100 Years Ago
VICTIM OF RAT POISON — On arising at an early hour, Mr. Weaver found on a table a number of small sandwiches, which he believed were intended for the use of the household. Later in the day when he became ill, it developed that the sandwiches had been intended to be used by a member of the household for the destruction of rats, and that a slow but deadly poison had been placed between the layers of the bread.
TELFORD — The Pottstown Band passed through town on Saturday afternoon, stopping at the County Line House. They gave us a few of their choice selections of music. They are always welcome ... Abraham Heckler, an employee at the Kuhn garage, is afflicted with a severe case of diptheria. Therefore the house of his parents is quarantined at this time. He is improving.
WIDOW OF SLAIN REFORMED MISSIONARY ON WAY TO PHILA. — During the trouble between the northern and southern factions of China, mission workers were constantly annoyed by soldiers, who demanded food and money. Doctor Reimert met them all graciously and fearlessly. At the time of his death the mission was caring for several Chinese girls who had sought refuge.
A Chinese officer demanded admittance, charging the girls were being held against their will. Doctor Reimert knew that many of the young Chinese women had been carried off in a ruse of this kind and refused. The officer ordered his men to fire into the little group, and when they refused, the Chinaman raised a rifle and shot Doctor Reimert through the heart.
Doctor Reimert was a graduate of Ursinus College and the Ursinus School of Theology.
TOWN TOPICS — "The Fortune Teller," a wonderful seven-reel photo play, will be shown at the Electric Mirror Theatre next Saturday evening. It is a real treat for moving picture patrons. Critics pronounce it the greatest ever produced ... Contractor Wilson S. Nice has a force of carpenters at work repairing and altering at the Reliance hotel property. It is reported that Harry R. Hartzell, formerly of the Central House, will occupy the place, and open a business there.
THREE DEATHS AT GRADE CROSSINGS — A double fatality, a single fatality and a third accident in which the occupants escaped serious injury mark the toll of the week-end crossing accidents in Hatfield township.
The most serious accident occurred on Sunday when the northbound express leaving Lansdale at 1.16 p.m. struck a Ford ton truck at the Orvilla station crossing and killed Jules Klodowsky, aged 25, and so severely injured his brother, Martin, aged 35, that he died an hour later after his arrival at Grand View Hospital Sellersville.
50 Years Ago
SOUDERTON MAN COLLAPSES, DIES RUSHING TO AID INJURED OFFICER — Funeral services were held Tuesday for a 54-year-old Souderton man who died of an apparent heart attack, Friday night, while rushing to the aid of a Perkasie policeman who had been struck by a car while directing traffic ... A veteran Yellow Cab Company worker, Enters ran to the aid of Patrolman Jay Sowers, 26, of 7 Dill avenue, Perkasie, after Sowers had been knocked down at the Fifth and Callowhill streets intersection during heavy traffic prior to the Pennridge-Central Bucks West football game.
HOFFMAN'S DAIRIES SOLD TO ROSENBERGER'S, HATFIELD — Hoffman's Dairy was started by J. George Hoffman in April of 1934 with three routes bought from Herb Dengler. In addition to the three milk routes he operated two horse-drawn wagons selling ice cream cones for three cents.
GRAND VIEW DEDICATES $2.9 MILLION ADDITION — Following the dedication ceremonies, which were held in a giant tent, hospital officials and area residents toured the modern health care center. The new supply and central service area were planned so that if any additional expansion would be needed in the years to come, the expansion could be carried out without any disturbance to the hospital.
'UNION SHOP' VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, CLUB MEMBERS TOLD — "Freedom rests on choice," Scott declared, "and where choice is denied as in the case of compulsory union membership, freedom is destroyed as well."
HOLE-IN-ONE — Souderton's postmaster Charles Romanoski fulfilled every golfer's dream, September 23, by recording a hole-in-one on the Butter Valley Golf Port par three, 230 yard eighteenth hole.
Despite the 105 degree heat on the Bally course, Romanoski hit a spectacular drive with a number one wood which curved wide to the right, dropped solidly on the green and rolled in a perfect line, dropping in the cup.