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|Copyright 2014: Boyertown Area Historical Society
2014 Programs resume in October
From a church tour and organ
recital to model railroading and
Christmas ornaments ....come and
enjoy the many excellent
programs scheduled for the
remainder of 2014
Go to the program page for
43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA 19512
Museum and Library:
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Wednesday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00-9:00 PM
Please contact the
Museum and Library Director or Office Manager
for Information on Group Tours and Educational Programs.
use this link to access the Historical Society By-Laws
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
(no meeting in January)
A $5.00 donation is being asked of all non-members
who attend the monthly meetings.
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| (Thank you to Margaret Harner for researching and
supplying these vignettes of life in the Boyertown Area.)
This date in Boyertown:
April 28, 1921
“A Dead Man Blows Engine Whistle” reads the headline in the Democrat. The freakish shriek of the
train whistle, with no man’s hand on the cord, puzzled both the crew and passengers on the 6 AM Sunday
morning Colebrookdale Railroad run from Barto to Pottstown. There was no explanation for the
mysterious whistle until the train reached Pottstown, when blood stains were found on the engine and the
remnants of a coat sleeve adhered to the machinery. Messages were sent to points along the line, and
word soon came back that a dead man, whose body had been badly mangled, had been found along the
tracks at Bechtelsville, near the station. The coroner has pieced together the probable scenario. The
whistle had been heard as the train passed the Bechtelsville station, and it is believed that the body was
hit there and had been thrown high in the air. As it descended, it hit the tube that connects the whistle to
its air tank and the momentary contact opened the whistle and let out a single freakish blast. The dead
man was known to farmers in the area, for whom he had occasionally worked. He had slept in a barn near
Bechtelsville on Saturday night and had just started out on his day’s wanderings along the railroad track
when the train came along and killed him. He was found with a bag hung over his shoulder in which he
always carried his cooking utensils, his frying pan, coffee cooker and other fixtures. He was known to
them only as Jacob.
April 29, 1898
The “Ally” Gresh affair has culminated in the arrest of five young men of Boyertown who were held in
$300 bail each before Squire Fox, for their appearance at a hearing before Alderman Kershman in
Reading, who issued the warrants. The charge against the men is aggravated assault and battery, and the
arrests were made by Detective Bauknecht. All of the accused said they know nothing about Gresh’s
injuries. On the night in question, they were having a good time at the California mines, and that is all
there is to it, as far as they are concerned. The accused are all said to be men of good character and their
arrest has caused much excitement in Boyertown. Gresh is recovering rapidly and is able to be out again.
It is believed that the hearing will result in the discharge of the accused men.
|What is the difference between a ghost,
a spirit, and a spook?
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Ghost Walk, a Haunted Train Ride,
or a Paranormal Investigation....
May 9, 2015....Investigate the burial
grounds at Popodickon Mansion....
Is Chief Popodickon's spirit still there?
Ghost walks resume on May 22, 2015
Go to the events page for details
on these exciting offerings including
Charles Adams III book, Haunted Boyertown,
about the strange and mysterious
happenings in Boyertown.
|Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information,
use the Craft Show link
2015 Registrations are currently being
emailed or land mailed.
|the Ghosts are back!
|April 1, 2015 Program
The Battle of the Service Organizations
Local History Bowl! The results are in....
...the Boyertown Champion is
the Kiwanis Club....
Thank you to those who participated:
members from the Rotary, Lions, and the Kiwanis
Clubs of Boyertown.
May 6, 2015 Program
As a decendant of Native Americans,
Darius Puff will offer an insightful view of those
often referred to as the First People, the Lenni
Use the Program link for