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George Bond

Death 6 Nov 1928 (aged 43)
Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Kempton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section II Row 15
Memorial ID 104466981 · View Source
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Richard Shaner
A Look Back In History

Secluded in the mountains, only local farmers knew it was Ida's Hotel. But because the farm consisted of some 200 acres of land, and Ida controlled about 800 acres more at times, it became a deer hunters paradise since she did not post her land with "No Hunting" signs. Ida's husband, George Bond (1885-1928) died right before the stock market crash of 1929.

The two of them had purchased the original 1799 Greenawald farm from George Bond's grandfather, Daniel Fenstermacher. Located at the base of Sharp Mountain, their huge Swiss bank barn with four twelve-pointed Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs along route 143 served as a billboard for wandering travelers searching for this wayside tavern.

Since Albany Township was settled by almost all German or Rhineland Valley immigrants in Colonial times, it was not a surprise to realize the Pennsylvania Dutch language was still the mode of speech among Ida's farm customers. In fact, hunters who were "uslanders", (outsiders) were not able to understand the daily conversations at the bar and had to count on Ida's good will to find out where the best hunting action was in the area.

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  • Created by: Jeff Braucher
  • Added: 31 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104466981
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Bond (6 Nov 1885–6 Nov 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104466981, citing New Bethel Union Cemetery, Kempton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Braucher (contributor 47554951) .