1924: Trolley line to Rothsville on the table

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1924: Trolley line to Rothsville on the table

1974: Fate of Pierson mansion uncertain

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10 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 15, 2004

• Sutter Wood Be Proud – James Wilson Marshall and Dean Fox came face-to-face with each other after being separated for 119 years last Tuesday.

One found a career by sawing wood and discovering gold in California. The other found a career by carving wood with a chainsaw at his house in New Holland. Now both are linked by a piece of wood sitting in a patio in the Lititz square.

Fox was commissioned by the owners of the General Sutter Inn to create a lifelike wooden sculpture made from a dead tree of the 1800’s pioneer who discovered gold on Sutter’s property in January of 1848. he also created the sculpture of Sutter that sits in the middle of the patio.

The sound of a roaring chainsaw filled the air for two days. Fox said he spent 16 hours over the course of two days creating the wooden figure that holds a shovel and a small bag of gold.

“A chainsaw is a motorized pencil to me,” Fox said.

Fox said many things can go wrong when carving a tree. On this job Fox said he started sawing and cut right into an antique electric insulator embedded within the log. One time he found an entire brick sealed within a tree.

“The hardest part is getting started,” Fox said. “Pretty much the first hour or two is stage fright.”

Although the decision to make his hobby a career was difficult at first, Fox said now he is glad he has made it his job.

“I actually look forward to doing it when I go out to cut,” Fox said. “It’s nice to know you’re doing the best job you can do. I feel very fortunate to be able to do this as a job.”

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 21, 1994

• Budget Woes – Faced with almost $2 million in increased expenditures for the 1994-95 school year, the Warwick School District is bracing itself for a tough budget experience.

District superintendent Dr. John R. Bonfield warned during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that it may be difficult to keep the tax increase out of the “two digit range.” Last year the district raised the school tax 4.5 mills to its current 66 mill rate.

• Great Hitters – One would have to guess that after standing in the box against Lampeter Strasburg’s Rob Burger and his 93 mph fastball, everything else must seem like it is just floating down the middle with a sign that says “hit me” stuck to it.

Since losing to Burger and L-S 602 on April 11, Warwick has won three straight and outscored their opponents by an unbelievable margin of 37-15.

The 1-2-3 punch of Nate Eckert, Doug Shertzer and Matt Hart did the damage against CV, going a combined 7-for-12 with six RBI’s and seven runs scored.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 19, 1984

• Sewer Decisions – Warwick Township Municipal Authority Chairman J. Richard Coates told about 175 people in a crowded Rothsville Fire Hall Tuesday night that the municipal authority would have some answers to the residents’ questions about the recent sewer rate increase “by the day after the May 17 meeting.”

Coates made the remark after a two-hour “guest recognition” session during the regular monthly municipal authority meeting, which had been moved to the fire hall in anticipation of a large crowd of residents.

Coates said suggestions made by the residents on cutting costs, equalizing the burden of the sewer on residents, expanding into the fringe areas and forming a joint authority with Lititz borough to operate the wastewater treatment plant would be taken into consideration.

• Rudy Honored – It is hard to mention the Lititz Sportsmen without having the name Ray Rudy come to mind. He has been an active member of the local association for over a quarter of a century. It is easy to see why the Federated Sportsmen of Lancaster County selected Ray Rudy as Sportsman of the Year.

Ray was destined to be an outdoor person. At the tender age of 15 months a flyrod was placed in his hands and he hooked his first fish, a bluegill. That first catch hooked Rudy and he has been at it ever since.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 18, 1974

• Quincy Home – The fate of Quincy United Methodist Home at 125 S. Broad St. (the former Pierson home) is expected to be determined today after board of directors have met.

Negotiations for sale of the home were to be presented to the board of directors at their meeting Wednesday.

An announcement reportedly was made at the Lancaster County Board of Assistance on Monday that the home would close at the end of June because it did not meet fire safety regulations of the Life Safety Code.

Wire services released a statement earlier this week that the home was scheduled to be closed down by June 30 but that changes in the situation might allow it to remain open.

The local home was completed in September 1966 when three U-shaped wings were added to the building that was the former residence of the late Sen. J.H. Pierson. The home has beds for 48 residents.

Editor’s Note: This building is currently called Audubon Villa.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 16, 1964

• The Old Log Church – Old Saint James Church, built in 1744 by the Lutheran, Reformed and Mennonite settlers of Warwick township near the corner of West Center and Broad Streets, was the first public meeting place here fourteen years before Lititz was settled.

It was the first attempt to unite the many sects into one Protestant Church, but with each sect preserving its distinctive character. This was the outgrowth of Count Zinzendorf’s preaching when he stopped at Jacob Huber’s tavern just north of Lititz.

This old log church had for its first minister the Rev. Lawrence Nyberg from the Lancaster Lutheran Church, but ministers of all faiths were invited to preach.

That this first attempt to unite all church was not a success does not detract from its historical worth. By 1748 most of this congregation became part of the newly formed Moravian Church and School, built along the creek just east of Locust Street. This was the beginning of Linden Hall Seminary, having a student enrollment of four boys and three girls, one of the first schools in Pennsylvania.

