1924: Abe Buzzard released from prison

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1934: Seeds planted for Lititz Theatre

Negotiations were in the works to bring a movie theater to Main Street this week in 1934. The Lititz Theatre closed in the early 1960s and was demolished in 1973.

Negotiations were in the works to bring a movie theater to Main Street this week in 1934. The Lititz Theatre closed in the early 1960s and was demolished in 1973.

10 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 29, 2004

• School Upgrades – The Warwick School District officially opened its doors to community members to see the finished product of two years of construction projects.

School administrators, board members, architects and local government officials were on hand at a dedication program on Sunday to celebrate the end of major construction at the Warwick High School, Kissel Hill Elementary School and John Beck Elementary School.

Warwick School Board President Dr. Karen Malleus said the construction projects were a result of an expanding population in the Lititz area that brings new challenges to the community.

“There’s an old saying that says it takes a village to raise a child,” Malleus said. “It’s my opinions that Lititz has grown out of the village stage.”

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

May 5, 1994

• Wal-Mart Win – By a narrow vote of 3-2 (with two members absent), the Warwick Township Planning Commission recommended approval of the Wal-Mart Superstore’s proposed sketch plans last Wednesday night.

The plans for the $10 million superstore off Route 501/Lititz Pike were the same ones reviewed at March’s planning commission meeting. However, planners did not take action on them at that time.

During the March meeting, more than 100 township residents packed the municipal building to voice their concerns about the store’s impact on traffic and local business.

Wal-Mart is still not guaranteed approval.

“I think the developer knows our concerns,” planner Robert Kornman said, nothing that the preliminary and final plans are the “litmus test” for the Wal-Mart.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

May 3, 1984

• Lottery Winner – Olivia Ross of Lititz has it made &tstr; for the next 21 years she’ll receive annual payments of $32,621.92 (less 20 percent for federal withholding tax).

Mrs. Ross was one of 15 winners in the April 27 Lotto jackpot with $10.2 million. Her ticket’s total worth &tstr; $685, 060.32

Her reaction &tstr; “Well, I was surprise. I’m still in a state of shock… I don’t think reality has set in yet.”

Mrs. Ross, personnel manager for Mailman’s in East Town Mall in Lancaster, is married to Henry Ross, who owns and operates Henry Ross & Son Formica in Lititz. They have two sons, Jim and David, and four grandchildren.

What’s she going to do with the money? “Welre just going to take it easy. It’s really going to make our retirement days nice,” she said.

• New Addition – The latest addition to Moravian Manor &tstr; its first three aparrment buildings &tstr; will be dedicated this Sunday afternoon, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. on Manor grounds.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

May 2, 1974

• Park Needs Security – Councilman Donald Stauffer again called for action on obtaining a guard for Lititz Springs Park during the summer, stating Tuesday night that if there is no money available to hire a guard, the police department should start regular foot patrol through the park.

Councilman Lester Bingeman, who lives and operates a restaurant across the street from the park entrance, stated that the park is not being patrolled on Sundays. He said that last Sunday night, while working near a window of his home, he counted 22 violations within four hours at the park, and did not see a police cruiser there at any time. He said that on the same night, the park entrance was blocked seven times so that “you couldn’t even drive in.”

In agreeing that more police patrol was needed in the park, Councilman Bill York stressed that a lot of arrests were not “necessary,” but that just the fact that the police “were there” should deter much of the alleged illegal activity going on.

• In The Swim – Two local girls made a fine showing in the National YWCA Swimming Meet at Rockford, Illinois, the other Sunday.

Liz Hanna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Gary Hanna, Cheryl Long, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lester Long and Cathy Gibbel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gibbel, were on the Lancaster YWCA Team.

They picked up eight places in the final round at Rockford College.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 30, 1964

• Hammer Creek Polluted – Barton Sharp reported this week that the northern part of Hammer Creek was polluted last Saturday. Sharp said an inspection by himself and Dr. Herbert K. Cooper revealed that Bomberger’s Distillery had dumped sewage into the creek causing it to become “coal black” in color, thus preventing hundreds of fisherman from fishing.

• Bad Check Artist &tstr; A “bad check passer” who made good last week, was arrested again this week on the same charge. Karyl Lee Hilligoss, nineteen, 39 Maple St., Lebanon, who made restitution on two worthless checks last week that she had passed in Lititz stores, was arrested on April 27 on a charge of forgery resulting from a third check that she passed in a Lititz store.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 29, 1954

• Speeding Epidemic – Borough officials went into action this week to curb what borough councilmen described as an “unusually heavy outbreak of Spring speeding through borough streets.”

At a meeting of council Tuesday night, councilmen unanimously approved a plan whereby Constable Lester Haines will be put on duty at regular intervals “for the primary function of combating speeders here.”

On Wednesday, Dr. Byron K. Horne, member of council, disclosed that the borough “is taking steps to procure radar equipment” for the purpose of waging a more determined war against motorists who ignore traffic laws inside the borough limits.

A first-hand report on the effectiveness of the use of radar equipment by Manheim Township Police in curbing speeding in Neffsville was provided council by President of Council Menno Rohrer.

