1998 History Corner Articles

Beavertown School

(Courtesy of The Beavertown Historical Society)

This building was constructed in 1880 by Moses Specht. It was 40 years old when this picture was taken. Notice each room had its own entrance. (Each was heated with a pot-bellied stove in the middle of the room. The toilets were outside. In 1915 one indoor toilet was put in the basement, but you had to go outside to get to it.) Also notice the solid doors, and the shuttered windows. There was no hallway. Also of interest is the old wooden fence around the Union Cemetery. This was replaced with a wrought iron fence shortly after this. This school was primarily used for the first 8 grades of education.

(What other educational use was served at this building? Answer next month.)

Answer to Last Month

In the Battle of Okinawa in April, 1945, Clair Musser from Troxelville was killed in action when a Japanese Kamikaze plane hit the stern of his ship and broke it off and was sunk. Vic and Emma, Clair’s parents were advised that Clair was missing in action and his whereabouts were unknown since 4/14/1945, but when and where and how were never revealed to them.

Fireman Luther Fessler came home on leave, and told Vic and Emma what happened. He knew of Clair being on the ship, the destroyer Sigsbee, DD502, but the pronounced his name as Mooser, and he never connected him to someone from back home until after his death.

Luther Fessler

(Courtesy of Beatrice Lepley Saylor)

In the Battle of Okinawa in April, 1945, a Japanese Kamikaze plane hit the stern of the destroyer Sigsbee, broke it off and was sunk. Fireman Luther Fessler, married to Ada Shirk of Beavertown, was on this ship, but survived unhurt. Later, the ship, what remained of it, made it back to Pearl Harbor, and while being repaired, Life Magazine did a feature article (August 27, 1945) and chose Luther as one of its main subjects. He appears above dancing the hula with the “Mae West of Hawaii”.

(Who else from this area was on the Sigsbee? Answer next month.)

Answer to Last Month

Mr. Middleswarth had a butcher shop here before Thomas Kohler had his business.

Oscar Freed then had a restaurant and small store, had a paint store here up to the 1980s.

If you know of any others, please call us and share your information so we can pass it on to others later.

Citizens Band

(Courtesy of The Beavertown Historical Society)

Pictured here is another POS of A parade held in Beavertown about 1915. This scene is on South Center Street, just off of the square. Thomas Kohler’s Groceries and Confectionary Shop can be seen at the middle left. This shop featured fresh roasted peanuts, and inside had a mouth watering smell of this delicious specialty.

(Who else had owned a business at this location? Answer next month.)

Answer to Last Month

There may be several other works of art with Elmer Fall as the subject, but the main one I have in mind is a song composed by Rudy Coleman and Nelson Fitzgerald in the late 1930s entitled, Elmer’s In Town.

Toey Walker and Max Rhamstine joined Fitz and Rudy in singing the song, and recording it in Max’s Keystone Electric Shop on an acetate record machine located there.

Next it was put on Fitz’s jukebox in his Restaurant, and played very often, much to the annoyance of Mr. Fall.

One day Fitz took a record from the jukebox and gave it to Elmer, who immediately smashed it to pieces, only to quickly learn that it was not his record, but another one that was worn out.

That original record was worn out itself by the many plays it had on the jukebox. No one remembers what happened to it. In any event, it was a work of art!

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