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Volunteers needed to help renovate the bake oven

Published March 13. 2013 05:02PM

At the March 4 meeting of the Polk Township Historical Society President Norman Burger said volunteers were needed to scratch masonry from between the bricks of the bake oven which was brought down to the West End Fairgrounds from the Jonas Hotel.

He and the mason will gather the items needed for the renovation of the oven including a flue and bricks. The dome is cracked and may have to be taken apart and rebuilt from scratch.

Burger has also talked to the people at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm who said the dome has to be restuccoed every 10 years. This oven was in use for 20 years.

Work will be done inside and is expected to be started in late March or early April.

There was a good turnout for the Night of Unity at the high school where the anniversary committee had a table display. There were papers to sign up for Chestnuthill Township's 250th Anniversary parade and some food vendors showed interest.

The parade, to be held Sept. 7 at the fairgrounds, will have three divisions: Walkers, equestrians and floats. There will be music and activities throughout the remainder of the day. The rain date is Sept. 8

Two buildings will be open for nonprofit and commercial displays. There will be a fee for commercial but not for nonprofit displays.

If all goes well with the bake oven, it would be a "good promotion to bake bread," said Burger.

The program for the evening was a show and tell. Most of the items were pictures but Joe Horn brought a box with molds to make cigars. He said that type of mold was used until the 1920s.

He said tobacco had been introduced into Europe. It was native to these continents.

Until the 1860s tobacco was used for chewing, cigars and pipes. Tobacco shops bought the leaves and manufactured their own product. In 1864 24 million cigarettes were sold. Horn said his aunt had a tobacco shop in Germany in 1870.

Dorothy Davidson is working on the quilt show to be held June 9.

Betsy Burnhauser, who was doing genealogy, came across some Shupps, a common name in Chestnuthill and Polk townships. Heinrich and his wife Maria with son Abraham came from Germany to Moore Township. Johann Heinrich did not come with his parents. Eight more children were born in this country.

In September 1753, they came to Philadelphia on the ship Edinboro. They were involved in the Indian and Revolutionary wars.

Heinrich drew up his will to prevent infighting in the family. The two eldest sons, Abraham and Phillip, were executors. It included the fact that all of the children were to be schooled.

Abraham got five shillings more than the other children because he was to care for their mother. The mother could live in the homestead unless she remarried. The children were to give her grain, fattened pork and flax for spinning.

Burnhauser also had copies of the wills from the next two generations.

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