The history of Elk County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 21 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 for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A 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: Ridgway, St. Mary's, Caledonia, Earley, Kersey, Wilcox, Williamson, Wilmarth, Eddystone, Arroyo, Benezette, Hellen, Raught's Mills, Weedville, Johnsonville, Daguscahonda. 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 Jacob Ridgway, John Kyler, Elijah Meredith, Jacob Wilson, Libni Taylor, Capt. Potter, Leonard Morey, James Gillis, Reuben Winslow, and many others; industries, including coal, lumber, salt and paper; German Union Bond Society; Plan of Fourier, regarding labor and capital; Proposal in 1824 for the "construction of a turnpike"; Progress of colony under Co. Matthias Benzinger and Ignatius Garner; Large Catholic population; 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 Borough of Ridgeway, View of Wilcox.
Elk County, PA
Sources: History of Elk 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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