Coming home

Times II Suite
Gertrude Apfelbaum's daughter, Anne Genshart , and granddaughter, Liz, visited the Times House. Here we are in our Times II Suite, Anne's living room, when she lived there as a child. (From left: Diane, Anne and Liz.)

From the very beginning, I felt a special affinity for the old Times-News building on Race Street.

Though we toyed with sexier names, when it came time to select a name for our B&B , I knew it had to pay tribute to the Times-News, its role in the history of Mauch Chunk and Jim Thorpe and the people who made that history. Hence, the Times House was born.

Chris and I were delighted when we heard from Anne Genshart, who grew up in our building during the paper’s heyday. Her mom was Gertrude Apfelbaum, coeditor of the paper along with her brother, Joe Boyle.

Anne’s grandfather Jim Boyle published the Mauch Chunk Daily Times and after purchasing another Mauch Chunk paper, the Daily News in 1927, he merged the two and the Mauch Chunk Times-News was born.

Anne and her daughter, Liz, visited us on Friday, July 1, on what would have been Anne’s mother’s birthday. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon together, touring the building with new eyes to the past and poured over old photos and newspaper clippings, which Anne was kind enough to share with us.

Future blog posts will feature some of the photos and clippings. For now, I’ll post a few pictures from their visit – the first of many I hope, as well as the beginning of a friendship.

Liz and Anne check out an old article pasted to the wall in the Times House basement, where in 1927 the presses first rolled out the Times-News. This article features pictures of Times-News founder Jim Boyle, Gertrude Apfelbaum, Joe Boyle and the Times House building.

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