Timeline of Slatington History

13 February 1892 (SATURDAY)



Saturday evening, February 13, was a gala-eve for the Borough of Slatington. The immediate instance of the gaiety was the inauguration of the new arc lights, whereby the thoroughfares of Slatington are now almost as brilliant at dark as at noonday, and midnight has meandered.

Preparations for the important event had been made by Burgess Peters, president of the Citizens Electric Light, Heating and Power Company. The Burgess, the members of the Borough Council, the officers of the electric light company, the hose company, and citizens, paraded the streets on a tour of inspection, starting from the Bittner House. The Junior American Mechanics Band was an interesting factor in the procession, discoursing lively music. There was a good display of fireworks along the route, and the sidewalks were lined with the expectant and delighted denizens of a town which henceforth shall be able to look on the bright side both day and night.

The arc lights are highly satisfactory, and perhaps no other town of its size can boast of such an excellent electric light plant as Slatington possessed. The arc lights, twenty-five in number, were furnished by the Fort Wayne Electrical Works, which establishment ha a large number of dynamos in successful operation in various parts of the Union.

The plant has been accepted by the local light company, whose officials express great satisfaction with the working of the lights.

To say that these new lights are a great improvement for Slatington would be superfluous. We understand that seven additional lights will at once be put up in order to properly light the few places yet in darkness.

The next electric addition will be doubtless a street railway, which would be a great convenience and might even now be a safe investment.

Source: The Slatington News, 20 February 1892

10 September 1892 (Saturday)

No Need for an Alarm Clock in Slatington

Talking About Nuisances

Now that the ]Borough] Council is sort of stirred up, The News desires to mention a matter from which we have frequently heard. That is "WHISTLES!" The rolling mill at 4.30 am. blows a whistle for about two minutes; Fulmer's factory gets in its work at 5 am.; that lasts from one to two minutes. A little later the Reading railroad sends a train around the corner which whistles from Trout Creek Station to Main street bridge. Now, there are a lot of people would enjoy sleeping about that time of the morning, if these whistles, would let up. Suppose Council requests their discontinuance.

Source: The Slatington News, 10 September 1892