100 Years Ago
RED CROSS WORKER SHOT IN RUSSIA — Clayton Kratz, formerly of Blooming Glen, who went to Southern Russia, leaving September 1st, in company with three other men of a Mennonite Relief Commission, according to a report that has reached relatives and friends was stripped and shot by the Bolsheviki. It has not been learned whether he was killed and other information concerning the affair is also missing.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES — Dr. Norman H. Rahn, who has been appointed Medical Inspector of the Souderton public schools by the State Commissioner of Health, is at present conducting the medical inspection of the 675 pupils of the Borough schools. Report of defects is made to the Department of Health and later to the parents. Particular stress is laid upon care of the teeth, removal of inflamed tonsils, and habits of cleanliness.
TELFORD — Benjamin Price, aged 95 years, of Hummelstown, an uncle to Mrs. Henry S. Harr, of this place, cast his ballot for Harding and Coolidge at the last election. Mr. Price's first vote was for Zachary Taylor for President of the United States and William F. Johnson for Governor of Pennsylvania ... A. Conrad Fluck, only son of Titus A. Fluck who had been visiting here, left on a three-years' trip to Chile, South America, where he will connect himself with the electrical department of a copper company. He will go by water by way of the Panama canal, a distance of over 5,000 miles and requiring 18 days to make the trip. We wish Mr. Fluck a safe and successful journey.
TOWN TOPICS — The Independent Printery was minus its female linotype operator all day on Tuesday. That is the time it required Miss Laura Hanratty, whose home is in Hatfield, to slip away with Harry Long, also of Hatfield, to Elkton, Md., where the "marrying parson" tied the knot. Not a word of the coming event was given out before hand, and it caused quite a surprise. Upon returning to the office on Wednesday morning, Mrs. Long received the congratulations of the "boss" and her fellow employees, who wish her and hers a most happy life together.
AUTOMOBILE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY CHANGES OF RESIDENCES — More homes were built in the suburbs of big cities of the United States during the last 10 months than in any like period, and this in spite of the excessive cost of everything pertaining to construction. Of course the inability to rent in the city except at a staggering rate accounted for this, as people must live. But the automobile is responsible for many going the distance they have. Without it they would have had to stick to the communities reached by electric and steam lines, or made the best of a bad job and stayed in the city.
50 Years Ago
LOCAL POSTMASTERS URGE EARLY CHRISTMAS MAILING — Every greeting card should show the name and address of the sender in addition to the destination address. Of course, both addresses should include the Zip code. With the increasing number of large apartment buildings, mail addressed to apartment dwellers should show the specific apartment number.
HARLEYSVILLE MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT — MacMullen, 22, of Harleysville died as the result of injuries sustained in an accident early Thursday morning while driving his car west on Sumneytown pike, about 200 feet west of Freed road ... An employe of American Olean Tile, Lansdale, MacMullen returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam with the Army in December of last year.
RAMS 'SECRET CODES' WIPE OUT INDIANS — Ram really stands for Rain and Mud. But that's not all. When Pennridge was on offense, coach Wayne Helman sent in another variation of the code spelled RAMS. This means Run Atop Mud Swiftly for running plays. For passing plays it meant, Recommend a Missile Surprise ... That's at least as plausible an explanation as any for what happened to the Big Red Friday night as the Rams exploded for four touchdowns on a very muddy field, while in an unbelievable defensive effort they held Souderton to minus rushing yardage.
CAR FLIPS INTO CREEK, TEENS NARROWLY ESCAPE — According to Schwenksville State Police, Marjorie Snyder, 16, of Telford RD, was proceeding north on Dietz Mill road, south of Allentown road, when the right wheels of the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle then traveled approximately 75 feet before running up a dirt embankment and striking an iron bridge rail. The car then flipped over on its roof and slid into the creek.Miss Snyder and a passenger, Thomas Stevens, 17, of Morwood rd., Tylersport, escaped the vehicle by rolling down the car's windows and crawling out underwater. Police said that the creek was running higher than normal as a result of last week's rains, and that when they arrived at the scene of the 5:10 a.m. accident, only a portion of the car's tires were visible above the water.
YOUTH INJURED BY ELEPHANT STILL CRITICAL — Walters, who joined the circus as it passed through the state this past summer, was seriously injured last month when a circus elephant evidently stepped on the youth resulting in a broken neck and massive nerve damage ... The parents of the boy said the youth joined the circus because it was a lifelong ambition. His parents also said that any of his friends who care to send well-wishes to the former Pennridge High School student may do so by addressing cards to Room 6514, Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando, Florida.