This Was Doylestown, 1953

A female legislator urges more women in politics, borough parking fines will be lowered to 10 cents, and a new law may halt garbage collection in Doylestown, 59 years ago this week.

Female legislator addresses Bucks Republican women -

Mrs. Marion E. Markley (R., Lehigh), the only Republican woman member of the State House of Representatives, spoke on "Women In Politics" at the annual meeting of the Bucks County Council of Republican Women at the Doylestown Inn on Thursday.

Mrs. Markley told the group that she was disappointed not to see any women candidates on the ticket here this year, and that she hoped that when Bucks sends its third member to the State Assembly with Representatives Keller and Yeakel, it will be a woman.

Mrs. Markley paid tribute to President Eisenhower, who, she explained, has appointed 33 women to important posts in this country.

"To have good government you must have a good housekeeper, and who is better fitted to be a good housekeeper than a woman?" Mrs. Markley asked. "Yes, we all know it is a man's world and we don't want to change it, but we want equal representation. For some reason, a woman is not measured on the same terms as a man when politics is considered."

Speaking of double standards of men and women in politics, Representative Markley said that she often laughs when some men wonder whether women can stand the strain of politics.

"Who can stand the strain any better than a woman who cooks three meals a day for a family of five, does her own washing and ironing, and often entertains her husband's relatives, week in and week out?" Mrs. Markley asked.

"The valuable advice of many women today is being missed simply because they have not had a chance to make their contributions to better government," she said. "Again, let me assure you that women are first-class citizens and are here to stay."


Borough Council plans 10-cent parking fine -

Courtesy mixed with generosity was the elixir suggested Monday night at the October meeting of Doylestown Borough Council, whereby parking tickets will not cost a dollar if the summons is taken care of within an hour after the ticket has been applied to the windshield.

The plan, favored by Councilman Frank W. Ely, chairman of the police committee; Chief of Police Felix R. Gowan; and other members of Council, will be officially adopted within the next two months.

The tickets placed on the car of a parking violator will bear a paragraph (in red), notifying the offender that if he appears at the police station within one hour after the ticket is dated, the fine will be 10 cents instead of $1.

The idea is not new, and in the cities and boroughs where it is in operation, a far friendlier feeling has been created among shoppers.

In other business, Council approved the "bearing down" on a number of violators in Doylestown who allow their business trucks to park all day in front of their own place of business, or in other sections of the town where their employees may be working. Chief Gowan stated that the violators have been given tickets and that the practice is being broken up gradually.

Chief Gowan's monthly report showed 54 arrests, 69 complaints and five accidents investigated.

The arrests were for the following violations: Overweight trucks, 27; passing through stop sign, 6; passing through red light, 5; reckless driving, 4; disorderly conduct, 4; drunk and disorderly, 3; noise violation, 2; shifting or leaking loads, 1; restrictions as to speed, 1; drunken driving, 1.

The parking meter collection for the month amounted to $1,877.90; meter fines, $240; and other fines, $972.


Doylestown students one-fourth of Central Bucks enrollment -

Of the 1,442 students enrolled at Central Bucks High School, Doylestown borough contributes 348 boys and girls, nearly one-fourth of the total enrollment and the largest group numerically in the nine-district set-up.

Doylestown borough's 348 students attending Central Bucks [then a junior-senior high school] are made up of the following grades: Seventh grade, 71; eighth, 54; ninth, 50; tenth, 65; eleventh, 63; and twelfth, 45.

Warrington township has the second-largest high school enrollment with 214 boys and girls. The third-largest district is Buckingham township with 203.

Plumstead township has 182 boys and girls. Doylestown township ranks fifth with 177 boys and girls. New Britain township has 102 boys and girls; Chalfont borough, 82; Warwick township, 58; and New Britain borough, 50.

Non-Central Bucks Joint School districts have a total of 26 students enrolled on a tuition basis, as follows: Bedminster, 10; Cheltenham, Horsham, Solebury townships, one each; Tinicum, three; Upper Makefield, one: and Wycombe Independent, nine.

Attending CBHS are 292 in the seventh grade; 259 in the eighth; 238 in the ninth; 266 in the tenth; 229 in the eleventh; 158 in the twelfth; or a total of 1,442.


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New law may halt garbage collection in Doylestown -

Borough Council was informed at its monthly meeting Monday night that Doylestown's contracted garbage collector cannot afford to comply with a new law that prohibits feeding raw garbage [food waste] to pigs.

