1924: Smallpox scare could put Lititz under quarantine

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10 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

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February 26, 2004

• Tour de Lititz – Race coordinator Rich Ruoff was in Council Chambers Tuesday night to promote a downtown event that could become a popular Lititz tradition.

The Tour de Lititz, a cycling race featuring local pros and top-rated amateurs, will race down East Main Street, through the Linden Hall and Moravian Congregation campuses, and amid the historical architecture of downtown Lititz.

Ruoff reported that he expected as many as 300 racers in this year’s race, scheduled for May 16.

“I think it’s a great event to have,” said Councilman John Bear.

His fellow council members concurred and the event garnered unanimous approval. Ruoff will be fine-tuning the plans with help from Lititz Police Chief Douglas Shertzer.

20 Years Ago

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March 3, 1994

• Resistant to Change -To some residents, it’s a welcomed addition to the area’s recreational sites. But, to others it’s an annoying headache that is difficult to relieve.

Warwick Township’s preliminary plan to transform 40 acres of land into a linear park has sparked controversy with local residents. And the end is nowhere in sight.

For nearly two years, a committee of approximately eight Warwick Township residents from all walks of life has been preparing and discussing a groundwork plan for a linear park to run from Market St. to Newport Rd.

According to Karen Scheffey, chairperson of the township’s Recreation Advisory Committee, the proposed park includes three segments – athletic fields, picnic facilities and a nature area.

In order to move forward with the first phase of the plan, the township hoped to grade and seed the field beside Brookfield Estates this spring. But the park plan is not sitting well with neighbors. And action has come to a screeching halt.

“We have been accused of having and not having plans on the map,” said Scheffey. “But it’s just a sketch plan – an artist’s conception. And we have encouraged people to come to our meetings and talk to us.”

• Train Station to Return – The residents of Lititz may soon see the resurrection of a familiar landmark. With the end of passenger service to the Lititz area in 1952, the railroad passenger station was abandoned by the former Philadelphia & Reading railroad and subsequently demolished.

The Lititz chapter of Ambucs has begun a study into the feasibility of rebuilding the station at the entrance to Lititz Springs Park. The study, at this point in time, involves discussions with the Lititz Springs Park Board, Moravian Church, and Lititz Borough. Preliminary architectural plans are being drawn up, and cost analyses are being done. The intent is that the reconstruction be as historically authentic as possible.

30 Years Ago

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March 1, 1984

• Hazardous Waste Facility – In a special meeting to hear public comment on a proposed hazardous waste recycling center, Lititz Borough Council voted unanimously to tell the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources that there was “strong community opposition to this particular facility being located within the borough.”

Gem Chem is seeking a permit to operate at 140 Kleine Lane, recycling industrial wastes such as sludges, oil and inks into a fuel product.

• Warwick Wrestling – Triple A Sectional wrestling champs for Warwick in 1984 are Curt Myers, Tom Miller, Cordell Musser, Mike Miller, Wink Charles, Bill Breidenstine, Dave Hartman, Scott Witwer, Mike Kreider, Scott Kelly, Dennis Rosenberry and Tony Francisus.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 28, 1974

• ‘Exorcist’ Projectionist – Much has been said and written about the movie “The Exorcist.” It is playing at the Twin Theatres in Lancaster and we found out that John Heisey, 109 W. Third Ave., is the projectionist for the controversial film, so we asked him what he thought about it.

“It is very well put together for the purpose it is supposed to portray,” he said. “It’s for young people who like scary and gruesome pictures.”

He said at least one person a day faints, and five viewers fainted during the first Saturday night. A man and wife were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s psychiatric department as a result of watching the movie. There are attendants at the theatre at all times for these emergencies. It’s doing a tremendous business.

John also gave a statistic that amazed us. He has been a projectionist for over 50 years at various theatres, including the former Lititz Theatre. We didn’t think he was old enough for that record. He doesn’t look it.

• Deaf Miss Pennsylvania – “There’s almost nothing a deaf person can’t do if they try,” says 23-year old Debbie Matthews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. Matthews, Lititz RD2. Although virtually deaf, Debbie will fly to Washington, Pa. next week to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania-USA Pageant.

