1954: Linden Underwear goes under

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1964: Land purchased for Boy Scout camp near Brickerville

10 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 5, 2004

• 250th Nears – In just two years our community will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the naming of Lititz. As we look at the history, it sets the stage for a memorable gala.

In 1722 Christian Bomberger became the first European settler in the Lititz area. He lived in a dugout about one mile north of Lititz Springs.

Then came Richard Carter of Warwickshire, England, who was a prominent figure in the early life of the region. For many years the Lititz Run was known as Carter’s Run, and in 1729, he named Warwick Township.

Years later, in 1956, Lititz celebrated its Bi-Centennial from June 28 to July 4. Out of that celebration, the Lititz Historical Foundation was formed.

In 2006, the 250th anniversary will be marked with a year-long celebration which will include a New Year’s Eve party, a series of historical plays, a Homecoming Weekend and parade, a Memorial Day weekend military encampment, a Founders Day Week with a community-wide church service, Youth Day activities, a fall performance of Liz Curtis Higgs’ “Bookends,” and an old-fashioned Christmas week.

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 10, 1994

• Welcome Chief Shertzer – After several months of deliberation, Lititz Borough Council officially appointed Detective Douglas A. Shertzer police chief at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Selected from a field of 42 candidates, Shertzer successfully completed an extensive series of interviews as well as a psychological exam, polygraph test and background check.

“We have been working for the past five to six months,” said Mayor Russell Pettyjohn, who chaired the search committee. “It was not an easy process.”

“We feel we got the best man for the job,” said councilman Kevin Zartman.

Shertzer, who began his police career as a community service aide with the Lancaster Bureau of Police, joined the Lititz Police Department on March 1982 and was promoted to Detective in 1991. A graduate of McCaskey High School, he completed an extensive list of special training classes, workshops and seminars.

Effective Feb. 14, Shertzer will assume the role of police chief for a one year probationary period. If all goes well, his position will become permanent.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 9, 1984

• Gem Chem – Lititz Borough Council will hold a special meeting on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. to hear public comment about the proposed “hazardous and residual waste processing facility” to be operated by Gem Chem Chemical Management Co., 140 Kleine St.

Borough Business Manager Kenneth Weist said this week that the borough would advertise the meeting and send notices to residents who live within the vicinity of the proposed facility.

Larry Gemmell, president of Gem Chem, said the term “hazardous and residual waste processing facility” is a “bit of a misnomer.” Gemmell said what he proposed to operate is a “resource recovery facility” to recycle into a fuel certain types of industrial wastes, some of which are classified hazardous because of their “characteristics of ignitability.”

Gemmell said his facility would be attempting to attack the problem of industrial waste, looking at recycling it, as opposed to disposing of it at landfills.

Gemmell proposes to take certain industrial wastes: Banbury sludge (which is a byproducts of tire and tube production) and other waste oils, inks, and oil sludges and recycle them into a useable fuel.

In his permit application he voluntarily put a five-year life limit on his facility, he said, because he anticipates outgrowing the facility.

• Valentine Baby – When Carl Reedy was born on Feb. 14, 1902 his parents were so excited they made their son’s middle name “Valentine.”

In his enthusiasm Reedy’s father ran downtown to the Chinaman who operated a drycleaning business across from Bingeman’s Restaurant, telling him “he has a boy at home – just born,” Reedy says relating the story.

The Chinaman checked the Chinese calendar and told Reedy’s father: “A boy born in China on this day need never work.”

Since that day, Reedy’s family has always celebrated Valentine’s Day with a birthday party in his honor. His friends, family and classmates would come to his home on Broad Street bearing valentines.

Reedy, who will turn 82 this Feb. 14, said he has collected stacks and stacks of the cards. When old friends see him on his birthday they recall his many parties, telling him, “we brought our valentines there,” Reedy said.

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 7, 1974

• Curfew Okay – Borough officials have indicated that a uniform curfew for young people throughout the county might be a good idea, but at the same time, they like Lititz’ present curfew and don’t want it changed.

The borough’s curfew for a number of years has been midnight, every day of the week.

Last week a number of municipalities met in Columbia to discuss a uniform county-wide curfew, a number of them calling for curfews as early as 10 and 10:30 p.m. Although Lititz was not represented at that meeting, both Boro Council President Curt Amidon and Mayor Raymond Reedy said they expect to be represented at a second meeting scheduled for Feb. 27.

“We probably will go whether we change our curfew or not, just to point out how ours is working,” Amidon said this week.

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 6, 1964

• Camp Mack – A tract of approximately 825 acres of woodland near here has been sold by William M. Light and Barton L. Sharp, both of Lititz, to the Lancaster County Boy Scout Council, which assumed the title Monday.

