From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

Oct. 26, 1988

Jody Heckman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Heckman, Bernville RD1, is in the U.S. Army and was recently promoted to the rank of PV2. Currently stationed at Fort Sam, Houston, TX.

The Hamburg Area Soccer Team completed a winning season with an overall record of 11-7-1.

Local and State Police have found no evidence that a devil-worshipping cult exists or practices locally, but the rumors persist.

Sunday Buffet All You Can Eat--$5.95 at the Regal.


“Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4” will be featured at the Hamburg Strand October 28-31.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 24, 1963

Opening of Perry Twp’s elementary school cafeteria was scheduled for yesterday. School lunches are offered at 30 cents per meal, including a half-pint of milk.

There were 228 parishioners and friends at the social dedication of the new parish hall at St. Mary’s R. C. Church, Fifth and State Streets on Saturday.

Hamburg children will participate again this year in a “trick or treat” program for UNICF. “The trick is to treat someone else,” explained Miss Clementine Cope.

Approximately 170 reservations have been made for the testimonial banquet to Hamburg Areas 1963 State Legion Baseball Champions. The event will be held in the Field House.

Edward F. Madeira, Island Street, Hamburg, and his brother-in-law, Lee Machemer, Allentown, returned from a three-week hunting trip in Canada on Saturday.

Medium fresh Eggs—Two Dozen for 89 cents, Large Oranges—49 cents a dozen, Bananas—10 cents a lb., Large Stalk of Celery—35 cents, Two Large Heads of Lettuce—35 cents at A&P, 325 State Street, Hamburg.

75 Years Ago

Oct. 20, 1938

Dr. Arthur Cope, Hamburg physician and civic leader has been appointed Christmas Seal Sale Chairman for Hamburg and vicinity for 1938.

Hamburg, Dauberville and Shartlesville Boy Scouts received all but two of 54 awards made at a court of honor in the Scout Center, National Bank of Hamburg basement, last Friday evening.

Toxoid, the diphtheria preventative, will again be given free in the local schools next Thursday.

We have a Fine Variety of Masquerade Suits for young and old at Balthaser’s Store. Prices at 59 cents – 75 cents - $1.00 and up.

Smith’s Ice Cream—40 cents a quart, 20 cents a pint, $1.00 for 1-gallon, Located at 420 South Fourth Street, Hamburg.

Buy Fiesta on the Club Plan-25 cents weekly at Regal Pottery, 45 South Fourth Street, Hamburg.

100 Years Ago

Oct. 23, 1913

The bungalow cottage of Samuel Dunkel, on South Fourth Street, Hamburg, will soon be finished. It has an eight-foot porch on the four sides of the building, and seven large rooms and bath.

Edward A. Rothenberger and family expect to take possession on Saturday of their new cottage on Island Street, Hamburg. This home is a model bungalow in arrangement, having six spacious rooms and bath.

Alexander Cope, Robert Reber, Aaron Francis and Arthur Miller walked to the Blue Rocks on Tuesday where they hunted for the “bake oven” but were unable to locate it. They also visited the famous white rock and pulpit rock.

Contractor W. Frank Bailer had a force of men erecting the brick walls for the extension to the Central Garage, on South Fourth Street, Hamburg, the past few days.

The Early Files are compiled every week by Peggy Sterner for The Hamburg Area Item.