1944 Sheaffer Egg fire was one of the worst ever here

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10 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 18, 2004

This is taking the term “sister” restaurants to whole new heights. And we are not just talking “top of the mountain” either. On Tuesday morning, the Keares Restaurant Group, which owns Lily’s on Main in the Brossman Complex, announced plans to open another restaurant and banquet facility at the new Mountain Springs Hotel site in downtown – the name, Olivia’s.


Only a handful of residents turned out Tuesday at Ephrata Borough Hall to discuss a long-awaited rails to trails project that has been in the works for several years. According to Bob Thompson, the borough’s director of engineering and public works, the primary reason for the meeting was to discuss the project with those residents whose property sits adjacent to the land needed for the trail.


Up until Saturday, Ephrata’s Shane Hyman was one of the most accomplished athletes in school history to not have a major post-season title to show for his efforts. The son of first-year Ephrata Coach Kerry Hyman, has always been on the brink, but for whatever reason, had never closed the deal. That’s what made his gold medal performance at the District Three, Section III Tournament Saturday at Governor Mifflin the “feel good” story for the weekend for local wrestling fans.

DIED: William Bottenfield, New Holland, Ashley Boyce, New Holland; Benjamin Bottenfield, New Holland; Irene Ohms, Ephrata; John S. Brossman, Ephrata; Charles Townsend, New Holland; Victor Bucher, Reamstown; Clarence S. Christ, Akron; Lester P. Bachman, Ephrata; Grace E. Martin; John Zimmerman Sr.; Carl B. Miller, Akron; Laura Cammauf, Lancaster County; Alfred L. Graham, Blue Ball; Pauline G. Beck, New Holland; Charles Soellner, Tyrone; Henry H. Lauver, Ephrata; Ruth Deverter, Manheim; Lester O. Binkley, Manheim; Joyce C. Hurst, Lancaster; Marian E. Boley, Blue Ball; Darlyne Kliewer, Lancaster; Jane C. Compinski, Perry Township; Jacqueline Carter, Lititz; Russell Smith, Ronks; Mary E. Worley, Lititz; David Weaver, Lancaster; Hazel Hershman, Ronks; Pearl Stengel, New Holland.

20 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 16, 1994

Well-known professional dog handler Peter J. Green has added another milestone to his already glittering resume. For the third time in his career, Green has walked out of New York’s Madison Square Garden site of the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show with top honors. Last night, at the “Super Bowl of Dog Shows,” Green won Best in Show with a Norwich terrier “Ch Chidley Willum The Conqueror” owned by Mrs. Ruth Cooper.


Denver Borough is without a police chief following the retirement of John A. McComsey, who officially left the force Feb. 12. Now borough officials are in the process of either replacing McComsey or possibly joining the Northern Lancaster Regional Police Commission with Brecknock and Caernarvon townships.


Craig Ebersole was appointed the first police chief of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department Thursday, eight days after resigning as chief of the East Cocalico Township Police. Ebersole was one of about 40 candidates and one of two finalists interviewed for the position, according to Commission President Jeff Buckwalter.

DIED: Alfred Zinn Sr., Ephrata; Rev. Noah W. Martin, Ephrata; Berthie Mae Baringer, Ephrata; Louise T. Kilgore, Lancaster; Maggie S. Fritz, Kenhorst; Mabel M. Sweigart, Ephrata; Richard W. Sweigart, Ephrata; Lester S. Bair, Ephrata; Mee Yang, Ephrata; Freda F. Clark, Bowmansville; Ralph E. Roether, Denver; Teresa Flory, Denver; Mary K. Quigley, Lancaster; Samuel F. Adams, Leola; Emily A. Clouser, Lebanon; Edna Miller DeLong, Elizabethtown; Edwin P. Hirsch, Leola; Clara D. Pugh, Johnstown; Emma P. Snyder, Clay; Aaron B. Graybill, Ephrata; Minnie Eberly, East Earl; Mamie E. McQuate, Denver; Ruth A. Hensel, Terre Hill; Elsie M. Horning, Ephrata; Walter Grella, Ephrata; Lillian Keares, Lancaster; Martin H. Fox, East Earl.

30 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 16, 1984

Ephrata Borough Council approved a 24 percent rate increase for its approximately 5,100 electrical customers Monday night, passing along the effects of an increase levied upon the borough by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. The increase will become effective March 4. PP&L had filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in November, asking for an average of 20 percent more in the rates charged to its wholesale customers, such as Ephrata Borough.


