David George Moyer, Jr  David George Moyer, Jr[1]
Male 1937 - 2020

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  • Suffix  Jr 
    Also called  Dave 
    Born  26 Sep 1937  Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1937: First home: "The Woods", third floor in the ex-servants quarters on the Mott estate on East Main Street, Lansdale, PA; 1942: Tenant house on the Adams farm, Jarrett and Privet Roads, Horsham PA; 1944: Ciavarelli apartments, Bethlehem Pike, Spring House PA, previously an orphanage; 1947: 308 Shearer Street, North Wales PA the old George Johnson house; 1957: 128 Shearer Street, North Wales PA 3rd floor, Chester Lukens Apartments, the old Greta Moyer House next door to Annie and Charlie Reyner; 1958: 439 Shearer Street North Wales PA; the James and Alice Reyner Homestead. 1962: 127 West Main Street, Strasburg PA the old Irvie Strubel House; 1965: finally 1419 Village Road, Strasburg PA known as the Harry Zittle place, was part of The Zittle Quarry complex to 1947.. - (also: lived most of the time between 1953, after Pa Mott died, and 1957 with my grandmother Katherine "Eema" Mott, Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd PA) 
    Religion  Society of Friends 
    Education  1940s: Horsham and Gwynedd Friends Day Schools; Spring House PA Elementary-1 to 4: North Wales PA Elementary-5-6; 1950s: North Wales PA High School-7-11 (repeated 10th grade, wanted to quit school which I hated but parents refused), North Penn Union School District, Lansdale PA, 12. Post Grad-Temple University, Broad and Diamond Sts. Philadelphia PA, One Year. The rest of my education came from working with and observing people. I had some excellent teachers in the trades over the years, tried to learn something new every day! 
    Occupation  Life Work History: Part and Full time. 1944-1947-Ciavarelli's, Spring House PA, Catching, plucking and searing chickens at $0.10 each; 1947-1950 David G. Moyer MD, Hatfield Township PA Part-time 1732 House Restoration, Wall building, Truck Driving (1928 Model AA Ford Flatbed) digging and hauling fill and fieldstone, Wiring, Landscaping, Painting; 1947-1961 Wheeler's Drug Store, North Wales PA Part-time Window cleaning, Sweeping, Stocking, Show window displays, Shelf building, Soda Jerk, Wiring basement, Enclosing back porch with concrete block for storage, Painting; 1950-1954 Jim Robbins Body Shop, North Wales PA Part-time Body work, Gas welding, Leading, Customizing, Painting; 1951 E. C. Geiger, Inc., Upper Gwynedd PA Greenhouse work, cleaning and filling carnation beds, Truck driving (1935 Ford V8 Dump Truck) Hauling dirt; 1951-1962 North Wales Servicenter, North Wales PA Part-time Lube, Washing, Waxing, Tire repair, Gas pumping, Towing, Mechanical work-Engine and Transmission rebuilding, Service calls, (1942 Ford Super Deluxe V8 Coupe and 1953 Ford f100 V8 pick-up) PA State Inspections; 1951-1956 J. Henry Donnon, Gwynedd PA Wheat Farming,(Massey-Harris and John Deere Equipment) Plowing, Disking, Cultipacking, Planting , Harvesting, Lawn work, tree work and trimming, Grain Hauling (1938 Chevrolet stake/grain truck and 1942 ex-military army surplus Ford Jeep for seeding and crimping), Highway Mowing, Equipment repair; 1952-1962 Owner Dave's Hot Rod Shop, Gwynedd PA, Pre-war Ford salvage, parts, Flathead building, Custom installation of Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Buick Engines into pre-war Fords; 1955-1960 Owner: David G. Moyer Tractor Mowing, Gwynedd/North Wales PA State and Township Highway mowing, North Wales Borough street and lot mowing, Private lot and field mowing in Upper and Lower Gwynedd townships (Massey-Harris Pony tractor with side mounted sickle-bar highway mower);

