The history of Butler County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 26 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided 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.) Communities mentioned include: Butler, Harmony, Zelienople, Centreville, Harrisville, Murrinsville, Portersville, Prospect, Sunbury, North Washington, Farview, Millerstown, Saxenburg, Coylesville, Hannahstown, Brownsdale, Evansburg, Petersville, Mount Chestnut, Unionville, Eau Clarie, Buena Vista, Martinsburg, Conoquenessing (Connoquenessing), Evans City, Slippery Rock, Glade Mills, Middle Lancaster, and the oil boom towns of Petrolia, Karns City, Greece City, Angelica, Argyle, Modoc, Troutman Farm, St. Joe, and Great Belt City. 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. Since the source books are concerned with the same subject, there is some duplication of material, but the time elasped often changes the perspective and emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Murdering Town of Kaskaskunk; Early settlers; Adventure of Captain Brady at Slippery Rock; Recollections of H. M. Breckenridge; Hillarious proceedings at first court case; Adventure of Massie Herbeson and her daring escape from Indians; Oil boom; Early Railroads; A Close Call for George Washington; George Rapp and the socialistic Harmony Society; "Chicken Dinner Capitol"; and other 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: Town of Butler, Butler County Court House, The Burrow of Butler, Public school building in Butler.
Butler County, PA
Sources: History of Butler 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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