Undoubtedly, the most historic spot and the least known, is the Saint James cemetery. Fortunately this tiny plot, at the corner of West Center Street and Pine Alley has been preserved and properly identified. The stones lie under the sod and a substantial enclosure protects it, this having been a memorial to Eugene Kreider, who cared for this plot for many years.

In this wooded graveyard are buried 182 settlers of Warwick Township, sixty of them being infants. Here like the remains of tire magnate Charles Goodyear’s great-grandfather. Other family names familiar to us today are Bender, Bechtel, Frey, Grosh, Huber, Johnson, Kling, Koch, Diehm, Evans, Palmer, Schmidt, Tshudy, Weidman, Warner and Williams.

Every foot of ground in Warwick Township, which then included Penn and Elizabeth, is a nucleus for historic interest. The Lititz Historical Foundation is leaving no stone unturned in its search for everything worth recording, which in turn is placed in their archives.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

April 15, 1954

• Bi -Centennial? – Is this the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the founding of Lititz?

If it is, Lititz is apparently “missing the boat” by not arranging a suitable Bi-Centennial Celebration.

But before you go out and hire a band to get the 200th Anniversary launched before the year has passed entirely, let’s look into the matter of whether it actually is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lititz, as claimed on the State Highway Department sign on North Broad Street.

Available historical data would indicate that the state has a good reason for placing the date of 1754 on its sign here. But the exact moment a community comes into being is our can be so vague that civic leaders here still may have ample time to stage suitable pageants and parades similar to those presented by other communities upon reaching their Bi-Centennial Years.

• Let’s Celebrate! – The exact date of the founding of Lititz is not too important. Local historians probably can agree upon the most likely date upon which we can hang our Bi-Centennial celebration.

The important thing is that local civic groups start planning now to properly mark our 200th Anniversary – and thus dramatically tell the world about Lititz’ rich historical and religious background.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 20, 1944

• ‘Made in Lititz’ – Any civic-minded person can get a kick out of a “Made in Lititz” label – but come across a couple hundred of them in far-off Africa – and you really get a thrill.

That was the experience encountered by Corporal William F. Kneier, Jr., formerly of 249 East Main Street, according to a letter just received from his wife.

On his last furlough in Lititz before sailing overseas, Kneier was interested in the manner in which the Samuel H. Nuss furniture factory here was turning out cots for the armed forces.

Several weeks ago, he writes the Quartermaster Truck Company of which he is a member, was assigned to unload supplies at a shipping point near Cairo, Egypt. His first load of supplies, believe it or not, consisted of a truckload of cots made in Lititz.

He sent one of the labels home to his wife to be kept as a souvenir of the war. “And those cots are allright too,” he added. “I not only had to unload a bunch of them but I also use one every night.”

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 19, 1934

• Weight-Lifter Visits – The Lititz Fire Company has prepared a special added attraction for their regular monthly meeting next Wednesday night, when they will present Joe Miller, of York, considered by many experts to be the best developed, and able to lift the heaviest for any man his weight in the world.

Following the business meeting the firemen will gather in the engine room where Miller will demonstrate his weight-lifting ability and display his wonderful physique.

He is said to be able to lift 800 pounds off the floor and also able to lift half that poundage above his head without using any part of his body to help hoist the weight.

Thursday Morning’s Express

April 19, 1934

• Airport Prediction – The new airport will probably be one of the finest between Pittsburgh and New York when the new Municipal field, now under construction, is completed, according to Thomas Bourne, superintendent of airways, first airways district, aeronautics branch, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Bourne arrived at Lancaster late Monday and accompanied by E. George Siedle, a member of the Municipal airport committee; Edward Edgerly, local engineer in charge, and Jesse Jones, airport manager, inspected the new field.

Bourne stated plans for the new field were very satisfactory and that the airport promises to be one of the finest in the East.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 17, 1924

• Lititz-Rothsville Line – It is again rumored that a trolley road between Lititz and Rothsville will be started shortly, probably next month. It had been understood that the track torn up in shorting the Lancaster-Ephrata route will be used in this proposed route.

This new link, which now touches Brownstown and Akron, when formerly these towns were a mile away from the road, will be open for business on Thursday.

This leads to the believe that if the Conestoga Traction Company is sincere in its intention to build between Lititz and Rothsville, the work will be started shortly. The route was surveyed some months ago and it was believed that work would be started then.

A great many persons were disappointed when it did not materialize. Whether this latest rumor is a false alarm will be better seen by patiently waiting.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 18, 1924

• Hay Dispute – Henry Heller, of near Millway, has been arrested on a larceny charge preferred by Monroe Widders, of this place and the recovery of two loads of hay which Heller told police he had bought from the other man. Widder’s complaint charged Heller with theft of the hay.

“I took the hay,” Heller finally admitted after questioning by State Police, “but I bought it.”

His explanation dealt with a previous contract to buy hay and his disinclination to remove it until settled in a new home. He also told the policeman that he went to get his purchase in the early morning hours because he didn’t “get along very well” and he didn’t want the other man to see him.