    1956 Artco Corp., Hatfield PA US Navy Certified Arc Welder, Warehouse Rack building. Lay out, Rack Installation;
    1956-1962 R. L. Kulp, North Wales PA Part-time Backhoe,(Case 320 Diesel), Paving, Snow plowing, Truck Driving (1950 Reo Speedwagon Dump Truck) Equipment repair; 1957-1959 Raymond W. Welsh, North Wales PA Backhoe (Industrial International tractor with Pippin hoe and loader), Septic Systems, Curbing, Concrete Work, Paving, Grading, Hauling, Snow Plowing, Landscaping, (1949 Ford V8 Dump Truck and 1958 GMC Dump Truck) Welding, Repairs; 1959-1960 Worthington Construction Co, Line Lexington PA and Eastern Prestressed Concrete, Hatfield PA Heavy Equipment Operator, Welder, Road building in Elverson and Macungie PA; 1960 John B. Haines, North Wales PA Excavating, Grading, (Allis-Chalmers HD-5 Dozer) Paving, Backhoe (Ford 8N Backhoe) repairs, hauling (1949 International KB7 Dump Truck); 1961-1962 George Fad Builder, Inc, Flourtown PA Septic Systems, Backhoe (Ford 8N Backhoe) Excavating (Oliver OC3 Track Loader) Grading, Landscaping, (1957 Ford V8 F5 Dump Truck) Equipment Repair, Welding,Electrical work, Plumbing, Finish Trimming; 1962-1967 Harleysville Insurance Co.Lancaster PA Adjuster-all lines ie, Auto, Home Owners, Workers Comp, Industrial, etc in southern Lancaster and Chester Counties; 1962-1969 Rinehart's Used Cars, Strasburg PA Part-time Mechanical work and Detailing, ferrying used cars , mostly from the Main Line; 1967-1969 Abernethy's Auto Salvage, Inc Avondale PA Set up Salvage yard, Manager, Towing, Notary Public; 1969-1983 Owner: Mount Vernon Enterprises Inc. Gap PA Late Model Auto Salvage, Used cars and Trucks, Auto Rebuilding, Towing, Notary Public; 1983 to present Owner: Moyer's Book Barn, Strasburg PA Used, Out of Print and Rare Book sales. Never had a job that I didn't like.

    In 1962 before starting with Harleysville, Sergeant Joseph Whitley of the North Wales Borough Police Department came to see me and offered me a job with the department, as I had just accepted with Harleysville in Lancaster, PA I had to turn him down. Who knows were this would have led?  
    Organization Memberships  1938 Gwynedd Friends Meeting; 1945 AAA Safety Patrol, Lieutenant, Spring House PA and North Wales PA, third to sixth grades, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police: 1948 Boy Scouts of America; 1953-1958 Globe Throttlers Hot Rod Club, Ambler PA ex vp; 1948-1960 Antique Automobile Club Of America; 1950-1960 National Hot Rod Association; 1953-1960 Edgemere Club junior member; 1962-1967 Lancaster County Claimsmen Association ex treasurer; 1967-2000 Central Pennsylvania Street Rod Association ex pres, vp; 1967-2000 National Street Rod Association; 1968-2000 Pennsylvania Street Rod Association; 1967-1984 Pennsylvania Auto and Truck Salvage Association; 1967-1984 Notary Public; 1969-1995 The Kiltie Band of York, York PA ex pres, vp.  
    Achievements  LIVING FOR 82 YEARS! Being married for 62 years to a wonderful woman; Having three productive daughters; Starting and running several successful businesses over the years, starting in high school; Restoring the original house and Designing, Excavating and Building an addition to our 1845 house in 1971; Designing, Excavating, and Building a house for my mother in law, Alice,at the rear of our property in 1980; Rebuilding our 1810 Barn to be used for a book store in 1983; Bass Drummer for The Kiltie Band of York for 14 Years; Buying and spending seven years along with Judy restoring our 1873 farmhouse on Pine Drive, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County PA to only have it totally destroyed by Arson on July 8, 2009 with a total loss of irreplaceable family documents, letters, photographs, paintings, furniture, genealogy files, and much more. A very sad day! The actual fire can be seen on coal-region-fire,smugmug.com; Designing and Building a Custom channeled 1935 Ford Roadster from parts behind the barn, and fabricating the sheet metal using poster board patterns taken from my 1936 Ford Phaeton Cowl, Dash and Front doors by modifying a 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe body. All work done by me in my shop. Photos taken almost every day. Build time 3 years, 3000 hours; Beating two different cancers in the past 16 years and working on the third one in 2018-2019 with the help of Hospice. 
    Biographical  EARLY YEARS: I did not see my father much in the first 4 years of my life, we were living at "The Woods" with Pa and Eema Mott and Dad was attending the New York University Medical School in New York and would come home to "The Woods"some weekends and sometimes bring his and Mom's friends and have house parties, or Mom and I would visit him at his apartment in New York that he shared with Bill Chamberlain. I spent a lot of my time with my grandfathers: Mott, working in his shop, greenhouses, garden, kennels, or at the Abram Cox Stove Co. in Lansdale and Philadelphia. He also taught me to scrape sweet corn with his handmade scorer, (a Patent model), to make corn pudding, or Moyer, riding with him to make house calls, he would let me sit on his lap and steer or shift gears in his 1937 Buick Special sometimes, and meeting some of his patients, flying his handmade kites when he took me while he was fishing, pigeon shoots in Schuylkill Co. and visiting his mother in Donaldson PA, "helping" him in the garage working on his cars, (a 1918 Ford Model T Doctors Coupe, "Bessie", he used her to make house calls in winter when the snow was drifting, said she never let him down!,a 1930 Packard 4 Door Sedan, Ludie's car and a 1937 Buick Special 2 Door Sedan, his every day house call car) and watching him repair music boxes,repairing guns, tying flies, mixing medicines in his lab, etc. Both of my grandfathers were good cooks. Both taught me how to use and care for tools. My grandmothers: Mott, taught me how to sew by hand and machine, cook, bake, table manners, gardening and Moyer, how to read, cut and fold paper, to dry rose petals, can food, and make crystal rock candy on a string.

