15 06, 2020

Frederick Lauer Monument – Reading, PA

2020-06-18T19:46:30-04:00June 15th, 2020|Landmarks, People|0 Comments

In 1823, George Lauer, father of Frederick Lauer, started in the business of manufacturing beer in limited quantities in Womelsdorf. Three years later, in 1826, the Lauer family relocated to Reading, where a small brewery was established on Chestnut street near Third, on [...]

14 06, 2020

Frederick Lauer Mansion – Reading, PA

2020-06-14T23:47:17-04:00June 14th, 2020|Landmarks, People|0 Comments

In 1891, George Frederick Lauer, chairman of the Lauer Brewing Co., erected an elegant mansion which fronted on South Third, at Chestnut. Below: The Fredrick Lauer Mansion, 1897. In April, 1894, a Reading Times newspaper reporter gave this description of the mansion: [...]

14 06, 2020

Ferdinand Winter Residence – 900 Centre Avenue

2020-06-14T22:26:37-04:00June 14th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|0 Comments

Ferdinand Winter, who for many years was a well-known business man of Reading, and a member of the leather manufacturing firm of Winter & Goetz, retired to his home at 900 Centre Avenue. Below: Ferdinand Winter Residence, 900 Centre Avenue, as it [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]

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