1880 - Nathaniel
S. Frencil's store-room known by younger people as the Company Store
of Steelton, Pennsylvania Stop,-Look,-Listen
2001- The building
that once held the Company Store is now Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service
is a town built around a company. I don't want to say a company town because
they didn't own the businesses like a regular company town does, but it
was the primary employer there."
Mitch Ivanoff, March 9, 2001
building started out as the Bent Store, but was later changed to Steelton
Store Co., Ltd. Here the employees bought their purchases to
be covered on "pay day" via payroll deduction. The store had knowledge
of the time worked and allowed credit accordingly. It is apparent
that many of these steel workers were quite familiar with those words,
"I owe my soul to the Company Store."
1890's - Abraham
B. Dunkle Furniture Store
2001 - Rite Aide
businesses flourished in Steelton in those early years. Abraham B.
Dunkle had a furniture store at 120-126 North Front Street. Later
he added an associate and the firm became known as Dunkle & Knoderer's
Undertaker and Furniture business. This type of establishment was
common in those days.
of many advertisements for businesses operating in Steelton during the
of Steelton, Pennsylvania Stop-Look-Listen
South Front Street
Early 1900's -
Central Hotel owned by the Shelley Brothers
2001 - Empty grass
Situated at 129-135
South Front Street, the Central Hotel was once two separate businesses.
During the 1880's, Chauncey Wilder operated 129-133 South Front Street
which was known as the second Ward House. Samuel S. Alleman was the
owner of 133-135 South Front Street known as the Central Hotel. In
the early 1900's, the hotel was taken over by the Shelley Brothers and
was later turned into Shelley's Restaurant.
were once a significant part of Steelton. Weary travelers often stopped
off on their way through town. Men doing business with the steel
plant, such as inspectors, roomed there and recent immigrants sought out
the hotel bars to meet other men of their nationality who shared a common
language. Tired steel workers would stop for a "growler" of beer
on their way home from a long day of work. Today, hotels are a thing
of the past in Steelton. Presently, there are no hotels in the borough
of Steelton. Most lots that were once occupied by these building
are now vacant.
South Front Street
1914 - Josef Jiras'
Steamship Ticket Office
2001 - Dmitrovic's
Many of the immigrants
that came to Steelton worked, lived frugally, and saved what little wages
they earned. Eventually, with the money that they saved, they were
able to make arrangements to bring some of their relatives to Steelton
from their homeland. One of the people who managed such a steamship
ticket office to make these arrangements was Josef Jiras'. Pictured
above are patrons purchasing steamship tickets. Today the same room
holds gifts and flowers of Dmitrovic's Elegant Pickings.
1871 - "Steel Works"
2001 - Steelton
known as Baldwin, was incorporated in February 1880. As the steel
mill and town population grew, a Post Office was established, initially
under the name, "Steel Works," then later changed to the Steelton Post
Office. Today, the Post Office remains in the same location.
Block South Front Street
1906 - The Deutscher
Quartet Club meet here in the Markley's Hall until 1913
homes of Steelton residence
"Most of the houses
here were built by the Bethlehem Steel Company and that was so that they
could house the people and as time developed, the people purchased the
homes." - Barbara Barksdale
has a population of 65,710 people living in a three mile radius.
Of the thirty-three ethnic groups that live in the town, the majority is
divided between both Whites (69.42%) and African Americans (25.42%).
According to 1990
US Census data, the 10,054 people fall below the poverty line
while approximately 5,655 households make more than $75,000 a year.
& Locust Streets
1903 - The Steelton
2001 - The Boys'
and Girls' Club of Steelton
As more businesses
were being built in the town, the need for money and credit increased.
The Steelton National Bank was thus established at the turn of the century
for this very purpose. Today, the Steelton
Boys and Girls Club calls this building at
the corner of Front and Locust home. The kids use the old safes as
storage closets for their coats and arts supplies.
1900 - Steelton
2001 - Steelton-Highspire
on the image for a closer view of the Felton Building and for current information
on The Steelton-Highspire Elementary School.
Erected in 1900,
the Felton building contained Steelton
High School, which included the main room,
five classrooms, chemical and physical laboratories, seven grammar school
rooms, two teachers' rooms, public library, Office of the Board, Superintendent
and Principal, and an assembly hall capable of seating more than twelve
hundred people. A gymnasium was built onto the front of the building
by 1939, and the same building remains intact today as the Steelton-Highspire