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2017-10-12 / Local News

Bowmansville resident dedicates 105-year old clock to fire department

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter


Charles J. Zoerb Jr., right, presents a one-room schoolhouse clock to Chief Mark J. Lawniczak Sr., middle, and President Steve Wik of the Bowmansville Fire Association. Charles J. Zoerb Jr., right, presents a one-room schoolhouse clock to Chief Mark J. Lawniczak Sr., middle, and President Steve Wik of the Bowmansville Fire Association. Charlie Zoerb Jr. has honored the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association by donating a 105-year-old clock to the organization.

Zoerb is a resident of Bowmansville and a former member of the fire company.

A ceremony was held on Oct. 6 where the clock was hung in a glass case in the fire hall.

The clock was made in 1912 and was originally found in the Bowmansville School, a one-room school from the early 1900s.

His father, Charles Zoerb Sr., bought the clock several years ago and it still works to this day.

The clock also includes a working bell. Zoerb described why he decided to dedicate this clock to the fire department.

“This was something I wanted to have stay here and it is a piece of history that belongs in Bowmansville,” said Zoerb.

“The clock still works and although we don’t know how much longer it will last, I wanted to dedicate this clock to the fire department in my father’s name.”

The Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association was established in 1912 as the “Young Men’s Club,” which is the same year the clock was made.

“The fire department was very enthusiastic about receiving this clock and I’m sure it will be put to great use,” Zoerb said.

“I think it is important to preserve something like this and I thought to myself that this would be the best way to do that.”

To learn more about the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association and its 20th century clock, visit www.bv fa.com.

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