Waffle Festival this Saturday in Shamokin

Shown in this undated photo are Elmer Barr, former business parter of John Kleimbach, inventor of the waffle iron, and Dr. John Linnett displaying the original waffle iron.

SHAMOKIN — The life of a German immigrant who lived in Shamokin and introduced waffle irons to the world will be celebrated Saturday afternoon with an inaugural Waffle Festival.

John Kleimbach came to Shamokin in 1891, and lived in the Mansion House, a former multi-story building where the Turkey Hill along Lincoln Street is now located. It was at the Mansion House where Kleimbach fashioned the pattern for a waffle iron that would be showcased with much success at the Chicago World’s Fair the following year.

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