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January 15, 2006 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A hundred years after the Continental Army occupied the hills around Fort Washington in Montgomery County, several prominent Philadelphia families came together to encamp there for a longer stay. They were the Fells and the Drexels, new scions of the Gilded Age. In 1882, they brought their fabulous fortunes to Camp Hill, built several stone mansions along the sprawling ridge, and lay the foundation of a colorful, 70-year tenancy. Theirs is a story marked by privilege and intrigue and perhaps even murder, said Lew and Trudy Keen, who will present a multimedia program on Camp Hill Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Clifton House in Fort Washington.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan H. Hummel, 83, of Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Fla., a businesswoman, died Sunday, July 20, of pneumonia at Temple University Hospital. Mrs. Hummel was married for 57 years to Dennis Hummel. Together, they built the family business, Metropolitan Reporting Bureau, which supplies information to the insurance industry from offices in Center City. Mrs. Hummel grew up in Yeadon and graduated from Yeadon High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Temple University, where she was a cheerleader and president of Alpha Sigma Pi. She and her husband met in the business world of Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 4, 1996 | By Sharon Tubbs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Louis J. Eni, 74, of Medford, president and chief operating officer of Dietz & Watson Meats in Philadelphia, died yesterday at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. Eni joined Dietz & Watson more than 40 years ago and ran the company for the last 20 years. He is credited with aiding the company's growth into a multimillion-dollar business with customers worldwide and more than 400 employees, said his daughter Cynthia E. Yingling of Medford. According to Mr. Eni's three children, Dietz & Watson is "truly a family business in every sense of the word.
NEWS
August 18, 1986 | By Dwight Ott, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Dankses are worried. Having fled riots in Camden for the safety of Cherry Hill in the 1970s, they now fear they may have to flee a new kind of upheaval. Charles Danks, 48, pointed to the problem Saturday as he stood along Route 70 near the flow of traffic into the Race Track Circle. Before him in the concrete were two red paint marks that he said spell doom for his family business - marks that show where the State of New Jersey plans to chop 29 feet out of his Sunoco station property to widen the highway that is a main thoroughfare through the township of 70,000.
NEWS
September 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Burns Sr., 67, a longtime funeral director, died Monday, Sept. 9, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Burns was a director and owner of Burns Funeral Home, which has branches in Fishtown, Northeast Philadelphia, and Levittown. The firm was founded in 1939 by his parents, Martin J. Burns Sr. and the former Grace R. McNeill. He worked for 40 years in the family business, patiently tending to the area's bereaved families. "I loved the business.
NEWS
February 21, 1990 | By Melissa Dribben and John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer correspondent S.E. Siebert contributed to this article
Whitpain Detective William Pistilli said the case was closed. Police do not know what drove Nicholas Malantonio to such desperation that he set off Monday afternoon with a .357 revolver to kill his father, the mother of his children and then himself. After questioning the young man's family for hours, Pistilli said, they may never know. "We know the end result - that's it," he said. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office completed autopsies yesterday on Malantonio, a 25-year-old unemployed man from Blue Bell; Faye Keohane, the 25- year-old mother of his two children, and Matthew Malantonio, 69, his father.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2008 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a roomful of mostly builders, developers and planners, Frank J. McKee Jr. stood out - not just because of the silver stud earring he wore, but because of his tender age. At 24, he was by far among the youngest - if not the youngest - of the couple of hundred attending the breakfast meeting of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. He is also the least senior at his family's development and building company, the McKee Group, but not by much. His sisters, Kate Black, 30, and Jenni McKee, 32, also work there.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In even the most functional family, there can be a painful something that triggers a strong emotional response, despite the passage of time. For the Benders, it's the digital camera. "Digital killed the family business," Ben Bender says. Yet digital just might be the route to a family-business revival, as well. Bender has become the region's only franchise owner for TapSnap, a social-media-equipped replacement for the party photo booth. To fully appreciate this cycle of commercial irony - a primary motivator of which was his cancer scare three years ago - a little history is required.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanley "Mickey" Zolot, 83, of Merion, a Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of cancer at his home. Mr. Zolot owned Bilt-Well Furniture Co., a family business with design and decorator showrooms at 23d and Chestnut Streets. The firm was started by Mr. Zolot's father, Charles, and is now run by the third generation. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Mr. Zolot attended West Philadelphia High School, and then briefly Syracuse University and Pennsylvania State University.
NEWS
September 6, 1998 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Real estate developer Herbert Barness, 74, a prominent Republican powerbroker and fund-raiser, died yesterday at his home in Doylestown. To residents of Bucks County, the name Barness was virtually synonymous with real estate. His parents, Mary and Joe Barness, launched the family business 73 years ago when they built a house with a detached garage and a chicken coop in Warrington. Today the Warrington-based family business, the Barness Organization, is one of the largest developers of houses and shopping malls in the area.
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