100 Years Ago
TELFORD — Isiah L. Alderfer quit operating his auto passenger service between here and Sellersville through the icy spell, leaving the railroad and trolley carry the people to their place of employment.
BORN, MARRIED, DIED IN SAME HOUSE — Mrs. Mary H. Sticker died on Tuesday on her 90th birthday in the same room where she was born, says a message from Pottstown. She also was married in the house.
WIDESPREAD UNREST AMONG FARMERS — Many farmers, the report said, drew comparisons between "the hours of labor required of the farmer and his compensation with those of the urbanite, of which the farmer bitterly complains, setting forth the soft and luxurious living of the latter as compared with the hard and bare living of the farmer, who is no longer willing to toil and produce for the striker, the profiteer and the short hour, high-wage man."
TOWN TOPICS — Leland Heller, son of Jennie Heller, Hillside avenue, while sledding last week, was run into by another sled and as a result is suffering from a swollen gland under his right arm and has lost the use of his arm for the present. We hope the injury will not prove serious and that he can again use his arm in a short time ... Mrs. Joseph Fretz, mother of Mrs. Irwin D. Swartz, and residing with the Swartz family, Hillside avenue, experienced an accident last Saturday afternoon that might have had fatal results. With the intention of going down stairs the aged lady made a mis-step at the top and fell the entire length of the stairway. Most fortunate indeed the lady, although stunned at first, suffered only a few bruises.
BASKET BALL — The local High School teams received a walloping last Friday evening, before a large crowd, on the home floor, at the hands of the Lansdale High, 55-8.
Last Friday evening, the Girls' basket ball team, of Lambertville, N.J., engaged the local girls' team on the Souderton floor, and administered a defeat to the home team in a one sided game, 43-3. After the game and before departure for home the Lambertville girls enjoyed a treat, prepared by a number of the High School girls.
50 Years Ago
BUCKS CO. BANK TO OFFER NEW CHARGE CARD PLAN — Master Charge, the nation's number one bank charge card, will soon be offered to customers of Bucks County Bank and Trust Company, according to the bank's president, William M. High ... Bucks County Bank and Trust Company is the first bank in the Bucks-Montgomery County areas to make this service available to its customers.
SOUDERTON SEEKS NEW POLICE CAR — In other action council voted to withdraw condemnation proceedings against the Landis Peanut Butter firm on N. Second st., after councilman Abram Clemmer announced John Landis, proprietor of the firm, had agreed to accept the borough's earlier offer of $4,000 for the property to be taken. The borough is widening Second st., and found part of the peanut butter plant's building in the right-of-way, and another portion also in the path of the planned widening.
POLICE STAGE NARCOTICS RAID AT MONTGOMERYVILLE — A surprise narcotics raid at the Montgomeryville Mart, Thursday night, netted two men who were identified by local police and a state narcotics agent as drug pushers ... The raid, which involved a dozen area police, and Jack Hobson, state narcotics agent, materialized when a youthful police informer attempted to make several buys from the brothers at the luncheonette.
Police reported the youth was carrying about $600 in cash and was under instructions to purchase whatever he could get from the pair. The youth had previously purchased smaller amounts of drugs in the area of $70 to $80 worth. These buys had been tested by the Philadelphia Crime Laboratories and had been classified as LSD, hashish and marijuana.
HARLEYSVILLE S&L ANNOUNCES NEW SAVINGS RATES — Edward J. Molnar, secretary of the Harleysville Savings and Loan Association, this week announced the association will offer new 6% savings certificates with two-year maturities and carrying a $10,000 minimum balance ... Harleysville S&L will be increasing its passbook savings rate to 5% effective March 1, and its Notice Passbooks to 5¼%, also effective March 1.
TRAFFIC MISHAPS HIT LOW IN FRANCONIA, POLICE REPORT — Bad weather which reduced traffic volume and speeds, and prompt plowing and cindering of the roads, were the reasons for fewer-than-usual highway mishaps in Franconia Township in January, according to Police Chief Paul Hunsberger's report to the Franconia Supervisors at their Monday night meeting ... Motoring infractions totalled six, resulting in fines totalling $80, a check for which was received from Justice of the Peace Howard J. Gardner.