    While living at "The Woods"-remembering Pearl Harbor. On that Sunday Uncle Abe and Dad were setting up Dad's Lionel trains in our living room on the third floor. They chased my cousin Mike and me out to play outside. When we came in later the adults were gathered around the big radio in the downstairs living room and were upset about "the Japs bombing Pearl Harbor" and "that cripple Roosevelt". Later that year there was ice on our pond and I thought I would go skating, went into the greenhouse and put on my clip on roller skates, I got out about 15 feet when the ice broke and I was in to my arm pits. The water was so cold I couldn't scream or move. Luckily our gardner/butler, Howard, saw me and ran into the pond and carried me into my grandmother's bathroom and put me in the tub with lukewarm water to thaw out. Later Pa Mott also warmed my rear! During Air Raid Warnings I walked with Pa who was a Civil Defense warden to make sure there was no light showing from any houses in his area. Our eight acre property at "The Woods" abutted The Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church Cemetery. While playing near the wall one day I noticed a lot of American flags on the graves, climbed over the wall, started to pull them out of their holders and was stacking them on the wall until Father Shade caught me, The good Father gave a spanking and delivered me to my Grandmother Mott.

    From the time I could use a screwdriver and a pair of pliers I loved to take things apart to see how they worked, wind up clocks, radios, electric motors, old car parts that I got out of Brenninger's Dodge-DeSoto scrap pile across the alley from Dr Pa's Garage, and anything else that struck my fancy. Uncle Bob Moyer taught me how to ride a two wheeler in Cassel's Feed Mill parking lot next to Dr Pa's office and taught me how to draw, He also did a large water color portrait of me that we still have. Occasionally we went to visit Bob in his studio in New Hope PA, in the bank building, and go out for lunch or dinner at the Logan Inn or The Wagon Wheel Inn along the River Road. Mom worked for Strawbridge and Clothier in Jenkintown PA and also hosted in home parties, mainly for cosmetics, until 1947. We also went to Silver Lake frequently in Pike Co PA, (that Dad said "was the most beautiful place on earth"), when ever someone had a break in work or school schedules. Dad did a lot of sailing with Joe Seeds and taught kids at the lake how to swim and dive. He had been a lifeguard at Forest Park, Chalfont PA during high school. After moving to Horsham Dad was working at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington PA, His father bought him a new 1942 Chevrolet two door Sedan, at Ted Keyser's Chevrolet on Broad Street, Lansdale, one of the last civilian ones built because of the war. It had oak wood bumpers, no spare tire, only the wheel, no back seat. no body side mouldings, and a painted grille, due to the of rationing of steel, cloth and rubber-(and was a real lemon! No oil was going to the rockers because of a factory defect in the engine block). Mom was working at Strawbridge's in Jenkintown PA both close to our new home on the Adams Farm. Mom delivered phone books in her 1937 Ford Club Cabriolet for many years and I,and later with brother Dick, went along and helped her deliver and get the old book which was worth a dime! WW2. We lived 1/2 mile from Pitcairn Airfield later Willow Grove Naval Air Base. When the fighter planes took off they were about 400 feet above our barn we would wave and sometimes if they still had the canopy open the pilot would wave back! very exciting! We had a tower right next to the house with a red light on top that Pitcairn turned on during night takeoffs and landings. My playmates at Horsham were brother Dick, Carly Adams, Cousin Mike, and David Bassett and occasionally other kids from day school. We played in the woods, built a tree house with dad's help and dug some underground forts,(this was WW2 and we could use them if the Japs or Germans bombed us, we thought!)

