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At one time, the railroad in Perkasie was very busy. There were numerous through passenger and freight trains along with local freights serving Perkasie businesses. One of the local sidings was at the Freed’s Hay Press. The hay press was replaced with Stover’s Feed Mill in 1938 and still operates today as Davis Feed Mill. This railroad siding leads to a concrete and metal structure that still exists, unused today.
Matt Lynch searched the Central News and found that this structure was constructed in part by the borough in 1929. The concrete bins under the railroad track were constructed by O’Rourke Brothers of Perkasie and used to unload coal from railroad cars. The coal was needed to fire the boilers in the borough electric plant located next door. The coal would have to be trucked to the stockpile outside of the plant. The borough paid $2.00 to Stover’s for every car unloaded. This procedure ended in 1948 when Perkasie Borough stopped generating electricity.
Also, of interest, are the two spotlights attached to the unloading structure. They were used to illuminate the large powerhouse smokestack where “Perkasie” spelled out in the brickwork.
Paul Clymer speaks about The American
At the March 2020 Perkasie Historical Society meeting, Paul Clymer presented a program on the 100th Anniversary of the Hartzell - Crouthamel American Legion Post 280 in Perkasie. Mr. Clymer was our Pennsylvania State Representative for thirty – four years and is now Commander of the American Legion Post.
Mr. Clymer talked about World War I and the atrocities of that war. He remembers, as a child, many of the war veterans living in the Perkasie and Sellersville area. He recalls seeing a man with a persistent cough and questioned his father. His father shared that the man, a World War I veteran had lung damage from his exposure to the gas used in warfare.
After the war the returning veterans formed the American Legion. The Perkasie Post 280 was named after Calvin Hartzell and Earl Crouthamel. Both were Perkasie boys that were casualties of the war. Calvin F. Hartzel was Killed in action at Ronsoy, between Cambrai and St. Quentin on September 29, 1918 when the tank hit a land mine. Earl Crouthamel was killed on November 2nd, 1918, in Huysie, Belgium. This was just nine days before the armistice.
The American Legion Post at one time had over 500 members and now has about 45 members. The legion organizes the Memorial Day Parade which alternates between Perkasie and Sellersville. They support community events and provide scholarships.