Learning life was natural in a
small town like Sellersville, Pa or Mystic Ct.
Life in a small town runs at a
different pace. It seems to be set by the local business
attitudes and activities. It also could be the Pennsylvania
Dutch (German) people. They were dedicated hard workers but at a
My hometown was Sellersville,
which is next to Perkasie, Souderton, Telford, Quakertown and
far away Doylestown - the county seat. Actually my family was
renting in 17 Noble St, Sellersville and mom and dad decided to
build their house up on a hill just outside of Sellersville in
West Rockhill Township. It was well named since we had these red
colored rocks everywhere we tried to dig.
This rambling is a "Mackway
thing" (my mother's family) they take a written road and follow
it to a crossroad in their mind and then make a turn and keep
repeating these turns until they have lost the reader in a maze
of written subject turns. But we need to get back to Life in the
My dad was born in Bethlehem and
move to Sellersville looking for a job. He wrote a diary 1935-36
while living at the Sellers Inn/Tavern now called the Washington
House. He worked as an artist and draftsman in the engineering
department of the US Gauge company. It was a (German) gauge
manufacture used for reading temperature and pressure. He
worked his way up to chief engineer with no engineering degree.
My mother and the Mackway family
was living in Sellersville. She worked at the US Gauge, I am not
sure about her job there. She was active in the outside work
activities and she met my dad since they were in archery
together. He called her Mack. After Ralph Jr was born she
stopped working to raise the family.
<- See Diary of Ralph Dexter Waite Sr - eBook "My two years
in Bethlehem and the Washington House in Sellersville Pa."