Kurt Spence, a volunteer researcher with the Doylestown Historical Society, writes:
“I am doing a house history for the Rudolph building, 33 S. Main St., the corner of S. Main St. and E. Oakland Ave. I have discovered that after Fickes Dairy Bar (29 S. Main, now Stephanie’s) went out of business, a retired policeman from Lansdale named Joseph opened a luncheonette and pizza place. Before long, he moved around the corner to 17 E. Oakland Ave. In 1976, Jon Rudolph demolished the restaurant to add a two-story addition to his Appalachian Trail Outfitters store.
“Would anyone out there know anything about either restaurant, or have any more information on Joe?”
With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this month, I thought I’d fish through our archives to find something locally relevant. Here’s an example of currency — in this case, one dollar — issued by the Bank of Montgomery County during the Civil War. Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock is on the upper right, while Maj. Gen. John F. Hartranft is on the lower right. Hartranft was born in Montgomery County and later became the 17th governor of Pennsylvania.
The men of Doylestown’s Company G march off to war, along Shewell Street and through Monument Square. They joined thousands of others called up to fight “over there” during World War I.
This postcard, postmarked in Doylestown on Nov. 2, 1910, was sent from Alice McEntyre to her mother, Keziah, in Carversville, Solebury Township. Alice wrote: "Well we got to Doylestown. Did papa get home all right? Institute is fine. I believe this is Fries's mill. Will write you a letter later. Lovingly, Alice."
Alice, a teacher at Clay Ridge School in Tinicum Township, later married Austin Haney and had three sons -- Frances, Joseph and Earl. She died in Ottsville in June 1984 and is buried with her parents in the Carversville Cemetery.
|Courtesy of Mark Hamilton|
This photo shows young Doylestown girls standing on the steps of the courthouse, holding a daisy chain constructed for the town’s Old Home Week in 1912. A celebration of Doylestown’s centennial as county seat, the Old Home Week included parades, a costume ball, concerts and a historical pageant.