THE Borough of Bath was incorporated February 1st, 1856, and the first 
election was held oil the twenty-first, of the following March, The first 
borough officers were,

Burgess, James Vleet

Members of Council-

Andrew Haupt
Thomas Moser
John Morey
Jacob Shinier
Samuel Straub;
Secretary, Abraham Knecht; 
High Constable, Benjamin Hunt; 
Street Commissioner, Daniel Miller; 
Treasurer, Dr. G. P. Kern

James Vleet was appointed Surveyor, and authorized and directed to make a 
survey and plot of the borough.

The Council adopted the Rule of the Borough of Easton for the government 
of their body.

                               EARLY SETTLERS.

  Among the early settlers in the, limits and vicinity of the present, 
Borough of Bath, were 

John Lattimore
John Wind
Conrad Pest
Joseph Horner
John Sterling
Mary Lattimore

  These, with other settlers were here during and before the period of the 
Revolutionary War, though not until many years later than the planting of 
the Craig settlement, which was within it short distance of them, to the 

  John Lattimore was the purchaser of a tract of confiscated land sold by 
Benjamin Franklin for the Government in 1778 

  Other early settlers, upon that part of East Allen township where Bath 
now is, were 

Jesse Jones
- Steckel
O. Shimer
Joseph Siegfried
Jacob Vogel.

  Jacob Kern, and a Hebrew named First, which latter, established the first store at this 
point about 1810, being followed by Jacob Vogel, who commenced about 1815, 
arid Jacob Kern about 1820. The first dwelling house in Bath (according to 
the recollection of the oldest citizen) was erected by Joseph Siegfried, 
about the year 1810. A tannery had, however, been established here at, a 
much earlier date.

                          THE FIRST GRIST-MILL.

  Was built in 1812, by Joseph Siegfried. It is the same now owned by John 
Koch. A second one was erected fit 1817, by Jacob Vogel. This property is 
now owned and carried on by Levi Barber.

  In 1816 Bath was laid out as a village by James Ralston. It contained at 
that time not, more than five dwellings, and yet it must have been a place, 
of some little consideration, as containing two stores, a tannery and a 
grist-mill, to which were added another mill and store immediately after, 
as we have seen.

  In the year 1833, the meeting was called to build a house of worship, At, 
this meeting it was resolved to erect A UNION CHURCH to be used as a place 
of worship by the Reformed and Lutheran people. On the twenty-fourth of 
February, 1833, a meeting was called to elect a building committee, and in 
May, 1833, a constitution was adopted.

 The first officers were 

Daniel Steckel
Peter Lichtenwalner
Jacob Vogel
John Windt
Jacob Snyder

  The church was completed in October, 1834, and named, "Bath Church," on 
the eleventh and twelfth days of October, 1834, it was consecrated, in 
1834. Rev. A. Fuchs was unanimously elected pastor of the Lutheran 
Congregation. April 5th, 1835, Father Fuchs entered upon his duties as 
pastor, the congregation numbering thirteen communicant members. He 
continued pastor up to May, 1875, when, on account of feeble health, he 
resigned. During the forty years of his ministration, the congregation, 
which had been so small when he assumed its, charge, had become strong and 
numerous, and both Lutheran and Reformed thought, it was advisable that, a 
separation should be made, and each congregation should build its own 

 Accordingly, the first meeting of the Lutherans was held
November 13th, 1875, at which a committee was appointed to select a 
suitable site for the erection of a church, and on December 4th, 1875, it 
was resolved to purchase the property on which their church now stands; and 
steps were taken to procure a charter, under the name of 
"St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bath."

 The charter and constitution were adopted December 11th, 1875, and a 
building committee appointed. April 12th, 1876, the contract for the 
erection of the church building was given to T M. D. Hirst, of Bethlehem. 
Rev. S. A. Ziegenfuss was unanimously chosen pastor. He entered upon his 
duties November 5th, 1876. 

The officers of the church were

Joseph Haupt 
Henry F. Steckel

A. Schull
J. P. Moser


Samuel Eberts
Henry Scholl

The basement of the church was consecrated December 10th, 1876. Up to this 
time the Lutherans had worshiped in the old church.

April 21st and 22d, 1877, the main audience-room was consecrated. The size 
ofthe building is 43 x 71 feet, a brick structure, and the property is 
estimated at $18,000. The congregation numbers between three, and four 
hundred members.

                             REFORMED CHURCH.

  The history of the Reformed Congregation is in common with that of the 
Luther  an until their separation in November, 1876. In June previous to 
their separation, measurements were taken for the immediate erection of a 
house of worship, and a committee appointed to solicit aid, who, during the 
first month, received subscriptions to the amount of $6,000. Upon the 
evidence of this, encouraging report a building committee., was appointed, 
who, purchasing a lot on Chestnut street, proceeded immediately to erect a 
church, and so vigorously was the work prosecuted that in the latter part 
of June the corner-stone was laid with appropriate ceremonies, conducted by 
Revs. Smith, Heisler, Leinbach, and others. The church at this date is 
nearly completed. It is constructed of brick, one-story with basement, at 
a cost of about $9,000.

