1994: Walmart eyes Warwick Township

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10 Years Ago

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Thursday’s Record Express

March 18, 2004

• Policy Change – The Warwick School Board passed a first reading to revise three and repeal one school district policy pertaining to the use of bulletin boards.

The policy changes are a result of months of negotiations between the school district and a lawyer representing the Warwick Bible Club.

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 24, 1994

• Wal-Mart Opposition – Wal-Mart’s announcement earlier this month that it plans to pursue building a 199,000-square-foot superstore along Lititz Pike has spurred the formation of a grassroots coalition that opposes the retailer’s proposed plans.

A core group of around a dozen people, some of whom live close to the proposed project site, got together after the announcement and have gradually been building up support. The group has encouraged local residents to attend the township planning commission and zoning hearing board meetings on the issue to make their voices heard.

Last week the group ran a half-page advertisement in the Lititz Record Express in the form of an open letter to Irel Buckwalter and Mary Ann Buckwalter Hartzell, owners of the land that Wal-Mart wants to buy. Appealing to the landowners as neighbors and friends, the letter contained about 81 signatures and asked the Buckwalters to think seriously about the impact of what they are doing.

David Trimble, spokesperson for Lititz Concerned Citizens (LCC), said that letter was intended to be a courteous way of letting the Buckwalters know about the “sincere opposition” and concern to Wal-Mart’s plans.

One of the LCC’s major concerns is traffic, Trimble said.

“It’s overkill for that site,” he noted. “Because it’s (Wal-Mart) an enormous building … and an enormous parking lot on a congested highway.”

Another of the concerns is for the future of the current Lititz are merchants and the possible detrimental impact that a Wal-Mart could have on them, Trimble said.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 22, 1984

• Wrestling Follow-up – Brian Waltz, the lone Warrior entry in the State wrestling tournament, bowed from competition in the first round of action. However, he did come close to advancing before losing a 4-2 bout to Larry Danko (29-1) of Wilkes Barre Coughlin.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 21, 1974

• Unfair Labor Charges – A hearing was held in Lancaster last Wednesday on an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Warwick Education Association against Warwick District School Board.

One charge was that the board had unilaterally terminated tuition reimbursement for some teachers during the fall and spring semesters of 1972-73 and over the summer of 1973, although contract negotiations were still in progress.

The other charge was one of interference by the superintendent of the district.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 19, 1964

• Sutter Gossip – The “deal” to sell the General Sutter Hotel to a private individual is off, it was revealed by the stockholders, and confirmed by the prospective buyer, William B. Oehme, 423 Laurel Ave., Lititz.

The stockholders said the price offered was too low, while Oehme said he felt his offer was fair and sufficient.

Meanwhile a hither offer, made by the area Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church for use as a home for the aged, is still under consideration with a final decision imminent, it was said.

However, if this also falls through and the hotel is not sold within a 90-day period which began February 25, the hotel probably will go up for public sale, according to Owen Hershey, Lititz, a stockholder.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 18, 1954

• Bang’s Disease – A drive to get local dairy farmers to sign up in the campaign to eradicate Bang’s Disease, from which human beings can contract undulant fever, was announced following a meeting of farmers at the home of Milton Brubaker, Spruce Villa Dairy, north of the borough, Tuesday night.

As a result of the action, representatives of the group which met here will visit farmers throughout Warwick Township during the next week or so and ask them to sign up. At least ninety per-cent of the dairy farmers in any area must sign before the state will assist in the control of the disease.

Editor’s Note: Bang’s Disease is another name for Brucellosis, also called Crimean fever, Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Maltese fever, Mediterranean fever, rock fever, or undulant fever, and is a highly contagious zoonosis (contagious from animal to human) caused by ingestion of unsterilized milk or meat from infected animals or close contact with their secretions. Those affected experience muscle pain and sweating, but the condition is treatable with antibiotics.

• Wilbur Flailing – With the high price of cocoa beans receiving the blame, Wilbur Suchard officials this week further continued their policy of retrenching which got underway here several months ago.

In addition to reductions in personnel and factory workers, the company has completed arrangements for discontinuing its East Main Street office, located in the former Post Office Building, on April 1.

The list of factory workers was further reduced during the past several weeks, with approximately thirty, principally girls in the wrapping department, being notified a week ago. These include several women who have been employed at the “Chocolate” for periods as high as 15 years.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 23, 1944

• Quarry Purchased – The Borough of Lititz Tuesday purchased the Lime Rock Quarries and farm at a public sale conducted by executors of the Martin Bollinger estate.

