1984: Warwick’s championship team

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10 Years Ago

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Thursday’s Record Express

March 11, 2004

• On The Beam – The massive white beam, slated to complete the infrastructure of the Lititz United Methodist Church’s new 23,700 ft. expansion, was the center of attention at a special ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Over 200 congregational members, friends and supporters lovingly adorned the beam with their signatures and warm wishes, creating a unique, improved version of a “time capsule.”

On March 5, the autographed beam began its ascent toward the top of the new addition, hoisted by a construction crane.

• New ‘Cyber-Crime’ Program – The Warwick School District and the Lititz Borough Police Department will host workshops designed to provide parents with the tools and information they need to keep their students safe while exploring “cyber-space.”

20 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 17, 1994

• Bank Robbery – For the first time in recorded history, a bank robber targeted the small, historical town of Lititz. An unidentified man hit Farmers First Bank last week and fled from the scene with an undetermined amount of cash, said police.

According to Detective Joseph Kilgore, the robber parked in the back lot and entered through the rear, public entrance to the bank. He proceeded to a lobby table and wrote a note on a bank slip demanding money.

Upon handing the note to a teller, the employee placed the cash in a white, cloth bank bag, said Kilgore. “She followed the instructions she was taught to use in a burglary procedure,” he said.

Police are not sure whether or not the man was carrying a gun. “No weapon was seen,” said Kilgore.

“Most of the people in the bank didn’t know what was going on at the time,” said Kilgore, noting that the robber handled the situation without drawing attention to himself.

“We do have some suspects and we’re continuing with the investigation,” said Kilgore. The FBI is also aiding in the investigation.

30 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 15, 1984

• District Champs! – The third trip to the District finals was the charm for the Althouse five as they returned home with a 53-43 victory over Central York and the gold. IN two previous trips to the finals under Coach Althouse the Warriors came up empty. But on Friday the local club was not to be denied.

The ten point spread at the end was no indication of the tight contest, particularly in the second half. In the last 16 minutes, each team took turns controlling the action. Fortunately, the local club took their turn with the ball when it counted.

Dave Greenly, who had a little problem scoring in a few previous playoff games, returned to form earning game honors with 16 points. Wes Soto and Ed Yohn each contributed 12 points. For Yohn it was his best scoring effort of the season and came at the right time. The Warriors had a good night at the line converting 17 or 24 shots (71%). Fifteen of those came in the last quarter as Central fouled attempting to get the ball.

Warwick opens the State playoffs this coming Friday when they take on Allentown Catholic, the third placed team from District II.

• Warwick Wrestlers – The Warrior wrestlers are to be commended for earning their ninth consecutive Sectional title.

Brian Waltz missed out on the top spot in the District Three finals, but his second place finish earned him a trip to the State tournament this coming week. The Warrior lost in the finals to Scott Kelly, his old nemesis from Manheim Twp.

Dan Waltz also made the trip, but had to wrestle through consolations brackets due to a loss the previous week. He went on to earn a fifth place medal at Districts.

• Golden Anniversary – The Lititz Sportmen’s Association is fifty years old. And, on its golden anniversary, we commend this organization for remaining true to the goals of its founders: “to protect and propagate game and fish, to assist in the conservation of forests and streams, to assist in making game and fish laws, and to perpetuate a feeling of good will between sportsmen, game and fish authorities, farmers and land owners.”

40 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 14, 1974

• Special Seats – A request for reserved seats at Warwick’s football stadium, will be coming before Warwick District School Board Tuesday night. A plan to develop a reserved seat section will be presented to the board by the Warwick Football Parents Association. Under the plan, the seats would be available to persons who buy specially priced tickets.

A similar plan was proposed last summer but turned down by the board.

• Timely Training – A local fireman was telling about a coincidence that happened to the Lititz Fire Company two weeks ago.

On Monday night, February 25th, the firemen were shown movies on how to cope with gasoline fires and spilled gasoline – how to wash down the stuff, etc.

The next morning, Tuesday, they were called out to Keller Bros., to hose down the overflow gasoline that had spilled out of a storage tank that was being filled.