The resignation of band director and elementary music instructor William Herr was officially accepted by the Ephrata Area School Board on Monday, clearing the way for temporary staffing. Herr’s resignation become effective Jan. 11 after district officials learned he did not have a teaching certificate. By law, the resignation had to be announced and acted upon at a public meeting.


Lewis Ayers, who organized the Cloister Chapter of the Future Farmers of America at Ephrata High School for 23 years, will retire from teaching in July. Ayers’ intent to retire from his post to the school’s vocational-agriculture department was announced at Monday’s meeting of the Ephrata Area School Board, which approved the move with regrets.

DIED: Paul Krafft, Ephrata; Mollie K. Irvin, Akron; A. Martin Eshleman, Ephrata; Vera M. Ephrata; Francisco Feliciano, Narvon; Elizabeth R. Dick, Lititz; Harvey F. Hollenbach, Denver; Michael J. Volosin, New Holland; John E. Martin, Ephrata; Earl A. Thomas, Leola; Helen K. Antes, Rothsville; Mary M. Gerhart, Reinholds; Hilda Mae Zoll, Ephrata; Lawrence S. Brumbach, Rothsville; Lloyd S. Buchter, Lititz; Marion K. Schmick, Narvon; J. Arthur Smith Ephrata; Lulu S. Reed, Leola; Chester A. Rettew, Ephrata; Gertrude L. Beard, Lancaster; Lizzie Mellinger, Shillington; Charles J. Peffer Sr., Lancaster; Everett T. Harrington, Downington; Emma R. Riebsamen, Elizabethtown; Infant Jonathan Phillip Landis, Indonesia; Samuel W. HIlt, Lancaster; Harvey F. Mengel, Reading; Ivan W. Steffy, Manheim; Loretta S. Greenawalt, Lancaster; John J. Stoltzfus, Morgantown; Esther K. Hurst, Denver; C. Lester Hess, Leola; Elray Weidman Sr., New Holland; Katie S. Bomberger, Ephrata; Anne E. Stoner, Akron; Hettie L. Hyman, Adamstown.

40 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 14, 1974

The 199 teachers in the Ephrata Area School District received a collective raise of $173,000 Monday night as the school board became the second in the county to ratify provisions of the 1974-75 contract with its education association. Cost of the entire package to the district taxpayers is estimated at $195,000.


Architect Elmer Adams was authorized by the Ephrata Area School Board Monday to make a cost comparison study between renovation of the Highland Avenue Elementary School and replacement of the 47-year-old former high school building. He will meet with directors to set guidelines on requirements, such as number of classrooms.


State and local police were still looking Tuesday for suspects in a reported 15 incidents of shooting in East and West Cocalico townships early Sunday morning. Police Chief Richard Fasnacht of West Cocalico said shotguns were used in a random shooting spree which took place between 1 and 5 a.m. Sunday. The vandals fired from a vehicle which was apparently driven along Smokestown, Greenville and Brunner Grove roads.

DIED: Owen Hershey, Lititz; Helen Kofroth, Lititz; Raymond Mohler, Denver; Harry H. Eberly, Denver; John I. Green, Denver; Minnie Gutekunst, Ephrata; Paul R. Kupp Jr., Manheim; Elwood B. Bradley, Stevens; Vito J. Bianco, Ephrata; Anna Unruh, Reamstown; Wayne R. Elser, Lititz; Samuel F. Sheaffer, Lititz; Richard L. Sheaffer, Lititz; William Patterson, Lititz; Sallie A. Lutz, Reading; Elsie Walters, Stevens; Millard F. Mitchell, New Holland; Lillian Blecher, Manheim; mary Eshleman, Lititz; Vincenzo Spurigo, Schaeffertown; Elmer F. Fasnacht, Ephrata; Katherine Myer, Bareville.

50 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 13, 1964

A new salary scale involving a $111,680 pay increase for teachers was approved for 1964-65 by the Ephrata Union School Board Monday night. Then the directors expressed concern over constantly increasing teachers’ and administrative salaries, the rising costs of an up-to-date school system and the district’s ability to meet the financial demand year after year. “Salary includes things other than the paycheck,” one irritated director exclaimed. He asked not to be identified. Another suggested Ephrata take the initiative to halt the yearly acquiesce to demands by teachers for more pay in order to keep them. He said he believes other school districts in the county would rally to our initiative to save costs and follow suit.


