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Witk muck Interesting Histonj) of 

Western Pennsylvania never 

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Copyrigkted 1922 B$ Ward C. Elliott 





A Surveyor who, in 1785, v?ith his corps of men, were trie 
first white persons to Oisit this vicinity, 



This History* is Dedicated by* 




The facts given in this history were obtained 
from early settlers, nearly all of whom are now 
dead; the State Library, at Harrisburg. the public 
records there and at Brookville, Pennsylvania; Miss 
Kate Scott's History of Jefferson County; Doctor 
William J. McKnight's Pioneer History of Jefferson 
County, Pennsylvania, his Pioneer Outline History 
of Northwestern Pennsylvania and other sources. 


Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania. 

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Physical Features 


Early Geological Times 9 

Topography 11 

The Wilderness 11 

Fauna and Flora 13 

Meteorology and Climatology 20 

Phenomena • 23 



Indians 26 

The Colonial Period 27 

Early Land Sales. Town of Olney. Other Land Schemes 28 

First Adventurers and Early Settlers 31 

Burying the Dead. Cemeteries 36 

Organization of Jefferson County and Winslow Township 37 

Mails, Postoffice, Reynoldsville Names 39 

Military 41 

Making Maple Molasses and Sugar 44 


Miscellaneous (Continued) 

Early Customs. The Introduction of Inventions 45 

Tent Shows. Indoor Entertainments. Theatrical Troups 52 

Social Life 54 

Outdoor Meetings. Picnics. Crowds 55 

Schools 56 

Churches - •»• • 57 

Industries 59 

Lumbering. Rafting 60 

Coal Mining 62 

Polling Places 64 

Prescottville 65 

Illumination 65 

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Indian Trails. Bridle Paths 66 

The Old State Road 66 

Susquehanna and Waterford Turnpike 67 

Milestones , 68 

Tollgates 68 

Travel on the Turnpike 69 

Ceres Road 76 

A Proposed Canal 76 

Railroads and Trolley Lines 76 

Streets and Roads ,. . 78 

Airplanes 78 



Secret Societies 79 

Newspapers 79 

Reynoldsville and West Reynoldsville Boroughs 80 

Telegraph and Telephone Lines 82 

Finance , 83 

Fire and Water 83 



Poetry 86 

A Sketch of Archibald Campbell 92 


The First Officers Elected in Washington Township 95 

The First Officers Elected in Winslow Township 95 

The First Officers Elected in Reynoldsville Borough 95 

The First Officers Elected in West Reynoldsville Borough 95 

Burgesses of Reynoldsville Borough 95 

Burgesses of West Reynoldsville Borough 96 

Taxables of Winslow Township in 1860 96 

Postmasters of Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania 97 

Certificate of Incorporation of Reynoldsville Borough 97 



Early Geological Times. Reynoldsville and vicinity is located 
above an old ocean bed which existed millions of years ago in the 
early geological age, the imperishable records of; which have come 
down to the present through the tremendous, unfathomable abyss 
of time. The stratified rock proves to the geologist that during a 
long period in the misty past, billows rolled over this very spot. 
At times placid waters and again tempestuous sea covered this en- 
tire region during much of the early life of the planet. 

Eventually the ocean receded and later, during the Carboni- 
ferous age, the region where Winslow township is located, became 
a vast swamp. The vegetation then was not like that of modern 
times. The plants and trees were endogenous or center growing. 
No annual rings were formed on the outside as now. There are but 
few plants of the present day at all like those growing then. The 
only ones in this vicinity are ferns and the ground pine (lycopo- 
dium). Impressions of the latter plant, now found on rocks, which 
grew during the Carboniferous age are eight inches in diameter 
and 75 and 80 feet long. None of the varieties of the present fern 
grew then. Some of the ferns of that time grew in the form of trees. 
The vegetation was essentially tropical. The atmosphere must have 
been warm and moist and heavily charged with carbonic acid gas. 
Through this ancient swamp ran meandering streams and their beds 
have been traced in the coal mines as they lie deep under the ground. 
In time this swamp was flooded and covered with large quantities of 
sand. Then a second marsh was formed and that, too, was covered 
with sand. Many swamps, in time, were created one upon the other 
during the Carboniferous period. As the ages advanced these numer- 
ous buried swamps became beds of coal. How long a time must 
have passed for sufficient vegetable matter to accumulate to form 
one of the workable seams can only be conjectured. However, it has 
been demonstrated that ftye feet of vegetation) makes one foot of 
coal. Whether the plants which composed the coal beds about this 
region all grew here, or whether part of them grew elsewhere and 
were washed here, is not known. Several of these veins are so far 
below the surface that eventually it will be necessary to go down 
to them through shafts and it will require many years to mine the 
coal in this vicinity. 

