Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA



 

Notizen: Wikipedia 2018:
Reading (Pennsylvania German: Reddin) is a city in and the county seat of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. With a population of 87,575, it is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Located in the southeastern part of the state, it is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area.
The city, which is approximately halfway between the state's most populous city, Philadelphia, and the state capital, Harrisburg (as well as about halfway between Allentown and Lancaster) is strategically situated along a major transportation route from Central to Eastern Pennsylvania, and lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which transported anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to the eastern United States via the Port of Philadelphia. Reading Railroad is one of the four railroad properties in the classic United States version of the Monopoly board game.
Reading was one of the first localities where outlet shopping became a tourist industry. It has been known as "The Pretzel City", because of numerous local pretzel bakeries. Currently, Bachman, Dieffenbach, Tom Sturgis, and Unique Pretzel bakeries call the Reading area home.
According to the 2010 census, Reading has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the nation.
In recent years, the Reading area has become a destination for cyclists. With more than 125 miles of trails in five major preserves, it is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center and held the Reading Radsport Festival on September 8–9, 2017.
In April 2017, it was announced that an indoor velodrome, or cycling track, will be built in Reading as the first of its kind on the East Coast and only the second in the entire country. Albright College and the World Cycling League formally announced plans April 6, 2017, to build the $20 million, 2,500-seat facility, which will be called the National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College. It will also serve as the Cycling League's world headquarters.
History:
Lenni Lenape people, also known as "Delaware Indians", were the original inhabitants of the Reading area.
The Colony of Pennsylvania was a 1680 land grant from King Charles II of England to William Penn. Comprising more than 45,000 square miles (120,000 km2), it was named for his father, Sir William Penn.
In 1743, Richard and Thomas Penn (sons of William Penn) mapped out the town of Reading with Conrad Weiser. Taking its name from Reading, Berkshire, England, the town was established in 1748. Upon the creation of Berks County in 1752, Reading became the county seat. The region was settled by emigrants from southern and western Germany, who bought land from the Penns. The first Amish community in the New World was established in Greater Reading, Berks County. The Pennsylvanian German dialect was spoken in the area well into the 1950s and later.
During the French and Indian War, Reading was a military base for a chain of forts along the Blue Mountain.
By the time of the American Revolution, the area's iron industry had a total production exceeding England's. That output helped supply George Washington's troops with cannons, rifles, and ammunition in the Revolutionary War. During the early period of the conflict, Reading was again a depot for military supply. Hessian prisoners from the Battle of Trenton were also detained here.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the capital of the United States at the time of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. President Washington traveled to Reading, and considered making it the emergency national capital, but chose Germantown instead.
Susanna Cox was tried and convicted for infanticide in Reading in 1809. Her case attracted tremendous sympathy; 20,000 viewers came to view her hanging, swamping the 3,000 inhabitants.
Census data showed that, from 1810 to 1950, Reading was among the nation's top one hundred largest urban places.
The Schuylkill Canal, a north-south canal completed in 1825, paralleled the Schuylkill River and connected Reading with Philadelphia and the Delaware River. The Union Canal, an east-west canal completed in 1828, connected the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Rivers, and ran from Reading to Middletown, Pennsylvania, a few miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Railroads forced the abandonment of the canals by the 1880s.
The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad (P&R) was incorporated in 1833. During the Long Depression following the Panic of 1873, a statewide railroad strike in 1877 over delayed wages led to a violent protest and clash with the National Guard in which six Reading men were killed. Following more than a century of prosperity, the Reading Company was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in 1971. The bankruptcy was a result of dwindling coal shipping revenues and strict government regulations that denied railroads the ability to set competitive prices, required high taxes, and forced the railroads to continue to operate money-losing passenger service lines. On April 1, 1976, the Reading Company sold its current railroad interests to the newly formed Consolidated Railroad Corporation (Conrail).
Early in the 20th century, the city participated in the burgeoning automobile and motorcycle industry as home to the pioneer "Brass Era" companies, Daniels Motor Company, Duryea Motor Wagon Company and Reading-Standard Company.
Reading experienced continuous growth until the 1930s, when its population reached nearly 120,000. From the 1940s to the 1970s, however, the city saw a sharp downturn in prosperity, largely owing to the decline of the heavy industry and railroads, on which Reading had been built, and a national trend of urban decline.
In 1972, Hurricane Agnes caused extensive flooding in the city, not the last time the lower precincts of Reading were inundated by the Schuylkill River. A similar, though not as devastating, flood occurred during June 2006.
The 2000 census showed that Reading's population decline had ceased. This was attributed to an influx of Hispanic residents from New York City, as well as from the extension of suburban sprawl from Philadelphia's northwest suburbs.
Reading has its share of obstacles to overcome, namely crime. However, new crime fighting strategies appear to have had an impact. In 2006, the city dropped in the rankings of dangerous cities, and again in 2007.
In December 2007, NBC's Today show featured Reading as one of the top four "Up and Coming Neighborhoods" in the United States as showing potential for a real estate boom. The interviewee, Barbara Corcoran, chose the city by looking for areas of big change, renovations, cleanups of parks, waterfronts, and warehouses. Corcoran also noted Reading's proximity to Philadelphia, New York, and other cities.

