100 Years Ago

SAMUEL H. EFFRIG DIES AT AGE OF 81 — He began a butchering business in Line Lexington and went to Lansdale nearly 40 years ago, building a slaughter house on the site now occupied by the Lansdale Ice and Cold Storage Company ... Mr. Effrig had an engine that generated more power than he needed, so he conceived the idea of selling electricity for street lighting purposes. Under the contract he erected poles and strung wires. At the intersection of two streets he would place a light for an annual charge of $80, the cost to be divided between the property owners benefitted. Later A. C. Godshall and some friends bought this business, transferred it to the Godshall mill and continued it until the municipal electric light plant took over the franchise and part of the equipment.

TOWN TOPICS — On Monday, fire was discovered in a dry kiln at H. S. Souder's cigar box factory. The hose was turned on and a bucket brigade was soon on the job. Not much damage was done ... On Monday evening the High School and Grade teachers, and also some students, went on a sleighing party, stopping at Chalfont, where a luncheon was served. There were about 35 in the party, and all had a good time.

FARMER'S WIFE VICTIM OF YOUTHFUL ASSAILANT — Bound, gagged, attacked and robbed by an orphan boy whom her husband had taken from an institution in Easton and given a home, Mrs. Herbert Leedom, the 32-year-old wife of a Churchville, Bucks county, farmer, last Thursday afternoon was the victim of one of the most brutal crimes in the history of that county. Her assailant, George Heckman, 19 years old, captured within a few hours and saved from rough treatment by an enraged posse by State policemen, is in jail at Doylestown. Admitting the crime, his only excuse is: "I guess I had a wild fit. I didn't know what I was doing." 

CAUGHT ON THE FIFTH VISIT — Alleged to have broken into the office of the Fynetone Manufacturing Company, Lansdale, on four consecutive Saturday nights and robbed the safe, two Lansdale youths were caught last Saturday night when the fifth attempt was being tried, as the office had been equipped with electric wires and bells. The youths are George Bauer, aged 16, and Nicholas Fraze, 14 years old ... Both were discharged from the employ of the Company last December.

897 MILLIONAIRES IN STATE — Uncle Sam defines a millionaire as anybody whose income tax exceeds $100,000 a year ... New York comes first in the list of millionaires, with a total of 2,388, and Pennsylvania follows, a bad second. Nevada is the only state that cannot claim a millionaire resident in 1917. 

50 Years Ago

BUILDING PLANS FURTHERED FOR WOXALL SCHOOL — Plans for the scheduled addition to the Salford Hills Elementary School in Woxall were advanced at Monday's meeting of the Souderton Area School Board, when several revisions were approved by the board ... The addition, consisting of nine classrooms encircling a central library, is expected to cost about $700,000.

10 CAR CHAIN REACTION CRASH CAUSES $6,000 DAMAGES, NO INJURIES — West Rockhill Township police had their hands full early Wednesday morning when dense fog and icy road conditions resulted in a ten-car smashup on State road, west of Route 309 and east of Telford Borough. 

West Rockhill township police chief Frederick Crean reported there were actually four separate accidents at the scene, involving ten cars, and things got so hectic that he had to call for assistance from Sellersville and Telford police ... In addition to those cars mentioned, numerous cars and trucks avoided the accidents by pulling off the road onto a field. One other car, which is still unidentified, was involved but took off before police had a chance to question the driver.

LEGION POSTS TO JOIN IN ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF 'FOUR CHAPLAINS DAY' — "While Brave Men Die," a sound film narrated by Fulton Lewis, III, will be shown and the story of the heroic death of the four U. S. Army chaplains will be retold.

The Souderton Area Senior High School band, under the direction of Gregory Woodruff, will provide music, and soloist Patricia Grant will be accompanied by Beverly Hedrick. 

TAPE RECORDER, TAPES STOLEN FROM AUTO — Thirty-six tapes and a tape recorder, all valued in excess of $300, were stolen from the locked automobile of Peter J. Meyers, of the Hatfield Village Apartments, Friday evening as the owner was watching a basketball game at North Penn High School ... Entrance to the car was made by a coat hanger which was pushed through an open lock. 

CHASING WILDLIFE ON SNOWMOBILES IS PROHIBITED — Reports persist that a few snowmobile operators have found a new "thrill" -- chasing wildlife, especially deer, according to Pa. Game Commission officials ... There is nothing sporting about chasing helpless wildlife, and under the Game Law, anyone who hunts for or pursues or follows game of any kind with any vehicle, including snowmobiles, is subject to a $50 fine. 

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