The history of Union and Snyder Counties of PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this New 53 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 Union communities mentioned include: Centreville, Derrtown, Hartleton (Hartleystown), Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, New Berlin, New Columbia, New Columbus, South Williamsport, Vicksburg, West Milton, White Deer, Williamsport. The Snyder communities mentioned include: Beaver Springs (Adamsburg), Beavertown, Freeburg, Kreamer, McClure, Middleburg (Swinefordstown), Salem, Sellinsgrove. 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: More exclusively German than any other county; Tale of Indian captivity and escape; Col John Kelly's heroic destruction of a bridge; Capt John Brady and Indian Relations in Derrtown; A Woman's plot to steal the Govenor's Baby to secure her Lover's Pardon; List of 1775 Draftees; Record of Soldiers serving with Gen Washington in 1776; Bucknell University and other Early Schools; An account of one of the Cruelest Murders; A British Officer Flogged by John Snyder for Insulting Americans; Penn's Creek Massacre; An Island traded for a Rifle because of a dream; Homecoming and Bean Soup Celebration; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include New Berlin; Lewisburg; Union County Courthouse, Lewisburg; View on the Susquehanna; From "College Hill", Lewisburg; View of the Borough of Lewisburg; View of the University of Lewisburg; Snyder County Courthouse, Middleburg; Lutheran Missionary Institute, Sellinsgrove; Snyder Mansion, Sellinsgrove.
Union and Snyder Counties, PA
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; History of Union County; History of Snyder County
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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