100 Years Ago
GIRL WHO KILLED FATHER FREED OF MURDER GUILT — Clara Louisa Bartel, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, who shot and killed her father last August was acquitted last Friday in Bucks County Criminal Court. The jury was out only 20 minutes when it returned with the verdict which gave freedom to the child who slew her father to save the lives of her mother, her two small sisters and herself ... Clara Bartel cried softly. She looked at her mother. The condition of the little mother has been almost as great a grief to the girl throughout the trial as her own suffering. Mrs. Bartel sank back in her seat in the Court room. She brushed a hand across her eyes. It was over. She could rest. Rest — rest — rest ... On the other side of the Court room sat Clara's aunt, Mrs. Anna Steinmiller, a sister of Bartel, the dead man. She was a vindictive witness and gave testimony that was afterwards rebutted by three other witnesses. Her face was set and she left the Court room hurriedly ... Seemingly realizing for the first time that she was free — free to go back to the birds, flowers and living things which she loved — Clara Bartel threw her arms about J. Hibbs Buckman, of Langhorne, attorney for the defense, and sobbed what sounded like "Oh! Oh! Oh!"
TELFORD NEW FACTORY EMPLOYS 25 HANDS — They make but one kind of garment — children's overalls, trademarked "Yankee Boy Play-All," which consists of a union outer outfit worn during the warm days ... Showing its pleasant relationship with the employees, the concern handed out $2.50 gold pieces at Christmas time.
CHARLES HELLER DIES FROM INTERNAL INJURY — Charles Heller, a well known Souderton man, where he has resided a number of years, his present home being on Hillside avenue, died at noon yesterday (Christmas Day) at the Allentown Hospital, where he was taken after being injured about 11 o'clock Wednesday forenoon. Mr. Heller was caught between the "line" and another trolley car, on the Catasauqua system, and had two ribs and the shoulder blade broken. Information about the accident is meagre, but it is believed that he was otherwise internally injured. Only for a few minutes did he retain consciousness.
TOWN TOPICS — Owing to a burst in the boiler, at the Electric Mirror Theatre, no show was given last Saturday evening. Plumber Boorse put everything in repair, and the theatre was again opened for Wednesday night's show ... Miss Verna Wisler, teacher of Rosenberger's school, in Franconia township, near town, on Tuesday evening had her pupils render a highly entertaining Christmas program. The schoolhouse was crowded with patrons of the school and friends of the pupils.
FRANCONIA — An election was held at the Mennonite meetinghouse for three Trustees to serve for three years from January 1st, 1920. The present board which consists of H. M. Nice, H. B. Clemmer and Isaac L. Gehman, was re-elected without any opposition. H. M. Nice has been in continuous service since 1892 and H. B. Clemmer since 1895.
50 Years Ago
HEALTH CURRICULUM BRINGS PROTESTS FROM RESIDENTS — At issue in the matter is the portion of the curriculum referred to by the citizens as "sex education" ... Board president Robert W. Godshall pointed out that the "sex education" portion of the curriculum is still being studied. He was backed up by several other board members and members of the administration who attempted to explain the district is trying to develop a conservative health curriculum in light of the attitudes of district residents, and that they would consider suggestions.
TELFORD SCOUTS GET UNEXPECTED WINDFALL — Obsolete paper board which was discovered by Delbar Products, Inc., of Perkasie, while in the process of moving to its new warehouse in Telford, was contributed to the paper drive of two Telford Boy Scout troops, resulting in an unexpected windfall.
The resale of the paper board by Troops 421 and 14 netted $170 which will be applied to a special project next winter.
HENNINGS MARKET EMPLOYEES HOLD ANNUAL DINNER — Hennings Market employees and their families attended the annual Christmas party held at Trainer's Restaurant, Quakertown, Monday evening ... All children present received gifts, and Warren R. Henning topped off the evening's activities with the distribution of gifts to all employees and extended holiday wishes to everyone.
RELOCATABLE LIBRARY ARRIVES AT TELFORD SCHOOL — The Souderton Area School District has added a full-sized library to the Telford Elementary School without the expense of a major renovation to the existing building ... The school district feels that the relocatable library will complement the existing building and will provide the students and teachers with a fully functional and attractive library.
PLAN SUBURBAN PARTICIPATION IN U.S. BICENTENNIAL — Broderick, who serves as chairman of the State's Bicentennial Commission, said the 1976 "birthday party" should serve as the catalyst to "improve life in the United States ... to eradicate slums, clear our air and water, improve transportation and make our education system better."