The history of Bradford County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 63 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Towanda (formerly Meansville), Athens, New Sheshequin, Burlington, Troy, Monroe, Canton, Ulster, Frenchtown, Albany, Armenia, Asylum, East Troy, LeRoy, Litchfield, Monroeton, Greenwood, Orwell Hill, Potterville, Overton, LeRaysville, Stevensville, Ridgebury, Middletown, East Smithfield, Springfield, Leona, Mill City, State Line, Gillett, Standing Stone, Rummerfield, Homet's Ferry, Wyalusing and Wycox. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early settlers, beginning with Moravian Missionaries at Friedenshuetten; Indian history in the county; the sale of Pennsylvania; Bitterness between Pennsylvanian and Connecticut settlers over land; Catharine Montour, known as "Queen Easter," a half-breed who had a controlling influence among the Indians; Council with the Six Nations at Tioga Point; the Adoption of Thomas Morris by the Seneca Tribe with near tragic consequences; Indian "recipe" for cooking hogs; French Settlers at Asylum with names and occupations of early settlers; Missionary David Ziesberger; Monument at the site of Friedenshuetten; Actions against Tories and other Revolutionary War incidents; Capture and escape of 4 Indian prisoners; Half-Share men and other Post-Revolutionary settlers; Civil War involvement; Spanish Hill controversy; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include the Village of Athens, Tioga Point, S/E View of Towanda (full page), another View of Towanda, and the Moravian Monument.
Bradford County, PA
Sources: History of Bradford County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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