1914: Year of The League

By on April 23, 2014
Political boss G. Graybill Diehm led the Young Men's Business League in 1914.

Political boss G. Graybill Diehm led the Young Men’s Business League in 1914.

10 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 22, 2004

• Little League Parade &tstr; Warwick Little League celebrates its 10th year this Saturday with a parade of 500 players through town. Special recognition will be given to the “founding fathers” of Warwick Little League &tstr; Kevin Ranck, Tom Pearsall, Barry Raiser, Mike Ruscigno and Barry Todd.

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 28, 1994

• Before he was Senator &tstr; When Michael W. Brubaker sets a goal for himself, he reaches it &tstr; virtually without fail.

And when he reaches one goal, he moves on to the next.

Recently, Brubaker was celebrated for his success in the business world when he was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Although 1994 was the fourth year Brubaker and his business, Brubaker Agronomic Consulting Services (BACS), was nominated for the distinguished honor, Brubaker said he was not expecting to win.

“I was very surprised,” the 36-year-old Brubaker said incredulously. “There are 8,000 small businesses in Lancaster County and to be as young as I am was very flattering.”

During his acceptance speech, which he said he had prepared “in case,” Brubaker talked about goal setting and how some encouragement from a teacher helped motivate him to get the most from himself.

When Brubaker was in sixth grade, he ran in a race and did poorly. Afterwards, a teacher told him that he “had potential.” From that point forward, Brubaker began setting goals for himself. In high school, he was determined to earn his varsity letters in both track and cross country &tstr; and he did it, as a freshman.

Now, several years later, Brubaker’s goals may be different, but his desire and perseverance to reach them is as strong as it ever was.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 26, 1984

• Earthquake &tstr; For most Lititz residents, Easter Sunday was a seemingly calm and a traditionally enjoyable day. Before 8:36 p.m. anyway. What followed had people all shook-up.

An earthquake that registered 4.1 on the Richter scale sent many Lititz folk to the streets, asking each other “did you hear that?” It left some virtually unaffected. But it left none &tstr; unmoved.

Kerry Nye, of the Lititz Police Department, was on duty Easter Sunday night when the tremor was felt. He thought it was “more thunder than anything else.” Within fifteen minutes he said the station was inundated with phone calls. Anxious callers were reassured and asked to remain calm.

Joan Vetter, owner of The General Sutter Inn, told us, “Two couples from California came all the way to Lititz for an earthquake.

Russel Hauck, Dutch Burkhart and Abe Hershey said they weren’t “too scared” about it … in fact, they couldn’t remember what the earthquake from 20 years ago felt like. Can you?

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 25, 1974

• Quincy Home Sold &tstr; The office of Rev. James I. Melhorn, administrator of Quincy United Methodist home in Quincy, confirmed Wednesday that the Lititz unit of the home has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lehman, owners of Lehman’s Nursing home in Rheems.

Patients at the Lititz home on South Broad Street who wish to remain there are expected to be permitted to do so, officials said. The home’s capacity is 48 residents.

• Horse Bolts &tstr; A York area man and his young son were knocked down by a horse that bolted during the annual horse show at Linden Hall School for Girls on Saturday about 9:30 a.m.

Dean Snipe, York RD, and his two-year-old son, whom he was holding, were among spectators at the ring when one of the horses threw its rider during a jump, and bolted into the crowd of spectators.

The rider who was thrown from the horse was Thelia Eaby, Ephrata, a day student at the school’s riding program. Miss Eaby also escaped injury and later took a blue ribbon in the show.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 23, 1964

• ‘Lutheran Home’ &tstr; The Boro Planning Commission at its meeting, Tuesday night, approved the basic concept of a plan submitted by representatives of the proposed Lutheran Home. The home is to be built on land at the east end of the borough formerly owned by William Fry.

The property is partially in the borough and partially in the township. Consequently, the planners stated that, should the property owners petition the boro for annexation, the commission would have no objection to it.

• Sutter Sale &tstr; The General Sutter Hotel will be sold at public sale on June 6, at 2 p.m., on the premises, it was learned this week.

