100 Years Ago
CORSNER'S WILLIAM WON HATFIELD RACE IN 2.14 —Going the mile in the first heat of the free-for-all in 2.14 flat Saturday afternoon on the new Hatfield Driving Club's half-mile track, Joseph Corsner's bay gelding, William, of Doylestown, hung up another new track record. Approximately 1,500 persons attended the classy matinee event featured by whipping drives, blanket finishes and split heats.
SCHOENEMAN PEOPLE ENJOY THIRD OUTING — The J. Schoeneman Inc. employees greatly enjoyed their third annual outing at Sanatoga Park, near Pottstown, on Saturday, July 30th. The six large motor trucks of W. C. Moyer besides several private cars were used to take the employees to the Park ... Every minute of time was taken up and every one had a pleasant and an enjoyable day. This was the sentiment of every one that went along.
TOWN TOPICS — Burgess H. A. Groff has had a hard wood floor put into his office room and the same makes a neat and comfortable appearance ... The unloading of manure these hot summer days from the cars on the South Front street siding is certainly nauseating, so much so that the residents became ill. Is there no way in which this nuisance can be abolished?
CHESTER COUNTY FARMER FINDS "SPIRIT" MILKING COWS — A ghost mystery that has baffled George Mourar, a Chester county farmer, for months, was solved on Monday. Recently the "ghost," a tall bewhiskered figure, appeared to Harold Mourar, son of the farmer, and told him where a pot of gold was hidden. The figure then disappeared. Other members of the household also saw the figure at various times around the big barn. Early Monday Mr. Mourar found the "figure" about to milk a cow and when he grabbed the "ghost" he found it was flesh and blood. The "ghost" confessed that he had been living in the barn since January and that he milked the cows and stole eggs to feed himself ... It is believed the man escaped from some institution.
CARUSO, THE FAMOUS TENOR, DIES IN ITALY — Enrico Caruso, the leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera Company, died at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at Naples, Italy. He was suddenly stricken, and the attack was so swift, an operation to perform relief could not be performed.
50 Years Ago
SOUDERTON NAMES BOROUGH MANAGER — Robert E. Smay, Hellertown Borough Manager for the past year, has been named Souderton Borough Manager. Smay was named to the position at Monday's council meeting. He will start at the new post August 31, at a salary of $12,000.
STORCK GETS 3 CONCURRENT LIFE SENTENCES — Ronald Eugene Storck, convicted murderer of an elderly Hilltown Township couple and their 11-year-old grandson, was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences Tuesday by President Judge Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Bucks County Court ... Prior to the sentencing, defense Atty. Alan D. Williams delivered a plea to spare Storck's life. He said it was wrong for Storck to kill but it would also be wrong for the state to condemn the murderer to death.
BIKE REGISTRATION DAY SATURDAY IN SOUDERTON — Under a recent ordinance passed by borough council all bicycles must be registered. Purpose of the registration is to give police a better chance to find bike owners for recovered bikes, and also as a control measure.
LOWER SALFORD WARNS MINIBIKE OPERATORS — An ever-increasing number of complaints stemming from the operation of mini-bikes in Lower Salford Township has prompted Township Police Chief Harvey Clemmer to issue a warning to mini-bike operators within the township. Chief Clemmer said the mini-bikes have recently been operated on private properties without the permission or consent of the property owners. Clemmer said operation of the bikes on the operator's personal property is one matter, but operation of the motor type vehicle on other's property or on ordained roadways is another question.
HIGH COSTS, COMPUTERS CLOSE TELEGRAPH OFFICE IN LANSDALE — High operating costs and the age of the computer recently forced the Lansdale office of the Western Union Telegraph Company to close its door. Once boasting some 1,600 offices nationwide, Western Union is now in the process of reducing the number of offices in the next few years to about 300.