Hubert Bury
(1857-1912)
Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl
(1866-1904)
Elias Henry Knerr
(1849-1909)
Sarah Isabella Diehl
(1854-1941)
Frank Henry Bury
(1886-1959)
Katie Isabelle Knerr
(1884-1972)
Hubert Henry Bury
(1912-2012)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Betty Jane Kistler

Hubert Henry Bury 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 4 Oct 1912, Northampton, Northampton, PA 3 5 6
  • Marriage: Betty Jane Kistler on 6 Jun 1936 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2
  • Died: 19 Apr 2012, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 99 5 7

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Fact: Oral history says Hubert Henry Bury b.1912 was named after his two grandfathers: his paternal grandfather Hubert and his maternal grandfather Henry.

2. Newspaper: Allentown Democrat: "Baby Boy. Mr. And Mrs. Frank Bury, on Friday last, welcomed the arrival of a nine pound baby boy.", 8 Oct 1912, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 8

3. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9 The census recorded renting at the rear of 1114 Oak Street: Frank H. Bury, credit clerk at wholesale coal company, 34, living with wife Katy I. Bury, 35; Myra E., 8; Hubert H., 7; Betty M., 4 years 11 months; Adell J., 2 years 6 months; and Isabel M., 3 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany.

4. He appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 The 1930 census recorded owning a $12,000 home at 1240 Turner Street: Frank H. Bury, assistant credit manager at cement company, 44, living with wife Katie I., 45; and children Myra E., 18; Hubert H., 17; Betty M., 15; Adell J., 12; and Isabel M., 10. Also in the home was mother-in-law Isabel Knerr, 76. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany. The household had a radio.

5. He worked as a He worked for Wilson Co., meat packers, from 1935 until 1944. From 1935 to 1944 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11

6. He was educated at Muhlenberg College on 3 Jun 1935 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 12 Following his graduation from Allentown High School in 1930, he went to work for his Uncle Martin Bury in Philadelphia. When Martin went bankrupt in 1931, Hubert returned to Allentown and entered Muhlenberg College where he was graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree on 3 June 1935.

7. He worked as a salesman on 6 Jun 1936 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1

8. He resided at 1611 1/2 Turner Street, Allentown, Pa. On 6 Jun 1936 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1

9. He witnessed the obituary of Betty Jane Kistler on 7 Jun 1936 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA: Allentown Morning Call: Miss Kistler Is June Bride. 2 2 Married to Hubert H. Bury by Rev. Dr. Samuel K. Piercy

Two prominent young Allentonians, Miss Betty Jane Kistler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John C. Kistler, of 108 North Eighth street, and Hubert H. Bury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Bury, of 1611 Turner street, were married at noon yesterday during a ceremony performed at the home of the bride's parents. Dr. Samuel K. Piercy, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiated at the nuptials in a beautiful setting of palms and garden flowers.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of navy blue tucked silk marquisette over navy taffeta. The dress was trimmed with white tucked organdie collar and cuffs. Her large linen hat was also of navy as were her slippers and gloves. She wore a shoulder corsage of gardenias.

Miss Betty Snyder, maid of honor, wore navy blue taffeta with dubonnet hat and accessories. Her corsage bouquet was of yellow rosebuds and del phinium.

Mrs. Kistler, mother or the bride wore navy blue sheer, with large navy corsage of gardenias. Mrs. Bury, mother of the bridegroom, wore a gown and accessories in navy blue with corsage of delphinium and pink rosebuds.

Thomas Moyer, Baltimore, Md. served the bridegroom, as best man. A wedding breakfast was served following the ceremony.

Later yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. Bury left by motor on a honeymoon trip. For her trip the bride wore a hunter's green linen suit, with hat to match, chamois color sweater, gloves and shoes. She wore her shoulder corsage of gardenias. After July 1, the couple will reside at the Saeger apartments, 1401 Turner street.

10. He worked as an insurance salesman with New York Life in 1944 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 In 1948 he earned his CLU degree from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He retired from New York Life in 1979.

11. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 The 1940 census recorded renting at 212 North 14th Street: Hubert Bury, salesman wholesale meat packer, 27, living with wife Betty J., 26. Hubert was graduated from college and Betty from high school. They were born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same place in 1935. Hubert's annual salary was $1500.

12. Fact: He has been greatly involved in charity work, From 1945 to 2002, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 Hubert Bury has served on the Executive Committee of United Way; Executive Committee of the Lehigh County Boy Scout Council; and as V.P. and Executive Committee of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

In 1952 he conducted the fund drive that built the Osteopathic Hospital, then later co-chaired the fund drive for the Allentown Hospital.

