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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Herman R. Holderman

Mr. Herman Holderman was reared in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School in 1978, where he was a member of the Konkrete Kids wrestling team. Upon graduation, he worked for Allentown Sanitation.

His cement career at Lafarge started in 1995.

He recalls, “I started on the tire dock, later worked on the labor gang, then moved to the maintenance department.”

Dave Tomasic, his former supervisor, was highly respected at the plant and shared his lifetime experiences with Herman.

Remembering: Visiting a new settlement named Weaversville

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

A few months ago, Mr. Oberly and this writer received a phone call from Ms. Toby Gilbert, who resides in Houston, Texas. She has read some of our columns and wondered if we would be interested in the Weaver family. The village in Allen and East Allen townships was named for a family descendant.

Toby’s sister Ms. Susan Jenkins, an attorney, has done extensive research on the family lineage. Their mother, Margie Jenkins, granddaughter of Amanda Weaver, is a descendant of Samuel Weaver, whose father, Michael Weaver, founded the village of Weaversville.

CEMENT WORKERS OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker and former family members have more than 130 years of service at Evansville, the current Lehigh Heidelberg cement plant. They were reared in Molltown, Berks County, and graduated from Fleetwood High School.

Tony was hired in 1989, starting as a feed operator and repairman.

Today, he is a payloader operator, saying, “I move material at the plant each day, which includes 70,000 tires a week. They are used as alternate fuel. Old-timers Richard Hottenstein and Ray Weindt shared their years of work experiences with me.”

Remembering: Plainfield to Gettysburg

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this third column, I am speaking to Mrs. Janet Johnson, a Nazareth High School graduate whose great-great-grandfather William Henry Heimer served with the 153rd Regiment in the Civil War. The soldier was born in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.

As a young man, you could find him plowing with horses, planting and harvesting grain on the George Bender farm in Plainfield Township.

William was first married to Anna Rebecca Schaeffer in 1851. Two weeks after their first child, Louisa Rebecca, was born, tragedy struck the family. His wife, Anna, died.

Remembering: They both served

Monday, December 23, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this second column, we are in Colonial America during the American Revolution following the Heimer family in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.

Charles Heimer saw war approaching, so he joined the Northampton Militia. His son Adam followed his father’s example and joined at the age of 14. Charles had a busy life as a part-time militia member, farmer and grist mill operator.

In our last column, we indicated he received land warrants signed by Benjamin Franklin, president of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Council, acquiring 172 acres.

Remembering: Colonial America

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

A few weeks ago, I was given an email from Janet and Bill Johnson of Mechanicsburg. Our loyal readers know this writer has no E, F or G mail!

They have done an extensive genealogy on their family history dating back to the American Revolution and Civil War. Both Janet and William graduated from Nazareth High School. Mr. Johnson had a long teaching career at Mechanicsburg High School.

Remembering: Reading ‘Geography, Geology and Genius’

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

I have completed reading the book “Geography, Geology and Genius,” written by Martha Capwell Fox, a friend. Martha is a passionate historian who has authored a number of books pertaining to our local history.

I have used some of her research for my columns. One of my other favorites is “Catasauqua and North Catasauqua,” which she wrote in 2002.

Martha serves as historian and archives coordinator at the National Canal Museum in Easton.

Remembering: Anthony Pany’s life on the farm

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

A few weeks ago, Bob Mentzell, a friend, former outstanding teacher at Northampton High School and current school board member, forwarded this writer a series of photographs showing my father, Anthony Pany, working on the Smith farm in East Allen Township during the Great Depression.

Anthony emigrated to the United States as a youth from Austria. His education in this new country was limited. In order to help his large family, he was hired as a farm hand on the Smith farm.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Judy Fiori

Mrs. Fiori was born in Lock Haven. The family later moved to Skippack, where she attended and graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1971. Answering a newspaper ad, Judy was hired at the Keystone sales office in King of Prussia as a secretary clerk at a salary of $7,000. Keystone later had an office in Allentown before moving to Airport Road in East Allen Township.

Judy recalled, “Our office had 15 employees, and we were responsible for all cement sales. Our president was Gary Pechota, and vice president for sales was Bob Aichele.”