Being deaf is really the only reason Debbie decided to enter the pageant, saying, “I want to prove that deaf people are not dumb. They aren’t freaks. They just can’t hear.”

• Basketball Playoffs – The Warwick basketball team rallied behind senior guard Jeff Weaver to defeat Littlestown 63-51 in the first round of the District 3 playoffs.

• Wrestling Champs – Warwick advanced seven wrestlers to round two of the Class B championships: Mike Hutchinson, Lynn Mearig, Jeff Mearig, Ned Pelger, Don Peters, Mark Mentzer and Larry Huber.

• Betty Crocker Award – Debra A. Diffenbaugh has been named Warwick High School’s 1974 Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow.

• Value of a Dime – Postmaster Fidler announced that postal rates will increase Saturday. First class mail will go from 8 to 10 cents.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 27, 1964

• The Big Five of ‘64 – The Warwick basketball team won the county and section champion of 1964. The Mighty Warriors’ (19-0) big five are Mike Allebach, Mike Maharg, Mark Wagaman, Joe Carl and Bill Bushong.

Other players under Coaches Dean Miller and LeRoy Trupe are Tommy Clausen, Glenn Ludwig, Gene Risser, Dick Reese and Dick Stauffer.

• Sutter Saved – A group of business men definitely have made an offer for the General Sutter Hotel, a reliable source confirmed here yesterday. It was learned that the religious organization which has been interested in the property as a possible home did not take up its option.

• Springs Bar – The sum of $150 was reported stolen from the Springs Bar, East Main Street, between 3 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, Police Chief George C. Hicks said.

Louis Geib, the bartender, left at 3 a.m. after cleaning. At 3:55 a.m., James Schlotzhauer, a Lancaster Newspapers distributor who was making a delivery, noticed the glass door had been broken.

The owner, Margaret Singer, estimated that $150 had been stolen from a money bag hidden in a supposedly secret place.

• Best Dressed College Girl – Miss Susan Marie Weyer, daughter of Col. and Mrs. George S. Weyer, 209 East Second Ave., was judged “best dressed student” at Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, N.J.

The contest is being conducted by “Glamour” magazine, which is making a search for the best dressed college girl in the country. The magazine will select 10 national winners who will be featured in its August 1964 issue.

60 Years Ago

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March 4, 1954

• Lititz Gets George Male – The whole community this week appeared united in the belief that the local school board made a wise choice in hiring George R. Male, of Ephrata, as a member of the local faculty and as coach for this year’s football team.

The Ephrata Review published a lengthy front page editorial in which it censored the Ephrata School Board for not trying harder to keep Male employed there.

Lititz is paying him $700 more than Ephrata did last year.

• Fire Sale – The Lititz Fire Company sold its former rescue truck to Ivan Adams, the high bidder, for $375.

• Ruth Fry on the Radio – Miss Ruth Fry, a senior at Albright College, is appearing every Thursday afternoon on the cooking school radio program conducted by Miss Frieda Moyer, over Station WEEU.

Editor’s Note: Ruth Fry McKennon was a Lititz Borough Council member for many years.

• Brooms for the Blind – Lititz Lions will launch their annual broom sale this Saturday to raise funds for work among the blind. Arthur Bushong is chairman of the committee.

Lions will canvass the town selling brooms. House brooms are being sold for $1.95, while whisk brooms cost 95 cents.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 2, 1944

• Spacht Rec Center – The donation of a community building by R.M. Spacht was highly lauded by a large number of local organizations and individuals during the past week.

Among the first to praise Mr. Spacht for his gift was Mrs. M.C. Demmy, president of the Fire Company Auxiliary, who pledges the support of all 700 members of this organization.

“This is most certainly a big step in the right direction and Lititz will reap benefits from this for many years to come,” Mrs. Demmy declared.

• Better Late Than Never – Private Bill Schmidt writes from Wales to inform us that a package mailed last March by the Lititz Service Association finally has caught up with him in England.