For a period during and after the Carboniferous age the sur- 
face of this region was undoubtedly level,, but the constant erosive 



action of the water gradually wore away the earth and rocks until 
hills, valleys and streams were eventually formed and now, after 
unknown time, too vast for the human mind to comprehend, through 
the acts of mutable nature the present surface has been formed. 

Until long after the Carboniferous age had passed all life was 
in the water. The land was yet nothing but rock, bare and desolate. 
There was no sound of singing birds and chirping insects. Only the 
crash of the lightning, the roar of thunder, and the moaning of the 
wind broke the stillness as the storm beat against the rocky hills. 

When the Carboniferous era had passed away there came the 
Triassic, then the Jurassic and the reptile age, and the Cretaceous 
period. Later was the Post-Tertiary era. With these divisions of 
time came new animal and vegetable life. 

In the glacial period, of the later era, the cold was intense, 
the climate being like it now is in Greenland, where in the valleys 
ice is often several thousand feet thick and is deep on high eleva- 
tions. While there is abundant evidence of such a period having 
existed in sections of what is now Pennsylvania there is but little 
proof of it in some of the central counties including Jefferson. But 
it must have existed here at least at intervals, the glaciers coming 
from the north. 

At that time an immense quantity of earth was dug out in this 
vicinity' by the action of ice making a depression which later created 
a lake, as is shown by the present formation of the surface of the 
ground. The foot of this body of water; was just below Reynolds- 
ville, and extended from near the present railroad cut to the oppo- 
site side/ of the valley. A ridge yet remains which made a barrier 
to the lake. It wore through this ridge after a great many centuries, 
emptying itself, and what is now the Sandy Lick Creek was then 
gradually formed. Previously the water ran out through a more 
shallow channel a little south of the present course of the creek 
and flowed into what is now Trout Run a short distance above its 
mouth. One branch of the lake extended to the present location of 
Rathmel, and another to that of Soldier, a distance of two or three 
miles from the foot. The head was near what is now Sabula, mak- 
ing it not far from 13 miles long. A part of the present sites of 
Falls Creek and DuBois were covered by it. The same region even 
now is so level that were the Sandy Lick Creek just below Reynolds- 
ville darned to 83 feet above its present level the lake would reform 
and its waters would flow eastward through the Sabula tunnel. In 
the ages following its formation the bottom was covered with sand 
and gravel which washed into it and now when digging water wells 
on the low ground in Reynoldsville no rock is found, only sand and 
gravel being encountered. 

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On the flats at DuBois when drilling for water, and after hav- 
ing gone( through sand and gravel for nearly 90 feet, a small piece 
of a tree trunk with fresh appearing bark on it came up. The wood 
was perfectly sound. It had evidently sunk to the bottom of the lake 
and later had been covered over by the deposit of sand and gravel. 

Last came man. Who the first was, and when he came will 
never be known. He must have been uncivilized. 

Topograj>hy. The area included in this history comprises the 
territory lying within the boundary of Winslow township, Jefferson 
county, Pennsylvania, which includes Reynoldsville. It lies a little 
south of the central part of the east boundary line of the county. The 
county lies a little west of the center of the State. The altiude above 
the sea on the Pennsylvania Railroad, at Reynoldsville, is 1,372 feet. 
On the hills in the towoship it ranges from 1,450 to 1,650 feet and 
over above sea level. The distance from Reynoldsville to Pittsburgh, 
by the Pennsylvania Railroad, is 120 miles to the southwest, and 
from Reynoldsville eastward to Williamsport 137 miles. Winslow 
township is nearly square. It is situated west of the crest of the Alle- 
gheny Mountains. The main stream is the Sandy Lick Creek which 
runs through the township. The Indians gave it its name which 
when translated from both the Seneca and Delaware languages into 
English means sandy lick. The Senecas called it the Oh ne sah geh 
jah geh da geh) gah yon ha da* and the Delawares the Legamwi 
Mahonne. In 1798 the stream was designated by statute the Sandy 