Explaining the action following the sale, members of borough council declared that the purchase was made in order “to protect the borough water supply from possible contamination.”

The farm, located one and one-half miles directly west of the borough water works was purchased for the borough’s bid of $4,100.

It was indicated today that the borough seeks only to retain possession of the quarry holes and will sell the remainder of the land and the buildings, but with the proviso that no blasting be permitted. Blasting, it was pointed out, could easily disturb the underground streams with the result that our artisan wells might godry.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 22, 1934

• CWA News – CWA work on Lititz streets was virtually at an end today following orders from the State Headquarters in Harrisburg to reduce the force of men preliminary to the final mustering out of the “army” by the end of the month. Fortunately, work had progressed to the point that the Borough will feel little extra strain on finances in completing what was started.

Despite hold-ups due to bad weather and the many entanglements into which the CWA officials found themselves regarding hour allotments, work in town went along fairly well.

The work-cut also affected the men employed in cleaning the Lititz creek, but since they had reached a point between Cedar and Water streets, the great part of their job was completed.

It is not expected that the work-cut will affect the athletic field project, as permission to delay that until the ground was workable had previously been given.

• Good News for Teachers – All teachers of the Lititz Schools will be retained for the coming year at the salaries they have received this term, the Lititz School Board decided last night at their March meeting.

Salaries had been reduced a year ago in order to make the tax rate as low as possible, and the board feels that the present millage should be retained for another year. So far as is known, all teachers desire to remain in their present positions.

Thursday Morning’s Express

March 22, 1934

• Pet Tortoise Returned – B.F. Lutz who kept a snapping turtle in a wire enclosure as a pet missed it last fall and took it for granted some one had taken it. About a week ago, Nathaniel Shenk working along the creek on the CWA found the tortoise and restored it to its former home. It was found not far from the Animal Trap factory and had increased to 22 pounds in weight.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 20, 1924

• Radio Fervor – Lester and George Fleishman, both Lititz High school boys, have a radio shop and have been building radio outfits for themselves and other boys for the past several years.

Lester Stark, another school boy, built himself a very satisfactory outfit for fifteen dollars, which would have cost at least twice that much if he had bought from a factory.

Jacob Hershey is another local boy who is interested in building machines, and there are other boys sixteen and seventeen years of age who are well read on radio appliances.

• Dare Devil Dusty – Bradford H. Tyre, of Collingswood, N.J., is employed by electrician, James Goldthwait. The young man is better known as Dare Devil Dusty, aeroplane wing walker. He did his stunts here several years ago when with aeroplanists who stayed here several days and last summer was employed by Robert Behmer to work on his aeroplanes. The young man says he feels at home in Lititz.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 21, 1924

• Finding Religion – For several years the Principal, Dr. F.W. Stengel, held special Lenten services every Wednesday evening between 6 and 7 o’clock, attendance at which was optional, as it was the girls’ free time. This year the girls asked for the services and the attendance is very good.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 19, 1914

• Farewell, Communal Cup – This summer when you stroll to our popular Spring grounds and desire to partake of the refreshing water emerging from the rocks, be sure that you are equipped with a drinking cup. In order to comply with the regulations of the State Board of Health, the Spring Committee must depart from the custom of placing drinking cups at the pools and at various points along the creek. It is not sanitary enough to suit Dr. Dixon.

Secretary C. Wm. Grosh wrote to Dr. Dixon and explained that the cups were placed into the bubbling stream after each person had used them and it was thought this fact would cleanse them of any impurities, but such is not the case. Ever since the Spring has been maintained as a park and no doubt ever since the Red men first discovered the fine springs, cups or some other utensils were kept there for persons who desired to use them; and there were thousands every summer in recent years. Now there will be a big demand for the paper drinking cups as well as other kinds.

• Silk Mill Rumor – There is a rumor about town that Lititz is to have another industry in the near future. It is to be a silk mill located in the old corn starch building on Water street.

About six months ago there was a Patterson, N.J. firm here looking over the plant, with the intention of starting a silk mill, but the deal for the building was never consummated. Now a Philadelphia concern is said to be considering the starting of a mill here.

The owner of the building is Mr. D.F. BUchmiller, of Lancaster, who claims there is no foundation in the report, which should set at rest all reports to the contrary.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 20, 1914

• Town Talk – Abram Carpenter has purchased Dr. E.E. Evans’ 7-passenger Packard car.

One of the Lititz readers of The Express informs us that he planted onions and sowed lettuce seed on Monday of this week.