Three quarters of the tract is situated north of Brickerville in northern Lancaster County, while the other portion is in the southern part of Lebanon county. It is bounded approximately by the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the south, Jonestown on the north, Hammer Creek on the west and Route 501 on the east.

The area was once investigated by Lancaster as a possible site for a water supply, and other interests have sought the land, but the Lititz owners preferred that it should be acquired by some organization such as the Boy Scouts, so that it would remain undisturbed. The woodlands are luxuriant with wildlife and wild flowers, making an idea wilderness setting. A portion of the Hammer Creek flows through it, but the proposed dam and fishing lake will not affect it, as the dam will be two or three miles away.

Sharp and Light have owned the tract for about 15 years, and permitted it to be open to hunting and fishing. It is thought to be a part of the original Stiegel holdings of 16,000 acres.

Having the Scout Camp nearby is expected to bring many visitors to Lititz who no doubt will patronize the local restaurants and stores.

The purchase represents the culmination of three years of searching for suitable expansion of present camping facilities at Camp Chiquetan, which has been utilized by over 200 boys per week during the past few years. Thomas F. Lehmier, executive director of the Council, said that Chiquetan covers 140 acres and there there should be no more than one boy per acre camping there at one time. Projection figures show that the council will need facilities for 275 boys in 1965, 500 in 1975, and 750 in 1987. Chiquetan will still be used as a camp after the new facility is established which means that the council will be able to provide for nearly 1,000 campers.

• Hawaii-Bound – Ray K. Burkholder, 228 Front St., won a trip to Hawaii by virtue of his bowling prowess at a tournament sponsored Sunday by the American Bowling Congress at Muncy, Pa.

Bowling in Class D. Burkholder ran up a total of 2176 pins in 12 games. He was accompanied by Al Blough, of Akron, who bowled in Class A. The pair was sponsored by the Dutch Bowl Lanes.

The Hawaiian trip will be taken in June.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

February 11, 1954

• Underwear Factory Closes – A Lititz industrial plant which has been in operation here more than a quarter of a century, will go out of existence soon. According to announcements posted, the Linden Underwear will close its doors on March 1.

Since the notice was posted, the list of employees has dropped from approximately 50 to less than 10 this week. While work is scheduled to stop on March 1, according to Ernest Hunter, of Pottstown, the owner, no announcement has been made as to the disposition of the machinery or whether there are any prospects of re-leasing the North Broad Street building.

The company, which almost solely has manufactured knit underwear, was organized here twenty-eight years ago in the former Trinity Church building on South Spruce Street. In 1934 the large factory building on North Broad Street, was purchased by Frank M. Hunter and for several years, both buildings were in operation. Later the Spruce Street plant was closed and the building sold.

At that time the company’s payroll included more than a hundred persons. When Frank Hunter sold the mill to his brother and moved to York County several years ago, the operation of the plant was turned over to Harry Grubb, who died some months ago.

• Micro-wave Radio Tower – A micro-wave radio relay which will operate a towering 80-foot radio broadcasting tower by remote control, will be erected here in one of the most unusual radio experiments every carried on anywhere.

News of the interesting bit of experimenting on the part of Lititz’ outstanding “ham” radio operator, came with the announcement that Harry J. Sheffy, of this borough, has been granted authorization by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington.

The authorization permits Sheffy to operate the micro-wave-relay between his home at 26 East Lemon Street, and a broadcasting tower to be erected at his summer cottage atop a South Mountain peak beyond Kleinfeltersville.

Through the use of the remote control relay, a very small transmitter will be used at his home here and will operate a 1000-watt transmitter near Kleinfeltersville. In this manner, Sheffy will be insured world-wide range in his short-wave radio broadcasting which would be an impossibility if operated solely from his home in the borough.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 10, 1944

• Letter from the Pacific – Jan. 18, 1944

Dear Association:

I was very much surprised to receive such a lovely box and such lovely and thoughtful gifts. I assure you I enjoyed the things I received immensely. Of course when a person or group of people are out here for quite a while, things like that sure do cheer them up and when a fellow gets a box of candy etc., you can just be sure he isn’t going to get much of it himself. He has more buddies then, then he does any other time.

I am sorry that I can’t tell you what we are doing but when I get back I will be more than glad to tell you about the people over here. It is very hot here. All day long we run around with our shorts on. We all look like the natives themselves.

I am sorry that I have no picture of myself but if you request it, as soon as I get a chance, and can find a camera, I’ll have one taken for you.

Well the time is growing late here so I have to sign off for the time being.

