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there was a growing demand for legal services. With the
exception of the townships of Falls, Bristol, and the lower
part of Middletown Township and the Boroughs, most of
Bucks County was rural and consisted of farmland. The
Fairless Works of the United States Steel Corporation in Falls
Township along the Delaware River employed about 10,000
well paid workers who lived mostly in Levittown and Fairless
Hills. The executives lived primarily in Lower Makefield
Township between the Boroughs of Yardley and Morrisville.
Numerous other manufacturing plants were located in those
townships. The Oxford Valley Mall and the Neshaminy Mall
had not yet been built. Unless you went to Philadelphia or
New York City, people patronized retail stores in Trenton,
the Morrisville Shopping Center, and the downtown areas
of the Boroughs. Many of the banks were located in the
boroughs but larger banks were located in Trenton. As a
result, Bucks County law firms were located in the boroughs
of Morrisville, Bristol, Yardley, Newtown, Perkasie, Sellersville,
and Quakertown. Most law firms were comprised of sole
practitioners of one or more lawyers. For example, Curtin &
Heefner in Morrisville had about 12 lawyers.

Pennsylvania cases to mostly Morrisville lawyers. Multi-state
banking was likewise not yet permitted. Therefore, the
Trenton banks and lenders willingly and eagerly provided
mortgage loans for home buyers in Morrisville, Falls
Township, Yardley, and Lower Makefield. In those days,
banks retained their mortgages. The Trenton banks hired
mostly Morrisville lawyers to conduct real estate settlements
in Trenton even though multi state bar admissions were
not yet permitted. The handling of legal work for Trenton
lenders on Pennsylvania mortgages generated significant
overhead revenue for Morrisville lawyers who also owned
title insurance abstract companies that provided title
insurance for such real estate transactions.
Courthouses, law firms, stores, factories, and places of
business did not close because of snow storms that were not
above a foot of accumulation. Depending upon when the
storm ended, there would be delayed openings. However,
school districts usually closed if they had busing. Lawyers
got to the courthouse by leaving early and making sure their
cars had full tanks of gas and snow tires with snow chains if
needed. Packed snow and icy spots on roads, driveways, and
parking lots was the norm. Snow fences along rural roads
were used to prevent drifts and to allow time for snow plows
to get through. Sidewalks and entrance ways to buildings
were shoveled. Driveways, parking lots, and roads often had
packed snow and icy surfaces that were not salted.

Lawyers were not yet permitted to practice in more than
one state. Nevertheless, lawyers in Trenton had Pennsylvania clients for whom they did Pennsylvania legal work.
However, if a case developed in such a way that litigation
was inevitable, then the Trenton lawyers would refer their
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