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Walter M. Weirebach

WALTER M. WEIERBACH

One of the city’s most progressive undertakers, was born May 4, 1868, a son of Cornelius W. and Magdalene Myers Weierbach, in Pleasant Valley, Pa. He attended the public schools there. October 7, 1889, he came to South Bethlehem and accepted a position at E.H. Kresge’s department store, remaining in his employ for two years. Later he accepted employment with the late Fred L. Nadler, who was then engaged as an undertaker. On June 1, 1898, he began his business career and today has a large trade, having a three-story brick building at Nos. 527—29 Wyandotte Street, containing a reception room, general office and show room, three-story morgue and chapel with room for fifty caskets, and gray motor-driven vehicles. Mr. Weierbach over seven years ago was one of the organizers of the Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors’ Association of which he is now the efficient secretary. He has also been for a number of years the president and treasurer of the Bingen Brick Company, a very successful firm. Mr. Weierbach is a past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the Beethoven Maennerchor, Wreath of Friendship Lodge, I.O.O.F., Damascus Commandery No. 50, Knights of Malta, B.P.O. Elks, Loyal Order of Moose. On May 4, 1868, he married Ida C. Keener.

 


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Robert J. Yost

ROBERT J. YOST

Physician and member of the Board of Education, was born February 19, 1871, a son of John J. and Mary A. Reichert Yost, pioneer residents of South Bethlehem. He received his early education in the public schools, later attending Bethlehem Preparatory School, Lehigh Univeristy, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Baltimore. He began the pratice of his profession at Muncie, Ind., and later maintained offices at Newport, R.I., and Providence R.I., remaining there until 1897 when he opened an office in South Bethlehem where he has since resided. He is a member of the South Bethlehem Board of Health and is the county physician for the South Bethlehem district; Northampton County Medical Society and Pennsylvania State Society. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and former vice-president of the State Educational Association, State Firemen’s Association, Liberty Fire Company, Odd Fellows, Masonic bodies, Knights of Pythias and Heptasophs. In February, 1902, he was elected a member of the Board of Education and a year later became its secretary, filling that office very successfully until the boards became consolidated. In November last he was elected to the new Board of Directors for a term of six years. Mr. Yost is very active in educational affairs and was instrumental in having the present handsome $300,000 high school erected. Mr. Yost twice married, his first wife, Laura M. Mann being deceased, a daughter of Herman and Elemina Weierbach Mann, with whom he had two children, Miriam A. and John Paul. Later he married Kathryn E., daughter of John and Elemina Klotz Houser. He resides and has his office at No. 101 West Fourth Street.

 

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