100 Years Ago
PERKASIE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED IN HEALTH MEASURE — Owing to the many cases, and the continuance of new cases of scarlatina and a number of cases of scarlet fever, the Perkasie Board of Health received notice from the State authorities to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease, which was becoming an epidemic. It has been decided to close all the schools until Monday morning, January 17th. Also discontinue all services in all churches and Sunday schools and moving picture theatres. Loafing and loitering in restaurants and public places will not be permitted. Children shall not play with other children or attend any public or private gatherings.
WHOLE FAMILY TAKEN BY ESCAPING COAL GAS — The Weaver farm is about one mile from Erwinna, 17 miles from Doylestown, and three miles from Frenchtown, N. J. New Year's was celebrated at the little homestead with a big family dinner Sunday. The Christmas tree still occupied a place in the living room downstairs, where the kiddies played throughout the day ... When the Weavers retired it is supposed that they covered the fire in the parlor heater with coal. Gas escaped through a leak in the stove's magazine into the parlor and ascended into the bedrooms on the second floor through a pipe-hole in the ceiling.
TOWN TOPICS — The employees of the J. Schoeneman coat factory presented their manager, L. L. Woodhead, with a fine New Year's roast. In addition to this they presented their foremen, Earle Kratz, Marcus Trumbore, Conrad Ritter and their machinist, Jacob Gerhart, with sweater, silk shirts, socks and ties. This shows the good will of the people and the popularity of the supervision and machinist.
QUAKERTOWN DIVIDED OVER CHICKEN CASE — Quakertown was greatly perturbed some time ago over this case, and the excitement kept up after the arrest of three well known men for the theft of two chickens from Mrs. Maria Moll; but the furore, it seems, became more intense when the case was settled at the request of Mrs. Moll ... "If the Court has been deceived in the settlement of this case," said District Attorney Keller, "we want to know it" ... The petition of Quakertown citizens contained 103 names. They allege that the citizens of tha town have been done "a great injustice" because the case was nolle-prossed on recommendation of another "body of citizens" of Quakertown.
FARMERS SHEEP CLAIMS CUT — Several farmers who put in claims for sheep killed by dogs at the rate of 25 cents a pound, looked sheepish when County Controller H. W. Smedley informed them that the market price was but 10 cents. They were allowed the latter rate.
50 Years Ago
TELFORD OKS COLONIAL STYLE STREET LIGHTING — John Hoishik, borough manager, noted that all of the utilities, such as telephone and electric lines, had been placed underground. The only poles on the street will be for the street lighting. Hoishik said the idea of having all utilities underground in new developments was gaining in popularity, and was a pleasing change from the mass of overhead wires now prevalent in most communities.
NEW YEAR'S BABIES AT AREA HOSPITALS ARE BOTH BOYS — At North Penn Hospital, Lansdale, at 3:20 a.m., January 1, Mrs. Thomas Peleggi, 61 Bank street, Souderton, gave birth to a son, Joseph Lorenzo ... Shortly thereafter, at 4:55 a.m., Mrs. Larry Clark Hafler, 336 Washington ave., Sellersville, gave birth to a son, Steven Clark, at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville.
TELFORD POLICE BEGIN YEAR WITH ODD THEFT — Telford Police started the new year in an off-beat fashion this week with the report of the theft of a 200-pound 'water statue.' Chief Charles Miller said the statue was reported missing Wednesday from the front of Koffel's Curiosity Shop, and had probably been taken sometime over the New Year's Weekend. The statue, painted black and green, is of a woman holding a pitcher. It has a recirculating pump in the base which forces water out of the pitcher, into a basin, and back through the pump. It is valued at about $150.
NEW YEAR GREETED BY FIRST GOOD SNOW — Last week's snow which began New Year's Eve and ended the following morning left an accumulation of about five to eight inches, and created roads just hazardous enough to result in scattered accidents. For the children, however, the snow, coming on a holiday, made it just right for sledding and frolicking.
NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS IN SELLERSVILLE — Extravagant hallucinations without drug assistance can be experienced as Walter Baum Galleries, Sellersville, opens its 1971 art activities this Sunday afternoon with more than 40 paintings of Frank Ponstingl, Coopersburg artist.