March 18, 1993 |
A drive past the unemployment office at Grant Plaza, 2901 Grant Ave., may tug at the heartstrings of Somerton resident Ed Comly, but not because he's looking for work. Comly, 68, is retired, having spent 40 years repairing equipment that built machines for the paper box industry at Summerdale Avenue and Pratt Street. So what is it about Grant Plaza that stirs his emotions? It happens to occupy the site of his birthplace and family home, on what used to be a 99- acre truck farm.
March 19, 1986 |
Biotechnology and computerized management probably will hasten the demise of the hallowed mid-size family farm, according to a new government study. About one million farms - most of them medium-size family operations that are the traditional "backbone of American agriculture" - will disappear between now and the year 2000, according to the 374-page report released Monday by the Office of Technology Assessment, a nonpartisan congressional agency. The report warned that only major changes in government policy could keep the mid-size farms from being eliminated "as a viable force in American agriculture.
July 5, 1990 |
Charles W. Moore sat quietly on the porch of his old gray farmhouse as a crowd of buyers moved across his 40-acre farm to bid on farm equipment and antiques - artifacts gathered during more than a century of family ownership at the homestead in Middletown Township. "I was born here in this backroom," Moore, 81, said, pointing over his shoulder. "I had a very good life here. " The three-day auction began last Thursday and attracted hundreds of people. Although the farm itself was not for sale, antique farm machinery, antique pistols and shotguns, a rosewood Victorian grand piano and stool, Victorian furniture, old books and records were auctioned.
August 1, 2016 |
Twenty-five years ago, developers offered Fred Seipt millions of dollars for his struggling Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. He said no. Instead of taking the money and watching his three-generation farm become yet another Montgomery County subdivision, Seipt gambled on building two lavish miniature golf courses, a driving range, a pro shop, and baseball batting cages. He bet the farm, and he won. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, Freddy's Family Fun Center helps support 180 acres of feed corn and 20 acres of pumpkins, plus an ice cream-making operation.
March 16, 1989 |
Dorothy Hicks, a longtime East Goshen resident, will be able to continue operating her milk store and deli for three years at its current location. The township Board of Supervisors, at Tuesday night's special workshop session with the Planning Commission, voted unanimously to allow Hicks the right to run the store even though 50 percent of the products sold there no longer originate from the family farm, as required by the township. Hicks had petitioned for a variance after the family's dairy herd was sold and the shop began purchasing milk from an outside farm.
October 22, 1992 |
Neil H. Pastore Sr., 86, who following careers as a teacher and engineer returned home to run the family farm in the Elm section of Winslow Township, died Monday at Kessler Memorial Hospital, Hammonton. An electrical engineering graduate of Drexel University, Mr. Pastore worked for General Electric in Philadelphia from 1928 to 1933. When the Depression took away his engineering job, he turned to teaching. "Engineering never recovered until the 1940s, and by that time he was pretty involved in teaching," said said one of his sons, Neil Pastore Jr. He earned a teaching degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1934 and went to work at Hammonton High School, where he taught chemistry and physics from 1934 to 1970.
October 1, 1989 |
October is pumpkin month in Chester County, and many local farms open their fields to pickers who want to turn the orange squash into jack-o'-lanterns and pies. When Sam and Melba Matthews of the Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs were looking for a pick-your-own crop to supplement their 100-acre dairy farm, friends suggested they try pumpkins. "Harvesting pumpkins fits in with the routine of a dairy farm," Melba Matthews said. "By the end of September, the corn and alfalfa we grow for feed has been harvested.
July 18, 1991 |
It was once a bustling place, a 30-acre farm whose corn, sweet potatoes, peppers, peaches, cows, chickens and pigs fed nine Jacobi children and packed markets in Burlington County and whose tomatoes filled cans of Campbell's soup at the company's factory in Camden. On summer weekends, cousins from Philadelphia would visit. There was always a baseball game - girls vs. boys - next to the family's white colonial farmhouse, now more than 200 years old. On its wide screened-in porch, Antonio Jacobi held court, telling stories while rabbits and pheasants ventured into the yard and a mockingbird sang in a black walnut tree, whose branches graced the entrance to the house.
April 15, 1991 |
They called it simply "the farm," a happy weekend retreat where summer memories took root. Anna and John Wissinger, two graying siblings from Philadelphia, bought the land in the early 1960s. It was a 44-acre tract in eastern Montgomery County, developed only so far as the 18th-century stone house that graced the south end. On warm afternoons, the Wissingers held barbecues there, roasting sausages for cousins, friends and neighborhood children. Today, the stone house is gone, torn down after an arsonist burned it in 1987.
June 13, 2014 |
Edward P. Liberto, 82, of the Blue Anchor section of Winslow Township, an operator of a family farm there, died in a fire at his home about 2 a.m. Friday, June 6. It was the third death to strike the family in less than a year. "My mom had passed away 10 months ago," Mr. Liberto's daughter, Lisa Linardo, said, and last month "my uncle was hit by a car. " Rudolph E. Liberto, 85, one of Edward Liberto's brothers, was fatally injured when he was struck while crossing Route 73 in front of his home on Tuesday, May 27. Born in Blue Anchor, Edward Liberto graduated from St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, N.J., in 1950 and studied engineering at La Salle University for two years before enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.