Josiah Dives & the Ghosts of Folly Farm

Josiah Dives was born in 1851 in Chartham, Kent, England. He started his business career after moving to London at the age of 13 following his Father’s death. When coming to America in 1872, his first residence was Hartford, CT. This is where he met George Pomeroy and John Stewart. Together they came to Reading and founded Dives, Pomeroy, and Stewart Deptartment Store, which later became known as just “Pomeroy’s”. … Read Full Article

Ontelaunee High School

Ontelaunee High School
Ontelaunee High School
Ontelaunee High School 1954

Ontelaunee High was located in Leesport PA, right along Centre Ave or Route 61. The original High School building was built in 1914. An addition was added in 1939. Ontelaunee High’s mascot was the Indian and the colors were red and yellow.

Dear Ontelaunee, We are all thy people.
Thy name to us means pride and love and praise.

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Robesonia High School

Robesonia High
Robesonia High School
Robesonia High pictured in 1955

The high School was built in 1916 and located at 129 W. Penn Avenue in Robesonia. Its history is one of the more elusive as there is almost no information about it online. If you have anything to contribute to the article, feel free to leave a comment below.

Robesonia High School
Robesonia High Library 1956

In 1955, the boroughs of Wernersville, Womelsdorf, Robesonia, and townships of Marion, Heidelberg, North Heidelberg, and South Heidelberg came together to create the Conrad Weiser Joint School District.… Read Full Article

Bethel High School

Bethel High School
Bethel High School
Bethel High School in 1962 – addition in foreground added in the mid-1950s

The Bethel education system served the youth of the township beginning in 1911 on a two-year school program. The first class, numbering just two students, graduated in 1913. They first met in the Bethel Grade School building in a small room with two instructors. In 1923 the high school was changed to a 4-year program.… Read Full Article

St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High School

St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High

Before Holy Name, or even Central Catholic, there was another Catholic High School in the city of Reading. St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High, or more well known as just “Reading Catholic High” was located at 225 South 5th Street in Reading.

St. Peter's Reading Catholic High
Reading Catholic High classroom in 1945

St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High was founded in 1911 and in 1914, the first graduating class received their diplomas.… Read Full Article