100 Years Ago
11 GRADUATES OF SOUDERTON SCHOOLS — Eleven members of the class will receive their diplomas on Commencement Day, June 10th ... Following the annual custom, the Junior Class will tender a banquet in honor of the Seniors on Friday evening, June 3rd, to which teachers and directors are invited.
STORES WILL CLOSE WEDNESDAYS AT NOON — The custom started last year in this town of closing stores and business places on Wednesday afternoons during the summer months will again be followed out this year ... The movement is made in order to allow the clerks to have the same half holiday as most people who work in factories and other places, and this will be followed out beginning with next week.
TOWN TOPICS — Bowers & Landis, the electricians, of Noble street, are demonstrating a new kind of electric washing machine which not only does the washing but dries it. They have wired the homes of Benjamin N. Krupp and Alvin Kulp, west of town.
LOCAL TEACHERS BEING OFFERED MORE MONEY — The ranks of Souderton public school teachers are being "shot to pieces" during these spring months, while salaries are mounting higher and higher! Superintendents seem to have awakened to the fact that the local schools afford an excellent source of supply for good teachers, and are offering attractive inducements to one after the other. ... While salaries in the case of all teachers selected in Souderton have been advanced, the experience and qualifications of the local teachers have been such as to command from $1,300 to $1,400 per term in the Elementary schools of other districts, and up to $1,800 in High Schools. The local Board is filling the vacancies as rapidly as possible.
HELD FOR COURT FOR ILLEGAL PRACTICE — The arrests are the result of a campaign started to rid Bucks county of persons practicing medicine illegally without a license .... Two chiropractors and one "thirty-day school" osteopath are the defendants in the case.
50 Years AGo
THOUSANDS ATTEND ANNUAL HARLEYSVILLE COUNTRY FAIR — Harleysville was a beehive of activity over the Memorial Day Weekend when literally thousands of persons flowed into the town to help celebrate Harleysville Country Fair Days ... Other than the attractions already listed, there was plenty of good food, lots of new rides, and a good dozen game booths that saw many lucky people walking away with prizes from goldfish to large stuffed animals.
CHILD DIES OF INJURIES IN CRASH — The May 19 two-car accident at the intersection of Rt. 113 and Diamond street, Hilltown Township, claimed its third fatality Friday morning when Timothy Kieffer, of Green Lane RD, died in Children's Hospital, Philadelphia. Following the accident in which his mother, Carol Ann Kieffer, 34, and Mrs. Elizabeth Asher, 50, both of Green Lane RD, were killed, the child was taken to Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, where he received emergency treatment ... Hilltown Police Chief Blair Boose said all three fatalities were thrown from their vehicle as a result of the accident.
PARADE, HOUSING CEREMONY SATURDAY — Souderton Fire Company will hold a parade and official housing ceremonies this Saturday afternoon for its 1970 Hahn pumper ... Approximately 40 pieces of motorized fire-fighting equipment are expected for the parade, representing units of the Fifth District fire companies and surrounding communities.
WEST BROAD STREET TIMES — The four first grades at our school recently took their class trip to the Norristown Zoo. It was a splendid spring day and everyone had a nice time viewing the animals and then having a picnic lunch in a nearby park.
SCHOOL PLANS TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT — With the employment of Donna Mae Rickert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rickert, of Fountainville, as a fifth-sixth grade classroom teacher, the directors of the Plumstead Christian School will add another classroom. This will make possible the accommodation of a greater number of pupils as interest increases on the part of parents in having their children instructed in a Christian atmosphere.