Easter Sunday – 1957

The last time Easter Sunday fell on April 21st was 1957. Here is a look at that day’s Reading Eagle.

Among the egg hunts held for children throughout the city and county to mark the Easter season was the event held by the Berks Athletic Club at it’s home in Rockland Township. The ringing of a bell, as Virginia Illuzzi os doing at left, in the photograph above, set off a stampede which, sent tots scampering over the grounds picking up hundreds of hard-boiled eggs. Most of the young celebrants who participated were armed with baskets or paper bags in which to take home their finds. Separate hunts were geld for children in various age groups. Finders numbered eggs won 250 special prizes consisting of large Easter baskets ladened with holiday goodies, in addition to dolls, Easter gats and other articles. More than 170 dozen eggs were prepared for the hunt by wives of club members who make up the country’s newest sports organization. Special entertainment was part of the afternoon program. Adults helped to dispose of homemade cakes, ice cream, soft drinks and pretzels. The hunt was one of the unfinished projects of the late Dr. R. M. Mulligan, who was the club president. Walter J. P. Kurowski and Miss Illuzzi were co-chairmen of the affair. Miss Illuzzi is the director of physical education for girls at Central Catholic High School. – Reading Eagle

Modern comforts combined with a mellow, lived-in look is the atmosphere a visitor encounters after stepping across the threshold of “Brenemar”, the handsome home of Mr. and Mrs. Earle J. Breneman on State Hill. The exterior is attractive and impressive looking with it’s meticulously groomed landscaped lawn and carefully curved paved driveway.

Friends of the Breneman’s who go through the residence for the first time react in much the same manor. They comment that the home looks as if it belongs to the Breneman family, instead resembling a professionally decorated showplace. Mrs. Breneman’s formula for decorating was largely responsible for this lived-in look. Rather than restricting the furnishings of the home to one special period or type of furniture, she included in “Brenemar’s” interior what she refers to as “the things the family wanted and the things we can use.” … -Babara Snyder
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Pictured Left: Lee Pelliciotti sets his sights on the distant field markers as he gets ready to toss the discus in yesterday’s Berks Scholastics. The Daniel Boone athlete had a heave of 129 ft, 8¾ inches to pace the rest of the competition. He was one of two blazers to score a first. Bob Zuber was the other in the pole vault. (Eagle Staff Photo)

Easter Egg Hunts through the years

March 28th, 1959 Reading Eagle (click to enlarge)
Easter 1962 – Children yesterday had their day in the city and county as Easter egg hunts were conducted for their benefit. Shown above is the “breaking from the barrier” at Brookline Playground. – Reading Eagle
The scramble for Easter eggs is on as participants in the egg hunt yesterday at Keffer Park Rush across the playground. The hunt was one of seven held on city playgrounds. -Reading Eagle
Meeting the Bunnies – At the annual Easter egg hunt held at Bernharts Dam under the sponsorship of Local 1893, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Scott Kahn of 3310 Fairfield St, Laureldale and Donna Ohlinger of Fleetwood R.D. 3, are joined by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny as they collect their bag of chocolate candy and prizes. Approximately 700 egg-hunting children attended the festivities. -Reading Eagle.

Classical Record Shop of Reading – 1960

Image & caption below from “Berks Countians; The Wonderful Way We Live”

The Classical Record Shop of Reading has in addition to its large and diversified stock of high fidelity and stereophonic records, the outstanding Pilot stereophonic consoles and components. Mr. William Breitegam, manager, is seen showing a groupo of new recordings to Mrs. Carl L. N. Erdman. These fine selections may be obtained by calling Franklin 6-0785 or stopping in at the Classical Record Shop, 538 Court Street.

538 Court Street, today

Reading Indians Night Game – 1960s

It’s opening day for the Reading Fightin Phils! Which means it’s time for a flashback to early 1960s Municipal Field, home of the Reading Indians.

Image from “Berks Countians; The Wonderful Way We Live”

In 1952, the Wilkes-Barre Indians, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians relocated to Reading to become the Reading Indians. The Reading Indians played at Municipal Memorial Stadium for the next decade, capturing the league title in 1957. Several Indians went on to successful major-league careers, including Rocky Colavito and Roger Maris. The Reading Indians franchise relocated to Charleston, West Virginia in 1961 to become the Charleston Indians, Reading was without professional baseball for that year.

For the 1962 season, the Williamsport Grays moved to Reading and became the second Reading Red Sox team, serving as a Boston Red Sox affiliate for two years, owned by Joe Buzas. The new Reading Red Sox relocated to Pittsfield, Massachusetts and were renamed Pittsfield Red Sox (this Eastern League franchise was later the New Britain Rock Cats and is now the Hartford Yard Goats).

The Cleveland Indians relocated the Charleston Indians back to Reading after the Reading Red Sox relocated to Pittsfield, the Charleston Indians was once again known as the Reading Indians for one more year before relocating again. Reading was without a baseball team in 1966 before a new Eastern League expansion franchise was established in Reading in 1967 which became known as the Reading Phillies. –Wikipedia

The Clique Restaurant – 1960s

Image & caption from “Berks Countians; The Wonderful Way We Live”
As an attendant brings her Cadillac to the entrance, Mrs. A. W. Golden Jr. pauses for a moment under the canopy at the Clique where she has just enjoyed a delectable dinner.

Can’t find anything about this establishment online. Anyone remember where this was or know any information about it?

EDIT: thanks to a few commenters on the Facebook post we have solved the mystery. It was located on South 8th Street in Reading, now just an empty lot.