October 22, 1922: Milton Schealer, President of the National Bank of Boyertown, Succumbs


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA

October 22, 1922: The term of the President of the National Bank of Boyertown has been cut short by the death of Milton Schealer, after only nine months in office.

Schealer’s career was another Boyertown success story. He started working at the bank as a night watchman in 1897 and advanced rapidly from that position. He was promoted to Cashier in 1905 and later Vice President. He had been elected president on January 11 of this year.

There are four generations of Schealers, all in widely different professions, who have made an important mark in Boyertown. Milton was the son of John Schealer, the Master Builder, who built most of the Victorian buildings in the center of town, the Washington (now gone) and Lincoln Schools, as well as countless other important and beautiful period buildings.

Milton’s son was Dr. Roy Schealer, a 1908 graduate of the Philadelphia Dental College, who became the youngest practicing dentist in Pennsylvania at the age of 20. Roy served as a councilman and burgess in Boyertown and was also a renowned President of the Society of American Magicians, a prestigious organization he was invited to join by his friend, the magician Harry Houdini.

Milton’s grandson, John Schealer, was an internationally known author of a famous series of science fiction books for teens featuring the character Zip Zip, a textbook on astronomy for children, and a history of ancient Egypt.

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