100 Years Ago
SOUDERTON WINS PENNANT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY LEAGUE — Before a crowd of 4,000 fans, keyed up to the highest pitch, Souderton won the titular battle for the William Warner Harper pennant and the Montgomery County League Championship by defeating Ambler, at the Stockade, Norristown, last Saturday afternoon, by the score of 5 to 1 ... As the time approached for the game to start it was evident that some of the rooters would not confine themselves to watching the game and play had not progressed far before some clashes occurred and in the first two innings three separate fights were started and for a time it seemed as though these fights would draw the attention of the fans more than the game itself but as the contest progressed the fans became more resigned and less boisterous.
STATE ITEMS — In leaving $600 for his grandson's schooling, Dr. Lesher K. Francis, late of Boyertown, prohibits the fund from being used to educate the lad as a clergyman.
TOWN TOPICS — Supervisor James S. Landis lost a bunch of keys. These are of no value to anyone but Mr. Landis, and the finder will please return ... The Misses Belle and Mary Thompson have closed their summer home, out South Front street, and, accompanied by Joseph Whelan, will spend a month at Atlantic City before returning to their winter home, in Philadelphia.
PERKASIE — The Crescent Ice Cream Company has purchased the Abraham Freed property, adjoining their present plant, and will utilize the space in the rear of the plot for the expansion of their business, expecting to increase the ice manufacturing capacity of the plant to 20 tons per day, adding a milk condenser and other equipment. The Company is being incorporated.
BETHLEHEM STRIKE IS A DISMAL FAILURE — Stark disappointment prevails in the Allentown headquarters of the radical agitators who schemed to call for a strike at the plants of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation ... So far as the 3,000 residents of Lehigh county employed at the Bethlehem plant are concerned, the percentage of strikers among them is infinitely small.
50 Years Ago
TOM BROOKSHIER TO SPEAK AT UF KICKOFF DINNER — Brookshier is well known to area residents, both for his long, distinguished career with the Philadelphia Eagles and for his sports broadcasting on local and national television.
HARLEYSVILLE JAYCEES PRESENT $1,000 TO COMMUNITY CENTER — The sum represented profits earned through the 2nd annual country fair held Memorial Day weekend by the Harleysville Jaycees, and will be used to pay off the mortgage on the new addition to the Scout Center.
INDIAN MAIDENS DOWN PENNRIDGE — Chick Whitman and Donna Eschbach hit the scoring books for Souderton in the 2-1 win. The two have accounted for 80% of the Big Red goals this season. Sue Ford is the only other Souderton player to score this season.
BIKE RODEO HELD IN L. SALFORD — Receiving top honors were Tony Coloncicco, who was awarded a bicycle speedometer, Linwood Rothenberger, a bicycle light, and Daryl Anders, a bicycle lock.
332 FRESH AIR CHILDREN VISIT BUCKS, MONTGOMERY COUNTIES — Both county Fresh Air Fund committees met recently at dinner meetings to review and discuss the 1969 summer program and both groups echoed the feeling that "the children are gone, but the memory lingers on."