In this second column, we are sharing Mr. Larry Oberly's research on Allen Township.
Larry, a very active citizen, is a supervisor in Allen Township and secretary of the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum.
In the last column, he wrote about a period of time when the villages of Siegfried, Newport and Stemton were part of Allen Township until 1902, when what is now Northampton became the Borough of Alliance.
Mr. Darin Rehrig was reared in Walnutport, graduating from Northampton High School in 1991. He started his cement career at the Lafarge Corp. in 1997. Both of Darin's uncles were employed in the industry.
"I started on the tire deck feeding tons of tires into to the kilns," he recalls. "They are a safe alternative fuel. Lately, I transferred to the packhouse and worked as both a packer and forklift operator under a fine supervisor, Mr. Bob Meckes."
Mr. Sherwood Reber was born in Reading graduating from Muhlenberg High School in 1969. As a youth he developed a keen interest in electricity. This culminated when he earned an electrical engineering degree from Penn State University. He recalls, "I was very impressed by the knowledge of my professors, they were excellent."
Mr. Michael Detzi was reared in Wind Gap, graduating from Pius X High School in 1968 where he starred in football and basketball. He recalls, "Our school had a small-town atmosphere. My class consisted of 48 spirited graduates."
The young graduate continued his education at Steubenville College in Ohio. The draft called him to duty in 1971 with training at Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade.