237- 249 West Main Street
(Rt. 322), Ephrata, corner of Oak St.
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are available at the Society Library for a donation of $12 for ten or $1.50
for each. Inside the card "Merry Christmas" is printed by our very own print
shop. The actual card photo does not have text on it. The photo by Don Resse
features The Musser Chapel, Adamstown. Just a few biographical notes about
Peter M. Musser -- He was born and lived in the Adamstown area until he was
19 years old (b.3 Apr 1841, d. 22May 1919) and moved to Muscatine, Iowa
where in worked in his uncle's lumber business (Musser and Company). He
later became a Director of Weyerhauser's from 1900 t0 1919. He became a very
Further information is found in the 200th Anniversary booklet of Adamstown
(1961). The stone entrance and chapel that are located at the cemetery
(Cedar Grove Cemetery) entrance which were a gift to the Borough of
Adamstown from Mr. P. M. Musser, a native of Adamstown, and a direct
descendent of William Addams (founder of Adamstown). This gift was
originally offered on the 24th day of October, 1907, and was set up to be a
memorial to Mr. Musser's parents.
It might be interesting to note here the speech made by Mr. Musser when he
presented the keys to the chapel to members of the cemetery association. The
date was November 1, 1908.
"It gives me great pleasure to be able to present to you today, this
beautiful little chapel building in honor of my Father and my Mother, Mr.
and Mrs. John Musser, who for many years lived with you. It is to them that
I owe whatever of success in life may have come to me. I am greatly indebted
to Muhlenberg Bros. for the artistic plans for the chapel, and to Mr. John
Zerbe, contractor, for the workmanship, and to Messrs. L. H. Custer, Elmer
E. Billingfelt and John M. Frame -- the building committee, for their
According to the minute book, the iron fence and the pillars were a gift of
Mrs. Kate Custer and Mrs. Lizzie Frame.
Meetings are held
at 7:00 P.M. at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata unless
otherwise stated. Open free to the public.
(In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow
the Ephrata School District closing schedule.)
January 28, 2015
Annual Show and Tell
Everyone looks forward to this
annual program! Come and share your one-of-a-kind treasures with friends at this
event, which is full of surprises.
February 25, A Collier's Life
and the Craft of Making Charcoal
Rick Brouse, historian, sometime
Belsnickle, and an architectural draftsman, will explain all the phases involved
in the processing of wood to charcoal. From cutting down the trees, to raking
out and transporting the final product, all these steps will be illustrated in a
PowerPoint presentation. Learn more about this once common but now forgotten
Come on in and pull up a chair. Whether you are a
newcomer or an old timer you can get to know us and experience our rich
heritage. The Society was founded in 1957. There is so much to see and learn
about the Cocalico Valley. Visit the
Theodore R. Sprecher Museum
housed in the Connell Mansion in it's Victorian elegance. You will find
thirteen rooms of exhibits with collections from the early 1800's to present
and period room settings. Be sure to see the current feature exhibit. Quite
possibly you may want to do some
research in the library
with its wealth of local history and genealogy. Resource materials range
widely from the standard body of legal and church records to the specific
and unique resources focused on the Cocalico Valley. To get a glimpse of the
collections you can view an
online card catalog which includes files
through the year 2000. Current files can be perused in the library. You have
heard our story, maybe you have one too.
We would love to hear from you.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
THE PUBLICATION OF VOL. II OF
WHAT’S COOKIN’ AMONG OUR BOYS AND GIRLS IN
THE ARMED FORCES –
THE COCALICO VALLEY AND WORLD WAR II,
MAY 1944 THROUGH DECEMBER 1945
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