The public sale is subject to any prior private sale, stockholders said. Elmer Murry will be auctioneer and Bernard M. Zimmerman is attorney for the sale.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 22, 1954

• New Bi-Centennial Date &tstr; That Lititz’ 200th anniversary should be observed in 1956 and that the state highway sign at the northern border of town is in error, is asserted in a communication received this week by The Record-Express from Dr. Herbert H. Beck, archivist of the local Moravian Church, and recognized local historian.

The highway sign, fixing the date of the founding of Lititz as 1754, which Dr. Beck claims is in error, was reproduced in last week’s Record-Express.

Since then, much interest has been reported and many inquiries made regarding possible plans for celebrating Lititz’ Bi-Centennial Anniversary in a fitting manner. Should 1956 be agreedn upon as the logical anniversary, by local civic leaders, it was indicated this week that plans for a mammoth all-year celebration will be launched immediately.

• Call from Korea &tstr; Cpl. Arthur Kling, Jr., stationed with the armed forces in Korea, extended Easter greetings to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kling, 310 East Second Ave., on Sunday evening in a telephone message from Karatsu, Japan. Cpl. Kling is serving as a personnel administrator for the 17th Field Artillery.

The call came through at 6:30 on Sunday evening. Cpl. Kling said it was warm enough in Japan for golf playing and bicycling.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 27, 1944

• 30 Tons of Trash &tstr; The “no dumping” situation reached a new climax here Tuesday evening when members of borough council learned to their consternation that they had a pile of more than 30 tons of rubbis to remove from one local street &tstr; and began to wonder how they were going to get the job done.

Yes, it’s hard to believe that in a clean town like Lititz it would be possible to dump 30 tons of rubbish ranging from mattresses to tin cans &tstr; but that’s exactly the situation, according to an estimate furnished council by Street Superintendent Addison Harding.

The rubbish has been throan on Market Street from APple north to a private dump until now it is almost impossible for a single automobile to get through, Concilman Thomas Steffy, who investigate last week, revealed.

With the dump almost filled, persons made no attempt to keep the rubbish off the public street but continued to dump along both sides &tstr; and sometimes the middle &tstr; until now the mountain of rubbish has created the worse eyesore of local history.

The street was cleaned only a year ago and signs were erected, Harding declared. The persons dumping the rubbish, however, tore down the signs and continued as before.

It was indicated that if no other means can be found of getting rid of the rubbish that a steam shovel would be hired for the job.

“And then when we get the street cleaned up we’ll find out if a few stiff fines for dumping will do any good,” Burgess Victor Wagner promised

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 26, 1934

• Strong Man &tstr; Joe Miller, of York, one of the strongest men in the east, entertained about 150 men with his feats of super strength and weighlifting ability in the Fire House last night, as an added attraction following the regular monthly business meting of the firemen.

Joe lifted 175 pounds above his head with one hand and also raised 290 pounds above his head using both hands but without shifting the weight on his body to place it above his head.

Following the demonstration by Joe the Entertainment Committee served light refreshment.

• Easter Candy &tstr; Chocolate Marshmallos Sale repeated this week to allow all to get some. Only 20c lb. – Charles H. Regennas, Lutz Market

Thursday Morning’s Express

April 26, 1934

• Landmark Razed &tstr; Long a landmark in Lititz, the one-and-a-half story log house in the rear of the Moravian Sunday School Chapel was razed. It is estimated to be 150 years old, although no actual data has been established.

So well built was the house that Carpenter John Todd and his force of men had hard work tearing it apart; in fact some of the mortised ends had to be sawed apart. It is the opinion of the carpenters that the building, with some repairs, could have stood for another century.

The building at one time was used as a candle factory and some forty years ago by Frederick Haisch for coopering, industries which are no longer necessary here.

At one time the building was used by Henry Regennas and family as a residence, also by Jacob Getz and family. According to Jacob Bachman, his grandparents lived in the house, his father, Aaron Bachman, having been born there.