    Brother Steve and our cousin Madeleine Mott were both born the same day, 20 Mar 1943 at Abington Memorial Hospital. Both Mom and sister in law Maryan shared the same room. Their nurse was Helene Bacauskas. (older sister of Dad's second wife). Maryan's husband: Uncle Abe Mott 3rd was a civilian engineer at Pitcairn, and could get items at the PX that were rationed to non-military. He would leave cousin "Mike"(4th) sometimes on the way to work. Abe had a big wash tub bolted to the floor of his 1935 Ford Station Wagon filled with ice and a keg of beer, covered with a blanket and a tarp that he and his buddies could drink at lunch time at Pitcairn and also with Mom and Dad when he stopped, maybe with homemade pizza (loaded with a whole can of anchovies for Abe!) or hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob with homemade butter, roasted on our outside fireplace (built by Dad and Pa Mott) and pole lima beans and tomatoes from our garden. He also had cokes for the kids! Some days Mom packed a picnic lunch and we went to Whitemarsh Memorial Park at Prospectville, where we ate and went up in the tower to watch the planes at Pitcairn, In late 1943 the tower was closed for fear of Axis spies using it. I started first grade at Spring House School, Norristown Road, Spring House PA on Tuesday 07 Sept 1943. We had a few picnics and gatherings with family and friends including the Ogborns, Moyers, Middletons, Canfields, Motts, Donnons, Zendts, Hitchmans, Alcorns, Bassetts,and others at Horsham while living there. Between Christmas 1943 and New Years Day 1944 Dad moved out, told me "I was now head of the family", much to the disgust of his father. A very nasty divorce in open court in front of Judge William F.Dannehower,Jr followed, at the courthouse in Norristown PA in late 1944. This is the first time I witnessed Family, Friends, and others lie under oath, (I was under the assumption that grown-ups did not lie) The Judge took me into his chambers and talked to me for about an hour alone. He turned out to be a very nice person after looking so scary and authoritative in his black robe in the courtroom.

    A LATER STORY: In 1965 when we were living on Main Street in Strasburg. Dad stopped and asked if anyone would like to take a ride to the Coal Regions. Lisa and I decided to ride along. We went to Friedensburg first and Dad showed us the property (today a funeral home) where his grandfather practiced medicine, and then onto Pine Grove to see cousin Mildred English Bernd who with her Dad had moved from the Moyer Family homestead in Donaldson several years earlier to a new house in a new development behind the Pine Grove high school. Her Dad, Lincoln Oliver "Uncle Linc" English, had died the previous November and Mildred was seriously thinking about moving to New Mexico to be near her son David and his family. Cousin Betty Louise (Miller) Keiser from Annville was there helping to go through family items, Mildred gave Dad his grandfather's sandwich (red and clear) glass Shaving Mug etched with "D. S. Moyer"and his straight razor that was supposed to be passed down to me. (I never saw it again). After leaving Mildred's we went to Donaldson and took pictures of the Lincoln English house on Center Street, and across the street, The Moyer Homestead and Office that his grandparents David Shade and Fietta Reed Moyer built in 1882-83. The people living in the house (distant relatives) had removed all the shutters because when it was windy at night they rattled and they thought "Ghosts were trying to break in". In the photos we took, it looks like the shutters are still there because of the coal dust that was behind them! From there we went over Donaldson Mountain through Fountain and Hegins to Valley View and took pictures of the Moyer Homestead on West Main Street that his great grandparents, George W. and Caroline Shade Moyer built 1n the 1850s, and then to Sacramento (Artz's Church and Cemetery, where George and Caroline are buried), Klingerstown, Erdman (Klinger's Church and Cemetery where Johann Phillipp Klinger is buried),and Gratz were Dad showed us the properties and stores that his great great grandparents George and Christiana Shiley Moyer owned and operated and the Simeon Church Cemetery where George is buried. We photographed all the Gratz properties and then came back through Tower City and photographed the building were David Shade Moyer MD first practiced after graduating Jefferson Medical School. We took a lot of photos that day, but I can only find a few! That ends our one and only day trip with Dad.

    "ELDER CARE" I Took care of Katherine Middleton Mott from 1953 to 1957; Louise Theresa Yost Moyer from 1969 to 1985; Alice May Whitaker Reyner Lutz from 1982 to 2006.
    Interests  FAMILY; GENEALOGY: Books; Pre-War Fords and Parts; Ford Motor Company History, Current Events; Anthracite Coal Mining History; Molly Maguire History; Schuylkill County PA History, Historic House Restoration; Heavy Equipment Operation, Excavation, Building and Design; Masonry Work; The Arts; Custom Auto Building and Fabrication; Gas and Electric Welding; Painting; Bass Drumming with the Kiltie Band of York; Blue Bird House Building; Plus any new thing of interest!!! 
    Died  06 Apr 2020  Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I268104  Strausstown Roots | ~DavidMoyer
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2020 
    Father  David George Moyer, MD,   b. 05 Oct 1910, Hatfield, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1976, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Helen Mott,   b. 09 Sep 1916, Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1980, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Oct 1936  White Plains, Westchester County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced  Jul 1944 (Left Dec 1943)  Judge William F. Dannehower, Jr., Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F50744  Group Sheet
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    Last Modified  27 Dec 2017 
    Family ID  F86368  Group Sheet

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