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Geburt

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   Nachname, Taufnamen    Geburt    Personen-Kennung 
1 Laukner, Joanne D.  9 Jan 1931Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200309
2 Michael, Katherine Elizabeth  17 Mai 1882Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200305
3 Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus  25 Sep 1887Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177894
4 Muhlenberg, Henry Augustus II.  21 Jul 1823Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177913
5 Muhlenberg, Henry Augustus III.  27 Okt 1848Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177914
6 Muhlenberg, Hiester Henry  15 Jan 1812Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177898
7 Muhlenberg, Mary Elizabeth  20 Mrz 1784Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177948
8 Nicolls, Frederick William Jr.  26 Mai 1906Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177919
9 Nicolls, George Taylor  3 Sep 1899Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177917
10 Nicolls, Gustavus Anthony  6 Mai 1901Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177918
11 Richards, Alice  8 Sep 1880Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177967
12 Richards, John William  18 Apr 1803Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177960
13 Yocum, Martin Jonas  7 Apr 1862Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200388
14 Zimpleman, Charles August  14 Feb 1875Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200304
15 Zimpleman, Charles F.  15 Jan 1903Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200306
16 Zimpleman, Lottie I.  27 Okt 1907Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200307

Gestorben

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   Nachname, Taufnamen    Gestorben    Personen-Kennung 
1 Bader, David  14 Jun 1968Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I24803
2 Deininger, Jonathan  21 Aug 1881Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177908
3 Fluck, Henry C.  10 Sep 1979Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200312
4 Garber, Andora  26 Mai 1892Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177961
5 Hiester, Joseph  10 Jun 1832Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177875
6 Michael, Katherine Elizabeth  2 Jan 1951Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200305
7 Muhlenberg, Annie Hall  14 Jan 1906Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177912
8 Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus  19 Jan 1980Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177894
9 Muhlenberg, Henry Augustus Philipp  11 Aug 1844Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177873
10 Muhlenberg, Maria Salome  13 Mrz 1827Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177882
11 Muhlenberg, Mary Elizabeth  21 Mrz 1806Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177948
12 Muhlenberg, Rosa Catharine  15 Mai 1867Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177909
13 Nicolls, Frederick William  18 Mai 1911Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177915
14 Nicolls, Frederick William Jr.  31 Okt 1961Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177919
15 Nicolls, George Taylor  19 Sep 1900Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177917
16 Nicolls, Gustavus Anthony  5 Jul 1921Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177918
17 Richards, John William  24 Jan 1854Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177960
18 Richards, Matthias  4 Aug 1830Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177959
19 Taylor, Minnie Ramsey  14 Nov 1950Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177916
20 Young, Elizabeth  1967Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I177895
21 Zimpleman, Charles F.  6 Mrz 1914Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200306
22 Zimpleman, Lottie I.  28 Dez 2002Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA I200307

Verheiratet

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   Familie    Verheiratet    Familien-Kennung 
1 Reich / Lehmann  um 1761Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA F33799