It didn’t take them long to apply what they learned from the movie. But then we think our firemen are quite knowledgeable about such things anyway. (From Mid the Turmoil)

50 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 12, 1964

• Embezzler Shoots Self – Herbert U. Moore, captured by local State Police and FBI officers on charges of embezzlement from the Courtesy Finance Company, Lititz, remained in critical condition in the Lancaster General Hospital at press-time (Wednesday, 6 p.m.) from self -inflicted gunshot wounds.

His condition precluded further questioning by police, who said, however, that they found a note in his wallet saying he intended to take his own life after returning his companion, Mrs. Beatrice Diffenderfer, to Lancaster.

Moore, fifty-seven, accused of embezzling nearly $300,000, shot himself in the jaw in an attempt to evade arrest late Tuesday night.

• Amish-Themed Musical – Tickets are reportedly moving fast for the American Business Club’s forthcoming original musical comedy “Going Buggy,” slated for March 20 and 21 on the Warwick High stage. The show has attracted a great deal of interest throughout the county through the display of “Going Buggy” car bumper stickers.

The show, as one person was overheard saying, is one that must be seen to believe. Last year’s show, “Wonderful Good,” played to a standing-room-only crowd. Tickets are available at Glassmyer’s or McElroy’s.

60 Years Ago

Thursday’s Record Express

March 11, 1954

• Candy Gram – Lieut.. James Buch, who was discharged from the service recently, had a weakness for the Christmas clear toys made here for many years by Harry Regennas. His appetite for the toys is so great, however, that last Christmas Ralph Buch, former Record editor, sent Jim, then stationed in France, a large box of the clear toys as well as cocoanut strips.

The box did not arrive and Jim, following many months service in France and Germany, finally was returned to the United States. Last week the box of candy arrived here. And, believe it or not, the candy was in perfect condition.

• The Sausage King of Lititz – Plans for constructing a sausage kitchen at the rear of his butcher shop and grocery on North Broad Street, were announced this week by Vernon Ranck.

The structure will be a block one, and will cost approximately $3,000. He plans to add a slaughter house to the structure later.

70 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 16, 1944

• Letter of Thanks – Dear Association:

I surely wish to thank the association for the package. I have also been receiving the Lititz papers lately which I wish to thank you for. It surely brings a lot of light into our morale. Once more it means a lot just to get a state side paper in our hands once in awhile. I have been in the Marines for two years now and I have the first time to buy as yet any toilet articles. You have kept me supplied all the time. I surely want to thank you very much for what your Association has done for me.

As Always, “Bob”

Pfc. Robert Wentling, U.S. Marine Corp.

• Ration-al Behavior – John Lutz told the story the other day about the woman who bought five pounds of lard, ration free, took it home, placed it in tin cans and brought it back as waste kitchen fat – for which she received 10 red ration tokens.

80 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 15, 1934

• New Airport – Ground for the Lancaster County Airport will be broken this afternoon during ceremonies marking the event on the site along Lititz Pike, just south of Kissel Hill. Mayor James H. Ross, of Lancaster, is chairman of the Airport Committee.

Preceded by the arrival of airplanes from the present Lancaster Airport, the ceremonies will include musical features and stunt and acrobatic flying.

One of the goals of the committee, which includes G. Graybill Diehm of Lititz, is to put the city and county on the airway map of the nation.

Thursday Morning’s Express

March 15, 1934

• Giant Beaver – Tuesday afternoon there was excitement in town when John Miley, hunter and trapper, brought a 58-pound beaver to town he shot and exhibited him in Frank Rader’s cigar store. The season is now open for beavers and as there are none in these parts this interesting fur bearing animal and dam builder created much interest.

• Ominous Prediction – In our 1934 Household Almanac, turn to the “Outlook for February,” and the third paragraph reads thus: “Indications are for many deaths by bad colds, influenza and pneumonia, especially among the old people. Also, considerable sickness of a peculiar nature is indicated for the first half of the month.” Anyone having been a victim of this illness will agree that its nature was “peculiar.”

Other strange illnesses visted upon other parts of the country have been reported for that part of the month.

90 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

March 13, 1924

• Narrow Escape – Quick wit saved Raymond Weidman from being hit by a railroad engine while about to pass over the tracks on Cedar Street on Tuesday noon with an Overland touring car.

