Remember When: 1924

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 6:00 AM


In the news this week 95 years ago:

• Local law enforcement officials confiscated a 150-gallon still from the O’Neil farm in Emsworth, along with “a small quantity of moonshine and 18 barrels of mash.” The still was constructed out of a garbage can with a condensing coil inside.

• The Music Club of Sewickley Valley’s last meeting of the season was held at “Muottas,” the home of the William Walker family. Outdoor activities were to include scenes from Shakespeare — “As You Like It” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” — with period music and a maypole dance performed by the members’ children. It was the club’s custom “to give this last day to the children.”

• A series of events commemorating the founding of the historic town of Economy were held this week. “An ingenious and efficient electrical amplifying system” enabled the band and choral music to be heard “with the same ease as though…sitting in the front row.” An address by a professor of history from Washington & Jefferson College was to be given, as well as a “grand historic pageant depicting both the past history of Economy and the present history of Ambridge.” All Ambridge churches were to hold special commemorative services that Sunday morning, followed by a service at the Harmonists’ burial grounds.

• The baseball team of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Order of DeMolay, a young men’s leadership organization founded in 1919, won its Decoration Day (Memorial Day) game against Washington, 13 to 12. “A victory snatched in the ninth inning always is exciting, but when it takes four runs to assure that victory, and the winning run is scored with two men out, you have a situation that’s hard to beat.”