Copyright, 2015. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
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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.
Closed Holidays
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7:00 PM
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
Society Building
(no meeting in January)
A $5.00 donation is being asked of all non-members
who attend the monthly meetings.

December 2, 2015
Annual Holiday Social
Bring your favorite desert or snack item
and spend an evening with friends
and neighbors.  

Our resident Belsnickel will entertain us.  
Raffle baskets will be provided.
Take the time to
peruse the new displays and
arrangement of the museum.

Life in Boyertown on
This Date:
These vignettes of life in Boyertown were researched by Margaret Harner

Nov. 29, 1901
Milton A. Mory, esteemed Boyertown citizen and Cashier of the National Bank of
Boyertown, has been indicted for embezzlement and misappropriation of funds. He is
accused of knowingly, willfully, unlawfully, fraudulently, and with the intent to injure
and defraud said bank and its stockholders, converting to his own use bank assets in the
amount of $177,850. It is said that he transferred the assets to the firm of S. M. and M.
S. Fridenberg as security for a personal debt he owed the company. Because Mory is a
fugitive from justice, having mysteriously disappeared on October 14, the Court was
asked to present the bill to the Grand Jury, so that the offense should not be barred by
the Statue of Limitations. Bank officials will not talk about the matter, and it is not
known what the bank directors will do to collect the missing funds from the bondsmen.

Nov. 30, 1904

$20 or Jail! Isaac Lisenbigler, a wealthy farmer in Sassamansville, was given the choice
by Justice of the Peace Lenhart after he was found guilty of cruelty to animals. “I will
rot in jail before I pay that,” Lisenbigler replied. He had shot two valuable hunting dogs
of Oscar Bean, killing one and maiming the other, as they crossed a field adjoining his
property. When Bean remonstrated with him, he threatened to shoot him too. Lisenbigler
was then taken to the jail at Norristown in default of the payment. After one day of
incarceration, Lisenbigler reached into his coat pocket, pulled out a blank check on a
Boyertown bank, and asked for pen and ink with which to fill in the amount of the fine.
Apparently he decided that his beautiful farm house was preferable to the current
lodging and dry bread and soup. When he returned home, he seemed to take his nasty
experience out on his wife, whom he locked out of their home, and later became violent,
throwing chairs, stands, and clothes out of a second story window. Back to Norristown he
went, for a sanity hearing, and he has now been committed to the insane asylum there.  

Boyertown Area
Historical Society

What is the difference between a ghost, a spirit, and a
Learn about a lonely small boy trapped in an attic or the man
who came to the Boyertown Halloween Parade

the night after he died!
Help search for restless spirits!
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Ghost Walk, a Haunted Train Ride,
or a Paranormal Investigation....
POPODICKON MANOR, the mansion of the
of Colebrokdate Furnace
will be the site of a
Paranormal Investigation conducted by the
Greater Lehigh Valley Paranormal Team
on December 12, 2015.

Go to the
events page for details on the Paranormal
Investigation, as well as the Ghost Walks and a DVD on the
Rhoads Opera House Fire and Charles Adams III's book,
Haunted Boyertown, about the strange and mysterious
happenings in the area.
Times and dates of Ghost Walks will be announced in 2016.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
for information, go to the Craft Show page
the Ghosts will return!
13th Annual Holiday House Tour
December 4, 2015, from 3:00-9:00 PM
Six lovely homes never toured before, a live nativity,
and an assortment of new and unique Boyertown
Businesses are part of the festive event.
Tour begins at the Boyertown Area Historical Society
43 South Chestnut Street, Boyertown  19512
Buses and Trolleys are available for transportation
as several homes are only accessible using
this mode of transportation.
The Colebrookdale Secret Valley Railroad invites all ticket
holders to tour thier original railroad cars from 3-5 PM prior
to the Holiday Open House tour on December 4, 2015.
Tickets are $12.00 before the event and $15 the day of.
Ticket are available at the Boyertown Historical Society
on Tuesdays, 5-8 PM and Wednesdays, 10 AM-3 PM.
Also in Boyertown:
Frecon Farms-501 S. Reading Avenue
Dancing Tree Creations-220 S. Reading Avenue
Patsy's Potpourri and Gifts-30 E. Philadelphia Avenue
Taylor Backes-2nd & Washington Street
For more information: 610.367.6773 or
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