Hamburg's From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

August 23, 1989

Tammy Balthaser, vice president of the Pennsylvania FFA Association was one of over 100 state FFA officers who recently met with President George Bush. President Bush welcomed the state officers and adult FFA leaders to Washington D.C. and shared his thoughts about FFA and agriculture.

Last Tuesday a Lancaster County senior judge denied a request from Hamburg Borough and Tilden Twp. For a preliminary injunction that would have re-opened Maple Drive connection to an interstate 78 ramp.

A local landmark gets a new home as workmen take down the Phillips 66 sign from in front of the old Jallapa General Store. Jim Emery of Rt1, Bernville purchased the sign from Mr. and Mrs. Ray Doyle and will erect it on Rt 61, north of Leesport.

50 Years Ago

August 20, 1964

Work on the Kaecher Creek Watershed, Hamburg, on site of PA-477, has 75% of the embankment center line and emergency spillway laid out and ready to be cross-sectioned.


The American Hotel at Fourth and State Streets, in Hamburg was the scene of a re- union of workers of 25 years ago from the Hamburg Sanatorium.

First Lt. Kenneth R. Degler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Degler, of 60 West State Street, Hamburg, graduated from the U.S. Air Force’s Squadron Officer School at the Air University, Maxwell A.F.B., Alabama, on August 7.

The Hamburg Junior Buccaneers will hold a bake sale at Balthaser’s basement market on Saturday night.

“How the West Was Won” now thru August 25 at Deer Lake Drive-In Theatre.

75 Years Ago

August 17, 1939

Miss Leona Heinly received her private pilot license at Lancaster Airport last Wednesday. Miss Heinly recently completed 35 hours of solo flying and took the tests under the direction of Paul Burwell, inspector.

Fifty babies attended the weekly Baby Welfare Clinic in the Hamburg Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, which included 12 under one year, 21 under two years, and 17 from 2 to 6 years. Dr. A.A. Cope and Mrs. Mabel Patrician were in charge. Mrs. Milton Sunday was the volunteer worker.

Miss Marguerite Luckenbill sailed from New York on Saturday, to spend a week’s vacation in Havana, Cuba. She was accompanied by Miss Jackson of Milwaukee. On their return to New York they will visit the Fair as the guests of Miss Helen Kutchie.

Sonja Henie, Rudy Vallee and Tyrone Power star in “Second Fiddle” at the Strand on August 19.

100 Years Ago

August 20, 1914

The first boat to pass through Hamburg on the Schuylkill Canal for some time was sent northward late on Monday. It was the Guild, of Reading, and carrying a crew of three men. One of the men on the boat hailed familiarly as “Cap,” had his family on board. The boat was being sent northward to Port Clinton for coal. It will return fully laden. This shipment and maybe a few others later in the season, will save the canal from being put in the abandoned class, as far as the navigation year 1914 is concerned.

Building Lots For Sale on plot known as the Boatyard, North Second Street, Hamburg. Lots at reasonable prices or entire plot can be bought as a whole. Apply at Hamburg Broom Works.

Six Flavors and Orange Ice: Quart—25 cents; Gallon—80 cents, at Schollenberger’s Ice Cream.

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