Bethlehem’s Floyd J. Simons never got to see the completed Hill-to-Hill bridge. It was still on the drawing board in 1917 when the young man marched off from his home at 321 Vineyard Street, to “make the world safe for democracy” in World War I.
150 years ago the Lehigh Valley was a place that saw itself as among the leaders in the rapidly industrializing young nation. Its iron furnaces in Allentown, Bethlehem and Catasauqua were contributing pathways of rails for the “iron horse” that was rapidly binding America together.
Yes, we had the big thunderstorm on July 18th that poured buckets of rain on the Lehigh Valley, along with ripping down huge tree limbs and wrecking a barn in Warren County, New Jersey that was over 60 years old.
Sunday, May 30, 1926 was a slow news day in south side Allentown, but it was approximately 3:15 when the drowsy stillness of a Sunday afternoon was shattered by an explosion that could be heard as far as Bethlehem.
The winter of 1920 was one of the coldest anyone in America could remember. There were even deep snow drifts in Washington D.C. But by that spring, at least among the Lehigh Valley’s music lovers, it was sunny.