James Yeakle was the second mayor of Bethlehem, serving from 1922 to 1930, a total of 8 years in office. He worked in the carriage business before entering politics. While he was in office, the Hill to Hill Bridge was opened in November of 1924, and Bethlehem continued to grow. The Daily Times and the Globe merged into one newspaper to be called the Bethlehem Globe-Times in this era.
During Yeakle’s time as mayor, prohibition was the law of the land; the City was known to host many establishments that sold alcohol illegally, as well as being home to increasing amounts of organized crime. Yeakle was also known for leading the city during World War I as the Bethlehem Steel worked to provide materials for the government and the war cause.
Read Mayor Yeakle’s Annual Message to the City of Bethlehem, January 1922.