100 Years Ago
BEDMINSTER COUPLE MARRIED 50 YEARS — At the age of 10 years he started as a farm boy at $2 per month for seven months and the remaining five months of the year going to school but working for his employer for his board. The next year his monthly wages were increased to $2.50 per month ... In 1870 Mr. Trauch and Miss Mary Jane Trauger, of Pipersville, were married, Rev. Emery performing the ceremony. In 1877 they moved to the farm near Keller's Church, Bedminster, where they resided continuously until last spring, 1920, when they sold their farm and moved with a grandson to North Branch creamery.
TELFORD FIRE CO. CHOOSES PUMPER AND CHEMICAL ENGINES — The Fire Co. has no doubt made a splendid purchase, saving the citizens of this town and community at least several thousand dollars. The people are proud of their firemen and the good organization ... At a late hour the meeting was adjourned amidst the greatest harmony and showed every one of the members present to be as of one big family.
PONZI GIVEN FIVE YEARS — Charles Ponzi, promoter of the quick-rich scheme in which thousands of persons invested millions of dollars before it collapsed last August, pleaded guilty to using the mails in a scheme to defraud in the Federal District Court, Boston. Sentence of five years in jail was imposed.
TOWN TOPICS — C. S. Freed, proprietor of the South Front street restaurant, has placed in his home a fine new player piano ... Lawrence Richards slipped from a milk wagon and suffered a broken bone in his leg near the ankle. Dr. N. G. Allebach set the injured part, and the boy is doing nicely.
TELFORD — Earl Blank is using crutches, the result of a fall from a shellbark tree and tearing a ligament in his foot ... Menno S. Clemens, of Harleysville, is the owner of the first new 1921 Buick limousine shipped to this part of the country. He bought the car from H. W. Kuhn, the Buick dealer, of this place.
50 Years Ago
MANY CHILDREN GREET SANTA IN SOUDERTON — Over 500 youngsters turned out Saturday morning to greet and talk to Santa Claus ... After a parade through town he was installed at the Indian Crest Junior High auditorium, where he talked to children and handed out bags of candy.
4-YEAR-OLD WINS FIRST COLORING CONTEST — Cindy Harding, 4, of 411 Lincoln ave., Souderton, was chosen this week's winner of the Independent-Times Coloring Contest and will receive first prize of $5. Second place winner of $3 was Gina Ruth, 10, of 882 Kulp road, Harleysville, and third place winner of $2 was Jane Alderfer, 7, of 603 Harleysville pike, Souderton.
STONEBACK GETS ALL-STATE HONORS AT LINEBACKER SLOT — It isn't everyday that a defensive linebacker gets a chance to end an outstanding high school football career with a touchdown, but Souderton linebacker Keith Stoneback did just that against Upper Perkiomen High School on Thanksgiving Day. While filling in at the left end position for just one offensive play, Stoneback found himself on the receiving end of Gary Nau's TD aerial bomb which helped to clinch a 47-0 rout of Upper Perk on Turkey Day. The final climax of Stoneback's career came on Monday when the United Press International picked the 200-pound Souderton senior for first team all-state honors at the defensive linebacker position.
'SHOP & SAVE' DAYS IN TELFORD — First prize in the promotion is a color TV set, second prize is a stereo tape recorder, and third prize $100 in cash ... The promotion is a repeat of last year's event which proved extremely popular with shoppers.
GUY LOMBARDO AT QUAKERTOWN HS — The Quakertown Community High School Alumni Association will present Guy Lombardo and his orchestra for a concert and dance on Thursday, December 10, in the senior high school auditorium and adjacent facilities. The concert will begin at 8, and at 9 the orchestra will present music for dancing for those who wish to either dance or just sit and listen.