The history of Crawford County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 42 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.) The communities mentioned include: Meadville, Titusville, Cambridge Springs, Centreville, Vernon, Conneatville, Rockville, Sagerstown, Evansburg, Hartztown, Adamsville, Espyville, Harmonsburg, Rockdale, Bloomfield, Oil Creek, Jamestown, Cochranton, Conneaut Lake, Springboro, and others. 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 with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers, including bios of David Mead and Robert Randolf; Adventures of Cornelius Van Horn who escaped his Indian captors; A Remarkable early case of dual-personality; H. J. Huidekoper and the Holland Land Company; Col. Magaw, inventor of straw paper; Allegheney College and the Rev. Timothy Alden; When Allegheny College "beat" Harvard; Unusual stories in the Crawford Messenger, first area paper; Depreciation Lands and Donation Lands, rules and controversies; Meadville Theological School; Beaver and Erie Canals shoved aside by railroads; Civil War Soldiers including "Bucktales" Lincoln's Bodyguard; Carnation Milk Company; "Drakes Follie" first well in America drilled exclusively for oil; interesting history of the slide fastener (erroneously called the zipper); 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 Public Square in Meadville, Allegheny College, Crawford County Courthouse, and Meadville looking Northwest.
Crawford County, PA
Sources: History of Crawford 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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