Timeline of Slatington History


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Last week ground was broken on the new railroad which is to be build (sic) between Slatington and Slatedale. (The Slatington News, 7 April 1869) The Slatedale branch opened the following year.

According to The Slatington News (30 June 1869), An event of more importance than any which has occurred in Slatington for a very long time was the laying of the corner stone for the new Lutheran and German Reformed Church last Sunday, to be called St. John’s Church.  The weather was a little unfavorable, still the attendance of visitors and citizens was very large, which manifested a commendable interst by our people in such a noble Christian work.

According to The Slatington News (25 August 1869), Slatington was considerably enlivened last Thursday by the arrival in our town of President Grant, who was on a tour through the coal regions of Schuykill and Carbon counties.  Many of our citizens collected at the depot between nine and ten o'clock a.m., to see the President, but most of them were dissapointed by an accident to a coal train about one mile above Slatington, which delayed the Presidential party from half past nine until half past twelve, and as none could tell at what time the train would arrive, a great many went off dissapointed, without seeing the President, after waiting nearly all the forenoon.  The President dined with Judge Packer and Dr. Coppee at Bethlehem.

McDowell is laying out 5 acres for Fairview Cemetery (The Slatington News, 8 September 1869). See also the entry for 1872.

According to The Slatington News (15 September 1869), On last Sunday, the 12th inst., the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. J. W. Knapp, of this place, assisted by rev. Jerome Lindamath, of Lehighton, laid the corner-stone of a new church with appropriate ceremony. The morning services, held in the Town Hall, was well attended.
On Sunday last the Methodist Episcopal Church, of this place, was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies, by Rev. W. H. Frees, assisted by Rev. Jerome Lindemuth and Rev. Mr. Kemble (The Slatington News, 22 December 1869)