The old house was removed to make room for the proposed building operations by the Moravian congregation.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 24, 1924

• Athlete Turned Knitter &tstr; Reuben Hunter, who came here from Spring City, to engage in the knitting mill business with Richard Gingrich, formerly was interested in athletics.

He graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1919 and during his last year at school was captain of the big team, being a pitcher and first baseman. After that he was athletic instructor at High Schools and during the summer managed semi-professional teams around Philadelphia and took his turn at pitching.

Last summer he had charge of Doylestown and Spring City club, a combination team, defeating such teams as Litt Bros. and the American Chain of York.

The knitting mill business is a new venture for him. The manger of the Lititz team is trying to land him for a pitcher on the local team.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 25, 1924

• Jokers on Main Street &tstr; On Tuesday evening several persons who had occasion to pass a certain porch on East Main street were the victims of a practical joke which however caused no harm to anyone but oh! so much fun to the youngsters who “pulled the trick.”

At different times persons passed a spot and seeing a purse on the pavement stooped to pick it up only to have it snatched swiftly away and then from the depths of a nearby porch issued shrieks of joyous laughter and the victim knew he or she was the “goat” in this case.

• ‘Easter Horns’ &tstr; Little five-year-old Violet Kauffman, of Lexington, who was visiting Minerva Smith at the Five Point Store, was very much taken with the playing of the Moravian trombone choir on Easter morning.

She heard them afar off, and when they stopped to play at the corner she went to the window. She said she wished they would play a second piece, which to her surprise and delight they proceeded to do.

She said she wanted to come again next year and hear the “Easter horns.”

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 23, 1914

• Business League &tstr; On Tuesday evening a meeting of a number of local men of all professions was held for the purpose of forming an association that would be of mutual interest to all concerned. After considerable discussion it was decided to organize under the name of the “Young Men’s Business League.”

The following officers were elected: President, G. Graybill Diehm; vice president, John Brubaker; secretary, R.O. Melzer; assistant, Abram Brubaker; treasurer, Abram Bucher.

The league has rented the entire second floor of the building occupied by the drug store of L.N. Moyer on East Main street. It is an excellent location and the various rooms will be handsomely furnished.

As the name implies, the object of the league will be to bring the business men of town into closer fellowship with one another, both socially and from a business standpoint. Various questions of interest to the community will be discussed from time to time and all possible done to forward the progress of the town. There are at least thirty or more members to begin with and more will likely be added form time to time.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 24, 1914

• Cleaning Day &tstr; The 4th of July Committee at a well attended meeting Tuesday evening fixed the dates for a general clean-up of the Spring Grounds. Today J.B. Leib will be in charge of the men and the stream will be cleaned and the necessary trimming of the trees attended to.

Whether Lititz men have felt the contagion of the actions of our sister city or neighboring towns, or whether this spring they feel imbibed with the spirit of German ancestry, we are not certain. At any rate they are all zealous in the idea of “cleaning up” our park this year and their action is to be lauded.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

April 22, 1904

• Items of a Local Sort &tstr; Twenty-five dwellings are in course of erection in the village of Warwick, just outside of our borough.

C.W. Grosh is now located in his new carriage factory at the corner of Pine and Centre streets, and is prepared to turn out as fine and durable vehicles as ever were built. The Gross carriage reputation is such that it needs no recommendation.

Tramps are not so plentiful in town these days, because they know nearly everybody has some work to be done.

Do not deposit refuse in the alleys. It does not look well and is in violation to a borough ordinance.

Last Sunday Theodore Buch started out for a walk, never stopping until he reached Cornwall, where he inspected the great ore mines and iron furnaces, returning home about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. He made a round trip of about twenty-six miles.

On Tuesday morning the coping and other fixtures surrounding the public fountain in the square was found decorated with lemons cut in half. About three dozen were used. Who did it?

