Recently my friend Lee Marsh gave me a 1944 survey of mineral resources in Pennsylvania. The study was compiled by F. M. Swain, assistant professor of mineral resources at The Pennsylvania State College School of Mineral Industries. In 1944, Pennsylvania was a leader in the production of Portland Cement when numerous plants dotted Northampton and Lehigh counties. The industry employed thousands and was an economic force.
Do my old readers recall when Northampton and Lehigh counties were home to 18 cement plants?
I have received inquiries concerning the former Presbyterian church in East Allen Township.
There were three churches, the first dated back to 1731. The last structure, built in 1813, still stands off Route 329 in front of the Jane Horner Cemetery.
My friend Mary Ann Unangst wrote an excellent history of the township in 1976, and over the years, I have quoted from her work.
By the way, her son Roger, owner of Unangst Tree Farm, was a student of this writer. He is currently a supervisor in East Allen Township.
In this fourth column, we continue our interview with Mr. Stephen Hayden former manager of the Keystone Cement Company in Bath. Stephen and his father gave 68 years of service to the local plant.
Today we are sharing some rare Keystone Cement Company photographs from some of their early projects. The photos depict a few of the many locations where Keystone Cement products were used in the early years.
Most of these photographs have never been published.
The photos come from Mr. Hayden's treasure of memories. Many are from the year 1928, a photo essay from the past!
In this continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, well-known and highly respected president of the Northampton Historical Society and former employee of the landmark Miller's Department Store and Kotsch's Market in Fullerton.
Born in 1927 Harold, as most families in America, faced the Great Depression. I asked him to recall his youth.