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This Was Hatboro-Horsham, 1914

A look back at Hatboro and Horsham, 98 years ago this week.

From the Public Spirit, Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 1914

Hatboro's first Hallowe'en parade a great success

 Hatboro's Hallowe'en demonstration Saturday night was a great success, far better than the most extravagant prediction or the hopes of the managers. Too much credit cannot be given to the Hatboro Business Men's Association, and those who gave their valuable assistance.

The affair, the first of its kind ever attempted in Hatboro, was a great credit and advertisement to the town. Everybody who was fortunate enough to see the parade and attend the entertainments were loud in their praise of Hatboro's warm welcome and general hospitality.

The parade was made up of the best people residing in Hatboro and the surrounding territory, being nearly a mile in length with hundreds of lights, fancy and comic costumes, gorgeously attired ladies and men, lodges in magnificent regalia costing hundreds of dollars, automobiles on which large amounts of money and time had been expended on decorations, floats drawn by four horses, and musical bands.

The parade, which began at 7:30 o'clock on Depot street at its junction with Moreland avenue, was led by three mounted state police, followed by the marshals, all mounted and in costume, augmented by a number of male and female horseback riders, making a most imposing beginning.

The Hatboro delegation was headed by the Hatboro band, after which came the burgess [mayor], dressed as a burgomeister; followed by Fortuna Lodge, Knights of Pythias, with gaily decorated automobiles; then the members of Washington Camp, Patriotic Order Sons of America; then the delegations from Southampton, Johnsville, Horsham, Ivyland, Willow Grove, Branchtown, Ogontz, Edge Hill, Bethayres and Oak Lane.

The automobile of Dr. Thomas Reading represented a battleship with a mounted cannon in which there was a large headlight, and the ship was filled with ladies gaily attired. It was so attractive that it secured the first prize.

The children in the car of Dr. C.O. Dager were the most beautifully dressed in the parade. The scene was a garden at this time of year. Seven Hatboro children represented a violet, a wild rose, a sunflower, a blue butterfly with golden wings, a salmon butterfly with golden wings, Kewpie and Jack Frost. Even the headlights were arranged as water lillies.

An automobile accompanying the Sons of America Lodge contained Henry Fite, dressed as George Washington; his wife as Martha Washington; and standing in the rear of the tonneau was Mrs. Joseph Weide, making a most attractive Goddess of Liberty.

Immediately after the parade an entertainment was held in Loller Hall, which had been especially decorated for the occasion with pumpkins, corn fodder and specially colored papers. The entertainment committee gave a rip-snorting, good, original entertainment in which the scene was laid in a country store with the usual number of sitters--allowing much opportunity for joking and getting off "cracks" on the citizens.

First-day School Union meets in Horsham 

The Friends of Abington First-day School Union held its fall meeting in Horsham on Saturday. There was a full attendance, with delegates and reports from the schools at Horsham, Abington, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Gwynedd and Quakertown, all of which seemed to be in a healthy condition.

A pleasing feature of the morning meeting was an exercise by children of the Horsham school, entitled "Pageant of the Hours." This reflected great credit on the young people and called forth appreciative remarks from John Stringham, of Glen Cove, N.Y.

Daniel Batchellor spoke of the need of close sympathy between the school and the meeting. Others who spoke along this line were Isaac Parry, William Penrose and Isaac Michener.

After the morning session, a lunch was provided for the assembled guests, followed by cordial greetings and rambles about the historic grounds of the meeting-house, including a visit to the famous old sassafras tree in the burial ground.

At the afternoon meeting, an address on "Primary Work in the Schools" was given by Annie Hilborn, of Swarthmore. This called out many questions and remarks from the audience.

Anna Penrose read a paper on "School Libraries," prepared by Priscilla Heacock, of Abington. The value of teachers' meetings was set forth in two papers by Anna Simpson and Eliza Ambler.

The last address was by Joseph T. Foulke, clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on "Duties of the Committees on Oversight of the First-day Schools."

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Hatboro School Board to comply with fire safety law 

The regular monthly meeting of the Hatboro School Board was held in the town hall Monday evening, all the directors being present.

President Wilgus, having learned that the requirements of the law were not complied with in regard to fire protection in Loller Hall, had Attorney Garner report his opinion on the subject.