Large aluminum letters were put up above the entrance to the new Trimmer store on Saturday. The finished effect reads: “Trimmer’s 1 to 25c store.”

R.R. Shonk has opened a green grocery in I.S. Buckwalter’s empty store room on S. Broad street, formerly occupied by H.H. Gingrich’s saddler shop.

One of the students at Linden Hall, a little girl from the South, who had never before seen snow, exclaimed upon seeing it for the first time this winter, “Oh, look at the sugar coming down!”

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

March 18, 1904

• Another Bretzel Bakery – Benjamin Lutz is erecting a bretzel bakery on Cedar street near the Lutz butchery, to be occupied by his son-in-law William Kissinger who is at present operating the Rome bakery.

• Replacement for Rover – A Great Dane pup has been secured to take the place of “Rover,” the mastiff who met with a tragic death recently at Linden Hall. The newcomer is seven weeks old.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 18, 1904

• Dueling Butchers – Butchers Miles Rudy and Wilson Imhoff had another and the second contest on Tuesday to see who could “do up” a steer in the shortest time. Neither of them had a helper, but they hustled all the more. Each had a bovine of about the same weight and after the animals were felled stuck, skinned, hung and dressed the following time was required: Rudy 24 minutes and 45 seconds; Imhoff 31 minutes. Of course it is claimed that the former had the advantage over his contestant because of his heavier weight and almost daily practice.

• Local Miscellany – The United Telephone Company has been compelled to add an additional switch board to its exchange in Lititz. The number of instruments for one board is limited to one hundred.

The robins are not yet plentiful. It is probable they consulted with the ground hog and retired southward again for a short season.

The cigar business in this town is reported rather dull.

The first street piano of the season filled the air with music yesterday afternoon.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

March 23, 1894

• Brickerville School Notes – The public schools of our township have closed again for another term, and young America generally is glad. On Friday the teachers received their pay for their services. Following are the monthly salaries received: Three received $43, two $40 and one only $25, which latter the patrons of the district think is outrageous.

• Signs of Spring – Grass plots are growing beautifully green under the warm rays of the sun. Many people planted potatoes and other vegetables this week.

An unusual occurrence is the fact that eggs have dropped to 10 cents a dozen just before Easter.

The trombone choir will be out early on Easter morning, as usual, making its rounds through the town and playing its solemn tunes at intervals.

Easter will no doubt bring the usual number of visitors to town eager to witness the Moravian way of celebrating glad Easter.

• Quite a Find – In digging the trench on Main street to make connections with the water main Frank McKinney found a copper penny in a good state of preservation dated 1812.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 23, 1894

• Birds in Hand – Some fancy pigeons were stolen at Hiram Brubaker’s near town, March 16th about nine o’clock in the evening. The she was bolted so that no one could open it without a knowledge of how the fastenings worked. It was also done by some one who is well posted on pigeons as the tumblers and a fantail were taken out of a large flock.

The dog was barking around the shed at the time but no attention was paid to him or the scamps could have been caught. About a dozen matches had been struck by the miscreants and were found lying around in the hay and straw, thus in addition to the theft endangering valuable property by fire.

Mr. Brubaker is prepared to give these parties a warm reception with a trap that use powder and lead. The pigeons were the property of his son.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 21, 1884

• Dangerous Job – On Friday last an employee of the telephone line crept up a pole at the tower end of town to fix a wire. When at the top of it, it toppled over and both landed flat on the ground, but neither the pole or the man were injured.

• Harrisburg Gloats – It is a notable fact that more suicides occur in Lancaster County than in any other county in the state. Why this is the fact cannot be explained by an outsider, but the record shows that our neighbors are greatly inclined to shuffle off this immortal coil in advance of death’s demands, and what is also singular is that they do it in the vulgar way of hanging to rafters in an attic of a dwelling, beams in a cow stable, or trees in an orchard. ( from the Harrisburg Independent)

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

March 22, 1884

• Local Chatter – Next Thursday evening efforts will be made to form a base-ball club at the Warwick House.

All over the county the boys are “playing marbles” and the girls are trying to meet with an accident by “jumping ropes.”

Cocalico creek is a majestic stream as present.

Martin Rudy, the Lancaster bicycle man, has sold $1000 worth of the two-wheeled horses since New Year began.

• Buzzard Sighting – According to the New Holland Clarion, Abe Buzzard, though 35 years of age, has never voted. The same paper declares it has undeniable evidence that Abe is on the Welsh mountains, where the authorities can capture him.

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.

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