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Michael J. Torpey

MICHAEL J. TORPEY

Proprietor of Torpey’s Music Store at Fourth and Brodhead Avenue, and No. 223 East Third Street, was born in Cleveland, O., August 16, 1867, a son of Simon and the late Mary (Naughton) Torpey. At an early age the family moved to South Bethlehem where he received his education in the primary schools. He was employed at the steel plant for some time and then engaged in the music business. Mr. Torpey was a charter member and one of the organizers of the Young Men’s Temperance Society in which he still retains membership. He formed football and baseball teams which established statewide reputations while he was captain, serving in this capacity for both. He was instrumental in having the Society Band organized and was its first president. The crack Pioneer Corps was organized through his endeavors and he was for some time its president. Mr. Torpey has numerous patrons for his orchestras which are in great demand for various events through his fair business methods during his business career of twenty-five years. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

 


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Otto Tachovsky

OTTO TACHOVSKY

Proprietor of the Arcade Hotel, No. 16 East Third Street, was born in Bohemia. April 9,1873, a son of Theresa Sekerka Tachovsky and the late John Tachovsky. He attended the schools of his native country, graduating from the Gymnasium. He emigrated to America, landing in New York, December 18, 1888. He located at Phoenixville where for two years he was employed as a clerk for the late John Gosztonyi, leaving later to accept employment in Philadelphia where he remained several years. He went west to attend the World’s Fair in 1893 in Chicago, and upon his return was employed by John Gosztonyi and William Zerweck whose meat establishment he bought in later years and which he conducted very successfully until he purchased the hotel of which he is now proprietor. For some time he conducted a general store at Catasauqua where he married Irene Gosztonyi, daughter of the late Andrew and Victoria Gosztonyi. He is prominently identified with the Peoples’ Trust Company as Second Vice-President and was one of the organizers of the institution. He is a man of sound judgment, shrewd, and has been active in the social and political life of the community. He is a member of the Elks, the Northampton Club, Chamber of Commerce, National Sokol and a number of other societies.

 

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