Hamburg's From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

July 26, 1989

Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

At a special meeting last Wednesday night the Hamburg Municipal Authority awarded a $264, 800.00 contract to Wilmer Fisher Inc., Wyomissing, for the installation of a new belt filter press at the Hamburg Sewage Treatment Plant.

“See No Evil, Hear No Evil” starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor will be featured at Hamburg Strand, LTD. July 28-July 31.

50 Years Ago

July 23, 1964

F. Ralph Dreibelbis, a native of Virginville, recently retired after more than 30 years of federal government service as a soil scientist.


Miss Louise Werley, 1964 Berks County Dairy Princess, was selected as “Miss Congeniality” in the annual Pennsylvania pageant held in Hershey last Wednesday.

At least 50 youngsters from the Hamburg Playground are expected to travel to Reading Municipal Stadium tonight and be guests of the Reading Red Sox, along with children from other county playgrounds.

Special of the Week: Men’s Athletic Shirts and Briefs—3 for $1.10 at Hamburg Hosiery Sales Company.

Mae’s Special Frosting--$5.00 at Dorcas Hairstyling Salon, Shartlesville.

75 Years Ago

July 20, 1939

The weekly concert by Burkey’s Band will be held at Third and Pine Streets, Hamburg, this evening.

Mary Ann Boessneck, 29 North Fourth Street, Hamburg, is among the 50 girls enjoying the third week at Camp Blue Mountain of the Reading Y.W.C.A., north of Hamburg, a circus, boat parade and other interesting events are on this week’s program.

Hamburg’s newly renovated Washington Hotel, Fourth and Pine Streets will hold “open house” tomorrow and Saturday evening. Sharp’s Melody Boys of Reading will furnish music for dancing in the grill where Reading’s two dancing dolls, Miss Dotty Foreman and Miss Doris Hildebrand, will entertain the guests. Since taking over management of the well-known hotel a month ago, Mrs. Amanda Riegel has made extensive renovations throughout.

100 Years Ago

July 23, 1914

Diener Bros. have purchased, from the Hahn Motor Truck and Wagon Company, a one-ton delivery truck for use in their general business.

J.H. Snell and Sons, builders of steam engines, made the heaviest single express shipment last Thursday that ever went out of Hamburg. It was a 35 horse-power horizontal steam engine, consigned to the Little Falls Washing Company of Little Falls, New Jersey, and the expressage was approximately $50.00.

Milton W. Smith of Virginville, Berks and Lancaster county representative of the Lambert Motor Car Company, accompanied by Warren Rohrbach, his sales manager for Berks County, made a visit to the company’s factories at Anderson, Indiana, the past two weeks.

William S. Rhode, senior member of the Kutztown Publishing Company, was in town Monday to complete local data for the next issue of their Commercial Director of Berks and Lehigh Counties.

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