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Area Lore – Somerset County

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THE SAW FILER

Over a radius of ten miles north and south of Rockwood during the bitterly cold winter nights of the years 1870 and 1871, the “Saw Filer” frightened men, women and…

THE PRICE OF FLOUR

It is related that Henry Troyer once came to Shank’s mill early in the morning to get a bag of flour. He had no money and Shank refused to give…

THE FIRE BAKE

In 1791 a hurricane swept over a part of Shade township, leaving much damage in its wake. At a place on Shade creek where the forest was extremely dense, a…

THE EXORCISM

With his wagon fully loaded, the old township farmer began hauling hay from the field to his barn. When he came to the small ravine that he had to cross…

THE “TIGER” & THE PANTHER

John Dull, a hunter and trapper, was born in 1753 and was one of the earliest pioneers in this township. He came from Eastern Pennsylvania when a young man, and…

POT-O-GOLD

The farm now owned by Jacob Sterner, situated at Confluence, was once the site of an Indian village. Mr. Sterner has unearthed a number of Indian skeletons in plowing, also…

PITCH FOR A DRINK

Many years ago on the Anstead farm, now owned by Adam Anstead, son of Godfrey, there was a distillery to which the men for miles around were accustomed to resort.…

MURDER OF MRS. TISSUE

A man named Tissue, who probably came from New Jersey, and was the first settler on the land where Confluence now is paid a convict’s passage from Baltimore, having employed…

LEWIS VALLEY

The beautiful Lewis valley begins on the head waters of Dark Shade creek, near where Jeptha Potts use to live, and takes its name from its having been the haunt…

JOSEPH BUCK

Joseph Buck was one of the first pioneers of the northern part of the county. In 1790, he purchased a tract of land, warranted under the name “Sportsman’s Hall”, for…