Norris, McCreight, and Prospect Knobs are the highest points. 
Much of Winslow township is valuable for farming though a 
small part is too; hilly. The principal farming settlements in the 
township are Paradise, Horm and Fye. 

The Wilderness. The forests in this region being mostly of 
pine must have existed from remote geological times. 

This section, about the beginning of the 19th century, was 
variously known as The Backlands, The Wilderness, The Indian 
Country, The Pine Country, The Pennsylvania Backwoods, The 
Pennsylvania Northwest, and The Fort Stanwix Indian Purchase. 

If an early pioneer had climbed to one of tne highest elevations 
in this locality he could have looked for 20 or 30 miles in any direc- 
tion and have seen hills and valleys completely covered with pri- 
meval forests of pine and hemlock. There would not have been a spot 
free of trees to break the sea of dark bluish green which gradually 
faded into a purplish haze as it neared the horizon. 

♦Doctor William J. McKnight's Pioneer Outline History of North- 
western Pennsylvania, p. 539. 


In the autumn the gorgeous hues of those boundless forests 
which greeted the eye of the first settlers were a sight of transcend- 
ent beauty. Many small areas of bright variegated maples were 
made vastly more brilliant by contrast with the immense background 
of dark green pine and hemlock which was far more beautiful than 
a single unbroken color. 

Huge tree trunks lay decaying every rod or so on the forest 
floor where they had fallen during a storm after they had lived 
their natural life. The wilderness in these unexplored wilds before 
the advent of civilization was very dense, hemlock and pine trees 
with immense trunks towered to a great height. The dark deep 
woods were moist and ferns grew in abundance. 

Nature was exhibited at that time in her wildest grandeur. 
Such sublimity can never be seen again. How beautiful must have 
been the verdant old forest in its solitude! to the Indian hunter as 
he stood amid the moaning pines and the sparkling, dew covered 
foliage at the gray dawn! The thrush, the oriole, the wren, and the 
chickadee sang from twig and branch and squirrels barked as they 
sprang from tree to tree. Looking across the valley over the morn- 
ing fog the hunter could see the brow of the eastern hill and be- 
hold the golden sun breaking through the boughs of the massive 
pine trees and view the rose tinted sky just over the horizon. 

When this was a wilderness, and for many years after, the pres- 
ent business section of Reynoldsville was a swamp. It extended 
from about 100 feet east of what is now the corner of Fourth 
and Main Streets to about where Coal Alley now crosses Main be- 
tween Fifth and Sixth Streets. The marsh also covered the land 
from a short distance below what is now Jackson to Hill Street. 
Swamp Alley crosses what is now Main between Fourth and Fifth 
Streets and today has no evidence of ever having been a swampy 
section. Willow Alley which runs east and west between Main and 
Grant Streets, crosses what at one time was the deepest part of the 
bog and received its name from the willows which grew there when 
it was laid out. While the turnpike was being constructed though 
it in 1820 and afterwards, the workmen had much difllculty in build- 
ing the road. The gnats were so extremely annoying that fires had 
to be kept burning all night at the camps to enable the men to sleep. 

It was necessary to corduroy the pike in the marsh by placing 
logs side by side across the road through th<? mire. In time these 
logs became buriedj in the mud and then a second and third layer 
were put down. In later years when ditches were dug through Main 
Street many of these logs were found. No large trees grew in the 
swamp. It was covered over by a dense growth of alders, willows, 
and swamp grass, and was the home of owls, water snakes, frogs, 


lizards, muskrats and turtles. 

Fauna and Flora. Forbears of the birds and animals that were 
here when white men came undoubtedly roamed over this locality 
during remote antiquity. That time was so long ago in the geologi- 
cal period that the era of the old cities of Babylon and Ninevah 
was modern by comparison. 

