100 Years Ago
UNION NATIONAL BANK RAISES DIVIDEND RATE — Accompanying checks to the shareholders of the Union National Bank of Souderton, issued and payable for January 1, 1921, is a statement to the effect that the dividend rate for the last six months has been increased from 10 to 12 percent per annum.
TOWN TOPICS — W. H. Freed is having repairs made to a closet and the walls in an anteroom in the lodge room on the third floor of his hall building, which was damaged by fire about 1 o'clock on the morning of December 15th. An account of the fire was missed in our last week's issue. The blaze was probably caused by a lighted cigar or cigarette and was quite stubborn to fight owing to the dense smoke, but after considerable excitement, the blaze and the burning partitions was extinguished by the Fire Co., with the assistance of the chemical engine.
TELFORD — Mrs. Leanna Hoff had the misfortune, while at the home of Mr. Derstine, near Franconia Square, to fall down the cellar steps and tear the ligaments in her right arm. She is reported to be doing well which her friends are pleased to learn. Mrs. Hoff is in her 80th year.
CLIFFORD Z. MOYER TAKES POCONO BRIDE — A quiet wedding took place at the Ephrata Reformed church at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon when Rev. C. T. Glessner, an uncle by marriage, united Clifford Z. Moyer, of Souderton, and Miss Ruth Gilpin, of South Sterling, a town in the Pocono mountains ... This marriage is the culmination of a friendship which started at Perkiomen Seminary, Pennsburg, where both the groom and bride were students.
VERNFIELD — B. M. Booz who left New York City on Saturday, December 18th, for Los Angeles, Calif., writes on board S. S. Creole just before landing at New Orleans, on December 24th, that they had ideal weather all the way from New York, and that both he and Melvin B. Price, who accompanies him, are enjoying the trip immensely. They are due to arrive at Los Angeles, Calif., on December 28th, by way of the Sunset Route on the Southern Pacific Railway.
50 Years Ago
BOROUGH GETS NEW COLLECTOR FOR GARBAGE — Residents of Souderton Borough will have a new garbage collector as of this coming Wednesday. Meeting in year-end session Monday, council awarded the new contract to Leo Bitner, Coopersburg, for $9,000 per year ... The new collector asked for the same cooperation offered in the past: no sealed plastic bags will be accepted (plastic liners for cans are permitted), only garbage (no trash), and only useable receptacles (those with leaks, without lids, or otherwise unuseable, will be tagged as 'condemned' by the collector).
VENDING MACHINES BROKEN INTO AT TELFORD PLANT — Cash amounting to about $200 was reported stolen sometime over the weekend from vending machines at the Peerless Footwear Factory on Washington st., Telford. Telford Police Chief Charles Miller said the thief or thieves pried open a window in the rear of the plant and forced open a number of machines, sometime between closing time last Thursday, Dec. 24, and when the plant reopened Monday morning.
HOMES, CARS HIT BY SHOTGUN BLASTS IN HILLTOWN TOWNSHIP — Police reported shotgun blasts from a moving car left a trail of damage over a five mile stretch between 8 and 9 p.m. Hit by the blasts were two moving automobiles and five homes ... The two cars were both hit by shotgun bursts from a car coming in the opposite direction, and both were damaged extensively in the front end. Both drivers escaped injury. At two of the homes stormwindows were knocked out, but damage to the other three was not extreme.
SPRING MOUNT SISTERS DIE OF HEART ATTACKS — Mrs. Bickert was confined to her bed in a downstairs bedroom with a broken hip. She was also blind and was being cared for by her sister, Mrs. Sweeney. It is believed that Mrs. Sweeney suffered a heart attack on or before Dec. 23. Mrs. Bickert apparently attempted to get out of bed and come to her sister's aid. She too was stricken with a heart attack and collapsed on the bedroom floor beside Mrs. Sweeney.
GENERAL STORE IN HATFIELD IS CLOSED — The era of the general store in Hatfield came to an end last week when Detweiler's General Store closed its doors for the final time after serving the community for some 72 years. Store owner Gilbert Detweiler, who took over the business in 1931 from his father, said his retirement from the business was due to the fact that there were no other family members to carry on the tradition. Detweiler added that over the years supermarket trade has affected his business.