The Lansdale Historical Society presents its December community program Tuesday night with Staying Power: Businesses That Withstood the Test of Time. Society President Dick Shearer says they will look at North Penn area companies that survived for at least 50 years, and three that stayed around for along time are car dealers that are still in business.
“J. L. Freed would have been the granddaddy of them all because you can trace it back to a carriage works and a farm implement company, and they go back 132 years, I believe it is. Yocum Ford has been around for 88 years. They basically started out here in the building that was recently torn down on Broad Street at the railroad tracks, and the other old one is the conglomerate of Bergey’s operations that date back 85 years.”
Shearer Says Clyde S. Walton Fuel Oil has been around for 89 years, but the company started out as a car dealer. The show starts at 7:30PM Tuesday, December 8, at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building, Seventh Street and Lansdale Avenue. There is no admission charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.