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Lawrence County and Mercer County

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The histories of Lawrence County and Mercer County, in the State of Pennsylvania, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 37 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 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: New Castle (Newcastle), Newport, Moravia, Fayette, Eastbrook, Wittenburg, Princeton, Clinton, New Bedford, Harlansburg, New Wilmington, Hillsburg, Wampum, Pulaski, Edinburg, Mercer, West Greenville, Sharon, Georgetown, Wheatland, Sharpsville, Clarksville, Transfer, Shenango, Jamestown, Stoneboro, Sandy Lake, Fredonia, Oakland, Pardoe's Station, Pinegrove, Sheakleyville, New Vernon, New Lebanon, Milledgeville, Hendersonville, Millbrook, Pinegrove, North Liberty, Loudon, Blacktown, Leesburg, Greenfield, Bethel, Charleston, Delaware Grove, Jackson Center (Jackson Centre), Farrell, Grove City, West Middlesex, and Fairview. The Day and Egle histories provide an early look at this area, while the WPA booklet adds a later view. 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: John Findley, Benjamin Stokely and other Early Settlers; Physical Features of the Area, such as Caves through Hills and a Ruggedly Beautiful Waterfall; Early Industries, Educational Facilities and Courts; the High Cost of Transportation, and the Effect of Railroads and Canals; the Slaughter of the Forests; the Abundance of Coal and Iron Ore; David Zeisberger and other Moravian Brethern; How a Skeptical Indian Warrior was Converted; a Community of Women; Why the Moravian Mission Moved to Gnadenhutten; Lawrence Volunteers in the War of 1812; the "Roundhead" Regiment and other Civil War units; Township Names; the 10-sided House, the 12-Sided House; the first Newspaper in Mercer; Disruption of a Sermon by War News; the Mercer Blues; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added excerpt from the 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 and Courthouse at Mercer, the Lawrence County Courthouse; and Public School Building in New Castle.

Lawrence County and Mercer County, PA
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Cover of Lawrence County and Mercer County History

Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; History of Lawrence County Pennsylvania; History of Mercer County Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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