100 Years Ago
ROBBERS GET $3,000 BOOTY AT RED HILL — The robbers gained entrance to the cigar factory by breaking the lock on the rear door and in the absence of a watchman plied their work. They blasted the safe in the office and took $1,900 worth of stamps ... They took upwards of 15,000 cigars which were ready for shipment ... The robbers also broke into the railroad station at Red Hill and took at least seven new automobile tires and a gun.
HARLEYSVILLE — Considerable excitement was caused on Sunday evening, when an aeroplane flew very low over town, and finally landed in a field just back of town. The aviator was bound for Norristown, coming from Easton, but had lost the direction. After getting the direction he again started for his destination.
TOWN TOPICS — A Merry Christmas to All! ... The ladies of the Needlework Guild dressed 96 dolls which were sent to the Guild by Mrs. Ketchum, well known by the poor children of Kensington as Mrs. Santa Claus ... William F. Reeder, of Sewall, N.J., is spending several days with his father, Levi Reeder, and the family of his sister, Mrs. E. C. Hagey, Hillside avenue. Mr. Reeder is suffering from the effect of two broken bones in his forearm and a dislocated wrist, the result of backfiring while cranking his Ford car.
COUNTY FARM CUTS DOWN LIVING COST — In the County Home there has been an increase in population, especially in the male department, through the advent of the cold weather and other conditions ... The present population comprises 99 males and 74 females. Of this total of 173, those in the county hospital number 69.
EVERYONE SHOULD DRINK HOT WATER IN THE MORNING — To feel your best day in and day out, to feel clean inside; no sour bile to coat your tongue and sicken your breath or dull your head; no constipation, bilious attacks, sick headache, colds, rheumatism or gassy, acid stomach, you must bathe on the inside like you bathe outside ... Get a quarter pound of limestone phosphate from your pharmacist. It is inexpensive and almost tasteless, except a sourish twinge which is not unpleasant. Drink phosphated hot water every morning to rid your system of these vile poisons and toxins; also to prevent their formation.
50 Years Ago
CLEARED IN SHOOTING OF POLICE OFFICER — In a verdict handed down last Friday in Montgomery County Court, three area residents were found guilty of simple assault charges and cleared of a variety of other charges stemming from an altercation in Souderton on April 13, 1968, during which an off-duty police officer was wounded with his own gun ... According to testimony in the eight-day trial, Officer Schatz was set upon while in the process of ticketing a car for a parking violation at 119 Green st., Souderton, the Molinas residence. He radioed for help, and his call was monitored by the off-duty Kober in his home, only a block away on Hillside ave. He rushed to the scene, became involved in the tussle, and in the process he was shot with his own gun. He was sped to the hospital in the police car by Schatz. Luckily, the bullet missed vital organs, but he spent considerable time in the hospital and convalescing at home.
GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD TO MRS. HUNSBERGER — Mrs. Blanche W. Hunsberger, Penn ave., Souderton, was the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award for outstanding work in the community at Saturday evening's annual Christmas party of the Souderton Lions Club ... The local woman was honored for her more than 4,000 hours of service in Grand View Hospital since 1959, where she also served as president of the Woman's Club of Indian Valley, formerly the Souderton-Telford Woman's Club, and was a teacher for several years in Souderton area schools.
VERNFIELD FIRM TO RECEIVE PRESIDENT'S 'E' EXPORT AWARD — NW Controls has almost doubled its export sales in the last three years. Early overseas customers were in Canada and Belgium. Sales expanded to include buyers in Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland.
WEST ROCKHILL ZONING CODE IS APPROVED — West Rockhill township supervisors last week voted into effect their first zoning code. It took the township 10 years and four different versions to get the right combination for passage.
COUGHLIN CALLS FOR 'ENVIRONMENTAL DECADE' — In a statement for the Congressional Record, the Montgomery County Congressman joined a bi-partisan effort urging new programs and adequate funding to attack the problems of pollution affecting water, air and land. Coughlin said the programs should combine governmental financial commitments with action by the people, especially youth to arrest the pollution of the environment.