25 Years Ago

Nov. 17, 1993

At the regular meeting of the Lions Club, the program for the evening was by Tina Balthaser. Tina was one of the 16 students from Berks who visited Russia for 3 weeks as a People To People student ambassador. Program Chairman for the evening was Donald Smith. Tina is the daughter of Terry and Donna Balthaser, and a student at the Hamburg Area High School.

Ruth Williamson was honored by the Hamburg Public Library Board on her recent retirement as a library volunteer after approximately nine years of service.

Fourth Annual Christmas Open House at the Leatherman residence along with Clarinda’s Basket Corner will be held Nov. 18-20.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 21, 1968

Seaman apprentice Donald A. Karpinecz, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Karpinecz, of South Fourth Street, Hamburg, was graduated from Fire Control Technician School at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Assuming the duties of elementary supervisor is Mrs. Joan R. Miller, who will be assisting Oscar W. Shupp, elementary principal.

Members of First United Church of Christ had a brief service Sunday afternoon to dedicate the lot and foundation for a new parsonage on Chestnut St., Hamburg. Rev. Roy M. Neideich officiated. The lot was given to the congregation by Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Becker.

“The Detective” starring Frank Sinatra will be featured at the Strand Friday and Saturday.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 11, 1943

Hamburg’s residents almost experienced another disastrous flood early Tuesday morning, as rain all day Monday, sent both creeks to high level and a steady downpour in the evening, which produced 1.85 inches of rain fall in five hours, pushed the creek waters past flood stage shortly before midnight. Had the heavy rain continued another half-hour, there is no telling how much damage would have occurred.

Arthur G. Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Bailey, of Hamburg R.2, has completed his course of training and will receive the third class petty officer’s rating as aviation radioman, according to information received from the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Memphis, TN.

John Smith has taken possession of the former Keystone Garage building on Walnut Street, and is using it as a garage and service shop for Smith’s Model Dairy vehicles.

The American Hotel is now under the management of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Johnson Dining Room. Service Daily and Sunday.

Men’s Thorogood Work Shoes, $2.65 to $5.50 Black and Brown at J.L. Wagner’s & Sons, 312 State Street, Hamburg.

100 Years Ago

Nov. 21, 1918

It is expected that today three of the four now famous automobile bandits, who attempted to rob the Central Garage on the morning of Nov. 9, and later forced the exchange of a Hudson Super-Six belonging to a pursuing party, and escaped to New Jersey with it, will be lodged in the Berks County jail. The fourth man is supposed to be laying somewhere in an injured condition.

William F. Seaman, proprietor of Seaman’s Bakery, will very shortly give his employees a “blow-out” at Reading in celebration of the removal of the bread substitute restrictions, and as a reward for their faithful compliance with the government’s rules.

At the bi-weekly sale on Monday, Dr. K.D. Werley sold a large number of cows, heifers and bulls at very good prices. Cows sold for from $46 to $180, heifers from $50 - $100, and bulls from $55 to $100.

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