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HISTORY LIVES: Sid Stratton

Black History MonthSid Stratton. Grayson Savoy “Sid” Stratton (1900-1993) was born in Doylestown and educated at the Pennsylvania Soldier’s Orphans’ School at Scotland, PA, where he learned …

HISTORY LIVES: Handmade Valentine

Henry Hohlbain (1788-1877), of New Britain Township, created this cutout valentine in 1812. It is dedicated to his valentine and childhood sweetheart Martha Thomas (1795-1868).

HISTORY LIVES: Camp Meeting

In August of 1889, a broadside was posted all over Doylestown, promoting a camp meeting “in Mr. Fisher’s Grove on East Street near the borough line.” It was sponsored by …

HISTORY LIVES: Corner of Church, Lacy and North Main streets

The Five Points Hotel at 235 N. Main St. was once owned by William B. Crouthamel, a Republican. The late Judge Harmon Yerkes, a staunch Democrat, was on …

HISTORY LIVES: Thomas P. Otter, Artist (1832-1890)

A resident of Philadelphia, “Thomas Proudley Otter trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was one of the first artists to sketch, paint, and …

HISTORY LIVES: Woolworth’s “Five-and-Dime.”

The first successful “Woolworth’s Great Five Cent Store” opened in Lancaster in 1879 and, later, in successive Pennsylvania cities and beyond. (By 1904, there …

HISTORY LIVES: Maennerchor Society Hall

Maennerchor (men’s chorus) was the name given to immigrant German social clubs established in the United States. The Gossiper dated March 29, 1912, gives the following …

HISTORY LIVES: General Greene Inn

In 1752, at the intersection of today’s Old York Road (Rt. 263) and Durham Road (Rt. 413), Henry Jamison opened a tavern known as “Jamison’s,” a stop on the stagecoach …

HISTORY LIVES: Community Christmas Tree

The Intelligencer reported the Doylestown community Christmas tree had again been lighted on December 17, 1936.“Nothing but comment of a complimentary nature was heard …

HISTORY LIVES: Trapp Family Singers at Aldie

In 1938, the Trapp Family Singers emigrated from Austria to the United States and began making concert tours of the country. Martha Mercer, widow of William Mercer Jr. …

HISTORY LIVES: Samuel and Rebecca Histand House

The house at 86 N. Clinton St. in Doylestown was built in the early 1870s for Samuel and Rebecca Histand. Made of brick, it was two stories in the Colonial revival …

HISTORY LIVES: Thanksgiving Goose

Throughout the 1800s and into the early 1900, the area around North Broad Street in Doylestown was called Germany or German Hill. A large number of German immigrants had settled …

HISTORY LIVES: 15 W. State St.

This downtown Doylestown address, next to the Fountain House, has housed landmark businesses for more than 150 years. First a livery stable, it was built in 1871 by William Corson …

HISTORY LIVES: Veterans of Camp Lacey

Only three days after war broke out between the states in April 1861, the Doylestown Guards, under the command of Captain William W.H. Davis, answered President Lincoln’s …

HISTORY LIVES: Arabella and other “alleys”

When first laid out by William Magill in 1810, Arabella Street was an important downtown Doylestown passageway. It extended from West State Street southward toward …

HISTORY LIVES: MANY MADE HYSTERICAL BY A RADIO BROADCAST

War of the Worlds. On Oct. 31, 1938, the Daily Intelligencer reported: ...

HISTORY LIVES: Beware of Ghosts at B. Maxwell’s

In the late 1990s, 37 N. Main St. in Doylestown was purchased by Mike Zoto who ran the eatery called B. Maxwell’s (today’s M.O.M.’s). The following is …

HISTORY LIVES: Helen Keller (1880-1968) In Doylestown

“MISS HELEN KELLER THE BLIND AND DEAF WONDER, AND HER TEACHER MRS. MACY (THE FORMER MISS ANNE SULLIVAN) BEFORE GREAT AUDIENCE,” read the Doylestown Democrat headlines on Oct. 28, 1913.

HISTORY LIVES: Doylestown Fair

The first Doylestown Fair opened in October 1923, 100 years ago this month. A great success, the fair and fairground grew exponentially and the half-mile track hosted regular …

HISTORY LIVES: First night football game at War Memorial Field

In 1946, “turning over the first spadeful of earth with a long, silver-colored shovel, Doylestown Burgess [Mayor] George C. Butler presided at the …

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