Borough of Parryville


Dennis Bauman.


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the borough of Parryville is situated about six miles below Mauch Chunk, and is bounded on the north and west by Franklin township, on the east and southeast by Lower Towamensing, and on the south by the Lehigh River.  The first settlement at this locality was made about 1780 by Peter Frantz, and in 1781, Frederick Scheckler and Leonard Beltz had taken up land there and in the vicinity.  Frantz & Scheckler soon after erected a stone grist-mill on the Poho Poco Creek, which enters the Lehigh River at this place.  The property remained in their posses­sion until 1815, at which time it passed to Jacob and Peter Stein.  The mill was run by Jacob, and Peter built a large stone hotel, which is now in use for dwellings.  Between the years 1836-40 the Pine Forrest Lumber Company was established and made this place headquarters.  Saw-, lath-, and paling-mills were erected on the Poho Poco Creek, near the river, and the manufacture of lumber was carried on extensively.  Large tracts of land were owned in the northern part of the county and in Luzerne County, from which the greater part of the logs were obtained.  Daniel Parry was the president of the company, and as the settlement grew up around these mills, the place became known as Parrysville, and finally Parryville.


In 1836 the Beaver Meadow Railroad Company completed its road to the opposite side of the river, and made Parryville the terminus and shipping-point.  The coal from the cars was here dumped into the canal-boats of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Com­pany.  This business continued till the freshet of Jan. 7 and 8, 1841, when the wharves, trestle-works, and chutes were swept away, and also the railroad, track from Parryville to Penn Haven Junction.  The railroad was not rebuilt from Mauch Chunk to Parryville, and the former place from that time became the shipping-point.

About the year 1855, Messrs. Bowman, Brother & Co. formed a copartnership, and established an anthracite blast-furnace (now known as No. 1), which was run by water-power from Poho Poco Creek until …



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                             …about 1857.  In that year the company sold their interest to a corporation under the name of the "Car­bon Iron Company."  The first board of directors ' was elected in August, 1857, and consisted of the following persons: William Reed, James Dinkey, Henry Bowman, Solomon Boyer, David Bowman, John Bow­man, and Dennis Bauman.  On the 10th of August, Dennis Bauman was elected president, and A. W. Butler secretary and treasurer.


Improvements were made and the capacity of the works increased, and it was soon demonstrated that the water-power was not sufficient to furnish the power for the blast, and steam was introduced.  In the year 1864 a second furnace was erected (now known as No. 2), and in 1869 furnace No. 3 was built.  In the year 1876 the property passed to the "Carbon Iron and Pipe Company (limited).  A  "pipe plant" was re­cently erected, and these works are now operated by the last-named company, the officers of which are A. A. Douglass, president; George Ruddle, secretary; and H. P. Cooper, superintendent.


The village has grown up as the result of the location of the furnace here, and now contains a popula­tion of about eight hundred, and in addition to the furnaces about one hundred dwellings, two stores, flour and feed store, two churches, one school-house (with four rooms), a hotel, and a depot of the Phila­delphia and Reading Railroad.


The first road that passed through this locality was the one laid out in 1747, and made in 1748, extending, from Bethlehem to Gnadenhutten.  It is known through this region as the "Fire Line Road," and, ran over the hills.  It was used as a military road from January, 1756, to January, 1761, when Fort Allen was garrisoned.  About 1815 a wagon-road was constructed from Parryville to Lehigh Gap, along the north bank of the Lehigh River, which was much used.  Many stories are related of the causes that gave to the old road the name "Fire Line," but none that are trustworthy.  The application of the name dates far back in the Indian war period, between 1756 and 1761.                                           


Churches.—The first religious services of any mo­ment held at Parryville were commenced about the year 1840.  At that time and for several years ser­vices were conducted occasionally at the school-house and at private houses by Methodist ministers gener­ally from Mauch Chunk.  In the year 1858, Parry­ville, Slatedale, Wakefield, Weissport, and Maria Furnace were united in one circuit, and the Rev. Jacob Schlichter was placed in charge.  Services, were held in the school-house, then recently erected, and intended for both school and church purposes.  This building was used by the Methodists till 1863, when the present brick church edifice was erected.  It was dedicated by Bishop Scott on the 13th of December, 1863.


