Life in Boyertown on
this date:

These vignettes of life in Boyertown were researched by Margaret Harner
Information on the Boyertown Opera House Fire is contained in
two articles on the daily news page from January 1908.
Use the
Daily News link to access this page.

september 23, 2016   BAUSE’S DRUG STORE GUTTED
Bause’s Super Drug Store at 42 East Philadelphia Avenue was hit with a catastrophic fire
tonight around 5:45 when an explosion in the cellar rocked the building and killed a
valued employee, 66 year old Brooke M. Davis, who had just moments before gone down
into the basement. The fire is believed to have been triggered by a spontaneous
combustion of chemical fumes arising from acids stored there, causing a blast of such
force that blew a fire door out onto the sidewalk and hurled large quantities of debris into
the air. An immediate burst of flames started a fire that gutted both the spacious
pharmacy and the Bause home on the second floor, despite the heroic efforts of the
firemen from the Hookies and Keystone companies. It was a narrow escape for the owner
Dan Bause, clerks in the store, several customers and members of the Bause family who
were upstairs. Fireman Douglas Zook, overcome by smoke, was revived by Dr. Dotterer,
who said he had had a narrow escape from death. After pumping thousands of gallons of
water into the burning building, the borough reservoir was alarmingly lowered, and the
fire men began taking water out of the Warwick mines, about a mile away from the fire.
Fire companies from Pottstown and Reading also came to help. The Berks County Red
Cross chapter served sandwiches and coffee. The firemen did valiant work and remained
on the scene throughout the night. Twice the next day, flames burst from the ruins, and
the firemen were called into service again, quickly extinguishing them.

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Special Exhibit
Boyertown's Centennial Celebration
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6:00 PM-8:00 PM Tuesday
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Wednesday
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Time Capsule?
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Use the craft show  link for general
information on the
Belsnickel Craft Show.
Events and Activities:

February 1, 2017- Dan Graham
presenting  300 Years of Iron  Manufacture

March 1, 2017 -   “Jenny”,
a play by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace based
on the life of Jenny Franklin a sister of Ben Franklin.

April 5, 2017- a portrayal of the Revolutionary War Hessian soldiers
by Micheal Jesberger

May 3, 2017- a travelling antique show
featuring vintage and antique laundry implements

June 7, 2017 – Just Passing Through, a history of people travelling
through Berks county during the 1800s

October 4, 2017 – “The Pearl of Richmond School”, a talk by Dori Hoch
about attending school in a one room schoolhouse,
based on her book by the same title

November 1, 2017 – Paul Druzba presenting a talk on the history of
Carsonia Park, books will be available for purchase.

December 6, 2017 - a Christmas show and tell,
people are invited to bring in a favorite gift for display
( to be set up a few days ahead)  and  
attendees will be asked to match the gifts to their owners.  
Each person will be asked to make a few brief comments about their gift.
The Boyertown Area Historical Society's
Renowned New Year's Eve Celebration
The Annual Bear Drop
was enjoyed by more than
one hundred and twenty people.

It was an event with games, food,
and fun for the entire family.
The event is a tradition that was
given extensive media coverage.