100 Years Ago

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - Peggy Sterner com­piles Early Files.

SEPT. 6, 1917

The dou­ble frame dwelling house, lo­cated along the State High­way about two miles west of Ham­burg, oc­cu­pied by An­son Kauff­man and John Dunkel and their fam­i­lies was to­tally de­stroyed by fire Tues­day morn­ing. A de­fec­tive flue caused the fire and the flames gained so much head­way be­fore be­ing dis­cov­ered that noth­ing could be done to save the build­ing.

C. Wes­ley Starr, of Philadel­phia, son of Mary L. Starr on South Fourth Street, Ham­burg, re­cently en­listed in the of­fi­cer’s re­serve corps and was ac­cepted. He has been as­signed to the quar­ter­mas­ter’s re­serve de­part­ment and is now lo­cated at Camp Lit­tle Sil­ver in New Jersey.

Prof. Lewis M. Prutz­man, son of Burgess and Mrs. James F. Prutz­man on State Street, Ham­burg, who for sev­eral years has been prin­ci­pal of the Catasaugua pub­lic schools, is one of the first drafted men of that district and is an­swer­ing the call this week.

John C. Ba­gen­stose, of Ham­burg, has the distin­guished honor of be­ing the first man called to ser­vice un­der the draft law in this district.

Charles Kistler, who for sev­eral years had served as chief clerk in the of­fice of the Ham­burg Plow Works, went on duty as book­keeper and man in charge of the of­fice, on Tues­day, of the new Ham­burg Foundry Co., whose new build­ing will soon be ready for oc­cu­pancy.

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