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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 Thursday night in Doylestown’s business center when the community Christmas tree lights were turned on. The tree [sponsored by the Kiwanis Club], located on Fountain House plaza, is probably the largest community tree ever planted here for the Yuletide season. Five hundred new electric lights, 500 new sockets, new wiring and fencing were used this year. Incidentally, this tree and the lights were erected this year by members of the Christmas tree committee, including R.C. Tell, Charles A. Rowe, Francis Ellsworth, Claude Meyers and a number of others who got a big kick out of the thing because they did all the work themselves. Mr. Meyers donated the tree, while the electrical service and some additional paid help was donated by Mr. Tell.”

Today, for the 109th year, the community tree stands on the Fountain House plaza, and this symbol of community once again blazes with lights for the holiday season.

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