100 Years Ago
HARDING SCRAPS LEAGUE, BUT FAVORS PEACE AT ONCE — The foreign policy which the President outlined definitely finally "scraps" the League of Nations as it now exists and declares that the United States can never become a member of it. In order to get the nation back on a peace basis, the President declared he would approve a Congressional resolution to this effect, providing that it contained no more than the simple declaration that the state of war which has existed between the United States and Germany for four years is at an end.
FARM HOME BURNED WHILE FAMILY VISITS — Fire of unknown origin started shortly after 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon and completely destroyed the large home of J. C. Clemens, butcher and farmer, of Mainland. The loss will amount to approximately $12,000. Mr. Clemens operates an extensive retail and wholesale egg and butcher business throughout Montgomery county and also has several large stalls in Philadelphia markets ... The Clemens family was rushed home from friends they were visiting. When they arrived at their house they found it in flames, and so far gone that it was impossible to rescue one piece of clothing from the building. Absolutely everything was lost.
SIX WOMEN ESCAPE CRIMINAL JURY DUTY — Seventeen jurors, Monday morning, asked to be excused from the panel drawn for Montgomery Criminal Court, and six were women. Duties or illness in the immediate family proved good excuses for some. One woman, Mrs. Gertrude M. Wright, Norristown, merely declared she "had a daughter who needs my care and attention," and she got off for the week. Mrs. Elsie H. Bernhardt, who is assistant postmistress at Centre Square, said she had five children, one of them blind, who declared their willingness to take up household duties in order to permit the mother to serve on the jury. The Judges decided they needed schooling worse than the Court needed the mother, and she was excused.
TOWN TOPICS — Owing to the low prices obtained for hides and tallow, A. N. Leidy & Sons have discontinued paying cash for dead stock but will give the usual prompt attention in removing same ... The Misses Thompson, of Philadelphia, have again occupied their country home, on South Front street. They are having their home treated to a coat of paint and are making several decided improvements on the interior.
OLD POP WINTER FOOLS US AGAIN — Real and amateur farmers who planted tomato "sets" and other ambitious crops early this season awoke Monday morning to find their gardens covered with snow ... The residents of the community, instead of early crops, are reaping a great crop of colds and diseases from the strangely variable weather of the present season.
50 Years Ago
SHOPPING CENTER APPROVED IN LOWER SALFORD — The Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors made formal its rezoning of a 20-acre tract near Harleysville, April 7, thus paving the way for a new Henning's Supermarket shopping center .... Oddly enough, the Wednesday evening meeting was sparsely attended, which was in direct contrast to the last month's meeting when concerned citizens crammed into the meeting room to lodge their protests, all of which greatly overshadowed those voicing their approval. Wednesday's meeting, however, produced no objections from the floor.
EASTER BUNNY HATCHES GOOSE FOR POLICE — One day before the Easter Bunny's scheduled arrival in town, Officer Schatz opened the office during the morning hours of Saturday to find a goose, complete with all the finery, sitting in a box in the vestibule of the building. A special note was attached to the box, stating, "My Gift to you, Officer Schatz. Thank you - the Easter Bunny." Schatz, not knowing whether to eat the goose or return it to the Easter bunny (when located), put the gift in the dog kennel.
FRANCONIA BACKS SOUDERTON IN RAILROAD RELOCATION PLAN — At its April meeting held Monday evening, the Franconia Township Board of Supervisors approved a resolution supporting Souderton Borough in its effort to have the Reading Company's Bethlehem branch tracks relocated outside of the borough ... Souderton Borough, which had been directed by the PUC to make a study of the railroad crossings in the borough and surrounding municipalities, sent the resolution to the boroughs and townships affected.
ZWINGLI TO HOST YOUTH GROUP FROM CONNECTICUT — At the 8 a.m. early celebration service they will lead a folk service entitled "Winds of God;" during the church school hour from 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. they will present portions of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and at the 10:30 a.m. service they will present anthems by a classical guitarist, as well as the Nicene Creed in folk music.
SHS-NP TILT TODAY — The Souderton-North Penn baseball game, originally snowed out on April 7, will be played today (Wednesday) April 14 at 3:45 p.m. on the North Penn diamond, Lansdale.