The circuit has been changed several times, as fol­lows: Parryville, Weissport, and Slatington, Parryville­ and Lehighton.  For a time, when the furnaces at this place were in full operation, Parryville became a separate station, and had a membership of from sixty to eighty.  About the year 1876, on account of depression in business, the iron-works suspended their operations, the membership declined greatly, and Parryville became connected in a circuit with Slatington, Slatedale, and Maria Furnace, and is still in that circuit.  The church now has a membership of thirty-two.  A Sunday-school was commenced upon the organization of the church in 1858, and has been in successful operation to the present, having now, including teachers, a membership of from eighty to one hundred and fifty.  The pastors who have served the church from 1858 to the present time are as follows: Revs. Jacob Sclhichter, William T. Magee, G. T. Barr, S. Powers, W. B. Durell, E. Townsend, William H. Friese, J. Lindenmuth, J. P. Miller, L. B. Brown, L. B. Hoffman, G. L. Shoffer, Josiah Bawden, William F. Sheperd, and F. Illman.


Schools.—The first school-house was built of logs, about the year 1820, and was twenty-five by thirty feet, and one story in height.  It was located about one hundred yards above the mouth of Poho Poco Creek, on the north bank. The school was attended by pupils who came from several miles around. School was taught three months annually, the parents of each child paying tuition. This house was re­placed by another about 1840, and in 1858 the pres­ent commodious building was erected for school and church purposes.


On the 4th of March, 1867, Parryville became an independent school district, and the following direc­tors were elected in that year: Dennis Bauman, James Thomas, James Anthony, Jacob Peters, Samuel Davis, Thomas Petit. Since 1875 the directors have been as follows:

1875.—W. W. Bauman, A. T. Peiffer, George Davis, George F. Anthony, C. Rinker, J. A. Koch.

1876.—Charles Raddetz, L. F. Remely.

1877.—Robert Peters, J. L. Miller, G. W. Bauman, William Romig.

1878.—Charles Raddetz, William Blose.

1879.—None reported.

1880.—H. P. Cooper, William Bamford.

1881.—Jacob Peters, G. W. Bauman, W. L. Katz.

1882.—John Pickford, Charles Saeger.

1883.—H. P. Cooper, John D. Kistler.


The borough of Parryville was incorporated by the court of Carbon County early in the year 1875, and the first election ordered to be held in February of that year.


The following are the names of those who have served as burgesses, councilmen, and justices of the peace:


1875-78.—Dennis Bauman.

1879-80.—Jacob Peters.

1881-83.—H. P. Cooper.



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1875.—A. T. Pieffer, A. R. Snyder, Charles Belford, George Davis, J. E. Beltz.

1876.—Jacob Peters, G. F. Anthony, Charles Raddetz, Harrison Wentz, A. T. Pieffer.

1877.—Jacob Peters, Stephen Snyder.

1878.—A. R. Snyder, Jacob Peters, Jonas Beltz, Charles Raddetz, William Blose.

1879.—Dennis Bauman, Harrison Wentz, J. L. Miller, William Rinker.

1880.—William Rinker, John Petit, John Strickler, Jr., Jacob Becker, John Pickford, Henry Milheim.

1881.—John Pickford, Dennis Wentz, William Blose, Jacob Petera, Dennis Bauman, Henry Milheim.

1882.—Jacob Peters, 0. J. Mantz, John Pickford, Dennis Bauman, Beden Snyder, W. D. Kutz.

1883.—Jacob Peters, Henry Sleider, James An­drews, Frank P. Boyer, Dennis Bauman, Thomas Thomas.


Justices of the Peace.

1875.—George F. Anthony, Daniel Wentz.

1877.—James M. Bauman.

1879.—Dennis Bauman.

1880.—William B. Anthony.

1882.—Harrison Wentz.

1883.—Solomon Reiner.














The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in April 2003


Stephen E. Fritz



Web page by

Jack Sterling

May 2003