Scams, Scoundrels and Posionous Gnats!



The history of Tioga and Potter Counties of PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 36 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find books: the 1843 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania by Sherman Day, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by William Egle, M.D., and Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State, a WPA project published in 1940. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover.

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 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: 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.

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