25 Years Ago

Dec. 29, 1994

Samuel M Schaeffer, 92, a 1949 PA Master Farmer, from Bernville, who suffered minor injuries in a December 15 accident in Penn Twp., died December 30 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Five year old Coleen Spease visited the Santa and Mrs. Claus at Burkey and Driscoll’s during Toys for Tots night.

Round Steak--$1.59 a lb.; Whole Fryers—59 cents a lb.; Pork Picnics—69 cents a lb.; Apples—49 cents a lb. at Food Lion, Hamburg.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 2, 1969

Peter T. Stofflet, son of Item publisher Millard A. Stofflet and the late Helen T. Stofflet, North Fifth Street, Hamburg, has received his commission as a second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps Reserve and will report to Fort Sam Houston, Texas on Monday, for two nine-week training courses.

The Exchange Club of Hamburg, met yesterday at the Washington Hotel with Paul Mount, manager of the Hamburg district of the Metropolitan Edison Company, chairman for the day. The meeting’s theme was the National Youth Conference on the Atom.

Roy O. Christman, of Hamburg, R1, was named a Master Farmer for 1968. He is one of six commonwealth farmers selected to receive the coveted award sponsored by the PA Farmer magazine, Harrisburg, and the Co-operative Extension Services of the PA State University. He is a successful Berks county dairy man, a leader in agriculture and community activities.

75 Years Ago

Dec. 30, 1943

E. K. Marks, who operated Koller’s Grill at 308 State Street, Hamburg, closed its doors last Friday, as he prepared to move to the Port Clinton Hotel which he purchased recently. Last Monday, James Bloomfield, who operated the diner at State and Franklin Streets for the past five years, had the building and equipment moved to 1034 Lehigh Street, Allentown, in the vicinity of the defense industries. In February, John E. Rentschler discontinued operation of the Keystone Restaurant, South Fourth Street, Hamburg, this site is now occupied by the Rationing Board. All local hotels changed hands during the year. Francis L. Snyder, returned to Hamburg in February to operate the Washington. H.R. Johnson purchased the American from Mrs. Ethel Sturgis in November, and George Riegel re-opened the Regal Hotel this month, under his management. It had closed last January because of travel restrictions.

Mr. and Mrs. Rolond Yelles received word this week that their son, S/Sgt. Augustus Yelles, arrived safely in Australia.

“Thank Your Lucky Stars” starring Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Errol Flynn, and Dinah Shore will be featured at the Strand January 4 and 5.

Enjoy New Year’s or Sunday Dinner featuring Roast Turkey or Chicken at the American Hotel.

100 Years Ago

Jan. 9, 1919

Charles C. Shomo, the druggist, who was special enrolling agent for the U.S. Merchant Marine during the war, has just been appointed permanent enrolling agent for the U.S. shipping Board Recruiting Service, by Henry Howard, its director.

John L. Wagner, merchant on State Street, purchased the property of the late Irene Dewald on South Third Street, Hamburg, at public sale, for $3,035.

Howard Spayd, proprietor of Spayd’s Café on South Fourth Street, Hamburg, purchased the Lenhart property on Pine Street, Hamburg, between Second and Third from the heirs of the late Solomon H. Lenhart estate, at a private figure. He will retire from the hotel business on April 1st.

John E. Ditzler, barber, is again on duty, having completely recovered from an attack of influenza. Mrs. Ditzler has recovered also.

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