1944: Local soldier killed in Italy

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Pfc. Richard J. Neidermyer of Lititz was killed in action in 1944.

Pfc. Richard J. Neidermyer of Lititz was killed in action in 1944.

1914: Practice of ‘cigar licking’ prohibited

10 Years Ago

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Thursday’s Record Express

March 25, 2004

• Spring Cleaning – Saturday was the first day of spring. For some, the best way to celebrate was to tidy up the watershed.

More than 25 people turned out to walk the banks of Lititz Run, retrieving garbage and planting trees along the way. A group of 10 kicked off the project at 8 a.m. at the Riparian Park along Rothsville Road.

Brad McClain, an environmental science teacher at Warwick High School, said he encouraged his students to take time out of their schedule to come and help clean. Of all his students, one showed up – Suad Selimanovic, an exchange student from Bosnia.

“It’s extremely important to have events (like this) because it’s the only way to inspire people to care about the environment,” McClain said. “You have to be a good role model.”

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 31, 1994

• Wal-Mart Concerns – The majority of the estimated 150 people who attended last Wednesday night’s Warwick Township Planning Commission meeting seemed to agree about one thing – traffic is awful along Route 501. And, several expressed fear that the addition of a 199,000-square-foot Wal-Mart supercenter could mean more headaches.

Dozens of people wore stickers with the words “Wal-Mart” with a red circle and a slash across it. No one openly spoke in favor of the retailer, although one man wore a baseball cap that said “Wal-Mart Always.”

A little more than a dozen people actually stood to speak about Wal-Mart, but several times people broke out in applause as different points were made.

• Historian Dies – Henry T. Muth, 90, died March 25 at Audubon Villa, where he had been a guest for one month. A life member of the Lititz Moravian Church, he served as a past president of the board of trustees. He had also served as a past president of the Lititz Rotary Club, where he was a member.

In 1976, Muth authored a locally published book titled “Moravian Manners in 1776,” which detailed life in the Moravian community during American’s struggle for independence.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 29, 1984

• Ask and Ye Shall Receive – A few columns ago, I wondered what became of sleeve garters. This week I received a snappy pair of red ones from Bob Bingeman, who’s still selling them. Thanks a lot, Bob: with my green visor and red sleeve garters, I’ll dazzle ‘em at the next poker session.

I wonder whatever became of fifty dollar gold pieces? (from Mid The Turmoil)

• On Track for Success – The Warrior track team opened their season on a positive note last Friday returning from Neffsville with 93 to 56 victory over the Blue Streaks. Aiding the win was a sweep in three event. Scott Rathkey, Dave Miller, Ron Wood and John Kurtz enabled the Warriors to take all the points in the long, triple and high jumps. In addition the local cindermen took first in 13 of the 18 event meet. The runners also captures two of the three relays.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 28, 1974

• County Network – Boro Council voted Tuesday to transfer all police communications to the Lancaster County network on or about Jan. 1, 1975, and to notify both the Ephrata Communications Center and the Lancaster network of their decision.

The change will mean an expenditure of $10,300 for radio equipment for local police. However, yearly cost of belonging to the county hookup will mean a savings to the borough. Cost with the county is $700 a year, and with the Ephrata center, $3,000 a year.

Members of the ambulance association, several Councilmen, and representatives from the borough and Warwick Township police departments met with people from both the Ephrata and the County center to discuss the pros and cons of the decision.

• History Lesson – The Lititz Record-Express is observing its 98th anniversary this week, completing another year of major local news coverage.

The paper was founded as the Sunbeam by John G. Zook, and originally was a monthly publication, nine by 12 inches in size. Zook continued as editor for many years, with the offices at 22 E. Main St.

Its name was changed to the Lititz Express in 1881. Meanwhile, the Lititz Record had been founded elsewhere by Frank Buch in 187 and merged with the Express in 1937, becoming the Record-Express.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 26, 1964

• Modern Mathematics – Herbert Kraybill was elected president of the Lititz Parent Teacher Association for the ‘64-’65 term at the meeting on Thursday.

