November 17, 1915: Automobile Showroom to Come to Boyertown


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

November 17, 1915: Boyertown is getting an automobile showroom to display Model T Fords, Maxwells, Studebakers, and Oaklands. John Degler, proprietor of the Boyertown Auto Company has purchased 35 front feet of property between the Rhoads building and the Mansion House, at 128 East Philadelphia Avenue, for $100 per foot.

His contractor Daniel Bauer is already hiring men to help build the first garage and automobile sales agency in Boyertown. It will be a modern, fireproof three-story concrete, steel floor and he will live in an apartment on the third floor.

The building will have the capacity to house 100 cars and feature an electric freight elevator to transport vehicles to the second floor. [It is now the Other Farm Brewery, and I checked—the elevator is gone. ~Margaret]

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