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220 East Front Street 20

This was the Hagenbuch House for many years. This house is a gabled front Folk style architecture. The history of this property indicates that on January 21, 1854, it was transferred from Henry & Mary Traugh to Paul & Sarah Kirkendall. Then, on March 30, 1881, from the Kirkendalls to William & Fannie Hagenbuch. Fannie

was the daughter of Paul Kirkendall. Mr. Hagenbuch was employed by the Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company and later at the Berwick Store Company. The home remained in the Hagenbuch family until 1924 when it transferred to Roy Blanning. Mr. Blanning was employed at the Berwick National Bank. In April 1969, the property was transferred from Mrs. Roy Blanning to Robert and Susan Rockwell.

300 East Front Street 21

This is the Zehnder House . The original owner, Charles Zehnder, was described as “one of the prominent figures in the industrial development of Berwick.” At age 23, he was serving as private secretary to Colonel Clarence G. Jackson, vice president of the Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company, a post he retained until Col. Jackson died in 1880. Zehnder was eventually

promoted to company superintendent in 1885 and president from 1892-1896. Mr. Zehnder is also responsible for organizing the YMCA of Berwick in 1878. His home was originally built in the Queen Anne Victorian style with a large wrap around one-story porch. In 1949, subsequent owners Charles and Margaret Cole removed the porch and in its place added a Neoclassical portico supported by four ionic columns flanking the door, thus changing the home’s style to early Classical Revival. A sunken terrace, located behind the house, overlooks the Susquehanna River. In the large Palladian window on the second floor, the Coles displayed a Sevres porcelain urn that was commissioned for Napoleon’s sister. The basement of the Carriage House contains a party room where cocktails were served for gatherings. Charles Cole, a pharmacist, opened a drug store in 1922 at the corner of Market Street and Summer Hill Avenue. He advertised a full line of patent medicines at cut rate prices. He invented “Cole’s Coldbreakers” and “Little Liver Pills.”


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