Edgar L. Lawton, director of elementary education in the Warwick Union Schools spoke about “Modern Mathematics in Elementary Schools.” He explained that what was known as the study of numbers has now developed into “elementary mathematics.” This change began to take place in the 1930s when reading by rote was no longer acceptable and early understanding of what was being read began to be stressed, he said, and a shift to understand began to be emphasized in arithmetic.

“Sputnik” brought a new look at our educational system, Lawton said. New emphasis was placed on the study of science, mathematics and foreign languages. The National Defense Education Act passed in 1958 provided federal monies for studies in this area.

Workshops for teachers are available, and materials used in the teaching of mathematics are available to the local school systems at one half their cost.

• Easter Trombones – The 206th Easter Dawn service of the Moravian Congregation will be held on Sunday at 5:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, concluding in God’s Acre, the ancient hilltop graveyard south of the church.

As has been the custom for two centuries, the residents of Lititz will be awakened between 3 and 4 a.m. Easter morning by the voices of brass instruments sounding over the town.

The Trombone Choir, augmented to thirty members for the occasion, will breakfast at 2 a.m. in the newly decorated basement of Fellowship Hall, will play on Church Square at 3 a.m. and then divide into two bands and walk the streets of Lititz, playing the joyful Easter chorales heralding the resurrection.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 25, 1954

• H.S. Spot Chosen – Any doubt as to the site for the new Junior-Senior High School Building, subject of recent discussions by the union school board, was removed at a stormy meeting here last week when the school authority was authorized to purchase the West Orange Street tract.

• Glee – The Lebanon Valley Glee Club will present a program over WGAL-TV this Friday morning at 9 o’clock. The glee club includes three Lititz students: Miss Lois Reedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reedy; Miss Patricia Lutz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lutz, and Benjamin Lutz III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lutz, II.

• Memorial Trees – That efforts will be made to interest several local organizations in planting trees as memorials to war dead from Lititz, was indicated this week.

Lititz is due to lose many of its fine shade trees here during the next two years, according to B.B. Ibach, tree surgeon, of Manheim, who was contacted this week by representatives of the Lititz Rotary Club, one of the groups considering the planting of trees here.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 30, 1944

• Killed in Action – A memorial service dedicated to the memory of Pfc. Richard J. Neidermyer will be held in St. Paul’s Lutheran church Easter Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m., according to plans made here this week.

Pfc. Neidermyer was killed in action in the Italian war theatre on February 19, according to a telegram received from the War Department Saturday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Neidermyer, 223 Front Street, this borough.

News of the young man’s death spread rapidly throughout the borough Saturday and proved a distinct shock to his many friends here. It was thought that Neidermyer had been on Italian soil less than a week when he was killed in action, in all probability in defense of the bridehead along the coast south of Rome where American troops have suffered heavy casualties during the past few months.

• Conveyor Casualty – Amos Longenecker, South Broad Street, had a narrow escape from possible death last Thursday when he became caught in a saw-dust conveyor at the Sensenich Bros. propeller plant near the airport.

A workman who happened to walk through the section of the plant where the conveyor is located saw Longenecker’s plight and succeeded in getting the machine stopped.

When removed to the Lancaster General Hospital, Longenecker was found to have sustained the fracture of both bones of his right forearm. He also was severely injured about the body, although physicians believe he escaped internal injuries.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 29, 1934

• Don’t Mess with the Boss – Chief-of-Police “Boss” Kreider arrested Dan Withers, of South Broad Street, last Wednesday for breaking the Borough’s Parking Ordinance. It was the first arrest made for parking on the wrong side of the street since the ruling was passed last summer.

Chief Kreider has warned several other offenders for the last time, it is said, and perhaps other arrests will follow in the near future, if the warnings are not complied with hereafter.

According to Kreider, Mr. Withers was notified several times for parking his car on the left side of the street at his warehouse on the corner of Cedar and Centre Sts.

