From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

June 15, 1988

The Blue Mt. Elementary Trumpet Trio presented special music for the BMA Adventist Church. They have performed in eight different churches since forming in February.

Meredith Bixler, Hamburg, recently completed an intensive sales training course offered by Longaberger Baskets.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lesher, 122 Penn Street, Bernville, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an anniversary dinner held at Trainer’s Midway Diner, Bethel.

Russell Taylor, R.D.1 Leesport, received an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State.


Kings Breakfast Special: Two Hot Cakes, Butter, Syrup and coffee—99 cents.

50 Years Ago

June 13, 1963

Honor students Susan Lee Thomas and Carol Ann Shollenberger will speak at the commencement program to be held in the high school auditorium on Monday evening.

The first annual banquet of the Hamburg Area Alumni Association will be held in the Hamburg Fire Company Field House on Saturday night. A full course turkey and beef dinner will be served at 6:30. Dancing will begin at 9 pm. Music will be provided by the “Sidekicks” featuring Johnny Jones.

Carl Sayer, of West Hamburg, went fishing at the Hamburg Game Association pond last Thursday and caught the limit of four fish, plus a free 13-week subscription to the Hamburg Item.

A twin-slide apparatus was recently purchased and installed at the Hamburg Recreation Park through the efforts of the Hamburg Jr. Woman’s Club. The equipment was put into use on Memorial Day.

Sharon Kay Stoudt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Stoudt, of Shoemakersville R1, won the Berks County Miss Milkmaid of 1963 title, recently in Centerport.

William L. Becker reported to fellow members of the Shoemakersville Rotary Club on the topic “The Battle of Gettysburg” at Monday nights meeting.

75 Years Ago

June 9, 1938

It was announced this week that D.A. Dinkel has been named president of the Hamburg Rotary Club for the fiscal year starting July 1 and George Fryer is vice president.

David Kistler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kistler, North Third Street, Hamburg, and an honor student, was among the 45 graduates at Perkiomen School’s 54th commencement exercises in the school Chapel, Hamburg, last Saturday morning. Wei Foo Chun, son of a New York City merchant, was the class valedictorian.

E. Gerald Smith left on Sunday for Camp Shawnee in the Pocono’s, where he will be an associate instructor at the civil engineering summer school of Lehigh University.

Irvin A. Diener, son of the late Irvin A. and Mrs. May Diener, was awarded a bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry at the annual commencement exercises of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, last week. Graduating from Hamburg High School in 1933 and Mercersburg Academy a year later, Diener took two years work in journalism at Princeton University and then transferred to the Lancaster Institution.

100 Years Ago

June 12, 1913

Oscar E. Hein, proprietor of the Ontelaunee Hotel at Virginsville is making preparations for the appropriate celebration of the glorious Fourth. He has engaged Adam’s Orchestra of Reading to furnish music, and will have a grand display of fireworks at night in the adjoining park.

Miss Hattie Baer, a public school teacher, left Thursday morning with the 9:27 P. & R. train on a long journey to Pueblo, CO, where she will spend several months with Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hatzfield and their daughter Mrs. C.J. Haines. The Dauberville Ice Company is having men employed to drain Lenharts Creek, to run around their dam instead of into it, as at present.

Early Files are compiled by Peggy Sterner every week for The Hamburg Area Item.