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 [...]

9 06, 2020

Reading, PA: A Slovak Christmas

2020-06-09T18:06:41-04:00June 9th, 2020|Christmas, Churches, Culture|0 Comments

Around 1880, the first Slovaks arrived in Reading, PA. They came from Saris, Spis and Zemplin, areas in Czechoslovakia, and later from Trencin, Orava and Nitra, also in Czechoslovakia. During their first years in Reading, they attended Mass at St. Paul's Roman Catholic [...]

9 06, 2020

Plan Mix-up: Post Office designed for a Southern City

2020-06-09T07:40:49-04:00June 9th, 2020|Bizarre|0 Comments

After glancing at the old Post Office at the Southeast corner of 5th and Washington Streets you may realize the building was the only one of its type and style in this city? The building was constructed in 1889 and was constructed of [...]

8 06, 2020

History of the former Bachman Pretzel Company

2020-06-08T21:57:29-04:00June 8th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|0 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|0 Comments

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. [...]

7 06, 2020

Widow Finney’s Town – Reading, PA

2020-06-07T14:57:48-04:00June 7th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

Located at the Southwest corner of 4th and Cherry Streets in Reading are three distinct restaurants. Judy's on Cherry offers Mediterranean-inspired fine dining in a beautifully renovated farmer's market. The Speckled Hen Cottage Pub & Alehouse, is located in an authentically restored 18th [...]

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