A freight train was coming west and when he saw it he tried to stop. When in the middle of the track he realized that he could not get across in time and putting on a full speed he turned and ran ahead of the train. It was a close race with death and rough riding over the railroad ties.

Weidman had no time to look back but by the sound of the engine he knew that, as the engine was slowing down he was winning out. At the first convenient place he turned off, the engine clearing the rear of the automobile by hardly more than a foot, spectators said.

When the train was brought to a stop the trainmen came running to him greatly surprised that he was not hit. They helped him to put the auto on the road and the car and driver were none the worse for the close escape.

• New Bank Building – The new Lititz Springs National Bank will be thrown open for inspection to the public on Saturday, March 22. The building of this fine structure has been watched with interest and now that the interior is about completed is should prove a great satisfaction to see it in its entirety.

The bank was chartered in 1909 and it has made a steady and healthy growth every year since that time. An invitation will be extended in a short time to the public regarding the opening date.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 14, 1924

• Quarantine Lifted – The quarantine was lifted yesterday and again Lititz people can breathe freely. The churches and various social organizations will now resume their usual activities.

• Anti-Vaccinationists – In the ordeal thru which Lititz passes the anti-vaccinationists were placed in a dilemma in that they had to either accept vaccination or face a heavy fine or imprisonment for thirty days if not submitting to quarantine. Some may say the law compelling vaccination is contrary to the purpose of the national constitution which was established to safeguard some inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It would take time and lots of money to bring a test case thru the U.S. Supreme Court.

100 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 12, 1914

• Bad News for Rats – Extensive improvements have recently been completed at the Oneida Community, Ltd., a trap factory at this place. A new 125-horse-power Ames high-speed engine, built at Oswego, N.Y., has been installed to run the generator which furnishes the electric current for the large amount of machinery used. A new 48-inch band resaw and a heavy moulder have also been put in operation.

These machines add greatly to the efficiently of this model plant, where about 2000 gross of 288,000 mouse and rat traps are manufactured each week at the present time. For several months when the plant was being operated day and night the output was almost twice the above amount.

Why, we didn’t think there were that many rats in the whole world.

• Art Show – All lovers of art will have a great opportunity presented to them on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, in the Linden Hall gymnasium. Through the efforts of Prof. A.S. Longenecker, the Elson Art Co., of Boston, will on these two days exhibit more than 200 reproductions of the master works of the world’s most famous artists. It will be held under the auspices of the High School and will be the greatest exhibit of its kind ever shown in this locality.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 13, 1914

• Rude Bystanders – As Mr. Samuel Rupp, of Bareville, and Miss Jennie Strohm, the cook at the Hotel Sturgis, Lititz, were returning to Lititz from a sleigh ride about 11 o’clock on Saturday night they met with what might have been a fatal accident on the Lititz and Lexington turnpike.

As they passed near the toll gate a sleigh came from Lititz and they turned aside to make way for it and drove into a snow bank. The sleigh upset and both were thrown out. Mr. Rupp was dragged some distance in his efforts to keep the horse from running away and had his face cut. Miss Strohm had her arm and leg severely bruised.

Instead of coming to the rescue the two men who occupied the sleigh which cause the trouble laughed at their plight.

110 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Record

March 11 1904

• Nasty Business – Residents of Warwick township have sent a communication to Dr. M.W. Raub, secretary of the Lancaster board of health, complaining against the bone establishment of Phares P. Michael, as a nuisance. It is claimed that at one time as many as fifty dead bodies of animals are lying about the premises. They cause an unbearable stench and dogs drag the offal about the neighborhood. The board is requested to do away with the nuisance.

The same establishment was complained against several years ago and Michael was compelled to clean the premises and make certain improvements. His place drains into a run which empties into the Conestoga, the source of Lancaster’s water supply.

• Spring Delicacy – Several days of this week appeared somewhat spring like and a few more such will cause the grass to turn green. Some people about town have already enjoyed a dish of dandelion.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 11, 1904

• Good-bye, Rover – The large St. Bernard dog Rover, who was familiar to everybody in Lititz, met death in an unexpected manner at Linden Hall Seminary on Monday night. Benjamin Hertzler said he was lying in front of his door in the evening and thinks the animal finding the door to the gymnasium open, entered as he frequently did, and that the door was blown shut and latched.

