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PETER J. SHEEHAN

Father of the children’s playground site and burgess of South Bethlehem when it joined hands with Bethlehem, was born in County Cork, Ireland, a son of the late Patrick and Ellen Sheehan, on February 21, 1875. He came to America when quite young and attended the public schools for a brief period. At the age of 11 years he carried bricks in a brick yard and then entered the employ of the Bethlehem Steel Company as a water boy, remaining in their employ in various capacities until 1893 when he took up the boxing profession in which he was quite successful. For five years he was athletic trainer for Lehigh University. He was for some time engaged in the hotel business at Fountain Hill, later acquiring the Victoria Cafe on West Third Street which he is still conducting. He was elected Burgess in 1915 by a large majority and established the record of turning in more funds from the police department than any of his predecessors. Burgess Sheehan gained his greatest distinction in his career as the champion of a permanent play-site for children. This he has practically secured, by benefits of various kinds, on Sand Island. He has been an active executive and showed rare ability in the Red Cross, Hill-to-Hill Bridge and Consolidation campaigns. He is ex-president of the Northampton County Law, Order and License League, and is a member of the Jacksonian Democratic Club. On September 6, 1905, he married Nettie R. Yochum, of Philadelphia.

 


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Peter J. Sheehan

 

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