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Early History
Berks County > Municipalities > Wyomissing Borough
 
 
The original inhabitants of Wyomissing were Indians from the Lenni Lenape tribe who lived along the banks of the Wyomissing Creek. The word Wyomissing is a phonetically derived the Indian name for the area whose exact meaning is unknown, but most likely means "a place of flats" which makes much sense considering how flat Wyomissing is compared to nearby surrounding areas. Much of Berks County was transfered from the Indians to William Penn in 1685. Title to the land that much of Wyomissing is built upon was in two parcels, an eastern tract and a western tract, which were divided by a northwesterly line in the vicinity of Lake Avenue.  One of the earliest industries in the area was the Evans Grist Mill.  This building still stands at the corner of Old Mill Road and Old Wyomissing Road.
 
In 1896 present day Wyomissing began to take form when Thomas P. Merritt (a Reading lumber dealer) acquired six hundred acres. Albert Thalheimer, David H. Keiser, Marthias Mengel, and Levi W. Mengel joined Thomas R. Merrit in organizing the Reading Suburban Real Estate Company. Shortly afterwords Wyomissing Industries, manufacturer of textile machinery, was established by the firm of Thun & Janssen along the Reading Railroad just west of Van Reed Road (today named Park Road). This spured development and soon there were many developers working to build Wyomissing.
 
In 1904 and 1905, Thun and Janssen called town meetings to discuss setting up a Borough government.  Eventually petitions were filed with the courts for the establishment of a Borough, signed by 61 resident property owners and 39 non-resident property owners.
 
On July 2, 1906, the court issued the final decree of the incorporation of the Borough of Wyomissing.
 
The first officers of the Borough were:
 
Burgess                                 Judge of Election
   Bertrand H. Farr                     Charles H. Huber
  
 
Council Members                     Inspectors
   Ferdinad Thun                        Eugene Bowers
   Henry Janssen                        George Brossman
   Henry Y. Stoner
   John N. Brennan                  Secretary
   George W. Endy                     Charles H. Huber
   R. R. Snyder
   Henry M. Stetler                  Solicitor
                                             Frederick W. Nicholls
Auditor
   Allen V. Steffy
 
Constable
   Jacob K. Graeff