This Was Hatboro-Horsham, 1934

A look back at Hatboro and Horsham, 78 years ago this week.

From the Public Spirit, Week of Sept. 6-12, 1934

Trolley tracks to be removed in Hatboro -

Under an ordinance adopted by Hatboro borough council and an agreement made with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, the trolley tracks in Hatboro will be removed within the next few months.

Action on the project was taken at a special meeting of the borough authorities on Tuesday evening. Under the agreement, the P.R.T. Company will do the work of removing the tracks from their termination at Byberry avenue, south on York road, west on Horsham road and south on Continental road to the borough line.

In addition, the company will pay the borough $1,200 for relieving them of their obligation to macadamize the space on York road now occupied by the tracks.

After petitioning the county commissioners for aid in repaving the strip between the two lanes of concrete with what is known as "blacktop," council received assurance that the county would assume half of this expense. The borough hopes to receive additional funds for this work from federal appropriations. It is estimated the entire paving job will cost $3,400.

The tracks have already been removed from Willow Grove northward on the Easton highway to Doylestown and eastward to the Hatboro borough line. The P.R.T. still retains its transportation franchise, however, and is allowed to operate motor buses over this route.

The permanent repaving of the section of York road through Hatboro will be a great improvement to the town and one which council has been endeavoring to secure for many months. The arrangements for financing the job are felt to be very favorable to the borough's taxpayers.

Horsham Friends' School alumni meet -

The biennial meeting of the Old Pupils' Association of Horsham Friends' School was held Saturday in the meeting-house with Benjamin P.W. Park as president and Mary T. Dager, secretary.

In the afternoon, a letter was read from former pupil Ellwood Walter Roberts, of Rhode Island. Remarks were made by former pupils E. Burton Satterthwaite, Elizabeth Stackhous Fowler and Susan J. Williams. Marian Warner Lippincott recited. Carlyn Garner gave a piano solo as did Doris Jane Hobensack, both daughters of former pupils.

With Miss Hester Fleck as accompanist, Russell Alden sang tenor solos and Manderville Bartle gave violin solos. These members of the Hatboro High School faculty also appeared on the evening program with Miss Elizabeth Cornell, of Ivyland, as reader.

Two of her small pupils, Mary Jane and Patsy Ager, gave readings. The closing number was poetry and song by all four of the artists.

The nominating committee presented the names of the following officers, who were elected to serve two years: Walter B. Comly, president; John Satterthwaite, vice president; Sarah Mullin Rempf, secretary; and Benjamin P.W. Park, treasurer and registrar.

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Storm floods Hatboro shops -

Torrential rains accompanied by high winds last Friday night and Saturday did thousands of dollars worth of damage throughout eastern Montgomery county.

Coming at a time when the ground was very hard from several weeks of dry weather, the soil did not absorb it readily and as a result, creeks rose to near-record heights, and streets and roads became flowing streams, in some cases several feet deep.

In Hatboro, much damage was done in the business section of the town, where a small stream which flows beneath York road rose out of its banks and entered stores, filling basements and in some cases flowing through the first floor.

Electric refrigeration plants and merchandise stored beneath the street level were in several cases ruined. One of the pumpers of the worked all day Saturday draining basements in that section.

The New Hope branch of the Reading Railroad above Hatboro was damaged and service interrupted for many hours. Buses were substituted for trains most of Saturday on this line.

Ditches along main highways were unable to carry the water; and here and there piles of large rocks and dirt were deposited on the paving, necessitating removal before traffic could pass.

Horsham restaurant held up -

The restaurant and taproom owned by Peter Hockel known as "Hockel's Inn," on the Easton highway in Horsham, was robbed early Friday by two hold-up men.

As reported to police, a car drove up to the place just as it was about to close. Two men, with faces masked and carrying revolvers, entered and demanded all cash on hand. Securing about $150, they sped away. No patrons were in the place at the time.

Police of neighboring communities were notified but no trace of the bandits was found. The robbery is believed to have been the work of a gang that has been specializing in taproom hold-ups in and about Philadelphia recently.

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Hatboro and Horsham Happenings -

Another counterfeit ten-dollar bill turned up in Hatboro this week at the American store. It was not detected until presented at the Hatboro National Bank for deposit, when Mr. Asquith, a teller, discovered the fake. Several other bogus bills have been passed in this community recently and storekeepers are warned to be on the lookout for others.

Roy Burg, of Horsham, was runner-up in the 25-mile Pennsylvania unpaced bicycle road championship held in Philadelphia Sunday morning. Burg, who recently won the Pennsylvania amateur sprint championship, covered the distance in one hour, nine minutes and 39 seconds.

Gus Brown, new proprietor of the Hatboro Inn, is well known to many of its patrons, as he was there when Mr. Sissoldo was proprietor. He will serve excellent cuisine and carry a full line of liqueurs.

Mrs. Fred Buckhalter, who recently underwent an operation, has so far recovered as to be able to be about her home on Moreland road, Horsham.

George Meredith, of Hatboro, has an Easter lily with two blooms on it, which was very pretty on Labor Day. The lily had bloomed at Easter time this year and now has these two flowers.

Mrs. Chalkley K. Stackhous and Miss Eleanor A. Stackhous, of Horsham, are taking a motor trip to Cape Cod.

Dr. Robert Shoemaker and family have returned to their home on Byberry avenue, Hatboro, from several weeks' stay in the Poconos.

As there are about seventy pupils in the primary grades and one hundred in the sixth and seventh grades of the Lower Horsham school, arrangements have been made for some of them to be on part time. The school board is advertising for bids for a two-room addition to be erected on the north side.

Four of the class of 1934 at Hatboro High School are taking post-graduate courses: Vivian Bliss, Betty Murphy, David McIlhatten and Julian Shapiro.

Doris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Whiteside of Horsham, entertained little friends on Saturday afternoon in honor of her sixth birthday.

Mrs. Alberti and daughters, of Hatboro, and the little white dog, the constant playmate of the older one, have gone to Milwaukee, Wis. to spend several months with Mrs. Alberti's parents.

L. Lindquist and Sons, of Willow Ridge Farm in Horsham, have broken ground for the erection of a new milk house, 22 by 42 feet, adjoining the cow barn on the westerly side. Not only will it contain all modern machinery for pasteurization of milk, bottling, washing, etc., but the plans also provide for a mezzanine gallery wherefrom visitors may inspect the whole process of this phase of the preparation for market.

Nancy T September 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thank you, Mr. Levenson that was a fun and interesting read.


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