Today Trexlertown is a thriving, suburban area full of people, shops, highways and other aspects of modern living. Among its other institutions is the Goodwill Fire Company, a volunteer group which is celebrating its centennial.
It was a May morning in 1839, and Allentown’s Center Square was jammed with people. What they were there to see was something that many of them could scarcely imagine, a man sharing the sky with the birds.
Who was May Yohe? Well, if you were alive and able to read 120 years ago, that would not have been a question that you had to ask. From the respectable New York Times to the racy Police Gazette- printed on pink paper and usually found only in that all-male sanctuary, the barber shop- her doings on the stage and off were legendary.
When the Miller Symphony Hall’s Lucy Bloise recently sought information and memorabilia from the hall’s burlesque days in the mid-20th century, she was a little apprehensive if she would hear anything.
With an American embassy recently reopening in Havana and diplomatic relations restored, there is new talk of compensation for American property, including mines purchased long ago by General Harry C. Trexler.