May 15, 1997 |
The pivotal seat that carried an earned-income tax into this municipality in October will be up for grabs in Tuesday's Republican primary, when newcomer Gerald Andris seeks to oust Richard Lewis from the Board of Commissioners. Andris, 36, an engineer at Ford Electronics, said that if he was elected to the Ward 5 seat, his top priority would be working for repeal of the tax. "It's an escalating process," Andris said. "The politicians in office want more money, and they're not being held accountable for the money they have.
April 18, 1986 |
A former Hatfield Township garage owner went on trial yesterday, charged with the $10,000 contract killing of a South Carolina truck driver and the slaying of the man's traveling companion, a Methodist minister who is said to have witnessed the execution. Assistant District Attorney Ward Cotton said in his opening remarks to the Montgomery County Court jury that he would present evidence to show that Paul J. Guglielmi, 29, fatally shot Harold Sellers, 35, of Hartsville, S.C., to receive $10,000 from Sellers' employer, the beneficiary named on his $100,000 life insurance policy.
November 26, 1999 |
Garfield James Edmonds Jr., 70, of Towamencin Township in Montgomery County, had owned and operated manufacturing companies and was well-versed in the Bible through seminary studies. He died of heart failure Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was an engineer for Atlantic Refining Co. until 1956, when he joined the family business, JED Manufacturing Co., a machine shop in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. In 1958, JED moved to the city's Germantown section.
August 20, 1998 |
Martin R. Fountain, 79, who had a colorful lineage and served Pennsylvania as an administrative law judge, died Saturday at his home in Upper Gwynedd Township. After practicing law in Philadelphia and working for the Legal Aid Society for several years, he became a hearing examiner for the state Liquor Control Board. He then served as an administrative law judge for the Public Utility Commission until retiring a few years ago. Judge Fountain was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, according to his family, was a descendant of Oliver Fountain, who served George Washington as a messenger during the Revolutionary War. Another ancestor, Albert Jennings, was a lawyer who represented Billy the Kid. After graduating from Boys High School in Brooklyn, Judge Fountain served as a staff sergeant with an Army cavalry unit and then with Gen. George Patton's Third Army in Europe.
May 30, 1997 |
Karl F. Trupp, 86, of Lansdale, a retired electric company employee who had been honored for community service, died Monday at North Penn Hospital in Hatfield Township. He formerly lived in Erdenheim and Gwynedd. For more than 45 years before his 1976 retirement, Mr. Trupp worked in the customer service department of the Philadelphia Electric Co. He spent much of that time in a managerial capacity, said his wife of 60 years, J. Elisabeth "Betty" Trupp. After he retired, he participated in the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and for many years helped others prepare their income tax returns through the free Income Tax Filing Assistance Program for Senior Citizens.
August 29, 1993 |
On Sept. 20, Sydney Britten will become this township's first manager. Britten, 51, was Hatfield Township's first manager when he took that job in 1971. He left Hatfield in 1988 to make more money as a property manager, a move that failed when the recession hit in 1990, he said. The new position, which pays $35,000, excites him, Britten said. He is currently an account representative for Metropolitan Insurance Co. "It's not that I did not like it," said the Hatfield resident.
August 4, 1987 |
A woman and two children on their way to Bible school were killed and a third child was seriously injured yesterday when their car hit a tractor- trailer that had jackknifed into their lane in Hatfield Township. Township police identified those killed in the 9 a.m. accident on Forty Foot Road as Sandra Smith, 37, of Hickory Way; her son Jeffrey, 9, and Brad Tuerk, 9, also of Hickory Way. The third child, Michael Smith, 13, was taken to North Penn Hospital in Lansdale, where he was in serious condition in the intensive-care unit, a nursing supervisor said.
December 18, 1996 |
John J. Hartigan Jr., 71, of North Wales, retired head custodian for the Upper Dublin School District and a former mechanic, died Friday at North Penn Hospital in Hatfield Township. He had retired in 1990 after eight years with the school district. Formerly, he was a mechanic on heavy-duty construction equipment for Ingersoll-Rand Co. in Montgomeryville. Mr. Hartigan was born and educated in Philadelphia, and served in the Pacific as a Marine Corps sergeant during World War II. He had resided at the Neshaminy Falls retirement community in North Wales for the last 16 years.
October 23, 1999 |
Virginia L. Smith-Wagner, 40, of Hatfield Township, an information technology specialist for a pharmaceutical firm, died Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after suffering a pulmonary embolism. She was a senior engineer at the St. Davids offices of the Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals division of American Home Products Co. She had been employed by Wyeth-Ayerst for the last 15 years. Born in Phoenixville, Mrs. Smith-Wagner was a 1977 graduate of North Penn High School and over the years had taken many courses at area colleges.
December 23, 2000 |
Michael J. Lukens, 37, a union ironworker and resident of Sumneytown, died Tuesday at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Lower Salford Township. Mr. Lukens, a member of Ironworkers Union Local 502, had been employed for several years by Salvino Steel & Iron Works of Franconia Township. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Northeast High School and Airco Technical Trade School, both in Philadelphia. He moved from the city to Lansdale in 1986 and to Sumneytown three years ago. He was a sports fan, especially of the Flyers.