25 Years Ago

Dec. 8, 1993

Norman A. Fink, for many years co-owner of the former Fink’s Grocery Store, 178 North Third Street, Hamburg, died Nov. 30 in Community General Hospital. He was 77. Fink was the husband of Marie (Ely) Fink. Fink and his brother Arlan operated the S.A. Fink & Sons Grocery Store for sixty years, retiring in April, 1990 and ending an era in corner grocery-shopping locally.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Breininger of RD1, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a surprise dinner at Red Lobster, Reading, given by their sons.

Wednesday Special: All You Can Eat-Spaghetti and Meatballs--$4.95 at Schmeck’s Family Restaurant.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 12, 1968

Charles Smith, formerly of Hamburg, was named “Technical Excellence Man of the Year” by Lockheed. Now a resident of Marietta, GA, Smith designed a trouble-free valve now heavily in use on airplanes in Southeast Asia.

Dennis L. Merkel, of State Street, Hamburg, received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from PA State University on Friday. He was one of 639 seniors accepting degrees a commencement exercises at University Park.

Dr. Archibald R. Judd, Hamburg, will become acting superintendent when Dr. Clark, superintendent of Hamburg State School and Hospital leaves Dec. 16.

Specials: All Day Friday and Saturday: 21 Shrimp in Basket, Assorted Seafood Platter or Stuffed Flounder Platter-$1.25 at Wisser’S Bar & Restaurant, 308 State Street, Hamburg.

75 Years Ago

Dec. 2, 1943

Stephen T. Leibensperger, local chairman of the Community Chest and War Fund drive in the Hamburg district reported a total of $7,165.40 received for this district.

Mrs. Paul Zweizig, of Franklin Street, Hamburg, received word last week that her brother, Lt. James Baver, formerly of town, arrived at a base somewhere in India.

Beginning Dec. 13, meat dealers will give housewives two red ration points, in addition to four cents a pound in cash, for each pound of used household fats, according to Herbert M. Faust, director of WPB’s salvage division.


50 lb. bag of Maine Potatoes--$1.55; Oranges—33 cents a dozen; Carrots—11 cents a bunch; Grapefruit—3 for 24 cents; Marvel Bread—10 cents; Donuts—16 cents a dozen; Tomato Soup—9 cents a can at A&P Food Stores.

“This IS the Army” is scheduled for showing at the Strand Theatre during the Christmas-New Year week, Edward Schlear, manager, announced this week.

100 Years Ago

Dec. 12, 1918

Two guilty and one free, is the result of the trial of the three young men charged by W.M. Raubenhold & Sons, proprietor of the Central Garage, with the theft of their Hudson Super-Six touring car in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 9. There were four in the party who stole the car, but only three were apprehended at Elizabeth N.J. nearly a month ago.

The very sudden and unexpected death of Nathan Confer Jr., prominent in business circles here and an active member of the firm of Confer, Smith & Company, was a shock to the entire community. He succumbed to pneumonia, succeeding influenza Sat. morning. There are scores of cases of influenza now existing in Hamburg and vicinity.

A memorial service will be held next Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Geary, on North Third Street, Hamburg, in memory of their son Charles R. Geary, who died in service in France.

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