Highspire article 5Aug1937, p20

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During the canal era, two of the favorite stopping places of canal men were the "Boatmen's Rest" in Highspire and the "White House" along the river at the eastern borough line. The "White House" was practically destroyed by fire some years ago, and the "Boatmen's Rest" above has been converted into a double dwelling house. The canal in front of the old "Rest" has been filled in, and a public playground will be placed there. NAMING OF HIGHSPIRE REMAINSA MYSTERY (Continued From Page 1) simply a part of Swatara township. township. In 1814 when the Germans, Barnes and Doughterman, laid out a number of lots and several streets, the town began to assume definite form. In 1867 the township was split and Highspire, placed in Lower Swatara township, was designated a borough by an act of the Legislature. Legislature. Its legal independence was short lived, however, for the act was annulled the following year, and it was not until 1903 that High - spire permanently was incorporated incorporated as, a borough. Contributing to the growth of the village in the nineteenth century century were transportation facilities of the Pennsylvania Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad, in addition addition to the river and the Harris - burg - Lancaster turnpike. The "White House," which was partly destroyed by fire some years ago was a stopping place for log rafts which took on pilots there for the hazardous trip through the rapids between Mid - dletown and Marietta. Brisk Commerce So brisk was this business that the Pennsylvania's Columbia branch ran special trains to return return the pilots to the "White House." The Wolf Hotel, at the foot of Commerce street, which was destroyed by fire nearly forty years ago, was another stopping place for rafts. As Mumma pointed out, there were times in spring when there were so many "parked" rafts that they extended nearly to the middle middle of the river. The Pennsylvania Canal was completed through Highspire in 1832, following the river in the upper end of the community and branching away from the river at the lower end. But little remains of it now. Much of the canal has been filled in during the community's expansion. expansion. Remaining is the reservoir, reservoir, at the lower edge of town, the usefulness of which is confined confined chiefly to ice - skating; and the "boatmen's rest," quarters of canal boatmen, which has been converted into a double dwelling. The first railroad was built in 1846 - 47 by the Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Mt. Joy and Lancaster Railroad Company, the two tracks following the present rails of the Pennsylvania Railroad freight line. Operation of the railroad was taken over by the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania company in 1849. Highspire has four churches, United Brethren, St. Peter's Lutheran. Lutheran. First Church of God, and Pentecostal. The United Brethren Brethren and Church of God denominations denominations can be traced back to the early history of the village. Jacob Roop and John Neidig formed the United Brethren Church and the congregation built its first church in 1842 on the site of the present building. The Church of God built its first church the following year. The period of greatest growth in the town began with the founding founding of the Pennsylvania Steel Company. The first plant, three miles'ebove Highspire. was built in 1866. From 1870 to 1910, principally principally because of the growth of me Men industry in Stcrlton, the iinu;iuon mounted from 612 to lDti'l. The situation today i.i un - cnanged. The mills of the Bethlehem Bethlehem Steel Company, extending down through Steelton to High - Kpire's borough line, provide employment employment for a large portion of the population. Within the borough there are only two industries. One is the flour mill, a subsidiary of the Wheatena Corporation, of which Warren Harlarher, Highspire. is a vice - president. The other is hte hosiery mill In the building formerly accupied by the famous Highspire Distillery. School Loan Voted The community hn two nchool building. One in the lower section section of the town I fof children In the firnt fix grades. Older children children in the lower part of High - xpire go to the upper school where the complete grade are combined with a four - year high school course. Ar addition to the tnnin srh - Kil h.i bf - n authorized by the votrrs and nnw awaiti Pt - tion by the Federal government. .Under tfce pita tin borovuh "Boatmen's Rest" Is ..." s Z Za - XSStiSi I'iS - . Iff f . . . .: . : Zv - :'v. '' - l - 'w - 'l - l - .y'M would float a $45,000 loan and with a $38,000 contribution from the Federal government would build an eddition to the school providing an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600; shower rooms, and facilities for a commercial commercial course. The present school, at Penn and Roop streets, had its start in 1875. Previously the town had three school buildings in which the children children were distributed by ages. Since its incorporation as a borough, Highspire (has shown steady progress. Its privately owned water system has a source