25 Years Ago
March 16, 1994
With twelve school days to make up because of inclement weather conditions, Hamburg Area Schools will be open until June 27, as of now. The Hamburg Area Schools were closed sixteen days so far because of the non-stop snowstorms and ice this winter.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy O. Christman, R.D.1, Hamburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a surprise party given at Shartlesville Grange Hall by their family. They are the owners of Ro-Ria Farms.
The Hamburg Community Playground Committee will hold a benefit dance Sat. evening in Sr. Mary’s Parish Hall, Fifth and State Streets, Hamburg, with a dinner catered by D’Maio’s Family Restaurant. The Decades, with their big-band sound of years gone by, will provide the music.
50 Years Ago
March 20, 1969
Dennis Miller was elected president of the Hamburg Jaycees during the chapter’s monthly business meeting last Friday evening.
Faithful service to the Hamburg Item, her church and her home have been outstanding characteristics of Mrs. Mildred E. Dunkle, of South Third Street, Hamburg, who is closing a career of 47 years with the Hamburg Item.
Miss Gloria Aldridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Aldridge, of the American Hotel, and Miss Beverly Weidenhammer, of Shoemakersville, were included among the 24 Practical Nursing Course class members who graduated at the Reading-Muhlenberg Vo-Tech School last Friday evening.
Arthur Young was named president of the Blue Mountain Youth Baseball League at a meeting in the Moose Home, South Third Street, Hamburg, on Tuesday.
75 Years Ago
March 9, 1944
Alfred M.H. DeLong, of West Hamburg, was named inspector of the second election precinct of Tilden Twp., on motion of Allan K. Grim, attorney, by President Judge Paul N. Schaeffer, on Monday.
Miss Vera Kirst, a Red Cross recreational director, stationed at Fort Benning, GA, is enjoying a 19-day furlough at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kirst, North Fifth Street, Hamburg.
Cpl. Charles B. Blatt, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blatt Sr., of Hamburg R1, has been in North Africa 14 months. He was inducted Sept. 17, 1942 and received his basic training at the Air Base at Sarasota, FL.
Daniel A. Dinkel, local burgess and chairman of the Red Cross War Fund drive in North Berks, has named Mrs. Robert P. Miller, Chairman of the house-to-house solicitors, and L.E. Mylting, Industrial Chairman. The drive is to open officially in North Berks next week.
100 Years Ago
March 20, 1919
George E. Miller, farmer near Windsor Castle for many years, moved to Hamburg Tuesday into his house on State Street, formerly occupied by Milton Fegley. He sold his farm to a Mr. Heffner of Kutztown area.
A.P. Wertley, ice cream manufacturer, has temporarily installed a 25 horse-power vertical boiler to assist his former 50 horse-power boiler in supplying enough steam pressure for manufacturing and the milk condenser, recently installed. He will shortly install a large horizontal boiler to supply the necessary steam, and will reconstruct his plant to add two more ice cream machines, making a total of five.
John D. Burkey, South Ward tax collector, who for many years was employed with S.D.Bausher, has taken a position with the Hahn Motor Truck Company.
Howard E. Seid, a prominent young druggist and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. David Schlear, spent several days in town visiting his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ely, at the Blue Mountain Club House.