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US History

   

Bahr's Mill History

The predecessor of the University of Pennsylvania starts classes

1740

1736

Heinrich Gabel arrives in Berks (then Philadelphia) county at the age of 2.

French & Indian War

1754 - 1763

1766

Johannes Gabel born (Heinrich's son)

US Revolutionary War

1776 - 1781

1799

Abraham Gabel born (Johannes' son)

Thomas Jefferson re-elected.

1804

c 1803

Gabel family buys the property

Missouri is the 24th state

1821

c 1820

Original linseed oil mill and millrace built.

Michigan is the 26th state

1837

1828

Heinrich Gabel dies age 93

Abner Doubleday said to have written the rules of baseball

1839

1830

Johannes Gabel dies age 64.

1837

John L. Gabel born (Abraham's son)

California Gold Rush

1849

c 1855 - 60

Sawmill built, millraces joined.

US Civil War

1861 - 1865

1863

Jacob Bahr born.

West Virginia is 35th state

1863

1865

Mary Gabel born (J. L. Gabel's daughter)

US Centennial
National League founded
Custer loses

1876

1871

Abraham and J.L. Gabel buy Gleason company machinery, begin production of spokes and tool handles.

Statehood: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington.

1889

1885

Abraham Gabel dies age 86.

1887

J. L. Gabel dies after sawmill accident age 49.

Statehood: Idaho, Wyoming

1890

1888

Jacob Bahr marries Mary Gabel.

Utah is the 45th state

1896

1893

Raymond Gabel Bahr is born.

Klondike gold rush

1897

1894

Lawrence Gabel Bahr is born.

Spanish-American War

1898 - 1899

c 1896-97

Oil mill demolished, present mill built.

Wright brothers fly
First World Series

1903

1904

Mary Gabel dies, age 39.

Billy the Kid dies

1908

?

Lawrence Bahr installs rake-making machinery. Handle production continues, spoke making phases out. Baseball bats are popular.

World War I

1914 - 1918

Start of Great Depression

1929

First All Star Game

1933

1938

Water supply has decreased to about two hours per day. Severe flooding resulting from a huricane washes out the dam on the Ironstone Creek. Millraces are drained, spoke factory rarely used.

World War II

1939 - 1945

1945
Jacob Bahr dies age 82. Sawmill gets a contract with the Boyertown Burial Casket Company, operates 10 hours / day with gas (later diesel) engine.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

   

Hawaii is the 50th state

1959

 

U.S. in Vietnam

1964 - 1975

1968

Sawmill closes.

First episode of Star Trek

1966

1992

Lawrence Gabel Bahr dies age 98.

U.S. Bicentennial

1976

1995

Raymond Gabel Bahr dies age 102.

Operation Desert Storm

1991

1996

Mill sold, restoration begun.