Friday Morning’s Express

April 22, 1904

• Glass in his Eye &tstr; General sympathy was expressed in this community at the unfortunately accident that befell Rev. Chas. D. Kreider, principal of Linden Hall Seminary last Friday evening. He want into the basement to look at the furnace and struck his face against a sharp piece of iron. His glasses were broken and a small fragment penetrated the pupil of one eye and destroyed the sight.

Last Saturday morning he left for Philadelphia where he is in charge of Dr. George de Schweinitz, the famous oculist, at a hospital. At first it was feared the eye was so badly injured that it would have to be removed, but later advices said that his eye would be retained and that the other eye is not injured. He will have to remain some time and in a dark room.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

April 27, 1894

• Warring Publications &tstr; On several occasions there appeared in the Record privileged communications. The editor disclaimed endorsement of the articles and that statement satisfied reasonable readers that the author was responsible.

The Express arrived at the opposite conclusion, asserting that the editor was the right person to suffer for the speech of another.

But the Express is inconsistent. Last week reference was made to articles on bicycling in the Express, of which it evidently ought to be ashamed.

It asks its readers not to hold the editor responsible for the views of the author.

Oh! consistency, thou art a jewel!

Friday Morning’s Express

April 27, 1894

• Local Miscellany &tstr; Benjamin Lutz was elected Republican County Committeeman for Lititz Borough at a recent election.

William Stoner, the Warwick merchant, and Nicholas Yerger, were driving west of Lititz, Wednesday, when the axle of their wagon broke and the horse tried to run away. Mr. Stoner was severely shaken and Mr. Yerger had a foot hurt.

The Lititz High School Commencement will be held in the Moravian Sunday-school chapel Thursday evening, May 31.

The Evangelicals have decided to practice a week of self-denial for the benefit of their mission fund.

Abe Buzzard, notorious fame, was arrested at Reading Wednesday, while enjoying a social glass in a saloon. It is claimed he helped rob the post-office and store at Cedar Lane recently.

The Y.M.C.A. have rented the Athletic grounds for a year or Mr. A. R. Beck on South Broad street. They are fixing them up for outdoor sports.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 25, 1884

• Millway Oil Station &tstr; Persons who have not lately visited the Millway oil station will be surprised to find that what was formerly a worthless meadow, has been changed to a comparatively beautiful spot.

The surroundings have been filled up with solid material and the place wears a beautiful and cleanly appearance. There is very little of that oily smell, as many might suppose, and of noise &tstr; well, it is so quiet that you can almost hear a pin drop in the pump or boiler house.

Every part of it is kept remarkably clean; no dirt, no grease spots, no waste is allowed to accumulate anywhere. Every employee has his duties to perform; each one knows his place and can be found at his post.

The pumps work so quiet that we were about to ask whether they were not in operation when their movements were noticed. The tanks which each old 35,000 barrels, are seldom more than half full, one of them supplying the Philadelphia refinery and the other at Baltimore.

The oil as it runs through the pipes, has a dirty, greenish appearance, and does not at all resemble the oil we burn in our lamps. The employees work twelve hours in one stretch, one force working from 12 o’clock at noon until 12 t night, and the other from midnight until 12 at noon. The coal are taken from the shutes to the boiler house in a car, two men being constantly employed in attending to the fires under four huge boilers.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

April 26, 1884

• New Fangled Gadget &tstr; Enck, the furniture man, has equipped his establishment with electric calls. On entering the store one treads on a matting connected with a bell over in the house and another bell back in the paint shop, and instantly those within sound of the bells know that somebody has entered on business.

• Good Fishing &tstr; Trout are quite plentiful in the stream funning through this town. We are reliably informed that one person caught over three dozen of the speckled beauties this far., while several boys have caught ten or twelve each. Trout are very toothsome, and if it is lawful, we wouldn’t object to eating a few before there are no more to be hooked.

Research for Out of the Past is compiled weekly by the current Record Express editorial staff. Much of the style and information reported is written as it appeared in its original form.

Moravians used to make candles in this building, which was demolished in 1934. (photo from the Sketch Mearig Collection)

Moravians used to make candles in this building, which was demolished in 1934. (photo from the Sketch Mearig Collection)

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