100 Years Ago
BACK TO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY MORNING — Many children above the Sixth Grade who have attained the age of 14 are restless and eager to earn the unusually high wages that may now be earned in the factories of the community. Parents are urged not to make the mistake (for in many cases it is a mistake) of yielding, since the education which they now so lightly regard they will wish for in a few years when they find themselves in competition with those who took the advantages of the additional training that is afforded them in the upper grades and High School. Children can get a job at any time, but they can obtain the advantages of a school education only in their early years.
MENNONITES HOLDING NATIONAL CONFERENCES — Mennonites from throughout the United States and Canada who are decedent from the Mennonite pioneers who first settled in this section some 200 years ago, are meeting this week in the land of the first Mennonite settlement ... Another lively discussion came Monday morning when it became known that the report of the last Conference proceedings had been printed in the German language and that a report in the English language had been overlooked ... The Conference ordered the report be published in the English language just as it had been in German.
TROLLEY FREIGHT CAR UPSET — A through freight car on the Lehigh Valley Transit line jumped the track, Tuesday evening, at Shearer street and Pennsylvania avenue, North Wales, and turned turtle on the corner sidewalk at the Baptist church. Slippery rails caused the accident.
None of the crew were hurt, but the car is a total wreck and a shade tree was badly damaged.
TELFORD — Mrs. Phares Cressman has grown the largest tomatoes in our town's gardens. One weighed nearly two pounds ... Our electric lights went on a vacation on Sunday and failed to return in time for church services in the evening — but the oil lamp was introduced by the janitor of Trinity Reformed church and a splendid service was conducted by Rev. Spotts who read the gospel lesson under the light of a small oil lamp perched on the pulpit.
SELLERSVILLE — Mrs. Robert Taylor and her mother expect to make their home at the Reformed parsonage, where Mr. and Mrs. Taylor had been residing. Both of their husbands died within a week ... Father Fasig, rector of St. Agnes church, said that his great-grandfather, General Buck, a famous General in the Revolutionary War, was a resident of this county and the county derived its name, Bucks county, from General Buck.
50 Years Ago
ESCAPES INJURY IN HELICOPTER CRASH — Constanzer, 19, an employee of Carson Helicopters Inc., of Hilltown, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Constanzer, 32 S. Main street, Telford. He telephoned his parents and informed them he had sustained slight bruises in the accident. The craft, he said, would be transported back to Hilltown via truck.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NEW CHAMBER'S FIRST ANNUAL BANQUET — Tickets for the first annual banquet of the new Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce are now available ... The affair is expected to draw a capacity crowd for what will be the kickoff of the new organization of businessmen.
W. K. HARTZELL, LONG-TIME SOUDERTON BUSINESSMAN, SUCCUMBS — Weston K. Hartzell, 84, owner and operator of the W. K. Hartzell Shoe Store at 36 West Broad st., Souderton, since 1929, died Monday in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, where he was a patient two days ... Before entering the retail shoe business, the deceased operated an automobile sales and service agency in Souderton, selling the Chandler car.
MAN KILLED AS CAR HITS HOUSE — Pronounced dead on arrival at the North Penn Hospital was James B. Schreiber, 66, Hilltown pike, Line Lexington. Schreiber was carrying a bag of groceries in his arms when he was struck by the car in front of the house of Mrs. Lena Dopp ... Police said a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation front-end loader, working along the highway, was used to lift the back end of the Jones car to free the victim who was pinned against the house.
HATFIELD YOUTH DROWNS AT CHURCH OUTING — At the time of the tragedy the Kratz boy was carrying his sister, Ruth, 20, on his shoulders in the pool when he slipped into deeper water ... With the focus of attention on the sister, no one saw Robert slip below the surface after calling for assistance in the rescue of his sister.