The history of Tioga and Potter Counties of PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this New 44 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.) The Tioga communities mentioned include: Arnot, Blossburg, Covington, Delmar, Elkland, Fallbrook, Firmantown, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Leolyn, Liberty, Mainsburg (Mainsville), Mansfield, Mixtown, Roaring Branch, Tioga (Willarsburg), Valley View, Wellsborough, Westfield (Priestville). The Potter communities mentioned include: Coudersport, Galeton, Lewisville, Oleona, Roulette, and Sweden Valley. The Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes relating to sightseeing possibilities. 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. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: County terrain and geological traits; Early Settlers; Stories of the Blockhouse Road; Anthony - Half Dutch, Half French, All Scoundrel; Boom and Depression of Covington; Double Life and Suicide of J.G. Boyd or is it Henry Seymour; Oregon Hill, An early land scam; Pine Creek Gorge Grand Canyon of PA; Generousity of John Keating; Recollections of Old Timers; Poisonous Gnats; Grinding Corn with an Indian Samp Mortar; Transporting Five on a Horse; Violinist Ole Borneman Bull's Unsuccessful Colony of Norwegians and Danes; the Hurricane of 1834; the Devastating Flood at Austin Dam; the Coudersport Ice Mine and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Central Part of Wellsborough; Hotel, Depot, and Coal Mine at Blossburg; View of the Borough of Knoxville, Cowanesque Valley; Episcopal Church at Mansfield; The Coal Schutes at Arnot; Methodist Church at Mansfield; Northern View of Fall Brook from the Centre; Early method of Pounding Corn; Potter County Court House.
Tioga and Potter Counties, PA
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; History of Tioga County; History of Potter County
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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