70 Years Ago

May 4, 1944

Thursday Morning’s Record

• Posthumous Letter – A letter written by Staff Sergeant Gilbert V. Enck probably a few hours before he met death on a bombing mission in the South Pacific, was received here by his mother, Mrs. Clarence Hoover, on Monday &tstr; exactly one week after she had received word of his death from the War Department.

And while details regarding his death have not been received by his mother, receipt of the letter proved definitely that he could not have met his fate more than a few days before the telegram was received ten days ago.

In his letter Sgt. Enck appeared to be enjoying his lot in the South Pacific to the utmost. “This morning I finally managed to get to breakfast on time and they served my favorite food &tstr; pancakes,” he pagan his letter to his mother.

Telling how busy his squadron was being kept, he admitted that they had adopted more or less of a routine which did not vary greatly from day to day.

Enck devoted most of his letter to discussing things here at home, his friends and members of his family.

• Victory Gardens – Spurred on by the warm weather of the past several days, local Victory gardeners turned out this week with the result that 166 tracts already are under cultivation here.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

May 3, 1934

• Theater Negotiations – Negotiations whereby Lititz may soon have a motion picture theatre are in progress between William F. Kneller, of Manheim, an the Lancaster Trust Company for the purchase of the Hotel Sturgis property on East Main Street, it became known here yesterday.

Although the property was reported sold to Mr. Kneller, the transaction has not definitely been put through, as it must be approved by the court. Final action can not be made before several weeks have been passed.

Mr. Kneller, who as present operates the Manheim Auditorium, is believed to contemplate turning the garage part of the property into a theatre and building the entrance on the vacant lot between the Hess’ Fruit Market and the Lutz Market House. It is believe that the store and Irwin’s Restaurant would not be touched.

The old Sturgis House has often been mentioned as a fine movie or other public building site, but the cost of its purchase and razing has always been regarded as too nigh to take over it is said.

The site is considered a good one for while it is central, ample parking space is available nearby.

Thursday Morning’s Express

May 3, 1934

• Blind Candidate – On Monday Gayle Burlingame, of Columbia, was at Lititz, and created quite an interest as he went along the pavement, led by his famous guide dog, going by the name of Lady Luck.

He is the blind candidate for the Republican nomination for the Assembly. In walking he uses a cane with rubber tip to give him the nature of the ground he traverses. Lady Luck is very intelligent and seems to know about traffic regulations, when to stop when when to proceed.

Mr. Burlingame had distributed through town a 4-page leaflet with a portrait of himself and his faithful dog on page 4 while Lady Luck graces the front page in a sitting posture, and with an intelligent and inquiring look. On the second page is a list of eight blind men filling public office in Pennsylvania and eighteen in the United States from Justice of the Peace to United States Senator and Supreme Court of Illinois.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

May 1, 1924

• 42 Years in Jail – Abe Buzzard, known as the Welsh Mountain desperado, will be released from the Eastern Penitentiary today, being 72 years old. Forty-two years of his life was spent behind prison doors. At one time he lived with his wife on the ridge of hills near Ephrata.

Many Lititz persons remember when Abe, as an evangelist, spoke in the U.B. Church here. In his hand bag, besides a bible, he carried a revolver, it is said. Following his visit here, he stole chickens that very night, walking backward in the snow as a trick to mislead anyone tracking him.

He will become an evangelist, a prison evangelist. To this end he has studied theology and the Scriptures.

But even with all his vehement and genuinely sounding protestations there are those at the Eastern Pen who smile peculiarly when asked if they think Abe means what he says. They don’t answer directly, but simply point out that on two former prison terms the convicted desperado declared his intention to become an evangelist on his release, but somehow slipped up on it after he had bid the prison gate good-bye.

On both occasions Abe did make pretentions of evangelical fervor, but somehow the law did not think this excused him from charges of sealing chickens, robbing homes and holding up neighbors of his.

But Abe says that is all over. He really knows the truth now, he says, and nothing, nothing can make him ever go wrong again.

Editor’s note: Buzzard did return to prison and would die there on St. Patrick’s Day, 1935.

Friday Morning’s Express

May 2, 1924

• Buzzard Vanishes – Abe Buzzard who left the penitentiary at Philadelphia yesterday and purposed to visit his daughter at Reading had not show up there last night. Some surmised he may have gone to the Welsh mountains.

• KKK Activities &tstr; More than a hundred robed Ku Klux Klan staged a mysterious May day celebration in the base ball park at Ephrata last night.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 30, 1914

• On Mexican Frontier – William K. Nelson, who is a private in the 15th Cavalry of the United States army, and a a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Nelson, of this place, in a letter to his parents states that he is doing patrol duty on the Mexican border in Texas.

Last week he and several other troopers were sent to a small village where the Mexicans outnumbered the Americans two to one, the latter fearing an outbreak by the Mexicans. Everything passed off peacefully, however, with the exception that an attempt to steal the soldiers’ horses was nipped in the bud.