In 1955, as Finance Chair and President of the Board of Trustees, he conducted the $750,000 drive to build the First Presbyterian Church.

He was recognized for having donated $300,000 to Muhlenberg College over ten years, and because of that, the New York Life Foundation gave Muhlenberg $2,000 in Hubert Bury's name in each of those ten years.

13. He had a residence on 17 Jun 1959 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 4

14. Newspaper: the Allentown Morning Call, 19 Jun 1986. 14 Volunteer service by Hubert H. Bury of Allentown to Lehigh County Meals on Wheels has prompted a $500 contribution to the organization from the New York Life Foundation.

15. Newspaper: the Allentown Morning Call, 6 Sep 1992. 15 The volunteer services of Hubert H. Bury of Allentown to Lehigh County Meals on Wheels has prompted New York Life Foundation to donate $500 to that cause.

16. Newspaper: the Allentown Morning Call in the Letters to The Editor section, 16 Jun 2000. 16 To the Editor:

I was intrigued by the June 12th article about the 136 Boy Scouts who received their Eagle rank in 1999. That is a significant number when compared with the early days of scouting.

I received my Eagle on Nov. 1, 1928. I was told then that I was the third Eagle Scout in Lehigh County. Don Miller, former Morning Call Publisher, was the first. The second, I believe, was a Scout named Gutekunst.

Don has passed away and I have no knowledge of Gutekunst. Perhaps this letter will spark someone's memory of him, or of other early Eagles.

Hubert H. Bury
Allentown

17. Newspaper: the Allentown Morning Call, 15 Oct 2000. 17 Allentown High's 'Depression Class' Holds 70th Reunion 'We Never Had Much,' One Member Recalls About Leaving School In 1930.
by Dan Shope, The Morning Call.

Members of the Allen High Class of 1930 said they never had great expectations.
In their senior year, they witnessed the stock market crash, the Great Depression and the end of the flapper era.

`We called ourselves the 'Depression Class,' ` said Grace Burger Gilbert, 88. `We never had much to begin with. We were just happy to have enough to eat.`

Seventy years ago, 432 students received their diplomas from Allentown High School, now Allen High School, which once served the entire city. Today, it splits that duty with Dieruff High School.

Twenty-six of the 432 attended the class's 70th reunion Saturday at the Lehigh Country Club. The group, accustomed to facing reality, concluded that another annual party would be too taxing and too expensive.

`We are pushing 90, you know,` said Gilbert. `A lot of us are gone. We never charged much for the reunion. We felt guilty coming to a country club, but some of our class were members. This event was only $30.'

Within a week of their graduation, Labor Secretary James J. Davis delivered the commencement address at nearby Muhlenberg College as labor leaders in Washington, D.C., demanded action against joblessness and poverty.

`Thousands of men were sitting today in public parks throughout the country, muttering at their inability to gain employment,` William Green of the American Federation of Labor told the Associated Press on June 11, 1930.

Hubert H. Bury, who went on to graduate from Muhlenberg and become an insurance underwriter for New York Life in the Lehigh Valley, took on the task of organizing the reunion, which has been run annually the last few years.

`Nine of our classmates have died since the last reunion,` Bury said. `And we lost one who fell and was unable to come. The numbers are getting smaller and smaller. So we plan to just have informal meetings from now on.`

During a speech to the class, Bury, who lettered in diving and was an honors student, recalled some of the less-depressing times for the Class of 1930.
`The Earle Theater showed the first talkie in 1927,` he said. `In 1929, John Henry Leh founded the Lehigh Valley International Airport, and the Tilghman Street Bridge was completed.

`In 1930, the PP&L Building was opened, Sacred Heart Hospital was built and the Rose Garden was completed.`

He noted that there was no urban sprawl in 1930. An aerial view of Allentown, looking west, showed no visible structures past Muhlenberg. But there was urban distress. And perhaps that's why the Class of 1930 produced two of the Lehigh Valley's greatest caregivers -- the Rev. Conrad Raker and Helen Barnes.

Raker was superintendent at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, which his parents founded in 1908 as a home for orphans. Barnes was a founder of Meals on Wheels in Lehigh County.

Raker and his wife, Grace, suffered falls and were unable to attend Saturday's event, Bury said. Barnes was busy helping run the event.

