|Borough of Womelsdorf|
House on Franklin Street
|Elevation||449 ft (136.9 m)|
|Area||0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)|
|- land||0.9 sq mi (2 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||2,995.8 / sq mi (1,156.7 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Womelsdorf, named after John Womelsdorff, is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,810 at the 2010 census. The main thoroughfares through Womelsdorf are High Street, which runs east-west, and Route 419, which runs north-south. Route 422 runs along the northern edge of town.
A Pennsylvania state historic site, the Conrad Weiser Homestead, is located in Womelsdorf; this site interprets the life of Conrad Weiser, a well-known 18th-century German immigrant who played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania.
Addendum to the history of the fire department in Womelsdorf, PA <Reference is family history, and the souvenir program from the "Fire Apparatus, Housing, and Parade" in honor of Howard M. Hafer, organizer and first chief.> This occasion was held Saturday, August 9, 1947.
Quoted from the program; "Today, Saturday, August 9, 1947, the Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, takes pride in officially Housing a New Ultra-Modern Triple-Combination, 750-gallon capacity apparatus. Purchased from the American-LaFrance Foamite Corp. of Elmira, New York, at the total cost of over $13,000.00, dedicated in Honor of Howard M.(Jack) Hafer, Organizer and First Chief of the Company." "In 1895, Howard M. or "Jack" Hafer, as we better know him, and as he prefers to be known, saw the need for an organized Fire Department, for our then prospering Borough and surrounding community. After voicing his ideas to the various townsmen soon convinced a sufficient number to hold periodic informal meetings at which all preliminary plans and measures were mutually discussed and agreed upon. On November 28, 1895, at * O'clock P.M., the first official meeting of the Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company was called at the Seltzer House, the Borough's then leading Hostelry, of which Mr. Hafer was the proprietor." The officers of the founding company were: Charles M. Petree, President William Shaffner, Vice President Thomas E. Haak, Secretary H.B. Eberly, Assistant Secretary Martin S. Filbert, Treasurer Howard M. Hafer, Chief George A. Clouse, Assistant Chief
Members: H.M. Bennethum, D.O. Stambaugh, W.D. Filbert, William L. Beyerle, F.T. Landis, M.S. Weidman, Cyrus Oberly, George Valentine, John Richards, W.S Filbert, and H.F. Livingood. At the time of the 1947 gathering and parade, and dedication of the new equipment, Mr. Hafer was the only remaining living member of the original membership.
A copy of the souvenir program was saved for John Henry "Jack" Kunkle, the grandson of Howard M. and Jennie Amanda Hafer, and the son of Earl N. Kunkle and Marie Hafer Kunkle. Mr. Kunkle was in the Air Force in 1947, having served in World War II, and this program was saved for and given to him by Miss Elsie Rauch, a lifelong resident of Womelsdorf and close friend of the Hafer and Kunkle families.
This addition was written on February 17, 2014, by Jennifer A. White, daughter of John Kunkle and great-granddaughter of Howard M. Hafer.
Womelsdorf is located at (40.365201, -76.187815).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,599 people, 1,061 households, and 691 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,995.8 people per square mile (1,153.4/km²). There were 1,112 housing units at an average density of 1,281.8 per square mile (493.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.46% White, 0.65% African American, 1.42% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.
There were 1,061 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households consisted of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $45,082, and the median income for a family was $53,456. Males had a median income of $38,309 versus $24,514 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,133. About 2.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company
Continuing under Chief Martin's supervision since 2004, one of the things Womelsdorf is known for in the surrounding communities and counties is the fire department. Chief Martin and Womelsdorf were thrown into the national spotlight in March 2008, when Chief Martin was nominated and recognized on America's Most Wanted TV show for an American All Star, he was in the third week, the third highest nominated candidate. Known for their training, abilities from their firefighters when responding to a call, and more, the fire department is 100% volunteer and has a roster of firefighters with experience from less than a year to over thirty years. The background of these firefighters come from all walks of life, and respond to a call at a moments notice no matter what they are doing. The firefighters answer to everything from fire suppression, rescue, assisting EMS with patients, and more, twenty fours a day, seven days a week without question. The department, like all volunteer departments, relies on the citizens of its town for donations and more. Several times a year, the firefighters go door to door selling sandwiches, chickens, and more. With every year that passes the department sets records on their selling and the loving donations that the public of Womelsdorf give so much. The fire department is one of seventy all volunteer or paid/volunteer departments in Berks County, Pa. Womelsdorf was recognized in the summer of 2009, from the state of Pa as being one of the few departments in Berks County to have the greatest number of firefighters with the certification of Firefighter 1, that allows the dept to qualify for more funding when grants come around from the state.
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