100 Years Ago
TWO LANSDALE TOTS KILLED BY EXPRESS — WHIPPING PROBABLY SAVED TWO OTHERS — Last Thursday morning the Myers children, together with two small children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cope, were playing about the railroad at the Broad street crossing. They were driven from the railroad and Mrs. Cope was notified by a person who saw her children there. She got them and administered a sound whipping ... "I told Carrie (mother of the boys) they would be killed by a train if she didn't keep them from the railroad," she said. "It was only a few days ago that I told her to tie them if she couldn't do anything else," she added.
FINED IN FEVER CASE — Charged with transporting a child suffering with scarlet fever from his home in Lansdale to the Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases, Philadelphia, Israel Nerenberg was arraigned before Magistrate Carson and fined $23.50. Dr. Cairns, of the Bureau of Health, said that such unlawful practices have resulted in epidemics.
TELFORD — The young men and boys of town have made a tennis court on the Jonas Horning lot, back of North Main street, where they will spend many an enjoyable evening ... Elmer Clemmer, for a long time employed at the gauge works, Sellersville, has resigned his position and has hired to a Minersville base ball team where he is playing base ball five days each week.
TOWN TOPICS — The Souderton Garage announces immediate deliveries of Chevrolet cars in all models at the reduced and practically normal prices ... Harry H. DeHaven has bought a lot on which there is a large barn, the former James B. Benner property, Main and Summit streets, recently purchased by Clinton Mathias. The barn is being repaired and arrangements made therein where Mr. DeHaven will conduct an automobile carriage and wagon painting business.
TOOK $20,000 IN BOOZE — In broad daylight, nine men in a large automobile truck stopped in front of the residence of Arthur A. Fretz, near Blue Bell, Montgomery county, Wednesday afternoon, of last week, held up Mrs. Fretz at the point of a revolver, and going to the cellar of the house, stole wines and liquors worth $20,000, loaded them on their truck and escaped.
50 Years Ago
THREE BREAK-INS IN SOUDERTON OVER WEEKEND — Souderton Police Chief Paul Wolf said thieves forced entry into the Farm Bureau Garage and Edelman's Gulf Service Station, both on Washington ave., and Wellington and Evans Sporting Goods, Main and Chestnut sts ... At Farm Bureau Garage $25 was taken from a cash register, and at Edelman's, $5 also from a cash register.
At Wellington and Evans, the thieves took $40 from a cash register, and removed six rifles and four pistols from a gun case. All the weapons except two of the pistols were found in mud at the rear of the building. Police surmise that the burglars were interrupted or frightened away at the sporting goods store.
SHS STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS IN ALL BUX-MONT ART COMPETITION — Local winners included Rusty Moyer, first place in sculpture; Connie Moser, first place in crafts (macrame); Kolleen Rosenberger, second place in painting and Erik Van Anglen, third place in printmaking.
Honorable mention in crafts in the field of weaving went to Jerry Daub, and honorable mention in mixed media (collage) was awarded to Nancy Cassel.
MANY ATTRACTIONS LISTED FOR COUNTRY FAIR DAYS — Highlighting Saturday's program will be a parade beginning at 1 p.m. and the lifting off of the original balloon from the motion picture "Around the World in Eighty Days." An air show will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Red Hill Band will entertain from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
POLICE PLAN CRACKDOWN ON LOITERING — Souderton Police Chief Paul Wolf has announced that Souderton police will begin a crackdown on loiterers and loafers on the borough streets ... Wolf said the problem is most prevalent on Friday and Saturday nights in the main business section, and that with nice weather coming on, the problem will get worse if not stopped now.
"Most of the loiterers are teenagers," Wolf said, "and we want to warn both them and their parents that disorderly conduct will not be tolerated."
BIKE LICENSES TO BE ISSUED IN SOUDERTON — Wolf said the ordinance was passed to help the police department keep track of lost and stolen bicycles ... The chief also said the ordinance was not intended to harass anyone, but rather that people should look on it as a benefit to them.