, TUESDAY — Members of the State Police, 42 horses, and five trained dogs make up the show's company ... Mounted drills, trick riding, highschool horses, motorcycle demonstration (14 men on one bike), gymnastics, fancy shooting and clown acts are just some of the features of the show.