A $35,000 fire on the farm of Phares Weaver, Lititz, R4, destroyed a large combination stone and frame barn at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The barn, a landmark in the Lititz area, was discovered afire by a passing motorist. The farm is located about one-half mile east of Lititz on Rothsville Road. Phares Weaver Jr. Lititz, R1, a son of the owner, said there was no one at home and the fire was reported by Robert Herr, 169 West Market St., Marietta.


Five inches of snow from two separate storms blanketed the Ephrata area on Monday and Tuesday, causing hazardous driving conditions and numerous accidents, one resulting in the death of a young mother and son. The Reading Weather Bureau yesterday issued a five-day forecast calling for more precipitation late today and tonight, possibly snow.

DIED:Samuel K. Redcay, Ephrata; Ida W. Keeler, Akron; Earl Garner, Denver; Gertrude Patton Siverling, Narvon; Ursula Hess Rock, Ephrata; William Z. Stark, Lititz; Lizzie H. Wenrich, Newmanstown; Eva Engelder Keith, Reinholds; Reuben Swarr, Ephrata; George Weaver, Terre Hill; Sylvester Buch, New Holland.

60 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 18, 1954

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Todd of Terre Hill have purchased from Mrs. Katherine J. Shimp the property formerly occupied by the Owls on East Main Street.


Preparation for the annual Youth Day in Government program were begun Tuesday at Ephrata High School when members of student council met and elected party chairmen John Glatz and Zeno Royer.

DIED: Dennis L. Kurtz, Lititz; Howard Hoshauer, Bowmansville; John W. Kelly, Clay; Martin R. Youndt, Fivepointville; Mrs. Roy E. Weinhold, Reinholds; Mrs. Elmer Mease, Ephrata; Joseph M. Sensenig, Churchtown.

70 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 17, 1944

In one of the worst fires in Ephratra in several years, flames about 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon destroyed the warehouse, 3,000 empty egg crates, two pick up trucks and other contents of the Levi M. Sheaffer whole sale egg business on West Walnut Street and Duke Street.


The newly organized Lions Club of Reamstown will recieve its charter next Tuesday evening at a dinner meeting in th East Cocalico high school. Frank A. Riteau is president of the club.


Borough Council on Monday night adopted a budget calling for expenditures in 1944 amounting to $139,490, retained the tax rate of seven mills and $1 per capita.

DIED: Mrs. Samuel K. Kulp, Lincoln; Clarence S. Good, Blue Ball.

80 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 16, 1934

An announcement was made that Frank Miley will hold a fox chase at Ream’s Service Station, 415 E. Main St., this Friday afternoon.


Last Sunday, a dinner was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Mohler, North State Street, in honor of the 70th birthday anniversary of Mrs. Mohler.

Died: Mrs. Lizzie Albright, Akron; Ezra M. Martin, near Churchtown; Daniel Hoshour, Bowmansville; Jacob L. Pfaultz, near Murrell; Mrs. Emeline Stover, Terre Hill.

90 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 15, 1924

Mrs. Bertha Bolster celebrated her 90th birthday on Valentine’s Day. She was born in Bavaria, Germany, and came to America on April 17, 1853, The ocean voyage took six weeks. She lives with her son, George, at 109 Washington Avenue.


I.B. Musser proprietor of the Central Garage and authorized Ford dealer of Terre Hill, sold his business and house to John Eidenmiller of near Refton. Musser took a job as a salesman for Garden Spot Motor Co. in Lancaster and will move there with his family.

100 Years Ago

Issue of Feb. 13, 1914

The salary of A.W. Zimmerman, janitor of the Washington school was increased $7.50 a month to $42.50.


An offer was made to buy the borough light plant for $40,000.


In a letter to The Review, the Rev. A. Gockley of Pasadena, Calif., writes he received 61 beautiful birthday post cards from his friends here for his 80th birthday.

DIED: Andrew M. Baker, Ephrata; Mrs. D.K. Frantz, Lincoln; Mrs. Anna Miller, Ephrata; John S. Root, near Schoeneck; Mrs. Isaac Leisey, near Schoeneck.

Research for Years Ago is compiled weekly by Review Staff writer Dena Reedy. Much of the style and information reported is written as it appeared in its original form.

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