100 Years Ago

SOUDERTON HIGH SCHOOL HAS 13 GRADUATES — The Souderton schools this week send forth into the world 13 young people who have very creditably passed the final course in the High School ... The Class of 1919 is a large one in number, and represents the highest type of our young manhood and womanhood.

FRANCONIA GRADUATES 3 — The Class of 1919, of the Franconia township public schools, will hold the 22nd Commencement exercises at the Indian Creek Reformed church next Saturday evening, beginning at 7.30 o'clock.

The graduates are Margaret Hager, Frances Clemens, Walter K. Long. 

CONSTABLE MURDERED AT QUAKERTOWN — As the result of a double shooting affray, at Quakertown on Saturday, one man is dead and the murderer in a serious condition in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem ... She sent for Constable Weitzel, who responded, and was met by a fusillade of shots, one of which took effect behind the ear and another in the neck. He fell and, Mrs. Adams says, then pulled a revolver and shot her husband. Adams then took a hammer and beat the Constable's head to a pulp, after shooting three more bullets into his body.

FROM ALL SECTIONS — When Frank Chioma, of Trenton, was adjudged guilty before Magistrate Kraft, of Bristol, of cruelty to animals, and fined $14.55, he chose to go to jail for 30 days instead ... Burglars who forced an entrance into the home of Rev. E. C. Griffith, Jenkintown, obtained silverware and other valuables worth $225. After ransacking the first floor rooms, they went up-bedside and stole a watch and his eyeglasses. Then they went into Mrs. Griffith's room and, while she slept, looted bureau drawers and jewelry trays. Then, say the police, they went downstairs to a rear porch, took a bottle of milk which the milkman had left a few minutes before, went into the kitchen, for tumblers, and drank the greater portion of the milk. 

SHOW LIGHTS ON ALL VEHICLES — The Senate bill requiring lights on all vehicles on public roads except farm machinery and wagons used for hay and straw, between an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise, was signed last Saturday, by Governor Sproul. 

50 Years Ago

SOUDERTON NATIVE DIES IN VIETNAM ACTION — Memorial services were held Tuesday morning in Vietnam for Marine Corps Staff Sgt. LeRoy D. M. Garis, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Garis, Sr., Souderton, and husband of Doris Marvell Hall Garis, Lansdale ... Garis attended Souderton schools and enlisted on his 17th birthday in the corps completing his high school in the service.

NEW EVENTS ADDED TO SOUDERTON'S OLD FASHIONED DAYS NEXT WEEK — A major attraction this year, he reported, will be the giving away of a car filled with merchandise from all the participating stores ... New events this year will be the "Name the Painting Contest," a clothes line art exhibit, and dinners to be served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Company.

PISTOLS, COINS REPORTED TAKEN IN BURGLARY — Police said White left town Saturday afternoon for the weekend, returning Sunday evening. They said he had left the door to his apartment unlocked. 

POOL TO REQUIRE TESTS FOR CHILDREN IN DEEP WATER — Souderton Community Pool managers Ed Reppa and Bill Stout said this week that they will continue last year's policy concerning testing of all children who wish to swim in both the old and the new pools ... Tests will be administered week days from 4 to 5:30 p.m., beginning today, Thursday, and will consist of ten bobs in six feet of water followed by two continuous 25 yard lengths of crawlstroke and ending with a back float.

CRASH AT START OF BYPASS — Nine persons, including five children, escaped injury in a two-car collision Tuesday morning at the intersection of Bergey rd. and the Route 309 Bypass, in Hilltown Township. 

Township police said it was the sixth accident at the intersection since the bypass opened earlier this year.  

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