All I can say is, thank you for your thoughtfulness and I am sure every fellow who received a gift as nice as mine was just as happy as I am, and I hope that your Association will continue its splendid work and in the end everyone of you will be repaid and honored all over the world.

Yours truly,

Theodore Cox

• Save That Fat! – Waste kitchen fats will be collected here by local girl scouts Saturday morning, according to plans completed this week under the supervision of the Lititz Salvage Committee.

Spurred on by increasing demands from the army and navy for fats to make ammunition, the local salvage committee announced that the local quota must be more than doubled at this time.

The committee this week named a number of depots where the fats can be deposited in case they are missed, but urged all housewives to place the fats in tin cans and to place these at the curb Saturday morning before 9 A.M.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 8, 1934

• Snow Thwarts C.W.A. – The snow and cold weather during the last week and a half has halted the Civil Works Administration projects in Lititz and resumption of work awaits favorable weather.

The street projects are about as they have been for several weeks and traffic on Front Street has been considerably hampered by the hold up.

Nothing more has been done on the athletic field since the beginning of last week, as the ground became frozen then and is not workable.

• Winter Fun – During the past week the Lititz youth have had a fine treat. Many sleigh rides of all types were enjoyed by various groups. Even the Linden Hall girls were thrilled on Saturday night when they were piled into three block sleighs and away they went to Webers-In-the-Woods.

But the nicest of all rides was offered on Friday night by Bobby Huber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Huber, north of town. Bobby rode his stately pony which drew a sled upon which was seated Bobby’s lady.

Hills around town have been thronged with coasters and North Cedar Street, from Main to railroad, was roped off for the sledding.

Thursday Morning’s Express

February 8, 1934

• Christmas Rose – An article in “Good Housekeeping” referred to the flower known as the Christmas rose, plant which blooms amid the ice and snow, regardless of temperature. This variety of flower, according to the description, is costly.

John Heiserman, East Main street, has the Christmas rose growing in his garden for the past thirty years, coming from an old Lititz garden. In summer the plant dies down.

90 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 7, 1924

• Nice Gig – A old-fashioned gig, a two-wheeled open vehicle drawn by one horse, a relic of past years, was sold at public sale near Lititz last week. The present generation seldom see one of these vehicles and within a few more years a gig on the streets will be more of an attraction than the latest type automobile.

The gig was a favorite vehicle for the country doctors, as it was easy to hitch the horse into and better time could be made on the rough country roads because of its lightness.

The late Dr. John Brobst, of Bernville, Berks County, stuck to the gig until he passed away about ten years ago. He was a brother to the late Dr. Brobst, of Lititz.

The gig had its day and now is labeled as a curiosity.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 8, 1924

• Radio Funeral – Various radio fans about town report the funeral services of ex-president Wilson, held at Washington Wednesday afternoon. Mr. H.C. Seldomridge tells us it came in at 4.10 o’clock at his place. The order of service was, “Litany; hymn, “Lord God of Hosts”’ Apostles Creed (reading); Lord’s Prayer; Prayer by the Bishop; hymn, by congregation. At 4.35 it was finished.

• Ye Cherry Shoppe – Joan of Arc S.S. Class will hold a cherry festival on February 23, 1924 in St. Luke’s Reformed Church Basement.

We will have on sale – Cherry Pie, Cherry Ice Cream, Cakes, Candy. Full suppers will be served.

Come and chop a limb from Washington’s Cherry tree.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

February 5, 1914

• Candlemas Day – On Monday was Candlemas day, commonly known as Groundhog day. According to tradition the groundhog awakened from his long winter nap and ventured out. He found a cloudless sky overhead and the sun shining in all its glory. In fact it was a day that all but gave one a touch of spring fever.

But that was not the kind of day for the groundhog, for he saw his shadow and this so frightened him that he scurried back to his hole, where he resumed his nap for six more weeks. Therefore we will have that many more weeks of winter weather.

Well, if it’s the kind of weather we’ve been having recently there will be no cause for complaint.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 6, 1914

• New Store in Rudy Bldg. – The Trimmer Brothers who conduct 5- and 10-cent stores in Carlisle, Shippensburg and other places, have transformed the first floor of the Rudy building, which for some years has been used as a market house and festival hall, into a modern up-to-date store to be known as the 1c. to 25c store. Nothing is sold that costs more than 25 cents.

The large show windows give an index of what may be had in the store where corset covers are displayed with your choice at 10 cents; union underclothing suits at 25 cents, agate ware and other bargain articles. It is noted that a pound box of best 25 cent cocoa is given for 10 cents with a 25-cent purchase of regular goods and they make a specialty of cakes, candies and salted peanuts.