                           THE EVANGELICAL

  Congregation was organized by Rev. S. Rhoads in 1860. Services were held in 
the Hall of the Sons of Temperance for a number of Years, and the hall was 
finally bought and used as a place of meeting until 1870. The congregation 
consisted of forty members, who, determined to build a church edifice, 
which was done in the year 1870, under the pastoral care of Rev. W. A. 
Leopold, who served three, Years and was succeeded by the Rev. Lewis 
Snyder, who was succeeded two years later by the Rev. S. C. Breyfogel, The 
present pastor is the Rev. George W. Gross. The church has now eighty-seven 
members and a flourishing Sunday-school.


                            PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

  The building occupied by this denomination is a brick edifice, erected in 
1870. Size, 36 x 60 feet, one-story with a basement, cost estimated at 
$9,000. The corner-stone was laid with appropriate ceremonies in the spring 
of 1870, and the building was consecrated in November, 1870, by Rev. Mr. James.
 Previous to this the congregation met in the old Bath Church.

 The building committee were
James Vleet 
Hugh Horner

                         THE UNION SCHOOL HOUSE.

  Is the only building in the borough which is used for educational 
purposes. Its rooms and accommodations the ample for the present school 
necessities of the town.


  The Bath tannery is the direct successor of the old establishment started 
here before the Revolution. It is now carried on by William Badder.
There are two marble works in Bath; one, carried on by Rhoads & Michael, 
located on Chestnut street; and the other, by Daniel F. Reinhardt, on Main street.

  The carriage manufactories are those of C. Haupt, on Chestnut street; and 
of Rohrer & Crock, on Main street.

A foundry was established, in 1852, by Levi Barber, at the mill which was 
built by Jacob Vogel in 1817, and a second foundry was started, in 1872, by 
Barber, Knouse & Smock.

A furniture manufactory is operated by Josiah Bartholomew, on Main street.


  There are, three general stores in the borough, namely, those of James 
W. Heller and Reuben Schuman, on Chestnut street, and Henry Scholl, on Union 

  The other merchants of the place are  
Thomas Moser & Son, dealers in hardware, corner Main and Chestnut streets

George P. Kern & Son, drugs, on Main street

John H. Blair and Charles Beers, both dealers in stoves and tinware, Main street

James P. Snyder, hats and caps, corner of Main and Walnut streets

  Is located at Bath. Charter granted, March 1st, 1870.
 Incorporators met at Bethlehem, March 26th, 1870, and elected the 
following trustees

Henry Scholl
John Mory
David Engelman
Samuel Straub
A. J. Erwin
J. H. Scholl
William Chapman. 

  And adjourned, to meet at Bath; April 9th upon which day they met and 
elected William Chapman as President, and Henry Scholl Vice-president; 
whereupon they adjourned, to meet again on the twenty-third day of April. 

  Upon said day they met and elected Thomas H. Seem as Cashier, and opened 
for business, June 1st, 1870. Authorized capital, $100,000. The 
stockholders are personally responsible to the deposit for double the 
amount of the capital stock. The bank has been doing very successful 
business ever since.

 The present trustees are: 

William Chapman
A. W. Lerch
John Mory
Dr. David Engelman
John H. Odenwelder 
Henry Scholl
H. B. Fish, President
William Chapman; Vice President
A. W. Lerch; Cashier
Thomas H. Seem


                            THE BATH HOTEL.
  Hotel, owned by Harry Gurnett, and kept by John Frey. This was erected by 
Jacob Vogel, in 18217. Its first landlord was - Hurst,

                        THE AMERICAN HOUSE.

  The American Home, kept at present by William Koch, was erected in 1847, by 
Jacob Vogel, and first conducted by John Stein.

                        THE SLATE EXCHANGE.
  The Slate Exchange was erected in 1857, by Samuel Straub, and is now kept 
by John Beaver.


  There is but one attorney in the borough, viz,: S. S. Duffy, Esq.

  The physicians are: 

Dr. G. P. Kern
Dr. Palmer M. Kern
Dr. W. H. Seip
Dr. G. T. Fox


Manoquesy Lodge, No. 413 -Established June 4th, 1868

                      KNIGHT OF PYTHTIAS.

Bath Lodge, No. 240 -Chartered February 16th. 1860. Established 
February l7th, 1860.


Bath Council, No. 174-Chartered and established October 31st, 1868.

Bath Council, No. 73, Junior O. U. A. M.-Chartered and established 
November 11th, 1875

                            MECHANIC HALL.
Was erected in 1847, on present location, Main street.

                              CASTLE HALL
Is the old "Bath Church " converted, and named as above, by the Knights of 

                           BOROUGH  OFFICIALS.

Burgess, Charles Haupt

Members of Borough Council-

Charles Beers, President
Peter F. Snyder
Josiah Bartholomew
John Reigel
John Mory 
James Moser, Secretary 
Henry Schull, Treasurer 
High Constable, Geo. Siegfried
Supervisor, William Warman
Solicitor, S. S. Duffy

Board of Health-

Dr. G. P. Kern
P. F. Snyder
Moses George

School Directors-

John R. Warman
W. Rohn
Abraham Rohr
Dr. G. P. Kern
Stephen Barber
James W. Heller

Justices of the Peace-John McIlheney, Esq. elected 1875

S. S. Duffy, Esq., elected 1877

The population of the borough in 1870 was seven hundred and seven.

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