in springs near the town, making filtration unnecessary. Modern Fire Company Its only fire company, the Citi zen s, was organized in mm, ana two years later the present fire - house - council hall was completed. In 1913 the company bought its first piece of motorized apparatus an old International truck with large buggy - type wheels which still may be seen here. In 1922 the company bought a modern combination pumper - lad lad der truck and this year added a second truck. A unique wateer supply system for fire protection was devised. In the "runs" which cross Highspire Highspire on their way to the river the community provided damming devices which in a few moments provide ample water for pumping. But now "fire plugs" h?ve been attached to the water mains. In 1916 ;,e present street lighting lighting system was completed. The erection of new buildings has proceeded regularly in recent years. The three - room . grade school building at the lower end of the borough was built in 1927. The Church of tJod building last was improved in 1928. In 1926 the United Brethren Church erected a new, larger church school" addi tion. A new church was erected by the Pentecostal congic;ation. - Many new homes have been built. George A. Hoover, is the burgess of Highspire. On the borough council are Alfred Alfred Gross, president: M. O. Sides. Cloyd Wilson, John Chubb, Percy Myers, Ira Atticks, and Russell Wanbaugh. The board of education includes Miss Eva Stoner, president; Edgar Etter, vice - president; Warren Har - lacher, treasurer; Mrs. Bessie Poorman, secretary; Charles Coble. Organize Civic Group The town's second annual jubilee jubilee and Homecoming celebation, which "will be held Friday, Saturday Saturday and Sunday, is the work of the recently organized Highspire Civic Association. The Civic Association is headed by Harry E. Diffenderfer, president. president. Other officers are Edgar R. Etter, vice - president: Uriah C. Brown, secretary - treasurer: and The best answer to a warm day is a grand, cool glass of this imooth, mellow ale. Try it. If initot oklala Jolly Al. Old norms Door, surer Stk List, r X - Ira Flat R t f treat roar Beuller, fd 4 I f 1 1 fraaj I. Oral sf. n M Highspire Landmark J. L. Weidenhammer, correspond ing secretary. On the executive committee virtually every phase of com munity activity is represented. Its members are Harvey L. Nitrauer, principal of the borough schools; the Rev. Walter E. Deibler, of the United Brethren Church; Charles W. Yeager, representing the Boy Scouts. Mrs. David Straw, representing the parent - teacher association; Charles A. Coble, cashier of the Highspire State Bank and member member of the school board; John Cain, president of the fire company. company. Alfred A. Gross, president of council; Dr. William J. Albright, representing the health oard; Mrs. Walter E. Deibler, represent ing the Girl Scouts; the Rev. Harvey E. Wagner, of the Church of God; Clarence L. Hendricks, for the business men; and the Rev. Frederick W. Barry, of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Seek Playground The Civic Association is the outgrowth outgrowth of the activities of a group of members of the fire company who banded together for the advancement advancement of the community. It has been in existence only since last. April. A number of years ago, led by fire company members, members, the town purchased a municipal municipal athletic field. The association is planning to provide a community playground at the rear of the fire hall. For that purpose a section of the old canal between the firehouse and the former "Boatman's Rest" has been filled in. There already is a volley ball court and many youngsters of the town frolic there. By next summer summer the association plans to have the playground completed and equipped. Nearby is a site which is being DICK TRACY APPLE MARY V IVE GOT VTHOSE INSURANCE! I U3TEN, PVT I IT, BOY IVE I COMPANY X - RAY ( OVER NOW - IL GOT IT M PICTURES OP YOU WERE BROKEN ARMS t A CAR QpHAvwhA r - r fi ' LL ...... ' I I 1 vviHitw iuuu I vriiior idoosf n yt nr I II ..... . I - I II rALLS. BUI UUL.UIK. ON YOUR HONEYMOON j - there. ON HER. I WITH GOLDt - Lf - r'r1'ti A J TRIP, SO SHE SflSSBaaaaJaJlWsk fkWk W a .m. - II MA k w M A . A MM a a KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES - s , . ' II W GT TO )W BOYS! ' BACK THAT J V CYSTM. LAKftTtPPlNT BOY&t I s. HAT OR J Z,JnTi considered for a community swim ming pool. Erection of a large municipal building and auditorium is an other of the association's aims. $25llNE3MPOSED Accused of a violation of the State Liquor Law, Robert Allen, 39, Kunkel alley, - near Cowden street, was fined $25 and costs by Alderman Harry Bowman, State Liquor Control Board agents who assisted City Police in a gamb ling raid Saturday night at Al len's home said they found a small quantity of untaxed whisky. In default of payment of the fine, Allen was sent to jail for ten days. Whoever you are or whether you are a large save money buying your made promptly. Write NO PAINT - FIREPROOF I 1 1 L J i.atTTrrnjmjj alliaTiu - l'jat'il.HaJ AND DENNIE

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 05 Aug 1937, Thu,
  3. Page 20

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