The package was mailed to Macon, Georgia, but did not contain his serial number. Before it could be delivered he was transferred overseas. While he want directly to England, the package made a total of 18 stops in this country before finally being dispatched overseas, the label cancellations showed.

“But the contents were in good condition – and I felt mighty glad to hear from Lititz,” Bill concluded.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 1, 1934

• Lititz Sportsmen’s Association – Fifty-eight enthusiastic sportsmen of town and vicinity met at the Park View Hotel Monday night for the purpose of forming a permanent organization here. John Haverstick, county game warden, opened the meeting and then turned it over to Prof. H. H. Beck.

• Linden Hall Dance – Girls of Linden Hall were hostesses at an informal dance Saturday evening in the school gymnasium. The theme was in keeping with Washington’s birthday, and the rooms were decorated in American flags and a motif of red, white and blue. Dr. and Mrs. F. W. Stengel received guests. About twenty couples attended.

• Moravian Comedy – “Cabbages or Dollars,” a comedy in three acts will be presented by the Senior Christian Endeavor Society of the Moravian Church in the Mary Dixon Auditorium next Thursday. The cast, under the direction of Miss Mary Huebener, includes Roy Yerger as Grandpa Parker.

Thursday Morning’s Express

March 1, 1934

• Fire Co. Comedy – “Safety First,” a great comedy by local talent under the auspices of the Fire Co., was given before a full house last evening and will be repeated tonight. Henry Hackman and an enlarged orchestra renders excellent music between acts.

• Front Page News! – Dorothy Evans broke her leg in a fall going down the steps in the high school building Friday.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 28, 1924

• Splendid Edifice – Farmers National Bank awarded a contract for a new bank building to occupy the site of the present Post Office building. The contract was placed with Hoggson Brothers, of New York City, who will start erection April 1st, 1924.

The new building will be of Georgian Colonial design built of field stone secured from a nearby quarry. The face of the building will be enhanced with limestone columns.

• Smallpox Returns – Residents of Lititz woke up with surprise on Sunday morning to learn that smallpox, which was believed at an end, broke out again, with two victims in Lititz and one at Pine Hill. A dozen persons who had visited their homes very recently are quarantined. The two Lititz persons who are afflicted attended the meetings at which Rev. Newell, the evangelist who first had the disease, preached.

• Rumor – The rumor that Charles C. Weaver had smallpox is untrue, as he has no signs of sickness whatsoever and is at his place of business as usual. He conducts a modern and antique store. He is at a loss to know how this rumor started.

Friday Morning’s Express

Feb. 29, 1924

• Health Mandate – It is absolutely necessary that our threatened epidemic of smallpox be kept under control by the Lititz health authorities. If a possible further increase of the disease reaches beyond local control the state will take the situation in hand and establish a general quarantine on the town and an embargo on all its products.

All those who have been vaccinated must obtain certificates from their physician before Monday morning, March 3.

• Filthy Lucre! – In a case like the present smallpox scare there is much fumigating, stopping meetings, etc., which is certainly necessary, but there is a commodity that passes among us every day that is the germ laden item article supreme – cash money.

How about your purses and bill folds that harbor the filthy lucre? It behooves all of us to fumigate our money receptacles. It has been affirmed that dirty bills alone spread all disease faster than any other agency.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 26, 1914

• Sledding Weather – Monday’s snow has made excellent sleighing and it is being taken advantage of by all. “Jump your runners” is the kiddies slogan.

• Shoe-In – Fifteen ladies and gentlemen connected with the Elizabethtown shoe factory came here in a large sleigh drawn by four horses on Wednesday afternoon. They came to see the Lititz shoe factory and the officers of the latter received them with pleasure and gave their guests a chicken and waffle dinner at the Springs Hotel. Photographer Reidenbach took their picture as they stood up in the sleigh.

