Hamburg’s From the Early Files

25 Years Ago

August 30, 1989 >> Michael Schrack, former resident of RD1, Hamburg, recently completed his own fine arts print, entitled “Quiet Descent.”

Hamburg Mayor John Swanger signed a document to proclaim September 1 thru 4 as “Stars and Stripes Weekend” to promote and support the national flag in protest of the recent United States Supreme Court decision making it legal to desecrate the flag as a form of protest.

Lisa Geschwindt of the Berks 4-H Program, took first place in statewide presentation competition held recently on Penn State’s University Campus.

50 Years Ago

August 27, 1964 >> Raymond C. Berger, of the Allen-Sherman Hoff Company, a resident of Hamburg and president of Borough Council, will head the North section of the County Industrial Division for the 1965 United Fund Campaign.


An estimated 1,400 persons viewed the sixth annual water carnival “Indian Summer” at the Hamburg swimming pool last Saturday and Sunday nights. Domer Leibensperger, director of the show and pool manager, reports $196.00 was contributed the two nights.

Hamburg Jr. Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps placed second in a Firemen’s Parade held in McSherrystown on Saturday.

The “Run for the Money” caravan, in which the Hamburg Jaycees are expected to participate, is scheduled to arrive, along new Rt 22, at noon on Wednesday. The marathon run is being conducted between New York City and Los Angeles to raise funds for the U.S. Olympic team.

75 Years Ago

August 24, 1939 >> Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and for many years active in the education, sociological and political affairs of the day, will present a benefit lecture “The Citizen and the Community” in the Rajah Theatre, Reading, on September 27.

Miss Phoebe Land left yesterday for Durham, North Carolina, to begin her duties as a library assistant at Duke University.

Mrs. Sue Batdorf and daughter Marie made a business trip to New York City last week to purchase fall merchandise for her South Fourth Street Store.

Dr. and Mrs. John Adams and son spent Friday at the New York World’s Fair.

On August 25, Roy Rogers stars in “In Old Caliente” and on August 26, Mickey Rooney stars in “Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever” at the Hamburg Strand.

100 Years Ago

August 27, 1914 >> Miles Williams and Burt Stokes of Dover, New Jersey, have been installed at the A & H Foundry at West Hamburg as superintendent and foreman of molders, respectively. Both are experienced young men and held important positions in the extensive foundries of the Richardson and Boynton Manufacturing Company, who suffered a half-million dollar fire several months ago.

The Hahn Motor Truck & Wagon Company is at present building three one-ton trucks, recently ordered.

Baker Seaman has added another sanitary and labor-saving machine to his shop. A Read’s three-speed cake mixer, which kneads all the dough for all kinds of cakes.

Ground has been broken for the erection of two houses by Harry Shomo, of the Auditor General’s Department a Harrisburg. They will be located on the Northside of Franklin Street, adjoining Salem United Evangelical Church and will be of brick. Henry Wanner has the contract to erect them, and they must be finished this fall.

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