I hope these pictures will make do for now until I can write up an article that explains them and the unique title for this post. This is a companion post for the Lehighton Magazine Podcast from 10 August 2020 - History Night with Ron Rabenold.
Please check back here for more story as well as additional pictures soon (The only hold up is working through a process of some other writing I'm doing right now. I hope the delay will be worth it. "Creation is soul-searching, nothing is ever finished" (C. Ruggles) - This is my philosophical mantra for many areas in my life and I hope you can appreciate that I feel it's ok to simply start things sometimes and allow yourself the patience to dream the end.
This post is some sort of creation.
It could be so more, couldn't it?
And so are the many other creative outlets of our lives. I am comfortable with works in progress. I know I have the tenacity to finish them. All good things in all good time.
We must dedicate ourselves to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
|Weissport bridge late 1930s.|
|Foot Bridge over the Delaware near Tinsman Lumber and Lumberton - Once was spanned by a wooden covered bridge, destroyed in 1903 flood.|
|Ascension of Christ by "Wm. Hicks" - St. Paul's Church - Albrightsville. Hicks like to toy with the congregation by painting subtle little hidden pictures in this painting as it developed from week to week.|
|The Harry Berger Hotel of Albrightsville, as interpreted by "Wm. Hicks" - This mural appeared behind the tap room bar.|
|Poet Blake Lively of New Orleans makes a cameo appearance in |
"Kinglets in the Winterberry" - Mardis Gras 2020.
|Mamie Strohl Ahner with gun right. During WWI, soldiers were|
stationed at the weight lock to protect our industrial might during the war.
|1936 Weissport Flood|
|Rickert Beer Recipe - Sent from a friend, perhaps Fred Horlacher.|
|Schnupty of Allentown - Probably not the 1890s "Jack the Hugger" of Allentown.|
|Guard Lock of Lehigh Canal - Lehigh Valley RR station to right - Jersey Central (center - beyond the |
foot bridge) - Dam and Harbor supported the loading of canal boats from chutes off that once came off the mountainside above left (until 1872) - Boats could also be loaded to float upstream to Lock #1 of the Upper Grand Canal that traced the Lehigh on up to White Haven. That canal system was ruined in the June 1862 flood of the Lehigh River. Several hundred lives were believed to be lost. The village of Burlington (East Packerton along the river) was wiped out. Making way for the LVRR to take control of the land and build their Packerton Yard there.
|Lehighton's Brights Department Store display window 1955. Brights's original store started and continued to run in Lansford.|
|Lehighton Fireworks as seen over the Lehigh's waters from the outskirts of Rickertsville 2019.|
|Packerton Post Office - Along the RR tracks - Post June 1862 Flood. This was the former village of Burlington. The new area now aptly named for the progenitor of the LVRR, Asa Packer.|
|Snowy winter view of Lehighton as seen from Fifth and Coal Streets looking SE from second floor of Haas Store - 1940s.|
|Charles Snyder on the day they sold his family hotel to the Held family.|
|A younger, Charles Snyder at Hotel Jonas.|
|Morris Desch, a friend of John Bitterling of Allentown, did extensive hunting in Hickory Run area.|
|Mauch Chunk Brook Trout Company - Penn Forest 1917.|
|Unknown women imbibers at Hotel Jonas - "Woman with the Clay Pipe."|
|A Couple Drink Sips - |
Up until 1986, if you got a glass of water at Hotel Jonas,
this is where you water came from.
|Charles and John Snyder, sons of Jonas Snyder - The inspiration behind the characters of Charles & Jonas Reise - Brains and Brawn.|
|Jonas Snyder & family- Front Center with animal on lap - c. 1890s.|
|Arthur and Charlie Meckes with Eddie Holtzman Hotel Jonas 1950s.|
|A dentist, Randy Starr, wrote the song "Green Door" for Elvis in the 1960s with a Held family relative.|
|Charles Snyder with pitch pines and forest fire gear - Younger, top, older, bottom.|
|Abraham Ahner of Long Run 1930s.|
|Abraham Ahner and sons - Not only does this picture suggest they ran moonshine, but...|
|Long Run Ahner girl with chickens.|
|William "Hicks" Bergenstock's simple grave at St. Paul's in Albrightsville - He bartered the plot for|
the painting of Christ's Ascension.
|Wilkinson was a principal in lower Carbon|
County Schools. He lost his arm in his
youth. He is buried at Big Creek.