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This Was Hatboro-Horsham, 1942

A look back at Hatboro and Horsham, 70 years ago this week.

From the Public Spirit, Week of Sept. 17-23, 1942

Hatboro collects scrap metal for war effort -

Hatboro "got in the scrap" in a big way Wednesday, when a group of collectors appointed by the Salvage Committee of the local Defense Council made a one-night blitz raid on junk piles gathered by the citizens.

Starting promptly at seven o'clock, a fleet of seven trucks, each manned by a crew of volunteer air raid wardens, auxiliary police and firemen, headed for the various sections of the borough assigned to them, and cleaned up the job by 9:30.

The committee's goal was twenty-five tons of metal, but the total collected far exceeded this figure. Although the exact weight is not yet available, it is estimated that it will be close to forty tons. The scrap was piled on the parking lot on West Moreland avenue just off York road. Junk dealers started moving it on its way to be converted into war material Thursday morning.

Since publicity for the scrap metal salvage campaign was started in the Public Spirit three weeks ago, it is estimated that another five to ten tons had been sold privately to junk dealers.

Charles Jones, Chairman of the Salvage Committee, thanked the residents of the borough for their splendid co-operation in this most important project, and also the men who aided in the collection and the business places which gave the use of their trucks. Without this generous help, the fine success of the campaign would have been impossible.

Horsham soldier promoted to warrant officer -

Sergeant George E. Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas of Township Line road, Horsham, has passed his examination for warrant officer. Only six out of his class were eligible, and he was given the promotion.

It was two years ago this week since he joined the Air Corps. He entered Technical Air Corps School and graduated as an armorer, equipping him for machine gunner on bombers. He has been a first-class pilot, a corporal, and then a sergeant.

Due to the need for aerial gunners, he is being sent to a gunnery school. Upon graduation from that school, he is due for combat service.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas made a long-distance call from Alabama to his mother, telling her he was leaving Wednesday for Marianna, Fla., where he will be stationed.

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Hatboro council approves free parking lots -

Hatboro Borough Council, through its Public Safety Chairman, John R. Porter, this week took steps to alleviate traffic and parking headaches in the business section of the town.

At Monday night's session, Councilman Porter announced that arrangements had been made with the owners of a number of centrally located properties to open them to the public as free parking spaces.

Two of these, a lot in the rear of the Hatboro National Bank on South York road, and another on West Moreland avenue, just off York road in the rear of the Atlantic service station, are available for use immediately. Signs inviting motorists to park there at their own risk will be erected.

Other sites, which will be opened to the public as soon as they are put into suitable condition, include a lot on York road opposite Byberry avenue, where the Rodrock building formerly stood; and a lot in the rear of the new Esso service station on York road opposite the Hatboro Theatre. Several more sites have also been offered and will be opened when the need arises.

It is hoped that visitors to Hatboro will make use of these free parking lots and leave York road free for moving traffic and those who wish to park for a few minutes only. The parking problem is exceptionally acute on week-end shopping days.

Horsham Farmers' Club discusses poultry, crops -

The Horsham Farmers' Club met Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kirk in Edison.

The new president, James C. Torrey, asked a member, Lewis Swartz, an Ivyland poultry farmer and a teacher at Abington High School, to speak on the current poultry situation.

"The egg market is better than the broiler market in this section," said Mr. Swartz. He explained that it takes four pounds of feed to produce one pound of turkey meat, and five and three-quarters pounds of feed to produce one pound of chicken meat. The average price of a poultry is about 40 cents, and the baby chick sells at an average of 13 cents.

Reporting about field crops, Joseph W. Hallowell said a number of farmers have seeded their barley. Potatoes are being harvested, the yield being quite good, with a small percentage of rot. Like last year, said Mr. Hallowell, the corn yield this fall is very good.

Because of the sudden ripening of tomatoes, truck lines waiting at a cannery in Camden had been 11 miles long. Now that tomatoes are not ripening as rapidly, not so many growers are waiting in line.

About the apple crop, Frank B. Carrell said the yield is far above the average and that apples are ripening about 10 days earlier than usual.

For the home economics committee, Mrs. Charles Harper Smith told of a nutrition course offered by the Red Cross. She also called attention to the victory garden exhibit to be held in the Commercial Museum, Philadelphia, on October 1, 2 and 3.

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Hatboro and Horsham Happenings -

The Horsham P.T.A. will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m., topic for the year being "Education for Victory." Miss Phillius, the school nurse, will speak.

Dr. James M. Funke and Samuel H. Corson, of Hatboro, are on a hunting trip in Canada.

Mrs. William F. Tyson, of Horsham, entertained the members of her sorority at a hamburger and corn roast one evening last week.

Pvt. Mark W. Willier, son of Mrs. Maude Willier of Harding avenue, Hatboro, has been enrolled in a special course of instruction at the Signal Corps School at Camp Murphy, Florida. Pvt. Willier was selected for this specialized training on the basis of his aptitude.

Ronnie Tyson, of Horsham, had his tonsils removed at Abington Memorial Hospital last week.

Benjamin Gumpper of Oakdale avenue, Hatboro, has been promoted to sergeant in the United States Air Corps in Iceland. He is in the engineering department.

Morris Jarrett, of Horsham, has resumed his studies at George School, Newtown.

The Misses Thoman spent the week-end at their place at Seaside Heights, New Jersey. During the summer, they were home in Hatboro at different intervals to can the produce of their garden.

Mr. and Mrs. George Powell of Township Line road, Horsham, spent Sunday visiting her brother, Private Edward P. Tholey, at Fort Meade, Md.

Mabel Chatburn, of Hatboro, has recovered from the measles.

Robert A. Taylor, of Horsham, has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He is 22 years old, married, and was employed as a fireman on the Reading Railroad.

Roberts & Mander Stove Company, in Hatboro, joined the roll of industrial plants in the Old York Branch area recently when its employees deposited blood in the Red Cross blood-for-blood plasma reservoir. The Mobile Clinic of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter "pitched its tent" in the company dispensary.

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