• Stream Cleaning – All property owners holding property along Lititz creek are hereby given notice to clean said creek by removing sludge, debris and obstructions of all kinds by May 14, 1924.

By order of Board of Health

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 16, 1914

• Items of Minor Mention – The office of Dr. J.C. Brobst has been connected with the Bell telephone.

The trout fishing season opened on Wednesday and numerous fishermen lined the streams containing the speckled beauties hereabouts. Quite a few of the gamey fish were caught in the Spring creek by anglers who began at midnight and fished until daybreak, when they went to work.

Watch for the dates of the Spring cleaning at the Springs grounds and of the creek. Be sure to lend a hand.

We’ll wager that the ladies paid more attention to the Easter finery on Sunday than they did to the sermon. They may not be able to tell you the text but they will be able to tell the kind of hat and costume nine-tenths of the other women had on, and will give a pretty good estimate of the cost of same.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 17, 1914

• Impure Water – The people of the Lititz community are hearby strongly advised to stop using their wells for drinking purposes. These water supplies are practically all unfit for use, and are occasionally most dangerous.

The Board also wishes to advise the community that it is making every effort to preserve the purity of the present excellent town water supply. Lititz Spring water is famous throughout the country, and rightly so. It is the finest asset the community possesses.

Landowners on the water shed between Lititz and Limerock are most earnestly requested not to sink cesspools in the bed rock. The underground source of the Lititz supply comes through that country and the cesspool – from the nature of the rock – is the most dangerous means of pollution.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

April 15, 1904

• Silent Burglars – On Tuesday morning Joseph Dreifus discovered that his store in this borough had been robbed during the night. The loss is now found to aggregate $200. The burglars did their work so quietly that not even the suspicion of a sound was heard.

An entrance was effected by taking a panel out of the rear door, and the lock was then easily opened. The door was found wide open in the morning.

Only the best of things were stolen. The highest-priced men’s suits were at one end of the table, which were all taken, while the other suits were not even disturbed. Pelts which were kept in the cellar, and also some in a shed outside, were cleaned out. Some jewelry was also taken.

Two sleeves of an undershirt were found, which it is supposed were used over the burglar’s feet to deaden the sound.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 15, 1904

• Town Talk -Harry Eby is distributing 10,000 pay envelopes among the factories who use them in paying employees. They have a catchy advertisement of his shoe business thereon.

The moving pictures given by the Alonzo Hatch Company are most excellent. They will exhibit in Rudy’s Hall next Wednesday evening.

Today is fisherman’s day for trout along the Lititz creek. Some fished by acetylene light after midnight. Joseph Bollinger charges parties trespassing on his meadow 25 cents for fishing privilege, but prefers that parties stay off altogether.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

April 20, 1894

• Improvements – Carpenters are making extensive improvements at the Springs Hotel. When finished the painters and paper hangers will be put to work and after that the electric lights will follow.

• Latest Fad – A full line of photographic outfits on sale at Hepp’s Jewelry store. Amateur photography is the reigning craze and young ladies as well as young men are taking a great interest in this pleasant pastime.

Friday Morning’s Express

April 20, 1894

• Electric Railway – The Lititz and Lancaster pike people have at last arrived at an understanding with the electric railway people. The latter will lease all the property of the former for 999 years at an annual rental of 12½ per cent on the original capital stock of $24,000 of the pike company. As soon as the lease is properly signed, work will begin on the proposed electric railway between Lititz and Lancaster within a week or two. When the electric railway is in operation, it will no longer be necessary for the passenger to expend the best part of a day’s wages in far to and from the county-seat.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

April 18, 1884

• Surprise Serenade – The Rothsville Cornet Band appeared in town on Monday last and serenaded a number of citizens, not forgetting the Record office. The organization has made wonderful progress since it was here last, and surprised most all with the good music rendered. Come again, gentlemen.

• Dissolved Partnership – The firm of Sturgis & Kissinger, bretzel bakers, has been dissolved. Mr. Sturgis returning to the Main Street bakery, while Mr. Kissinger will continue in the business.

• Lines Down – The telephone line between Lititz and Lancaster is in a badly wrecked condition, especially from Neffsville to Lancaster, where some of the poles are down, the wires broken and lying along the road, and at some places twisted. It was caused by the weight of last week’s snow.

Communication therefore is out of the question, and it may go some time before all is fixed, yet, we suppose, the subscribers will have to pay for it all the same.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

April 19, 1884

• Local News – J.F. Buch sold the Springs restaurant to Dr. J.C. Brobst who rented it to Levi R. Hacker who will run a confectionery and ice-cream saloon in it.

Mr. Daniel Souders will shortly start cigar-making in Warwick.

Linden Hall Seminary and Lititz Academy re-opened on Wednesday. Both institutions are prosperous.

Thursday morning Simon S. Kraatz, of Breitegan & Kraatz, Lancaster, exhibited a model of their “Contesoga Purifier,” an upright, cylindrical-shaped machine for ridding middlings of dross, at Barr’s mill in this place. This machine is an improvement over previous inventions, and it is one of the means of producing the very whitest flour.

We received a communication this week which we would have published, but were unable to decipher the manuscript.

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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