100 Years Ago
AUTOMATIC HAMMER KILLS ORVILLA MAN — The first fatality in an industry within the Lansdale Borough limits, aside from railroad accidents, since the new compensation law went into effect, occurred at the Rogers & Davis silver plating plant, Monday afternoon about 5 o'clock, when Samuel F. Munzinger, aged 24, sustained a crushed skull under the terrific impact of a 14,000-pound automatic drop hammer ... While making some adjustment to the gauges which hold the tableware, young Munzinger had his head under the hammer and evidently in a moment of abstraction touched with his foot the treadle that released the hammer.
TOWN TOPICS — E. Merton Crouthamel has been honorably discharged, and on Sunday evening returned from Camp Lee ... Owing to Decoration Day following Ascension Day (Thursday, May 29th,) all the stores will be closed from Thursday noon until Saturday morning.
FALLS OFF CYCLE, INSTANTLY KILLED — When their day's work was ended they started for home, Elmer driving — on the front seat and Linwood occupying the rear seat. The machine was proceeding at a fair rate of speed when Elmer suddenly discovered that his brother was missing and on looking discovered him lying on the road some distance back.
SEVEN GREAT-GRANDPARENTS AND FOUR JUST GRAND — The Lansdale infant with this unique record of ancestry is Samuel Eaton, 3rd ... The youthful "Sammy" Eaton tossed his baby bonnet in the ring as an ancestry record claimant after his great-grandfather, A. D. Johnson, of Lansdale, read in a dispatch from Lyman, Me., that Baby Dorrance Alton Brown, of that place, is the possessor of four living grandparents and six living great-grandparents.
STATE ITEMS — William H. Albitz, of Macungie, who missed chickens, solved the mystery by catching 37 rats in traps in one night.
50 Years Ago
HARLEYSVILLE JAYCEES PLAN ANNUAL "COUNTRY FAIR" — Proceeds will benefit the $20,000 expansion program at the Harleysville Scout building ... The second annual fair is chaired by Herbert Shelly. The event will be highlighted by a parade, air show, band music, square dancing, antique car displays, commercial displays, contests, rides and refreshments.
SOUDERTON MAN INJURED IN EXPLOSION — Ronald M. Blessing, 32 Reliance rd., was removed to the hospital about 8:30 p.m. with a six-inch acetylene torch nozzle embedded in his neck after a metal lid blew off a 55-gallon drum at Contamination Control Company, Tomlinson and Forty Foot roads, Kulpsville.
FOLK SINGING TEACHERS USE MUSIC TO INSTRUCT, ENTERTAIN STUDENTS — The latest "upgroove" at the Lower Salford Elementary School is the faculty folk singing group making the scene in mod outfits and teaching history to the strum of the guitar ... Jon Leight has an aversion to starched shirts and prefers the comfort of a turtleneck, much to the delight of his third grade boys who 'shop the block' to imitate his dress and copy his shoe styles.
SAFETY PATROLS FETED BY AAA — Souderton Area School District safety patrols enjoyed free rides and refreshments last Wednesday at West Point Park as guests of the Pottstown Automobile Association.
Fourteen hundred safety patrols from 38 Montgomery County schools attended.
1,000 ATTEND OPENING DAY OF EXPO — Approximately 1,000 persons visited North Penn Expo '69 yesterday in the auditorium of the North Montco Vocational Technical School, near Lansdale.
The event, largest trade show ever held in the Bucks-Montgomery county area, is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors during its three-day showing.