Friday Morning’s Express

May 1, 1914

• A Greater Lititz – A public meeting will be held at the office of Hershey & Gibbel next Monday evening to which all are invited who are interested in having Warwick, Broad street addition and possibly Rome included in the future limits of the Borough of Lititz.

This meeting is not called at the instance of any organization but is at the request of those persons who have been trying to get the opinion of the general public It is believe the time has arrived when the matter should be fully discussed and the best plan adopted to place the matter before the citizens of the different districts.

Those having views on the subject of consolidation should attend this meeting.

• New Trees – During the past few days some trees were planted on the spring grounds. Two Catalpas were donated by James Carper and Mr. Wm. Rapp and through the generosity of Messrs. Elmer Kautz and John Heiserman eleven other kinds, among which were some good rare specimens of Ash, Burr Oak, Black Birch and Japan Maple.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

April 29, 1904

• Rothsville News – The supervisor is scraping the roads with a traction engine, as the farmers who generally help are so much behind with this spring’s work. The supervisors have purchased a new road machine and a stone crusher, and it is to be hoped these machines will be used very freely to better the highways.

A sixty-foot smokestack was raised at the canning factory last week. The machinery is being placed in position and all will soon be in readiness. Through the activity of W.S. Stauffer over 200 acres have been contracted to farm vegetables and for the plant.

J.G. Usner has received his Wanton touring car. It has a moving glass front and a top, and it said to be of a high speed.Friday Morning’s Express

Friday Morning’s Express

April 29, 1904

• Around Town – T. Chalkley Hatton, the civil engineer employed by the borough, is making complete specifications for a new water plant and has all the details of the present plant of the Lititz Water Company.

About $140 has been subscribed by Lititz business men for taking steps to hunt down the robbers who have twice stolen a large amount of goods from Lititz merchants.

James Engle, who is the carpenter for the Ideal Cocoa Company had a most unfortunate accident. While sawing wood he cut himself severely in the left hand severing the thumb and injuring three other fingers.

The biggest building boom is going on at Warwick and Lititz along Front street where nearly a score of houses will be erected. The north side of Front street is in Warwick while the south side is in Lititz. Abram Carpenter bought a lot of N.B. Leaman at five dollars a front foot on New street.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

May 4, 1894

• Vintage Buzzard – Abe Buzzard is again in a prison cell, and there is every evidence this time that he has fallen from grave and into his old ways.

His brother is serving a sixteen-year term for the commission of a murderous assault at Groffdale, in which he charged that Abe was the leader. The authorities consider the charge as a persecution on the part of the old Welsh Mountain gang, and the evangelist was allowed to depart in peace, but the last Cedar Lane burglary and knock down of a post office and railroad station bears the Abe Buzzard trade-mark too strongly to be rubbed out.

Buzzard is 41 years of age, twenty of which he has passed behind bars. His friends deserted his cause months ago on account of his lapse into dissipations, and it now appears as if the courts will have a chance to make up for loss of time on his record.

• Happenings &tstr; Burgess Young is making the rounds taking subscriptions for sprinkling our streets. This is a necessity here during the warm months and every one who can afford it should cheerfully subscribe something.

Yerger & Co. began serving ice through Lititz and Warwick this week. Persons wanting the article can leave orders with John Yerger or John R. Bricker.

A committee is now making calls on citizens of this place to secure accommodations for the visitors expected here during the centennial celebration of Linden Hall Seminary in June, as hotels cannot begin to accommodate all.

John Helter of Warwick shot a barn owl near his premises on Monday. It is a very large and pretty bird of its kind and is being mounted by F.B. Buch.

Friday Morning’s Express

May 4, 1894

• Electric Road – There is a strong probability that the Lancaster and Lititz turnpike will soon pass into the hands of the Pennsylvania Traction Company. The proposition of the latter company to pay the stockholders of the turnpike 12 per cent, dividend annually in return for absolute use of the road seems to be meeting with general approval, and all the stockholders have signed the agreement with the exception of a few small holders, and it is altogether likely that they will sing the papers in a few days. This will be the first of the rural roads to be built.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

May 2, 1884

• Gongs, Clowns and Bretzels – Henry Firestone, the baker, has placed in his bread wagon a large gong, to be used in telling his customers that he is about. It sounds so loud that it will wake a sound sleeper.

The man who said he was going to Lancaster last Saturday on business, but not to the circus, was one of the first persons we happened to spy on the circus grounds. The was an outpouring of Lititz representatives at the circus last week.

During the past winder John Beck, driver of Sturgis’ bretzel team, drove 750 miles in a sleigh.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

May 3, 1884

• Town Talk and Gossip – The Columbia young man who got sick because he ate too many oysters got mad at the reporters for publishing his hoggishness.

Many hereabouts have slight colds.

Housecleaning has begun in dangerous earnest.

When will those park seats arrive? They are needed.

The Spring Committee should restock the Springs with trout. The old lot are about all.

The boys now play hare and hound. The hare gets a start and occasionally drops pieces of paper by which the hounds track him.

Don’t waste more money in putting up unsightly fences. Economize by tearing down about half the fences already up. Lititz would look a hundred percent better, if there were no fences about the town.

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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