Today I am driving through a village most of my readers are familiar with, Weaversville, in East Allen Township.
Before the name Weaversville appeared, it was part of the Craig settlement when the first group of Scotch-Irish immigrants settled there in 1728, making the area the first settlement in Northampton County.
According to tradition, Weaversville was the center of the Scotch-Irish settlement because of a fine spring found there.
After the American Revolution, a number of Scotch-Irish families moved westward to once again open new territory to settlement.
Mr. Tom Kemmerer was raised in Blandon and graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. His first job was as a mechanic at Kmart earning $6.50 hour. Tom's cement career started at Allentown Cement Co. now Lehigh-Heidelberg at Evansville in 1989 joining his uncles and cousin who were employed at the plant.
As my loyal readers know, I have written numerous columns on our local cement industry and the lives of cement workers. For many years the Lehigh Valley was the largest producer of Portland cement in the world. Recently, I was given rare photographs of a company whose memories have been lost in time except in a ward of Nazareth which, even today, carries the name Phoenix.
The Egyptian was a homespun newspaper which was printed during World War II and sent to those serving in our armed services. It was forwarded to hundreds of servicemen and women from the Whitehall Township area. Mr. Theordore F. Eberhardt was a leader in the volunteer effort. The paper was typed at the Eberhardt's Plymouth garage in Egypt.
Mr. Dennis Liberto was raised in East Allen Township. He graduated from Northampton High School in 1971, where he was a hard-running halfback on coach Lou Wolf's Lehigh Valley League championship Konkrete Kid football team.
After a brief period as a bricklayer, he embarked on his cement career, employed by the Coplay Cement Company.
"I started on Ray Schrampf's labor gang for $3.75 hour, and later I worked in the packhouse," he recalls. "In 1979 Coplay closed and constructed a new plant in Nazareth and most of us were unemployed."
Mr. Peter G. Zagar was born in Stanford, Calif., and graduated from Los Altos High School in 1973. There, he was a member of a stellar track team which was undefeated from 1959 to 1973, winning the state championship. His father had been a scholarship student who played football and was a record-holding discus thrower at Stanford University.
Peter graduated from San Jose State with degrees in geography and geology in 1977.
He recalls, "As an intern, we saw the former secret U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and interpreted photographs taken by the plane."
In this concluding column in this series, I am speaking to Eric Eberhardt of Eberhardt Motors in Egypt. This year, they are observing their 90th anniversary. The dealership has served thousands of satisfied customers, one being this "soo" called writer. The oldest customer is 95 years of age. Many senior citizens remain loyal customers.
Mr. James Ruzicka was born in Palmerton where his father owned Palmerton Beverage, moving to Northampton when he was a seventh-grade student. At Northampton, Sam played Konkrete football for coach Lou Wolf. A class officer, he was also a member of the track team.
A 1976 graduate of Northampton High School, he was an excellent student of this writer. Sam earned a business administration degree from Moravian College and was employed in the finance industry. At age 25 he was hired by Whitehall Cement, now Lafarge Corp.
Today, I am continuing my interview Mr. Eric Eberhardt, owner of one of the oldest automobile dealerships in the Lehigh Valley. This year, the landmark Egypt, Whitehall Township, business observed its 90th anniversary.
Both Eric and his twin brother, Errol, graduated from Lehigh County Community College, Eric in automotive technology, Errol in business administration. The young men took these skills to the family business and applied their training on a daily basis. Eric worked with the service department and Errol in sales.
In this continuing series, Mr. Eric Eberhardt of Eberhardt Motors in Egypt, Whitehall Township, is sharing a rare piece of local history. During World War II, his grandfather Theodore F. Eberhardt helped guide a group of local residents in printing The Egyptian, a monthly newspaper forwarded to local servicemen and women.