2011-03-24 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1961

Borough Tax Administrator Elwood Mellott announced this week that the job of distributing withholding tax forms to employers in the borough has been completed and that wage tax will be deducted by employers from the salaries of all people employed in the borough, beginning this week.

Mrs. Ora J. Fischer, 62-year-old Wells Tannery resident, died on Friday evening, March 31, of a heart attack on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bowmansville in Lancaster County. Mrs. Fischer had alighted from the automobile, driven by her husband, which had been involved in an accident, when the fatal attack occurred.

The Knobsville Methodist Church will observe its 75th anniversary April 16-23 with special services and music each evening.

The new waterline in the borough will be hooked up to the reservoir this week, according to Max Stenger, borough municipal authority supervisor, and the reservoir has been drained in preparation.

A written request to council by Chief of Police Merrill Seville for a raise in pay was denied at a council meeting on Monday. The office of chief of police currently pays $3,600 a year plus transportation expenses and uniforms.

The first Easter sunrise service to be held in its history was held at Damascus Christian Church on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. Despite the wintry winds, a large crowd was in attendance.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 9, with an open house at their home.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Charles F. Burch of Denver, Colo. She was the former Florence Johnston of Ayr Township.

William Pierce Hamil of Hagerstown, formerly of Knobsville, died on March 8 and his obituary appears in this issue. He served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy and saw service in the Spanish-American and both World Wars. He was also a member of the crew on the Byrd Rescue Mission to the North Pole. He was decorated seven times during his years of service.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott, Needmore, on March 28.

Due to the bad weather, many of the Easter egg hunts for children have had to be postponed.

The Fort Littleton Methodist Church, which served the people for almost a century, has been torn down. It will be replaced with a new building in the near future and in the meantime, services are being held in the IOOF Lodge Hall.

Army Pfc. Lawrence J. Seburn, 19, Big Cove Tannery, has arrived in Hanau, Germany, with the 212th Artillery Group

Death: Mrs. Nellie B. Walters, Crystal Spring.

An ad taken out by the Gasoline Tax Education Committee urges dropping of the temporary federal gasoline tax when it expires on June 30, 1961, and quotes the following facts: Pennsylvanians now pay $1.10 tax on 10 gallons of gas; 11 cents tax on one gallon; 4 cents in federal taxes plus 7 cents in state taxes; gasoline taxes have risen 51 percent in the past 10 years, while the price of gasoline has risen only 5.5 percent.

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