The next farm is the Martz Farm, formerly the Stephen Jones Farm. At the forks of the road to the right is Route 319 continuing on to Shelocta and Indiana, Pa.
To the left, if we leave the State road, we pass around the famous narrows that make you dizzy to look down and see the creek many feet below. A short distance further you will find the home and farm of Howard M. Kimmel, the farm lying in the bend of Crooked Creek and the buildings situated on an eminence near the road. This farm is in the highest state of cultivation and one of the best producers in the neighborhood.
We now wind around the hill and down into Idaho, formerly Allshouse or Rosensteel's Mills. The mill having been removed many years ago. Mr. Crawford now owns and farms the Allshouse farm. He also owns the old Bleakney farm across the creek.
Since we came to South Bend we have been in the Potato Belt. This being the home of one of the Potato Clubs which during the past year marketed 20,000 bushels or more in the Kiskiminetas Valley.
Passing hurriedly along we travel through fine farming land till we reach Elderton, a city on the hill, formerly called Middleton, it being near half-way between Kittanning and Indiana.
Elderton is on State Route 67 and is now under contract for some four or five miles to connect with Shelocta Station in Indiana County.
If we follow Route 67 to Shelocta we travel through fine farm country and fertile fields all the way. Shelocta being one of the largest shipping points on the B.R & P.R.R.
We now return by way of 319 to South Bend through find farming land and we think we have shown you the cream of the farming land in Armstrong County, but if you will follow the valley further north you will find practically the same kind of farming land for many miles around.
Therefore, why not construct roads to connect the producer and consumer?
This Travel Account: From the Files of Don Rupert, Elderton, PA
Transcribed by Maury Tosi, 3/2001