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Missing piece of history shows up online; brewery wants it back

READING, Pa. - For 105 years, a building on Park Avenue in southwest Reading belonged to firefighters, and now it's a brewery.

"This building was the center of the community at the time it was built," said Kyle Neuheimer, the owner of the Oakbrook Brewing Company.

Neuheimer has worked to incorporate some of the history of Oakbrook Fire Company #14 into his business. Recently, he saw something on Craigslist that he thought would make a great addition.

"It's a called the World War II honor roll. Lists the name of every firefighter from this station, Oakbrook #14, that served in World War II," he said.

But the $300 asking price was a bit steep.

"We were a start-up business. We didn't have that," said Neuheimer.

So, he did some research.

"We found out that it was here at the fire station, and during the time when they were cleaning out the station and they were sorting things, what to keep, what to go, the thing disappeared," he said.

It reappeared on Craigslist, and now the person selling it took down the listing, and Neuheimer said he has no way to contact him.

"Please reconsider, and please, at least, start talking to us," he pleaded.

Neuheimer said that, although he is very frustrated, he hasn't been able to get the plaque back. He's also overwhelmed with the amount of people who donate the history that now hangs on the walls.

"A uniform from the 1930s, photos of the women's auxiliary from 1939, a lot of the history has come back here, and we've been really privileged to be able to receive that," he said.

You can contact the Oakbrook Brewing Company on Facebook if you have any information about the missing honor roll.


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