The history of Clearfield County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 27 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three 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: 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: Clearfield, Curwensville, Karthauss, Caledonia, Luthersburg, Mountpleasant, Osceola, Houtzdale, New Washington, Lumber City, Wallaceton, Burnside, Frenchville, Glen Hope, Grahamton, Grampion Hills, Kylertown, Pennfield, Rumberger, Woodland, DuBois, McGees Mills, Philipsburg, West Decatur. The Egle history covers 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. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: When Clearfield was Chinklacamoose's old-town; Early settlers and their hardships; tales of "little" Johnny Bell; How Clearfield got its name; Failure of a Philadelphia Merchant Leads to French settlement in Clearfield County; Pine trees, coal, iron ore, and fire clay; Generousity of Judge James T. Leonard; Fire in Osceola in 1875; 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 View of Clearfield (2 pictures), Emigh's Gap, on the Tyrone and Clearfield Railroad (full page).
Clearfield County, PA
Sources: History of Clearfield County Pennsylvania; Compiled from An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1876
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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