Editor's note - Loller Hall, or Loller Academy, was a public school in Hatboro from 1873 to 1960. Today, the renovated building on South York Road is borough hall.

Mr. Garner informed the board that if the movable stage scenery was kept in place it would be necessary to have a fire escape from the stage to the ground; a two-and-one-half-inch water main from street to stage; one-and-one-half-inch hose attached and folded for stage use; two barrels of water, one on either side of stage, and a bucket with each barrel, all painted red; two fire extinguishers on either side of stage; a center aisle and an aisle on each side of room by the wall, not less than four feet wide and leading directly to fire escapes.

If these requirements are not complied with, the school district is responsible for any damage which may result, and the members of the board would be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars each, and an imprisonment of not more than six months, or both, as the court may sentence.

While the board is perfectly aware of the simpleness of the law as it applies to this hall, and greatly regrets to remove the scenery the community worked so hard to obtain, still laws, whether fool-laws or wise-laws, must be observed.

They are satisfied this hall and building is splendidly protected in every way from fire, and know there are few buildings as well protected in the State. Frequent fire drills are made, and the nearly three hundred scholars vacate the building in less than two minutes.

It was the unanimous opinion of the board that all movable scenery must be taken down at once, and when such is done the present equipment and conditions will not be a violation of the law as applied to this building and hall.

The board wishes it distinctly understood they are not responsible for the removal of the scenery which they want there as much as others, but to protect the district and themselves it must be done.

Horsham man dies of heart attack

Charles Park, a long-time resident who worked on farms especially in Horsham, dropped dead late Monday afternoon as he was walking along Moreland avenue west of York road in Hatboro.

He had finished some work at the Griest place on Moreland avenue and was on his way to attend the meeting of the Horsham and Hatboro Turnpike Company when he was seen to totter and fall. He struck his face, which was skinned and bruised.

He was quite dead when aid reached him. The body was placed in Undertaker Walton's wagon and taken to his establishment, and word was sent to relatives.

Park's death is attributed to heart disease, as he was apparently in his usual health, except that he had lately suffered from an infected finger due to an injury, and which was getting better.

Two children, a boy and a girl, survive him. He was a brother of the late William and David Park, of Horsham. He belonged to the Knights of Golden Eagle and Red Men fraternities.

For many years, he resided in the old log cabin that was formerly situated opposite the stone quarry on the Horsham and Hatboro pike. He owned a property on County Line road, near the Peterson farm.

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Hatboro and Horsham Happenings

Several car loads of huge granite slabs arrived at the Hatboro station this week and were hauled to the Hatboro cemetery to be used in the handsome mausoleum now being erected for Joseph Brown, at a cost of several thousand dollars.

The Horsham Fire Company's apparatus was moved on Saturday from Benjamin Webster's stable to the fire house. A Bell telephone and gong announcer were installed the same day at the fire house.

Samuel Gehman, of Hatboro, this week has been attending the convention of bakers at Richmond, Va.

Jonathan Stackhouse, of Horsham, has put in a cider mill.

Architect T. Frank Miller is completing plans for a spacious entertainment and moving picture hall to be erected on York road next to the Public Spirit office in Hatboro.

William H. Hoyt, of the Horsham Store, has opened a five-and-ten-cent department, where many useful things can be had for small prices.

The property belonging to Mrs. A. Puff, on Central avenue, Hatboro, has been made very attractive by two coats of paint, dark green with white trimming being the color combination.

Isaac Brooks, of Horsham, who is nearly 90 years of age, is out again after being laid up.

Hatboro Postmaster Harry Morris is enjoying his new Buick touring car, which he purchased at Mason's garage.

William S. Acuff, Esq., is adding to the farm buildings on his Horsham property.

The rally held on Saturday evening at the corner of Byberry road and York road, Hatboro, under the auspices of the Lower End Democratic Club, was attended by a fair-sized gathering, composed mostly of Democratic voters. The speakers were Harry E. Grim, candidate for Congress; Edward Ingersoll, candidate for State Senator; and John McEvoy, candidate for the Assembly.

A night prowler robbed the spring house of George Zeitler, in Horsham, last Monday night. They also stole some trifles from an outkitchen at the home of Davis W. Sill.

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