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HISTORY LIVES: Rotzel Coal and Lumber Yard

Charles Rotzel (1820-1896) was born in New Britain Township. When he came to Doylestown as a young man in 1847 he established himself as a wagon builder until opening a …

HISTORY LIVES: Village of Edison

The Village of Edison south of Doylestown was formerly called Bridge Point, due to its seven-arch stone bridge which was part of the main road connecting Philadelphia with Doylestown, Easton and New …

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 …

I very much enjoyed reading Jean Rollo’s article and photo from the Doylestown Historical Society archival records about the Trappe Family Singers who performed a Christmas concert in December 1941 …

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: 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 …

Meet Doylestown artist Greg Gaskey from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24, at Doylestown Historical Society, where his “Still Life On Main” exhibit is on view until Jan. 12.Gaskey’s work is fundamentally …

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: 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: 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 …

Mark your calendar for Doylestown Historical Society’s premiere of “Our Town Story…Doylestown,” screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Central Bucks Senior Center, 700 Shady Retreat …

HISTORY LIVES: Baby Faces 1937

The Bucks County Times sponsored a baby contest in August 1937 for which photos of children under the age of 6 could be entered free of charge. A total of $450 in prizes was …

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