The dog wanted to get out again and began tearing at a window and accidentally cut himself so badly with glass that he bled to death. Life was gone several house when he was discovered. He was six years old and of massive proportions.

• Wet Weather – The rains of Monday had transformed the Spring grounds again into a lake although the water was not as high as on two previous occasions. There was no ice to form ice gorges down the Lititz stream.

A number of Lititzites were at Columbia early in the week to see the troubled waters and the ice pass away after it had gorged and piled up “mountain high.”

120 Years Ago

Friday Morning’s Lititz Record

March 16, 1894

• Hecklers Corralled – Five young men were requested to meet the burgess and president of council in the council chamber on Saturday evening, they being charged with loafing in front of Hollinger’s restaurant and insulting passers by. They made their appearance on time, where they were reprimanded and promised that they would desist from the evil practice hereafter.

• Sunday Ball – There is complaint about Sunday ball playing in a village about two miles from Lititz. Most people think that the Sabbath day is no time to indulge in games.

• Tramps Arrested – Constable Sturgis of this borough and Constable Butzer of Rothsville arrested seven tramps in a stone quarry near the railroad below Lititz last Friday and marched them to Squire Reidenbach’s office. The squire gave them a short hearing and committed them to prison for five days as tramps.

There are entirely too many tramps loitering about this vicinity who depend upon the people for a living without work and a few more such arrests will have a wholesome effect upon the community.

Friday Morning’s Express

March 16, 1894

• Mill Improvement – Huber’s mill at Rome is being remodeled and fitted with a first-class series of machinery to manufacture roller flour by Washington Fry, the wheelwright of Hinkletown. THe change costs $1000 but Mr. Huber was determined not to be left behind in the race for making high grade flour.

• Well-Lit Home – H.S. Kauffman, the coal and lumber dealer, has had all parts of his private residence equipped with electric lights in the most approved fashion. Among them is an electric night lamp. As one may desire, it can be easily and quickly regulated to either 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 or 16 candle power. At 2 it is dim enough for anybody. Such a lamp will be in demand here after next august, when the electric light plant is to be run all night.

130 Years Ago

Thursday Morning’s Record

March 14, 1884

• Telephone Lines – Rothsville is not speaking to Akron. The line men put wires up in all the snow last week.

• Spelling Bee – The second spelling bee and entertainment will be given in the lower school house, Millport, this Friday evening. $25 in prizes will be ararded to the best speller. Also orations, dialogues, solos, &c., during the evening. Music by the Rothsville Band.

• Rag Parties – Rag parties are still in vogue in Lititz. Twenty ladies assembled at Widow Smith’s house on Thursday evening last and sewed and wrapped 45 balls. One lady was present who beforehand declared she would be at the party unless taken there on a wheelbarrow.

Two young ladies volunteered to perform this odd part of the programme, and sure enough,the lady in question was wheeled to the party.

We understand the work was for Mrs. Smith’s oldest daughter. She now has the rags ready for the weaver, and if we may believe what Madame Rumor says, the carpet must be ready for use within six months.

Friday Morning’s Lititz Express

March 15, 1884

• Moravian Lease – The Moravian church has made a 999-year lease of a lot of ground, 200×30 feet, in the north-east corner of the park. The lease is to expire, if the ground be used for other purposes than a passenger depot. The company will maintain the fences between its building and the park.

• Town Talk and Gossip – A third story is being built on the building formerly occupied as a tailor shop by Elias Buch on Main street. Fry & Miksch will move their cigar-making outfit from Broad street into the renovated building about April 1st.

Miss Kitty Bear, of Manheim, was made quite sick by wetting an indelible pencil with her mouth.

Fedora hats are the latest style, at Diffenderfer’s.

John L. Smith of Petersburg, has two crocks of applebutter in his possession, made by his mother 58 years ago. The intention is to keep the applebutter in the family until it shall be 100 years old.

There have been twenty-one snows this winter.

If our pavement did not contain so many mud puddles and loose bricks, they would be in an excellent condition.

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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