14 06, 2020

James Hervey Sternbergh – Reading Bolt and Nut Works

2020-06-14T22:23:41-04:00June 14th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|0 Comments

The Reading Bolt and Nut Works was a plant extending over some eight acres of land, lying between Third and Fourth streets, and between the Lebanon Valley Railroad and Buttonwood Street. The large and important industry had its inception in 1865. James Hervey [...]

8 06, 2020

History of the former Bachman Pretzel Company

2020-06-08T21:57:29-04:00June 8th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|2 Comments

The former Bachman Pretzel Company, was founded by Joseph S. Bachman in 1884. Joseph S. Bachman (b. 1863 - d. 1914), was born in Austria, and came to America with his parents, Francis and Margaret (Settler) Bachman, in 1868. He was educated in [...]

7 06, 2020

Nolen Favored Grouping of Public Buildings

2020-06-07T18:43:38-04:00June 7th, 2020|People|0 Comments

The original public building in Reading stood in the center of Penn Square, directly at the intersection of Penn and Fifth Streets, then called Market and Callowhill Streets. It was the most central situation, and therefore the most convenient, and it was architecturally [...]

7 06, 2020

Seashore Mansion of William H. Luden

2020-06-07T16:22:52-04:00June 7th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|1 Comment

William Henry Luden, developer of the menthol cough drop and founder of the Luden's company in Reading, PA, amassed considerable wealth through his confectionery business. In 1882, William H. Luden began modestly making candy for Christmas, with thirty pounds of sugar, at No. [...]

5 06, 2020

John Nolen – The Future City of Reading Pennsylvania

2020-07-05T18:16:49-04:00June 5th, 2020|People, Towns-Wards|0 Comments

John Nolen (1869–1937) was the first American to identify himself exclusively as a town and city planner. Nolen was orphaned as a child and placed in Girard College. After he graduated first in his class in 1884, he worked as a grocery clerk [...]

31 05, 2020

Monsignor George Bornemann

2020-05-31T07:04:14-04:00May 31st, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions, People, Schools|0 Comments

George Bornemann was born October 5, 1838, at Lingen, Province of Hanover, Germany. His father was a rope-maker; his mother, Louisa (born, Rolfs) died when he was six years old. The schools of his native town provided his elementary education, and he early [...]

31 05, 2020

The Old White Store and Stichter’s Hardware Store

2020-05-31T01:50:15-04:00May 31st, 2020|Landmarks, People|0 Comments

One of the first business places in Reading was the store of Conrad Weiser at a little crossroads we now know as Fifth and Penn streets in Reading. Weiser moved to the Tulpehocken area in Pennsylvania in 1729, erecting a house upon a [...]

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