100 Years Ago
20 BUCKS ALIENS GIVEN CITIZENSHIP — Forty-two applicants were declared not eligible by the examiner because they are alien enemies, having made their application for citizenship after the World War started. Naturalization was refused on the grounds that the United States was still in a state of war with the countries of which these applications are natives. These applications will receive attention when peace is declared.
JANUARY BRIDE CROP ONLY TOTALED UP 38 — Whether there is a shortage of romance in 1921 or whether the high cost of living has put the "damper" on Dan Cupid's marrying outfit, is not known, but there was a shortage of marriage licenses issued in Bucks for the first month of the New Year ... Out of the 38 brides, 36 are going to help their husbands "make-good," for every one of them has an occupation. It is almost a certainty that they will split the weekly pay-roll and everything will be lovely.
TOWN TOPICS — The Fire Co. will shortly call on our citizens for funds with which to purchase an automatic siren to act as a fire alarm in connection with the bell. Give liberally as this is a much needed improvement ... A party from Perkasie, consisting of 20 friends of J. H. Wisler, the cigar manufacturer, motored to his home, on Penn avenue, Saturday evening, where they were royally entertained. After an elaborate supper was served, Jere entertained with his masterful elocution, brimming with wit and humor, music and games.
TELFORD — The General Cigar Co. started working on full time, manufacturing a cheaper grade cigar ... Mrs. Leanna Hoff, who fell down a stairway and was injured some time ago, is now suffering with an abscess in her throat.
FOURTH WRECK AT SELLERSVILLE STATION — No one was injured in this wreck or the one a week ago when a freight train went down an embankment, but the freight platform and the fence in front of the station were wrecked. Hundreds of persons visited the scene during the day to see the wreck and to watch the work of the two wrecking trains, working at opposite ends of the wreck, clearing away the debris.
50 Years Ago
COASTER DERBY PLANS UNDERWAY FOR JUNE — The Souderton Coaster Derby, successfully revived last year after a ten-year layoff, will be held again this year ... The event drew thirty-one entries last year, and several thousand spectators. It is expected the entries will be almost double this year.
GRAND VIEW TO DROP SCHOOL OF NURSING — Formal announcement of the plan to discontinue the school was given by Arthur A. Alderfer, hospital board chairman, who stated the move "will enable us to explore alternate programs of education with a reduced financial strain on the economy and the community" ... In making the announcement, Alderfer stated "The hospital, through the support of the community, has carried out the function of nurse training with a high degree of excellence and contributed measurably to the health field. Community colleges and baccalaureate programs have now come forth in rapidly increasing numbers to meet the challenge for the development of nurses in the growing field."
DRUG PROBLEM AT SHS? ROTARIANS HEAR STUDENTS — A student panel from Souderton Area High School told the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club last week that about 7%, or 40 students, in the school are smoking marijuana and that about ten students are on hard drugs ... They told the Rotary Club there was a definite drug problem at Souderton; that it was in the early stages but growing.
COUNTY ASSESSMENT OFFICE TIED IN WITH COMPUTER — Montgomery County's Board of Assessment Appeals is connected with the second biggest computer in the southeastern United States as preliminary work continues to equalize real estate tax assessments in the county. The local Board of Assessment office is just a telephone call away from the $15 million computer at the University of Georgia, the largest computer in the southeast next to the installation at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
PHILCO-FORD UNIT CLOSING — The Philco-Ford Corp. announced Friday it is closing down its microelectronics division because the entire industry is producing too much. The phaseout will mean the loss of about 1,000 jobs at three plants in eastern Pennsylvania.