October 30, 1886: Boyertown Takes Care of Their Own


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

October 30, 1886: Old Mother Floyd, who lives in a little old cottage on Philadelphia Avenue near the corner of Walnut Street, was “the victim” of quite an agreeable surprise today.

She is a good woman, quite old and in stringent circumstances. When neighbors heard “that her larder was almost exhausted,” they canvassed the town with a subscription book and they did not have to call on anyone twice.

Everybody donated liberally, so that quite a large sum was collected. It was used to buy her coal, flour, and other necessities of life. They also bought her a rocking chair and the rest of the money was deposited in an account in her name at the National Bank. The people in Boyertown take care of their own.

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