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Michael O'Reilly

MICHAEL O’REILLY

Merchant, head of the O’Reilly Clothing Store, at Third and New Streets, was born in Washington, N.J., a son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Hopper) O’Reilly. He was educated in the public schools and came to South Bethlehem at the age of twelve years, being engaged then in a store with his father. From a small beginning the O’Reilly store grew in leaps and bounds until today their store has established a reputation that is unequalled, due to the efficient management of Mr. O’Reilly. He has been active in everything for the advancement of the community and built many houses for the accommodation of Bethlehem Steel Company workmen. He was active in the recent campaigns both as captain and major and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Northampton Club and other organizations. During June 1916 he married Mary, daughter of Nora and the late Michael Lane.

 


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Robert Pfeifle

ROBERT PFEIFLE

Contractor and builder, was born April 14, 1880, at Almont, Pa., a son of Frank and Catherine (Headman) Pfeifle. He attended the Philadelphia Public Schools until he was twelve years of age when he became a messenger boy. Later he served four years at the trade of blacksmith and was employed in a hosiery mill for a time before learning the trade of carpenter. September 22, 1902, he came to this place and was employed at his trade by the late Cornelius Beysher and Benedict H. Birkel. In 1907 as president of the Titlow and Pfeifle Manufacturing Company, of Wilkes-Barre he was successfully engaged in the hosiery business for five years, after which he disposed of his interest to establish in the general contracting business which enterprise he has developed quite extensively. Recently he employed 100 men on the erection of 200 houses for the Citizens Realty Company. Mr. Pfeifle takes a great interest in all civic affairs and served for two years in South Bethlehem Borough Council, being the chairman of the Street and Garbage Committees. He is a member of Hobah Lodge, No. 267, Knights of Pythias, and Odd Fellows. He is a director of the South Side Business Association, South Bethlehem National Bank, Citizens Realty Company, and Industrial Building and Loan Association, and is a trustee of the First Moravian Church. On February 11, 1905, he married Gertrude Heller, daughter of Daniel W. and Mary (Gauff) Heller.

 

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