The native fur-bearing animals of Winslow township were the 
buffalo (properly called the bison), panther, catamount, moose, elk, 
timber or gray wolf, wolverene, pine-martin, black bear, beaver, 
red or Virginia deer, otter, wild cat, muskrat, oppossum, porcupine, 
skunk, mink, groundhog (or woodchuck), raccoon, red fox, gray 
fox, northern hare, cotton-tailed rabbit, long-tailed weasel, com- 
mon weasel, least weasel, black squirrel, gray squirrel, red squirrel 
(or pine squirrel), flying squirrel, fox squirrel, chipmunk (or 
ground squirrel), black bat, gray bat, brown bat, jumping rat, woods 
rat, field mouse, house mouse, white-footed mouse, pine mouse, 
jumping mouse, common garden mouse (or silver mouse), short- 
tailed meadow mouse (or vole), short-tailed shrew, long-legged 
shrew, mole shrew, star-nosed mole, and common garden mole (or 
silver mole). 

Domestic animals which have been found by experience to do 
best in Winslow township on account of the climate are horses, 
hogs, sheep and cows, the sheep for wool and the cows for milk 
and butter. Sheep are frequently annoyed by dogs. Cattle for 
meat cannot be raised here at a profit on account of the long win- 
ters. Mule breeding is unprofitable for the same reason. Goats, 
rabbits and hare could be raised profitably in the township. 

The buffalo, panther, catamount, moose, elk, wolverene, pine- 
martin, otter, and beaver are now extinct and some of the others are 
quite rare in this region. The last buffalo is said to have been killed 
in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania near the end of the 18th 
century. There were buffalo-wallows in Elk county and along the 
Clarion River in Clarion county. Buffalo and moose runways (they 
used the same) were found in Elk county. Skeletons of buffaloes 
are said to have been discovered by early settlers near Driftwood 
and Altoona, and many were shot in the eastern part of the State. 
They generally frequented the vicinity of rivers and large creeks. 

The wolverene (or glutton), seen here by the first settlers soon 
became extinct in this region. It inhabited the United States far to 
the west and Jefferson county was about on the eastern boundary line 
of its habitat. 

In 1825 there yet remained beaver dams at the upper end of 
where Rathmel is now located. These dams covered) a large area. 
The last elk was killed in our northern forests about 1850. The 


last panther* was killed in Jefferson county in 1856, and the last in 
a neighboring county in 1870. Wolves, which were so plentiful at 
one time, suddenly became scarce. By 1860 only a few remained 
and the last were shot in Winslow township soon after 1865. Their 
sudden disappearance was attributed to hydrophobia which is said 
to have become epidemic among them. Wild cats are shot in the 
township every few years. Rabbits are probably the most common 
of all game and are more plentiful now than formerly. Norway 
rats were first brought here in box cars about 1898. Agents once 
came to Jefferson county on the turnpike from Philadelphia stop- 
ping at Woodward Reynolds' tavern, where Reynoldsville now is, 
and bought furs of all kinds. They were supplied by men who 
made their living by hunting and trapping and when the agents left, 
their wagons were heavily laden with pelts which brought high 
prices in the city. The Longs were the principal hunters and trap- 
pers in this region. Jacob Smith and William Johnston were the 
principal trappers in what is now Winslow township. 

The English sparrow is the most common bird in this vicinity. 
Some of the birds which were very plentiful in 1820 are now rare. 
Wild turkeys at that time so numerous, became extinct. The last 
killed in Jefferson county was in the early '70's near Falls Creek. In 
the spring they went about in pairs, later in the season in flocks of 
10 or 15, consisting of the mother bird and her young, and in the 
winter they congregated in large numbers. Until the early '40s there 
was a roost where turkeys spent the winter on the hillside just west 
of where Reynoldsville is now located and south of West Main 
Street. There, with their gobble, gobble, gobble, they called back 
and forth to the domestic turkeys at Woodward Reynolds' log cabin 
across the creek. The raven, quite plentiful until after 1850, is 
now very rare. Eagles, vultures, and a few other birds common long 
ago, are now seldom seen. Once both eagles and vultures nested 
in large numbers in Winslow township near its western boundary 
where McCalmont and Knox townships corner. 

