100 Years Ago
HOUSE SANCTIONS LIQUOR IN HOMES — The Prohibition Enforcement bill, drastic provisions and all, was adopted on Monday, section by section, by the House, at Washington, D.C., but a man's right to store liquor in his home stood up against all attacks.
TOWN TOPICS — Two airplanes, on their way from Atlantic City to Allentown, were in the fields of Henry M. Nice and Allen Landis, respectively, south of town, for nearly a week. Owing to the cloudy conditions, the first party made a landing, and then in trying to again get away, the propeller was broken and a new one had to be secured. The second one also landed, thinking the first was in trouble. Then both became fast in the mud and it took until Wednesday afternoon before the planes could be moved. Each plane had two men. Many of our people took advantage of the unfortunate delay of the flyers and made a thorough inspection.
BERGEY FAMILY REUNION — As in most family reunions, the Bergeys did not hold the usual annual gatherings for two years during the war, but now have arranged for a big meeting, at Willow Grove Park, Saturday, August 2nd.
BREAD MAY BE CHEAPER THROUGH SPROUL'S VETO — "No law should be passed specifically stating that quantity of an article of merchandise which can or cannot be sold," said Governor Sproul in vetoing the bill making it unlawful to make or sell a loaf of bread weighing less than a pound ... "There are many bakers who are awaiting the opportunity to make a good small loaf of bread that can be sold for 5 cents, but, if this bill were approved, it would prevent the manufacture of a 5-cent loaf, thereby taking away from very poor people the opportunity to obtain a fresh loaf of bread at frequent intervals."
GIRL TO GLEN MILLS — Fifteen-year-old May Undercoffler, of White's Corner, near Lansdale, was sent to Glen Mills by Judge Swartz after he had heard a number of thrilling and revolting stories of her escapades. Detective John B. Stevenson, of Lansdale, told of catching her on the Doylestown road at 6 o'clock on the morning of July 3rd, after she had been out all night on "a party." It was testified that May was accustomed to hanging about livery stables, railroad stations and other places seeking the company of men of all character.
50 Years Ago
ATTENDANCE CONTINUES HIGH FOR SUMMER REC PROGRAM — The Souderton Area School District's Summer Recreation Program completed its second week last Friday ... Total attendance for the week at the four playgrounds was 1,113.
DUTCH, SWISS, GERMAN CRAFTS TO BE DEMONSTRATED AT AREA FOLK FESTIVAL — More than 50 craftsmen, skilled in the 18th Century arts and crafts of America's pioneers, have been screened and scheduled to appear at the 3rd Annual Goschenhoppen Historians' (Freedoms Foundation Award Winning) Folk Festival to be held August 14 and 16 in the New Goschenhoppen Grove, in East Greenville, Penna., 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia on Route 29 ... Craftsmen are limited to the sale of only such products as they produce themselves and all the delicious Pennsylvania Dutch foods are home-cooked.
INDIAN VALLEY NOTES — Franklin W. Wayne announces he is currently shooting street scenes to be used in a motion picture about Souderton. The movie, to be called "Our Town," will show interesting scenes and views of Souderton. Wayne said he was offering a prize for the best looking property in the film as judged by the S.A.A.C.
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON — Events today are increasingly pointing to Jerusalem and the Middle East as the focal point of all the troubles among the nations. The real prize for which the nations will finally battle is not a Korea, or Vietnam, but it will be Palestine, and everything is already pointing in that direction.
NEW FILMS AVAILABLE — An evening's entertainment at home, for your club or church meeting may be borrowed at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 542 DeKalb street, Norristown, in the form of a 16mm sound film.