In this third column, we are visiting Weaversville in 1803 with Cornelia Anna Weaver Green.
Mr. Herman Holderman was reared in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School in 1978, where he was a member of the Konkrete Kids wrestling team. Upon graduation, he worked for Allentown Sanitation.
His cement career at Lafarge started in 1995.
He recalls, “I started on the tire dock, later worked on the labor gang, then moved to the maintenance department.”
Dave Tomasic, his former supervisor, was highly respected at the plant and shared his lifetime experiences with Herman.
Today, Larry Oberly and this writer have the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Susan Jenkins and her mother, Margie Jenkins, from Houston, Texas. Margie is a descendant of Samuel Weaver, whose father, Michael, was the founder of the village of Weaversville.
A few months ago, Mr. Oberly and this writer received a phone call from Ms. Toby Gilbert, who resides in Houston, Texas. She has read some of our columns and wondered if we would be interested in the Weaver family. The village in Allen and East Allen townships was named for a family descendant.
Toby’s sister Ms. Susan Jenkins, an attorney, has done extensive research on the family lineage. Their mother, Margie Jenkins, granddaughter of Amanda Weaver, is a descendant of Samuel Weaver, whose father, Michael Weaver, founded the village of Weaversville.
Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker and former family members have more than 130 years of service at Evansville, the current Lehigh Heidelberg cement plant. They were reared in Molltown, Berks County, and graduated from Fleetwood High School.
Tony was hired in 1989, starting as a feed operator and repairman.
Today, he is a payloader operator, saying, “I move material at the plant each day, which includes 70,000 tires a week. They are used as alternate fuel. Old-timers Richard Hottenstein and Ray Weindt shared their years of work experiences with me.”
In this third column, I am speaking to Mrs. Janet Johnson, a Nazareth High School graduate whose great-great-grandfather William Henry Heimer served with the 153rd Regiment in the Civil War. The soldier was born in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.
As a young man, you could find him plowing with horses, planting and harvesting grain on the George Bender farm in Plainfield Township.
William was first married to Anna Rebecca Schaeffer in 1851. Two weeks after their first child, Louisa Rebecca, was born, tragedy struck the family. His wife, Anna, died.
In this second column, we are in Colonial America during the American Revolution following the Heimer family in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.
Charles Heimer saw war approaching, so he joined the Northampton Militia. His son Adam followed his father’s example and joined at the age of 14. Charles had a busy life as a part-time militia member, farmer and grist mill operator.
In our last column, we indicated he received land warrants signed by Benjamin Franklin, president of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Council, acquiring 172 acres.
A few weeks ago, I was given an email from Janet and Bill Johnson of Mechanicsburg. Our loyal readers know this writer has no E, F or G mail!
They have done an extensive genealogy on their family history dating back to the American Revolution and Civil War. Both Janet and William graduated from Nazareth High School. Mr. Johnson had a long teaching career at Mechanicsburg High School.
I have completed reading the book “Geography, Geology and Genius,” written by Martha Capwell Fox, a friend. Martha is a passionate historian who has authored a number of books pertaining to our local history.
I have used some of her research for my columns. One of my other favorites is “Catasauqua and North Catasauqua,” which she wrote in 2002.
Martha serves as historian and archives coordinator at the National Canal Museum in Easton.
A few weeks ago, Bob Mentzell, a friend, former outstanding teacher at Northampton High School and current school board member, forwarded this writer a series of photographs showing my father, Anthony Pany, working on the Smith farm in East Allen Township during the Great Depression.
Anthony emigrated to the United States as a youth from Austria. His education in this new country was limited. In order to help his large family, he was hired as a farm hand on the Smith farm.