100 Years Ago

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The Lutheran congregation of the Old Goshenhoppen church has decided to hereafter hold spring communion services in the English language and the fall service in the German. 

KINDLER OF FIRE BURNED TO DEATH — Mrs. Mary K., wife of Abraham Mensch, of near Trappe, died last Thursday night in the Pottstown Hospital from burns sustained when her clothing became aflame from embers of a "smoke" fire which she had kindled in an outbuilding for the purpose of curing some meats ... Unfortunately, instead of rolling herself in the grass and thus smothering the blazing garments, Mrs. Mensch, on realizing that she was losing her battle, ran out into the fields where her husband was at work at the time. Thus she only fanned the flames, with the result that the horror-stricken husband, from a distant point, attracted by her agonizing cry, beheld a human shaft of fire as she dropped, exhausted and unconscious in her tracks.

TELFORD — Frank H. Keller is busily engaged making preparations for building a block of six houses on Fourth street. Homes here are in great demand. 

TOWN TOPICS — The Misses Thompson, who own a summer home, South Front street, have arrived from Philadelphia, and will spend the summer here. Joseph Whelan is also at the Thompson home. Glad to see them all in our midst ... On Monday morning the V flag, indicating that Souderton had subscribed for its quota of Victory Bonds, was flung to the breeze, along with the flag with four horizontal bars and one diagonal bar with the latter containing five stars, which shows that this town has done its full duty and raised its quota for the five Liberty Loans. 

PHILA. BAKERS STRIKE — A ten percent wage increase, a closed shop and a 48-hour week are demanded.

50 Years Ago 

QUARRY OPERATION PROTESTED IN WEST ROCKHILL TOWNSHIP — Township Supervisor John Nelson addressed the apparently angry residents in a prepared statement that said, in effect, "I told you so." 

Nelson recalled that in 1965 West Rockhill Township Supervisors had tried to get a zoning ordinance passed, but "An alliance of selfish interests banded together and circulated a petition using half-truths and downright lies plus scare tactics to obtain 51% of the signatures of property owners to prevent supervisors from enacting this ordinance" ... "Under present law there is nothing we can do to stop them as long as they conform to law."

TEACHER SPEAKS TO FRANCONIA LIONS — Darryl Smith, an English Teacher at Souderton Area Senior High School, was guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Franconia Township Lions Club, held at the Parkway Restaurant, Elroy. 

Smith is also an assistant football and track coach at Souderton High. He spoke on the merits and value of a football program in high school, touching on the pride and self-respect that the boys receive that participate. 

GRAND OPENING SET FOR NEW DELI-SHOP — The new Deli Shop East will complement the present Deli Shop store located at 40 W. Broad st., Souderton, and both will continue to operate under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Derstine. 

TELFORD SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE, PLANS FIELD DAY — On Friday, May 16, the school will hold its Field Day. In the morning children will participate in declamation, vocal and instrumental activities. During the afternoon athletic events will be held.

TALK ON ALASKA FEATURES MEETING OF SOUDERTON LIONS — Dr. Gaugler told club members he offered his services free for one month to run a dental clinic at the Central Alaskan Mission, located at Glenadden in south-central Alaska, approximately 150 miles inland from Anchorage. 

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