Just 5 ½ miles north of Boyertown, on PA Route 100, is little Borough of Bally. Bally is having a birthday celebration: it is reaching the century mark. Yes, Borough of Bally is 100 years old.
It began as Goshenhoppen. Then, in later years, one finds this area listed on maps as Churchville. Churchville was a fitting name, since this small village contained three churches: Most Blessed Sacrament, Hereford Mennonite, Bally Mennonite. Along came a pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament Church by the name of Rev. Augustin Bally. Fr. Bally was pastor of MBS Church from 1837 until 1882 and made his mark on the community. Less than a year after his death, Nicholas Andrea and Rev. John Meurer (Fr. Bally’s successor) requested of the postal authorities in Philadelphia that a post office be established in the community. The local post office was in Schultzville. (Schultzville is located just south of town on New Route 100, where there is currently located a Shell station and Wendy’s Flowers. Nicholas suggested they call the post office Bally; later, the town’s name was changed to Bally to match the post office name.
Bally once had its own undertaker on Church Street in town, Amos Witman, whose hearse was pulled by horses. The young men of town formed a car club that was called Angels of Route 100. There were several grocery stores in town as well as several restaurants. Bally once had two hotels. Both buildings still stand. One has since been remodeled into apartments while The Bally Hotel (the other) is still being used as a hotel.
Have you ever heard of Ruth’s Convalescent Haven? This was a home for the aged, infirmed, and others. This is a part of Bally history that not many people will remember. Bally is rich in history, and this reality will be shared in a book that will be available for purchase at the celebration. If you have any Bally pictures or history you would be willing to share, please contact Bally19503@gmail.com.
The Borough has seen its share of factories come and go. The people, however, seem to stay, from generation to generation. The people of Bally would like to invite everyone from our surrounding communities to help us celebrate our 100TH birthday.
The party will begin on June 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM. We’ll party throughout the day with fun, food, and fantastic treats for the kids of all ages. Come one, come all, to Bally Community Park to celebrate.
T-shirts celebrating the birthday will be available for purchase as well as a history book of the town. This book will contain information and pictures of yesteryear as well as today. You don’t want to miss this event. For more information you can contact the Borough office at 610-845-2351.