Timeline of Slatington History

Citizen's National Bank


Nothing shows the growth of Slatington and vicinity more than the opening of the Citizens National Bank at the corner of Main and Second Streets. The Bank during the past week has had an enameled metal ceiling of exquisite design, put in.

A Rodman Manganese Steel Burglar Proof Safe has been placed in the Vault, and of this make of Safe the Pittsburgh Dispatch has an account of a test made recently which will be found in another column.

In the vault there are Safety Deposit Boxes, which are rented out at $2, $3 and #4 per year, according to size, and this will enable persons who have valuable papers to deposit them in those boxes where they can go, at any time during banking hours, and have access to them.

This is a great convenience, as it assures absolute safety at a trifling cost. There is a cork carpet on the floor and the walls are handsomely decorated. The room will be heated by steam, and when the furniture and fixtures are put in place, it will be one of the most modern banking institutions in this part of the state.

Mr. G.T. Oplinger has been elected president and Mr. Howard Missor, Cashier. The officials of the Citizens' National Bank extend a cordial invitation to every one to come in and inspect the rooms. Notice of the opening of the Bank will appear later.

The improvements and decorations were made under the personal supervision of Mr. O. H. E. Rauch and are evident of his good taste and judgment.

The Slatington News, 18 January 1902


7 February 1902

Gas Manufactured [at the Slatington Gas Company]

The Slatington Gas Company commenced operations at their works on Friday of last week and notwithstanding the fact that all the conditions incident to starting such an enterprise in mid-winter were against them. The lights furnished were a perfect success and reflect great credit upon the management. The introduction of Gas brings to Slatington a long needed comfort and we feel sure our people will avail themselves of its use and give the Gas Company the support which their efforts to furnish good lights deserve.

The Slatington News, 15 February 1902


28 February 1902

Aftermath of Last Week's Flood--Considerable Damage in Town
Bridges Swept Away
One Life Lost--All Previous Records Broken--Damage Will Reach Several Hundred Thousand Dollars

The flood which occurred on Friday [28 February] of last week will go down in history as the most destructive, and, possible, the largest that ever swept through the Lehigh Valley.

Though of short duration, covering only about seven hours that the water rose to the danger and destructive points, it left such ruin and destruction in its path as will in direct and indirect losses, sum up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The damage in town was greater than any previous occurrence; however, our suffering can not be compared to that of other towns throughout the Valley.

The railroad bridge that crosses Trout Creek at Custer's was swept away and the bridge near the Pen Lynn quarry has been rendered useless. The basement of THE NEWS office, the Pennsylvania Natural Slate Blackboard factory, and a number of other places were flooded. The waters of Trout Creek rose half way up the back yards on Lower Main street, horses, pigs and chickens had to be removed to places of safety.

The power house, at Walnutport, was under water and the town was left in darkness. Kelchner & Son, the coal dealers, of Walnutport, were heavy losers, the entire coal yard being flooded.

The towns suffering the most severely were Mauch Chunk, Packerton, Weissport, Allentown and Bethlehem.

The Slatington News, 8 March 1902


20 December 1902

Baptist Church Receive a Pipe Organ
First to be Presented to the Eastern Section of the Country by the Steel King

Owing to his Pittsburgh connections the Rev. Dr. Richards has been fortunate in having the generous iron and steel king, Mr. Andrew Carnegie, present the Baptist church with a New Year's gift in the shape of a magnificent pipe organ; a gift highly in keeping with both the beautiful edifice and the munificence of the eminent donor. The promise was made Doctor a year and a half ago and the delay has been caused by the liberality of Mr. Carnegie keeping many factories too busy ever since supplying organs for other points. This organ, however, is one of the first donated to the eastern region of the country.

Not out of place here would the statement be that Mr. Carnegie presented an organ to the church when Pastor Richards was ordained in Mansfield Valley, now Carnegie, Pa, and another to the church he organized at Tarentum, Pa, while pastor at Sharpsburg.

The present organ to the Slatington Baptist church truly verifies the old saying--There are three chances for a Welshman" No one wears a more satisfied smile than the able chorister, Mr. John T. Evans, and the proficient organist, Miss Lilian Berlin, Mus. Bach., who with the noble choir have done such excellent work in the past, and now, in connection with the new organ, bid fair to be more invincible still in the future.

Surely the Baptists have made long and rapid strides during the seven years pastorate of Rev. Richards and have demonstrated that they have a right to live and succeed by the cooperation, willingness to work, and contribute, which characterize the efforts of both pastor and people.

The Slatington News, 20 December 1902