Hamburg Item Early Files

25 Years Ago

June 16, 1993

Hamburg Area High School Valedictorian is Kristine Bryant and Salutatorian is Angela Laubenstine.

First place winner of Shoemakersville Children’s Fair, Div. 1--is Jay Ziegler, “Have a Coke and a Smile”; Div. 2—Molly Hermansader, Energy Bunny; Div. 3—Sylvia, Kody, and Kayla Leiby, Jennifer and David Krantz, Pink Cow Commercial.

A Little League dream came true for Jeff Haag, Shoemakersville, as he signed the contract that officially made him a Cleveland Indian. Jeff left last Tuesday to report in Winter Haven, Florida for intensive spring training. He will then report to Watertown, NY to begin his Minor League Career.

“Huck Finn” will be featured at the Hamburg Strand June 18-21.


50 Years Ago

June 13, 1968

Peter Taylor Stofflet, son of Item publisher Millard A. Stofflet, of Fourth Street, Hamburg, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Fine & Professional Arts at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, on Saturday morning. Peter majored in photo-journalism. Last summer he served his journalism internship of the Reading Eagle.

The Rev. Richard Bonser, of Bethlehem, will begin his duties as assistant pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg, on Saturday.

Raymond H. “Rudy” Strausser was honored recently for 25 years of service as a representative of Aetna Life Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford Connecticut.

Marine Corporal Larry L. Armpriester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Armpriester, of R2, Hamburg, is helping to conduct patrols and combat operations against the enemy in Vietnam.

John Claypoole, hex sign artist and member of the Dutch Hex Tour Association, will appear on the Larry Ferrari show on Sunday at noon. He will promote the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival.

“Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman will be featured at the Stand this weekend.

75 Years Ago

June 10, 1943

Miss Merle Simpson, Valedictorian of the graduating class of Hamburg High School, was awarded the Mrs. Irvin A. Diener prize of $10.00 at the 57th annual commencement exercises, held last Thursday evening. Miss Caroline Weinhold, Salutatorian; was awarded the Woman’s Club prize of $5.00.

Pvt. James Meck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Meck, South Fourth St., Hamburg, is now with an anti-aircraft battery in North Africa. He was inducted last Aug. 18.

The Jr. U.S.O. will sponsor an “open dance” in the former Moose Hall, South Fourth Street, Hamburg, on Saturday evening. The public is invited to attend.

“My Friend Flicka” starring Roddy McDowall and Preston Foster will be featured at the Strand, June 12.

100 Years Ago

June 20, 1918

Prof. B.W. Scholl, Howard Altenderfer and Clayton Hoffman of Hamburg, and Harvey Saul of Windsor Castle, left Saturday morning and joined a party of selected men who went to the Pittsburg University to take up special work for military service.

W.E. Schmick, proprietor of the Peerless Fruit Farm has received and will shorty put in operation a large hydraulic cider press to convert his own surplus apple and peach crop into cider.

Miss Pauline Keim, who has for some time been a clerk in Adam’s Drug Store, has decided to take up the study of pharmacy, and has registered as a student. She is the first Hamburg girl to take up the profession, a step that is becoming necessary for young women since the young men are entering military service.

Mrs. Frank Machmer received a card from her husband notifying her of his safe arrival in France.

Peggy Sterner compiles Early Files.