• Hi-Tech Habecker – E.E. Habecker, of the Lititz bookstore, who during the past five years has represented the Edison Talking Machine line, has decided to also handle the famous Vitcor Victrolas. Mr. Habecker will cheerfully demonstrate both makes of instruments.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 27, 1914

• Fasnacht Day – Tuesday was Fasnacht Day and the odor of the doughnut permeated the air. There were over 20,000 of these delicious fat cakes consumed in Lititz as near as can be estimated, and the end is not yet.

The three bakers furnished 18,408 in all the first three days of the week. Mrs. Yeiser baked 21 dozen and a number of other parties baked varying amounts for sale. A large quantity was made and sold at the Fasnacht social in the St. Paul Lutheran Sunday School chapel on Tuesday.

• Golden Anniversary – Monday signalized a notable event in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Seaber, one which is not given every married couple to celebrate, namely their golden wedding anniversary. Fifty years of domestic happiness and prosperity are something to look back upon with pleasure and deserve more than passing comment. The day was fittingly observed with a family reunion and big dinner, at which about 40 were present.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

February 26, 1904

• ‘Esquimo’ Girl – Theodore Wolle, son of our townsman, R.N. Wolle, attending school at Bethlehem, came home last week, bringing with him an Esquimo girl aged about 14 years named Olga Guinther. The girl is now visiting at Lancaster, but will shortly enter Linden Hall as a pupil.

• Wild Saturday at Warwick House – The 7th anniversary and the 167th public combination sale will take place at the Warwick House this coming Saturday. It will be a big sale and is to be followed by a Texas wild steer chase. The person catching the steer is entitled to win the prize.

• Sarah the Gate Keeper – Mrs. Sarah Herr, who has had charge of the toll-gate below Kissel Hill the past twenty-eight years, will retire about April 1st and move to Mrs. Frank’s home, on East Main street. Mrs. Herr has been a most faithful attendant at the gate and her familiar face and pleasant countenance will be missed by many.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 26, 1904

• The Science of Music – The 13th public meeting of the Lancaster Co. Teachers’ Natural Science Club was held in the room of the Manheim High School on Saturday last. Both morning and afternoon sessions were well attended and much interest manifested in the exercises. Teachers from Lititz, Lancaster, Millersville, Herrville, Penryn, Rapho, Rothsville and Lampeter were present.

“A Talk on Science,” by D.B. Becker of the Lititz Board of Education, was given. Mr. Becker reviewed the recent discoveries in natural science and spoke of the great educational value of the study of the influence of music on man, beast and plants.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

March 2, 1894

• Enlightenment – People going to and from church last Sunday evening, when it was dark and snowing lively, fully appreciated the dozen electric street lights on Main street and wished the whole town were lit up in this manner.

• Saved! – Not long ago Mrs. Jacob Snavely, a daughter of Benjamin McQuade, resided near Petersburg, came home to die, the victim of consumption.

Wishing to connect herself with the Dunkard church, she submitted to their prescribed form of baptism, and was carried to a creek near the house and there immersed into the ice cold water, with the usual ceremony, in presence of a large number of people.

Not only did she bear up well under the exposure, but she now professes to feel better physically than she did before the immersion.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 2, 1894

• Sam Grosh Slips – While walking in front of the Springs Hotel, on Tuesday afternoon, Samuel E. Grosh, the carriage builder, slipped on the icy pavement and fell. He was picked up unconscious and carried into the hotel, where he regained consciousness. The greatest injury was to his head.

• Renowned Physician Dies – Dr. C.J. Snavely, a prominent physician of this county, died at his home in Manheim yesterday afternoon, aged about sixty-seven years.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 29, 1884

• Bad Boys – Persons living on Orange street are very much annoyed by bad boys, who, after leaving school, commit all sorts of nuisances along that street, annoying the citizens and disturbing the peace.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

March 1, 1884

• Washington’s Birthday Parade – Lititz hung out a few half-hearted flags on Washington’s birthday. Beck’s juvenile band in fantastic head-gear marched through town, stopping at places and playing several tunes fairly well. What seemed to be the lost Lititz band was also on deck.

• Wild Last Ride – Two horses ran away with a hearse last week in the southern part of the county. The coffin was recovered all right after the hearse came against a stout tree.

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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