1996 History Corner Articles


(Courtesy of Bryan Hunsinger)

Shown here are twins, one male and one female, born on August 8, 1908 (before Beavertown was a borough). They were raised in Beavertown. Both are still living, but only the man lives in town today! Who are these twins? (We know of course!) Happy Holidays to all our valued readers! We’ll be back again next year!

(Can you name these two persons born in Beavertown? Answer next year.)

Answer to Last Month

The first rural mail carrier for Beavertown was James H. Bingman, born 1845, died 1922. Next was Warren Spaid. He was succeded by Raymond “Butch” Rine about 1946. Clarence Bailey served as a sub carrier for a short time until he was replaced by Joe Reigle in July, 1971. Bob Camp was next as of July, 1980. He worked on an ever expanding route until he retired on July 1, 1994. Since then we have Rob Wagner as our rural mail carrier.

Warren Spaid

(Courtesy of Dot Lash)

Warren D. “Warrie” Spaid was the Postmaster of Beavertown, appointed 12-5-1913. Here he is shown at his desk when the Post Office was located in the little building across the street from Albert’s Barber Shop of today. After his tour as Postmaster, he became Beavertown’s second rural route mail carrier. We are celebrating 100 years of rural mail carriers in the U.S. as of October 1996. The lobby of our Post Office has a nice display recognizing this event.

(Can you name at least four other rural route carriers for Beavertown? Answer next month.)

Answer to Last Month

Pete Marks delivered ice cream door to door. Milk was delivered door to door by Smith’s Dairy. Fresh fish was peddled with the familiar (Toot Toot) bulb-horn, followed by the man yelling “Yo!”. Ner Feese did this for a while.

You could call in or write in to several local stores and they would deliver your groceries. Later, Kauffman’s had a store on wheels to do the same thing.

Troutmans had a meat wagon and delivered fresh made ring baloney and other meats door to door.

The Great A and P sold tea and other things door to door. The Fuller Brush man came door to door.

Medicines of various types were peddled door to door. “Doc” Klingler was one of these salesmen.

Services like fixing pots and pans, sharpening saws and knives, and fixing umbrellas, etc. were also offered.

Fred Lerchs Bakery Wagon

(Courtesy of Charles Wagner)

Shown here on the north side of Market Street (just west of the present Kauffman’s TV store) we find Mr. Fred Lerch, the owner, alongside his bakery wagon, in which he delivered fresh baked goods around town in the 1920s. Little Mary and John Dreese are also shown. Mr. Lerch had his bakery above Bobb’s store building, now an apartment building just to the left of where this picture was taken. Notice the hitching post on the extreme left.

(Can you name at least four other things that were delivered around town in this era? Answer next month.)

Answer to Last Month

The Maple Inn, known as the Maples, was run by “Doc” and Rachel Zellner, perhaps even before prohibition was lifted, and then by George Erb, who sold it to Paul Felker in 1939. After Paul died, Lena and her son Richard ran it until it was sold to Ted Wenrich. Then Juan and Charlotte Trogani bought it, enlarged it, and closed it, which was the end of the Maples.

The Troutmans bought it and reopened it as the Bull and Boar.

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