100 Years Ago
FARMERS TOUR IN LOCAL TOWNSHIPS — The dream of many a man — a little chicken farm in the country far removed from the "town's grime and strife," peace and contentment, one's own boss, and economic independence — was visualized emphatically August 26th to those who were members of the second automobile tour of Montgomery county farms held this season under the auspices of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania State College and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.
The place was that of Henry Barndt, near Woxall. The "farm" consists of only three acres, all told, but on it Mr. Barndt, by using his brains, the instructions of the various Government Departments and indulging in a great deal of hard work spread over days of considerably more than the eight hours now demanded by workers, is making a comfortable living for himself and family. He is not imbued with any socialistic delusions, is perfectly satisfied with his lot, and has no desire whatever to see the land or anything else nationalized.
PRESIDENT OPPOSES WAGE BOOST NOW — Postponement of the settlement of wage demands until normal economic conditions are restored has been announced by President Wilson as the policy which the Administration will pursue in dealing with such questions, particularly those affecting railroad workers ... Mr. Wilson's statement was issued in connection with the decision of himself and Director General Hines on demands by railroad shopmen for a 25 per cent. advance in wages, but the general policy pronouced covers also the wage demands of other hundreds of thousands of railroad workers, which are pending before the Director General or about to be presented.
TRAIN RUNS DOWN A NURSE — An open letter, found near her body, was taken as an indication that she had it in one hand and failed to notice the train.
TOWN TOPICS — Henry Glockler, of Camden, N. J., is the new journeyman in H. S. Hallman's barber shop, to the rear of the railway station. Mr. Glockler comes here as a first class hand, and customers are pleased with his work ... Judging from the report of the good cakes baked by our ladies, and which were disposed of at the recent festival of the Souderton base ball club, there are going to be many buyers for these fine baked stuffs, at the ice cream and banana festival, which will be held next Saturday evening. the ladies are again asked to help the base ball club by baking cakes.
LEARNS OF BROTHER'S DEATH IN 1917 — Receiving a letter for the first time in three years from her mother, in Germany, Miss Anna Burger, of "Blue Rock Farm," Lansdale, learned that her brother, Joseph, was killed in France in September, 1917, and that another brother, Anton, was severely wounded and still is in a hospital. Both were in the German Army.
50 Years Ago
NOTED PSYCHIATRIST TO SPEAK AT DEDICATION OF NEW FACILITIES — This Sunday, September 7, at 2:30 p.m., the Penn Foundation For Mental Health at Sellersville will be the scene of a gathering of medical, law enforcement, educational, and religious specialists as well as representatives from government and hundreds of constituents dedicated to the mental well-being of others.
The occasion is the dedication of the new enlarged facility, the Grundy Auditorium and the new recreational area featuring a specially-designed swimming pool.
PERKASIE MAN DIES FOLLOWING CYCLE CRASH — Don Robert Pennell, 21, 410 Market st., Perkasie, died Friday night in Allentown Hospital of head and chest injuries suffered Thursday, Aug. 28, when his motorcycle hit an embankment along route 309 in Hilltown township, near Sellersville.
FIRE DAMAGES TRUCK, CARGO — Telford Firemen were called out at about 7:30 Wednesday morning when a tractor-trailer rig loaded with corrugated paperboard caught fire on the Rt. 309 bypass, near the State rd. interchange ... The fire was caused by overheated tires, which burned through the floor of the trailer and set fire to the cargo.
SPANISH ENGLISH CLASSES SCHEDULED AT ZWINGLI CHURCH — The Spanish-English Language Lab (S.E.L.L.), a community service project of Zwingli Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, Souderton, and the Indian Valley Branch of the North Penn Y.M.C.A., will resume Wednesday evening sessions beginning September 17.
Informal classes in English for Spanish-speaking Americans will be held at 7:30 p.m. Similar classes in Spanish for English-speaking Americans will be held at 8:30 p.m.
SERVES AS RIFLEMAN — Army Private First Class James E. Rice, 21, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arlington Rice, 160 Eighth st., Souderton, was assigned Aug. 6 to the 101st Airbourne Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam as a rifleman.