Attorney William L. Goldman, representing Joseph Gorski, president of the Pennsylvania Hog Growers Association, assured Council that Gorski does not want to "let Doylestown down" and that he will continue to collect the garbage according to his contract, until such a time that he may be arrested. Goldman told Council that the garbage is being collected illegally at the present time under the new law.

"At the same time I would like Council to show Gorski all the courtesy and consideration possible in an effort to assist him in abiding by the new law," Goldman said.

The law, enacted June 19, provides that a hog raiser who feeds garbage to pigs must boil and cook the garbage at temperatures of 212 degrees and must spray pens with hot water. The garbage can only be fed to the swine on a solid floor, which would not permit any seepage of water.

Goldman told Council that an investigation disclosed that cookers and other equipment necessary will cost $29,000 (about $240,439 today, adjusted for inflation), and his client and other hog growers do not have that kind of money. Goldman's appeal was that communities in the area served by Gorski should share in the cost of a cooker.

"Garbage collection throughout Pennsylvania in communities having collectors actually faces a stoppage," Goldman said.

Violation of the new law by collectors calls for a fine of $50 to $300, and for any additional violations, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a prison sentence of one year.


St. Paul's Episcopal Church buys house -

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Oakland avenue and South Pine street, has purchased the house at 86 E. Oakland avenue in case of future expansion and as an investment.

The house was owned by Mrs. Christine H. Rufe, former First Ward Assessor, who must vacate the premises by Dec. 31. Mrs. Rufe will move into a new house at the corner of Maple and East streets, at the beginning of the new year.

The rector, the Rev. Frank Damrosch, said that St. Paul's vestrymen decided to buy the house for several reasons. The parish doesn't contemplate going into any expansion move at the present time, but will retain the house for investment purposes, if nothing else.

Father Damrosch explained that the church owns the lot between the church and the office of Dr. Harvard R. Hicks and Dr. Redding H. Rufe, but that the lot isn't large enough if the church decided to make an extensive expansion.

With the purchase of the house next door, to the east of the present attractive stone church, St. Paul's property will be greatly increased for future extension and expansion.

Two other Doylestown churches recently acquired real estate in the First Ward. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church purchased the Mrs. John C. Swartley home for a convent, and the Christian Science Church bought the late Henry D. Ruos' mid-Victorian estate.

(Editor's note - An addition to St. Paul's Episcopal Church now occupies the former site of 86 E. Oakland Ave.)


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Doylestown Town Notes -

Courthouse Park has seldom looked more beautiful than at present, with its many trees in their autumn colors, and leaves falling everywhere.

The men of Doylestown Presbyterian Church are again collecting clothing for Korea, and the deadline for making a contribution is Nov. 1st. This group was able to accumulate 1,200 pounds of men's, women's and children's wearing apparel last winter for the needy in South Korea.

Miss Adelaide Ott, of East Court street, has been confined to her home for the past two weeks by illness. She is reported to be improving nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Ely, of Golfview road, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Eldon Clemens, of South Main street, have arrived home following a four weeks' tour of France, Germany and Belgium.

Ernest J. Keyser, of Union street, is spending three days at the Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, where he is attending the Fall Conference of the National Association of Purchasing Agents.

Mrs. Frances Folkes, of Tincium, has returned to her position as secretary at Hayman-Radcliff Motor Company, West State street, following two weeks' illness, one of which she spent as a patient in Doylestown Emergency Hospital.

Mrs. Samuel Willard is in charge of tickets for the first P-TA affair at Central Bucks High School, a card party and food fair to be held in the school cafeteria on Nov. 17.

Edward Longacre, for many years a resident of East Court street, is seriously ill at the Chestnut Hill Hospital, where he has been a patient for two weeks. He is a veteran employee of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mrs. Charles L. Goodman, of West State street, has returned home following a week's visit with relatives and friends in Williamsport.

Among the local groups sending donations of canned fruits and vegetables to Doylestown Emergency Hospital recently have been the Dublin Reformed Church, Warrington Women's Club, Lingohocken Garden Club and Unami 4-H Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Conti, and his mother, Mrs. Frank Conti, have returned home from a two months' trip to Italy, France and Switzerland.

On Wednesday evening, Lt. Stuckey, of the U.S. Army, will show pictures of missionary work in Korea at the First Baptist Church. A free-will offering will be taken for the orphans and lepers in Korea.


From the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer, Week of Oct. 18-24, 1953

Laura Freed October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I love these columns. I love the simplicity of the people and way they seem to help each other rather than rely on Govt. So much history!
Mary191 October 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
these columns are super!


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