The store is well stocked and with the fixtures and fine display the room does not seem near as spacious as when it was opening.

The hour of opening is 8 o’clock tomorrow morning.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

February 5, 1904

• Midwinter Sayings – The annual financial statement of the county will be found on the fourth page of the Record. If you are a tax payer you should read it and see what it costs to run a big county like ours.

A Record subscriber last week sent us the following words of encouragement: “I get numerous papers and magazines, but ahead of all of them give me the Lititz Record.”

Every citizen of Lititz will be compelled to pay a share of the indebtedness if the borough borrows $45,000 to guy the water works. Therefore, before you vote, consider your duty.

Squire C.N. Derr slipped and fell on the pavement near his office on Monday afternoon and broke his right arm at the elbow. Dr. P.J. Roebuck attends him.

The pupils of Linden Hall took a sleigh ride on Wednesday afternoon to Mr. Hope, thence to Manheim and home, winding up with a supper at the Springs Hotel.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 5, 1904

• Artist and Preacher – Rev. Samuel H. Prichett, pastor of Trinity United Evangelical Church, Manheim, is an artist as well as preacher, and has just finished a beautiful wall design in his church that is attracting much attention. It is a scene representing Christ at prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.

• Hotel Sold – Hotel Sturgis was sold last Friday to Frank Laner, brewer, of Reading. The place will be under the management of Milton Hacker by Spring.

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

February 9, 1894

• Blind Visitor – Last Friday the unfortunate Frank George, of Penn towship, who had both eyes blown out several months ago, spend several hours in Lititz, his first trip here since the awful accident.

He appeared to be in good spirits, and most of all expressed his grateful thanks for what the public had done for him in subscribing towards his relief so liberally.

• Cigar Increase – H.S. Meiskey, cigar manufacturer, has increased his force of hands and now has about thirty hands employed, besides at least ten strippers outside the factory.

Friday Morning’s Express

February 9, 1894

• Sense of Community – The lien debts upon the home of the Frank George family having been fully satisfied it is now proposed to add to the fund to provide for their immediate needs and establish Mr. George in some suitable business, so he can earn a living for himself and family among those who will be glad to encourage him.

As it is possible that some one with a good heart may see this, who knew nothing about it before, we should explain that Frank George is a sober and industrious day laborer, aged 36, with a wife and eight children, who lost both his eyes in a blasting accident near this place not long ago.

Besides their humble home, which has been redeemed from debt by Simon Muhr and others, the family have nothing of this world’s goods to depend upon for their daily needs. It is a most deserving cause, and we are pleased to be able to say that our appeals in this behalf have not been in vain.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Lititz Record

February 8, 1884

• News Notes – The Reading Dramatic Combination has a new play on hand entitled “Abe Buzzard, of the Outlaws of the Ephrata Hills,” which they will bring out in Reading in the latter part of the present month.

The Reading railroad officials having accepted the terms of the Moravian church trustees in regard to the ground for the new depot, will soon be along to sign an agreement and stake off the ground.

The Lititz Band must look for another place in which to meet hereafter. They would like to rent a room.

A vicious cow became angered at a dog at the Lititz bretzel bakery, followed him to the house, and would have entered had the door been open.

The stone house owned by Julius F. Sturgis celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. It was built in 1784 by Peter Kreiter.

Those persons who circulated the report about the sleighing party last week had better mind their own business, and further, if they do not retract what they said, may regret it.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

February 9, 1884

• Town Talk and Gossip – Harvey Enck now runs the Warwick House restaurant.

On April 1st Mr. H.C. Seldomridge will take possession of the Habacker store-stand at Rothsville, which he recently purchased. Mr. Seldomridge understands the store business from a to z and will conduct a first class establishment.

Warm, wet days have destroyed the sleighing in many places. However, the horses have done their duty and need the rest which we hope they will now get. While sleighing was in all its glory one of our friends declared “the girls like sleighing better than flirting.” When did any of them ever decline a ride because the sleigh was not new and handsome? Never!

• Moravian Burial – The Moravians bury all their dead in rows, rich and poor side by side, each in the order of his or her death. The only division made is in one way; the babies, male and female, are given a row to themselves, then the children follow; first a row of boys, then a row of girls. Next comes a row of single men, then a row of single women, after which are those who were married at the time of their death, the women in one row and the men in another.

The Moravian idea that all people are on a common level is illustrated most peculiarly in the manner of erecting their gravestones. All these are of uniform size and form, and lay flat on the surface of the grave, the only thing to distinguish the millionaire from the laborer being whatever inscription the relatives may choose to inscribe upon the face of the slab.

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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