The Chief signed a complaint on Withers giving him ten days time to appear before Squire Andy Shissler and pay the $5 penalty and costs, after which time if the matter was not taken care of a warrant will follow.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 27, 1924

• It’s Electric! – Borough Council met in regular session on Tuesday evening with all the members present.

The water plant will be electrified. There will be two units with a capacity of 400 gallons per minute.

• Great Place to Pick up Chicks – Day old chicks are arriving at the local post office daily. The peepers are in healthy condition and their chirps remind one of down on the farm. The low price of eggs evidently hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of local poultry raisers. Ministers who visit in Lititz during the coming year will be will provided for, at the rate of the advance arrival of the little chicks.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 28, 1924

• Large Attendance – The Lititz Springs National Bank had their new building, which is pronounced an architectural gem, both as regards beauty and utility, open for inspection last Saturday from 1 to 9:30 p.m.

That the public was interested in the enterprise was shown by the very large attendance, which exceeded all expectations. The directors had their hands full all the time. What caused them some concern was that the supply of souvenirs was exhausted rather early. However, they have placed rush orders for a further supply and all those who failed to get a souvenir on Saturday are urged to call at the bank and get them. They are expected soon.

• Post Office Moving – On Saturday night at seven o’clock the Lititz Post Office which has been located in the post office building at 9 East Main street, since it was erected by the late Dr. J.C. Brobst, will begin the moving of its fixtures to 17-19-21 South Broad street, formerly Cohen’s store and eventually to be the waiting room of the Conestoga Traction Company.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 26, 1914

• Dandy Hat – Our Chief Burgess Milford G. Marks, who, when not busy chasing hoboes out of town, is driving his dray wagon about our streets, attracted considerable attention on Tuesday.

Perched upon his wagon he sat,with a high silk hat adorning his head, as he delivered goods about town. “Milly” became the hat, all right, but everybody was asking him why he was wearing it, and quite a few were saying “Where did you get that hat, O you lucky fellow.”

Mr. Marks, however, would not reveal why he was wearing the classy top piece.

• Mini Wireless Telegraph – The International Correspondence Schools of Scranton are having an exhibition in the window of Hershey and Gibbel’s office this week. Among other things is a miniature wireless telegraph apparatus, which is attracting a good deal of attention when in operation.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 27, 1914

• Cigar Licking Discouraged – Commissioner John Price Jackson, of the Department of Labor and Industry, reports that he has recently had the Division of Hygiene of the Department inspect thirty-eight cigar factories in the western part of the State, employing a total of over 3000 people. In fifteen of these factories none of the operatives placed the tips of cigars in their mouths. In eight of the factories a few of the operatives did place the tips of the cigars in their mouths.

Insomuch as the practice of licking or wetting the end of the cigar seems to be a more or less prevalent practice and one which is not only unsafe to the operative, but certainly should be undesirable for the smoker, the Commissioner desires that notice be given that this practice must be absolutely done away with.

• Easter Goodies – Some of the stores in town have opened the stock and made window displays of Easter goods. I.H. Doster’s west window is filled with a big variety of Easter candies and novelties that attract children and people of all ages.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

March 25, 1904

• ‘Laudanum Fiend’ – Dutch George, by may called the “laudanum fiend,” who lived with the Gable family near Millport for twenty-five years, was taken to the county almshouse on Saturday, but came back on Sunday. He prefers Owl Hill to any other place.

• Brubaker Suicide – Hiram Brubaker, a well-known farmer, who lived on the Brubaker homestead about a half mine northwest from this place, ended his life about 11.30 A.M. last Saturday by hanging himself on the garret of his home.

Mr. Brubaker’s wife died about a year ago, since which time he had grown despondent. His son Hiram, aged 27 years, who had lived at home, Saturday mentioned to the father that they would feed the stock and then take their dinner. The son had gone to the barn, leaving the father in the house. He had not been gone long when he returned to the house.

