Hamburg's From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

July 19, 1989

The Maple Drive access to the eastbound I-78 on and off ramps at southbound Rt. 61 near Hamburg will be closed permanently today.

Pamela Dietrich, an accounting major, and Lori Ann Hojnowski, mathematics major, were named to the Dean’s List at Shippensburg University for the spring semester.

Work started recently to improve the intersection at Rts. 61 and 662 in Shoemakersville, a high-frequency accident area, with RTP Corp., Glenolden, having the contract for the job, which includes widening Rt. 61 and the installation of extra traffic signals.

50 Years Ago

July 16, 1964

Hamburg’s National Guard unit will leave on Saturday for its annual two-week training period at the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.


Miss Mary Helen Bear, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Bear, Hamburg, left on Monday by airplane from New York for London, England, and a tour of various European countries. She will be accompanying her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Killough, of Philadelphia, on the four-week trip.

Johnny Ott, of Lenhartsville, and the “hex country” of south eastern Pennsylvania came in for a generous share of attention in a recent issue of “The Inch” quarterly magazine, devoted four pages to the artistic symbols on the barns of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

75 Years Ago

July 13, 1939

P. Stephen Stahlnecker, son of George A. Stahlnecker, North Third Street, Hamburg, was appointed a member of the State Unemployment Compensation Board of Review Tuesday by Gov. Arthur H. James. He will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James L. McDevitt, president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, at a salary of $8,500.00 a year.

Official pictures of the Joe Loiuis-Tony Galento heavyweight championship battle will be shown at the Strand Theatre, Tuesday and Wednesday evening in connection with the full-length film “The Gracie Allen Murder Case.”

Regius Feick won the P.F. Hess trout fishing contest with a 19 ½ inch brown specimen. He hooked this prize winner in Big Creek, a Pocono mountain stream, on Saturday.

The following visited the Dionne Quintuplets at Niagara Falls: Curtis Brown, Earl Brown, Enola Stoudt and Mamie Mengel.

100 Years Ago

July 16, 1914

More than 700 people attended the game played by Hamburg with the New York Bloomer Girls on Sunday afternoon. The game started with a girl in the box, but she was relieved after a few innings. There were three male players—pitcher, catcher and short-stop. At the end of the sixth inning the score was tie, 6-6, but then Hamburg pulled themselves together, shut the Bloomers off entirely and began piling up the score with 13 additional runs. Hamburg had but two errors and the Girls 9. The latter left Sunday evening for New York.

On Tuesday Diener Bros. received the second carload of watermelons so far this season, and they are selling rapidly.

William H. Quinter, Practical Shoemaker foot of State Street, Hamburg, at the home of Mr. Mandon Machemer. All kinds of repairing promptly and neatly done at lowest prices. Men’s Soleing and Heeling, Nailed—70 cents; Men’s Soleing and Heeling, Sewed—90 cents; Women’s Soleing and Heeling, Nailed—40 cents; Women’s Sewing and Heeling, Sewed—50 cents. Rubber heels for men and women—35 cents.

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