Senft’s Store

Walter A. Senft’s Store at 2911 Centre Ave, also known as the Pottsville Pike or Route 61. Walter purchased the property in 1914 and developed it into a General Store & Grocery business that included a gas pump in front. Thanks to the large amount of steam and coal trucks that regularly passed by, his business was largely successful. In 1940 the state widened the highway, which resulted in the loss of the gas pump and the developed store portion under the porch. Senft created a new entrance right into his basement and continued the business, offering fresh clams and other seafood. Walter Senft passed away in 1956, and his wife occupied the residence until her passing in 1963. In 1993 the bank came into possession of the house and after unsuccessfully trying to sell it, it was razed. A parking lot is in it’s place today.

Source: The Passing Scene

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