Finding the father absent, he went up stairs in search of him, but failed to find him in any of the rooms. Seeing the garret door open he went up and there found him hanging.He had fastened a rope to the rafters, and standing on a barrel jumped off and thus ended his life.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 25, 1904

• Town Talk – “Dot Leedle German Band” came to town on Wednesday discoursing Spring music. At least one of them claimed they brought spring along from Reading.

How quickly our people recognize a good thing was demonstrated by the way the additional stock of the Ideal Cocoa and Chocolate Company was taken up when they increased their capitalization from $100,000 to $200,000. The Ideal products are at the head of their class of goods and their deserved popularity is growing.

The Rothsville Literary Society held its last meeting for the present school year Friday evening. The principal event on the programme was a challenge debate between the society and the Freshmen Class of Franklin and Marshall College. The question debated was, “Resolved, That there should be an educational qualification for voting.” The society had chosen the affirmative side of the question and the freshmen defended the negative side.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

March 30, 1894

• Local Gossip – The Manheim Lutheran church bell was very distinctly heard ringing hear on Sunday morning.

Linden Hall Seminary pupils are nearly all at their homes, whither they went to spend Easter. The Spring term will open next Monday.

Workmen are now engaged putting in a glass front and making other alterations at the “Sutter”mansion, wherein shortly Messrs. Kreider & Michael will open a new hardware store.

The big locust tree in the front yard of the Springs Hotel will have to give way to the woodchopper’s axe. Pannabecker and Matthews are to remove it.

Owing to the delay in receiving the material for lighting the streets of our town by electricity, they could not be lighted as soon was expected, but it is hoped they will be in readiness by next week.

• Loyalty Matters – Every citizen of the town owes a duty to the home merchant before he thinks of buying elsewhere. We say this unhesitatingly in the interest of both the buyer and the merchant regardless of the fact that said merchant may not be a patron of this paper.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 30, 1894

• Dignitaries – A number of prominent men have accepted the invitation to participate in the centennial exercises of Linden Hall Seminary. Among them are Governor Pattison, Attorney-General Hansel, General Davis and Congressman Brosius.

• Easter Ball – A grand Easter ball was held at the Keystone Hotel in Rothsville on Monday evening, where all who attended enjoyed themselves.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 28, 1884

• Tramps in Woods – It seems strange that in a land of law and order farmers and others must continually be the victims of a set of lazy, thieving tramps without any redress. We refer to Miller’s woods near town, which is the rendezvous of as high as twenty of these nuisances at a time, who steal and beg their meals, and take the world easy by lounging in the woods when not out on a tour for something to eat.

Occasionally they get frightened off and remain away several days, but soon they return to their old haunts. One farmer living near by says he believes that no less than 1000 chickens were stolen from his within the last few years. Last week Peter Burkholder, who lives near the woods, missed a lot of chickens. He approached the grove quietly and seated himself on the fence, watched the tramps in the act of dressing their stolen game. Presently, one of them spied Mr. Burkholder, and in very short time they had hurriedly stuffed the chickens into their bags and cleared off. In a few days, however, they returned.

Constable Helman, on being told of the state of affairs, replied that whenever there are a number of tramps in the woods, someone should telegraph to Officer Deichler at Lancaster, and he will make his appearance and arrest them.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

March 29, 1884

• Around Town – By shying a stone through the show window at Bomber’s confectionery a boy did $2.50 damage.

George W. Tomlinson, candidate for Sheriff, was in town on Saturday. Persons who are acquainted with him speak well of Mr. T.

On Tuesday as pleasantly as the Spring sunshine our old friend Mr. T.H. Patton, of Cambridge, popped into our office and with one smile revived a train of old time recollections. We were glad to take him by the hand and he assured us he was not running for office. Come soon again.

The boys had a magic lantern exhibition in Tshudy’s washhouse on Saturday evening. Master Paul Beck had charge of the lantern. The price of admission was two cents, but “reserved seats cost three cents.” There is some talk of repeating the exhibition again this Saturday evening.

Two unknown, and boozy fellows spent several hours trying to break into Stump’s store on Wednesday night. Shooting to kill may become a stern necessity one of these nights.

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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