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HOW SNOWBALLS SAVED BOSWELL

Probably the most remarkable manner ever used to extinguish a fire occurred at the mining town of Boswell, Pennsylvania in the early morning hours of January 16, 1908. Ten buildings…

HOW A MOUNTAIN WAS NAMED

John Hyatt, one of the early settlers of this township, was a native of Maryland. He came with several others, accompanied by a number of slaves, to Turkey-Foot soon after…

HEADQUARTERS OF GHOSTS AND SPOOKS

The first blacksmith shop in Berlin that is remembered by the old residents of that place was conducted by one Schmidtbarndt. This old shop stood on Main street at about…

FORT HILL

Fort Hill is one of the many peculiar natural mounds belonging to the terrace formation, which are found in various parts of the United States. It is a hill of…

FLOG HILL

One of the original settlers of the township, Joseph Markley, became the owner of a tract of land along the Casselman River. He also claimed a portion of the land…

EVENTS AT PICKING’S HOTEL

While Judge Henry S. Picking was engaged in hotel-keeping, like every other landlord, he occasionally had some very queer customers. Once a stranger arrived, carrying a heavy bag, which he…

DEVIL CARR

Among the curious characters who used to travel the pike was a wagoner named John Carr, best known as “Devil” Carr, who was very much of a bully. Once, while…

BONES OF A GIANT

The most interesting spot in Addison township is the old graveyard at the Six Poplars, on the bottom-land of the Casselman river. There are fully one hundred graves in this…

BEAR HUNTER

William Oldham moved to Shade township in 1827. At that time every aspect of the surrounding country was exceedingly wild; there were no public roads; the nearest neighbor lived six…

A PAPER TOWN

The city of Germany, a paper town, was laid out by Dr. Samuel F. Conover, of Philadelphia, in 1810. Its site is about six miles northeast of Buckstown, in the…