100 Years Ago
FIREMAN KILLED BELOW SOUDERTON — Standing on the tanker of an engine that was pulling a special train on the Philadelphia & Reading Railway between South Bethlehem and Philadelphia, Stephen Kendrick, aged 30 years, of Duncannon avenue, Philadelphia, a fireman, was instantly killed when his head struck an overhead bridge, known as Rosenberger's, just at the southern Souderton Borough line.
TOWN TOPICS — Instead of the tent meetings at Telford Junction as in former years, a Holiness Convention will be held in Grace Evangelical church, Telford, beginning this (Friday) evening, and to continue every evening for 10 days. Three services on Sundays. A noted evangelist will be in charge ... Mrs. R. W. Dewey, of Walnut street, who for a number of years has been in the dressmaking business, and enjoyed a large patronage, has closed her establishment, and accepted a position as fitter with Strawbridge & Clothier, Philadelphia. The hem-stitching end of the business will be continued as heretofore.
PLANT TACKS TO PUNCTURE TIRES — Malicious persons caused automobilists hundreds of dollars' worth of damage at Hatfield when several streets of the Borough were strewn with tops of soft drink bottles through which tacks had been driven. Scores of auto tires were punctured as a result. The Hatfield Borough Council has offered a reward of $25 for information leading to the arrest of the persons guilty.
TELFORD — An attempt was made to burglarize the garage of Isaac L. Alderfer last Friday night. The family was awakened by the ringing of the burglar alarm of which the robbers took notice and made their escape successfully. This is the second time within a few months and no doubt was the same party.
ROBBERS AT LANSDALE MAKE $15,000 HAUL — A large auto truck was backed up to the rear of the plant, and a jimmy inserted under a window ledge forced an entrance to the building. Then the robbers made a careful selection of swag, dumping large bags of raw material on the floor and filling the bags with finished hosiery.
50 Years Ago
COUNCIL REVIEWS HIGHWAY PROJECTS, PROPOSED ORDINANCES — Mayor Charles Allebach informed council he had used the power of his office to authorize members of the Souderton Police force to be on call to aid Norristown police during several nights of riots in the county seat during August.
GROUND BREAKING HELD FOR SALFORD ADDITION — Ground breaking ceremonies were held Monday for a $740,000 addition to the Salford Hills Elementary School, Woxall ... The addition, 10 rooms, will incorporate nine classrooms enclosing a central library room. The classrooms will, in effect, be three large classrooms separated by dividers.
STOUDT GETS SECOND TERM AS BOARD OF TRADE PRESIDENT — Stoudt, owner of Stoudt's Market, Hillside ave., had been head of the Board during the past year. The new term runs until October 1971.
MOTORISTS WARNED OF SPEED LIMIT IN SCHOOL ZONE — Chief Paul Wolf said a 15 mph limit is in effect in all school zones during the hours children are going to school, dismissed from school, and during recess periods. He added an officer does not have to clock a motorist under these circumstances, but may apprehend an offender based on the officer's estimate of speed. Wolf said his department has made seven arrests for this offense since school opened.
COUPLE STUDIES IN EUROPE — The Kellmans were awarded a Thomas J. Watson Travelling Fellowship, one of 50 such awards given to individuals nationally each year, by the family of the late founder of International Business Machine, Inc. (IBM) ... The Kellmans will begin their year abroad in France making a film, and then travel through Europe eastward, visiting theatres and art museums, and hoping to get to the Orient before returning home.