`We learned to survive,` said class member Floss Morgan Diefenderfer. `I went to American Business College, where they basically taught us to add and subtract.

`I started as a teller at Merchants Bank and worked up to vice president.`
Diefenderfer was the first woman vice president there and the first female member of the Allentown-Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce board.

Classmate Bob Wolfe went to work for The Morning Call and took part in the coverage of the Hindenberg disaster in Lakehurst, N.J. He said that while he's lost most of his sight, he retains many memories.

So does Mildred Siegfried Schadt. Sitting in a wheelchair, she came to the event directly from a nursing home. She distinctly recalled graduation. `Afterward, we went to a ball at the Americus Hotel,` she remembered. `I wore a green dress.'

18. His obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call: obituary of Hubert H. Bury on 21 Apr 2012 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 7 Hubert H. Bury, 99, of Allentown, died April 19, 2012 at home. He was the husband of the late Betty Jane (Kistler) Bury.

From 1944 until retiring in 1979, Hubert worked for New York Life as a chartered life underwriter. He achieved the top 2% of 8000 agents as a sales and financial planner. He spoke throughout the United States and Canada for the insurance industry. He was a life member of the million dollar roundtable. He was Past President of the Lehigh Valley Association of Chartered Life Underwriters.

From 1935 until 1944 he was a salesman for Wilson and Company Meat Packers.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Katie (Knerr) Bury. He was a 1930 graduate of Allentown High School, and was a Varsity Diver while at A.H.S.

He was a 1935 graduate of Muhlenberg College and a 1948 graduate of the American College of Chartered Life Underwriters. In 1928 he became the Third Eagle Scout in Lehigh County, and in 1928 and 1929 he was a counselor at Camp Trexler.

He was on the Executive Committee of the United Way, a former V.P. and Executive Committee member of the Allentown Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce, General Chairman for the 1952 building campaign for the Osteopathic Hospital, Co-General Chairman for the Allentown Hospital building campaign, Executive Committee member of the Lehigh County Boy Scout Council and the Lehigh Valley Hospital Board of Associates.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown since 1941. At the church, he was Past President Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, National Council of Presbyterian Men and Finance chairman conducting both fund raising and drives for the building fund in 1955 for the church. He began delivering meals for Lehigh County Meals on Wheels in 1983.

He was a lifelong golfer and member of Lehigh Country Club, Allentown. He was active in fund raising for Muhlenberg College Class of 1935 and was a member of the H.M.M. S. Society and the Circle of 1848 at the College.

Survivors: Sons, John K. Bury and his wife Carol Anne of Emmaus and Robert H. Bury of Orefield; sister, Isabel Beacher of Atlanta, GA; grandson: Christopher Bury and his wife Melissa of Allentown; great-granddaughters: Addison and Emma Grace.

Services: Service will be private.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104. Arrangements by the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.


Hubert married Betty Jane Kistler, daughter of Dr. John Clayton Kistler and Florence M. Shaffer, on 6 Jun 1936 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 (Betty Jane Kistler was born on 27 Mar 1914 in Bethlehem, Northampton, PA,1 18 died on 25 Oct 1982 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA and was buried on 31 Oct 1982 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFW9-1R7 John C. Kistler in entry for Hubert H. Bury and Betty Jane Kistler, 06 Jun 1936; citing Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 2080351.

2 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 7 Jun 1936, page 5. Marriage of Hubert Bury and Betty Kistler.

3 Beacher, Isabel Bury, Records of Isabel Bury Beacher (Her family calendar).

4 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 18 Jun 1959, page 55. Obituary of Frank H. Bury.

5 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMD4-914 Hubert H Bury, 19 Apr 2012.

6 Hubert Bury, Letter from Hubert H. Bury, December 9, 2000.

7 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?pid=157143180 21 Apr 2012, obituary of Hubert H. Bury.

8 Allentown Democrat (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 8 Oct 1912, page 2. Birth of Hubert Bury.

9 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Allentown Ward 7, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1588; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 169; Image: 512.

10 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2063; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 357.0; FHL microfilm: 2341797.

11 Hubert Bury, Letter from Hubert H. Bury, March 1, 2004.

12 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 3 Jun 1936, page 9. 118 To Receive Degrees Today at Muhlenberg.

13 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3544; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 39-50B.

14 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), June 19, 1986.

15 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), Sep 6, 1992. pg. B.11.

16 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), June 16, 2000.

17 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), Oct 15, 2000. pg. B.01.

18 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Allentown Ward 13, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1589; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 427.



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