The columnist received an interesting email from Brenda Mumma, owner of Pioneer Mountain Homestead at Sharman Lane, James Creek. Located in Hopewell Township, Huntingdon County, the area contains a wealth of local history worth mentioning in this week’s column.
Here’s a mystery photo we hope our readers can help identify. Echoes from the Past columnist Ron Morgan found the picture while searching through his massive collection of photos and documents of historical Huntingdon County. There’s just a short note on the back of the photo which identifie…
A small group of East Broad Top Railroad maintenance men pause from their work along the narrow gauge railroad tracks at Neelyton in this undated photo. Can any of the readers identify the workers and the date the picture was taken” What about the exact location? Contact Ron Morgan at 907-1788.
Over the past several weeks I’ve been writing briefly about 100th anniversary events being observed this year in the area. I’ll be sharing more information about local centennial events in future columns, but today I’d like to direct the readers to a very historical happening that closely ti…
Halloween, that spooky time of the year when ghost and goblins haunt the countryside and a headless horseman seeks another victim before riding off into the autumn woodlands, his mission successfully fulfilled.
Can the readers identify this scene? All indications suggest the people in the photo are standing on one of Cassville’s streets. Cassville readers with a taste for local history may be of help. Contact Ron Morgan at (814) 907-1788.
Broad Toppers are very familiar with the better-known cemeteries in the area. Certainly, the “mountaintop cemetery” at Broad Top City, the age-old Fockler Cemetery in East Saxton and the age-old Duvall Cemetery near Six Mile Run remain in extensive use.
This week’s column is devoted to the game of catchup! You know, when the columnist’s desk disappears from view because of so many notes and piles of paper occupying the desktop. If I don’t clean up the mess this week (or at least some of it), I’ll have to file an environmental impact stateme…
Fall foliage. It’s that colorful time of the year when Mother Nature tenders folks one last opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and learn about their history and heritage before the snow flies.
The 1960s marked some of the most turbulent events in U.S. history. From the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy and Civil Rights pioneer Rev. Martin Luther King to the controversial Vietnam War, college protests and cultural transitions, the d…
Charles Gracey of Round Knob, longtime activist in the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society and an original Broad Top area coal miner identified the men in the photo that appearing with today’s column.
It was a pleasure to join members of the Broad Top Area Heritage Partnership in a Sept. 11 visit to the new Bricktown Model Railroaders Assocation’s museum and being developed in Mount Union.
One of the visitors to the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum at Robertsdale over the Labor Day weekend was Mike and Gail Insalaco of Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada, who were searching for information about Mike’s father and grandfather, residents of Robertsdale and Wood.
Last week’s Old-Time Photo drew considerable response from the readers, along with the correct information about the names of the men standing in front of The Daily News presses. Here’s a few of the responses.
The name Roberts D. Royer may not be familiar with younger Huntingdon Countians, so I thought I’d briefly write about this industrious man who had close ties to southern Huntingdon County, the Broad Top and the county seat of Huntingdon.
This week I’ll dip into the mailbag and share some interesting notes from our readers. By the way, it’s the readers who keep this column afloat; without their interest and quick response for assistance, this history submission would not be possible.
History books, newspapers and the early age of the cinema have captured the destruction of the “Johnstown Flood” of May 31, 1889, which left in its path millions of dollars of damage, loss of lives and property and so much more.
Last week’s Old-Time Photo has been identified. Donald Cramer of Belleville called me to describe the photo taken in the press room of The Daily News during the 1950s when the newspaper was a “hot lead” publication.
A few weeks ago Nancy Hrabowenski of Bellfonte provided the columnist with some old baseball team photos that included images of accomplished Broad Top area and U.S. Army athlete Craig Hawley of Wood. One of the pictures included the Blair County Twilight League’s 1957 Champs on which baseba…
Hopefully, the readers will remember the column and photos about Woodvale athlete Craig Hawley who excelled on the baseball diamond, football field and basketball courts of the Robertsdale High School and the U.S. Army.
One of our faithful readers, Steve Morder of Mount Union, submitted the enclosed photo of a small “dinky” steam locomotive once used on Jack’s Mountain, near Mount Union and Mapleton. Talk about “being high!”