It was May, 1954. Joseph Stalin, the psychopathic dictator of the Soviet Union who had killed millions and millions of people- not a few of them fellow Communists- had been dead for a little over a year.
Perhaps the roughest no-holds-barred election occurred in Pennsylvania in 1742. Known as the bloody election, it featured a knock-down, drag-out physical battle between the two factions that dominated the colony of Pennsylvania’s politics.
A grayish sunshine is filtering into a conference room at Luther Crest as Rev. Manfred Bahmann, 86, Lutheran pastor, scholar and one-time member of the Hitler Youth, begins to tell his life story in the lyrical German accent that is his birthright
Charles “Chuck” Canning of Allentown knows more about the history of local things Masonic than just about anyone around. “Both my grandfather and father were Masons,” he says. But ordinary membership was not enough for Canning.
No one can say for sure who the first enterprising innkeeper was who decided to hustle up a little business by putting the words “George Washington Slept Here” over the doors of his or her establishment. But by 1940 the phrase had apparently entered the popular culture to the point that playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman knew they could use it for a title of a Broadway play and get a laugh.
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.