Bethlehem Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF Brown Brothers, Sterling, PAWithin a mile of its center, the Black Tom Explosion practically leveled all warehouses and burned barges.

Remembering The Black Tom explosion

By The Press in Opinion

In 1884, the last male heir of the Packer line, Harry E. Packer died at the age of 33. Leadership of all Asa Packer family interests passed to his nephew, Elisha Packer Wilbur, 51, who accepted the presidency at the Lehigh Valley Railroad...