The history of Jefferson and Forest Counties, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 33 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: Port Barrett, Reynoldsville, Brookville, Brockport, Summerville, Brockway, Sykesville, Cramer, Big Run, Punxsutawney, Corsica, Marienville, East Hickory, Tionesta, Hickorytown, Newtown, Nebraska (Lacytown), Neillsville, Clarington, Kingsley, Harmon, and Green. 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: Early Settlers and their hardships (many names included); Physical Features of the county; Joseph Barnett, patriarch of Jefferson Co.; Gnats and the Legend of Punxsutawney; the Senecas of Corplanter's Tribe; Lumber Spectulation; the Olean Road; John Wilson, an enterprising fellow; Indian sugar; Formation and naming of townships; Big Fire in Corsica; Blood's Settlement; the Monseys, a Wild Bunch of Indians; Oil and it's uses by the Indians; a Wedding gift too large to wrap; Grave-Robbing for educational purposes; Pennsylvania Game Commission Training School; and the Handley Ceramics Co.; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The third 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 Brookville, the Jefferson County Court House, View of the Borough of Punxsutawney, View of the Borough of Tionesta, and Zeisberger Preaching to the Indians (full page).
Jefferson and Forest Counties, PA
Sources: An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; History of Jefferson County Pennsylvania; History of Forest County Pennsylvania
Authors: William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1876
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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