Many stragglers come here. Among them are the Virginia or 
Kentucky redbird, white swan, mocking bird, seagull, tern, western 
?ray goose, evening grosbeak, Florida gallinule, southern heron and 
several varieties of ducks. iThe "duck storm" was on the night of 
April 5-6, 1889, when web-footed birds on their way north were driv- 
en to the ground in this vicinity by the high winds and heavy, cot- 
ton-like snow. They numbered thousands and filled the creeks of 
this locality and the mill pond at Prescottville until there appeared 
to be no room for any more. Among them were dozens of varieties 
of ducks never seen here before, besides dippers, wild geese, herons, 
swans, loons, seagulls and the like of many varieties. 


The regular migrants which pass over Winslow township in 
the spring when going north and in the fall when going south, are 
the horned grebe, yellow-bellied sap-sucker, red-headed merganser, 
hooded merganser, loon, wood duck, buffle-headed duck, red-headed 
duck, horned grebe, Canadian wild goose, brant, and gray goose. 

The winter residents, which spend the summer in Canada where 
they nest, are the pine grosbeak, pine siskin, cherry or cedar bird, 
rose-breasted grosbeak, snowy owl, horned lark, white-winged cross- 
bill, butcher bird (or great northern shrike) and junco (or snow- 

The permanent residents of Winslow township are the northern 
raven, American crow, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, quail (or 
Bob-white), pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker, hairy wood- 
pecker, song sparrow, American goldfinch (or yellowbird ) , white- 
breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper, screech 
owl, great horned owl, bald eagle, Cooper's hawk (or chicken hawk), 
red-tailed hawk, sparrow hawk, red-shouldered hawk, American 
rough-legged hawk, and ruffed grouse (or pheasant). 

The summer residents which nest in Winslow township and go 
South to spend their winters are the orchard oriole, Baltimore oriole 
(or hanging bird), chipping sparrow, purple martin, cliff swallow, 
barn swallow, chimney swift (or chimney swallow), rough-winged 
swallow, bank swallow, black and white warbler, yellow warbler, 
chestnut-sided warbler, American long-eared owl, short-eared owl. 
yellow-billed cuckoo, black-billed cuckoo, red-headed woodpecker, 
flicker, catbird, yellow-bellied fly catcher, kingbird, crested fly catch- 
er, phoebe bird, wood pewee, least fly catcher, marsh hawk, sharp- 
shinned hawk, pigeon hawk, fish hawk, night hawk, American gos- 
hawk, least bittern, great blue heron, green heron, black-crowned 
night heron, Virginia rail, Carolina rail, American coot, American 
woodcock, Wilson's snipe, least sandpiper, killdeer plover, belted 
kingfisher, turtle dove, Turkey buzzard, whip-poor-will, American bit- 
tern, ruby-throated humming bird, purple grackle, Bobolink (or red 
or ricebird), cowbird, red-winged blackbird, meadow lark, American 
grosbeak, redpoll, towhee bunting, cardinal (or redbird), indigo 
bunting, scarlet tanager, red-eyed vireo, warbling vireo, white-eyed 
vireo, American red-start, brown thrush, wood thrush, bluebird, 
house wren, woods wren, American robin, golden-crowned Kinglet 
and ruby-crowned Kinglet. 

The domestic fowls best adapted to Winslow township are chick- 
ens, pea fowls, guinea fowls, pigeons, ducks, geese and turkeys. 

Turtles native to this locality are the mud turtle, musk turtle, 
snapping turtle, land turtle (or box turtle), soft-shelled turtle 


green-headed turtle, and speckled turtle. 

The salamander, nearly exterminated hy impure water which 
began entering the creeks from the mines and industries about 1880, 
was about 10 inches long. It was called the fresh water alligator 
and, also, mud puppy. There are the blue-tailed skink, common 
lizard and ground lizard which are all much the same. The small 
smooth, newt, or eft, frequently called lizard, is a native. At a cer- 
tain age it is known as the green and at another as the red newt. 

The common toad is a native. 

Our frogs are the bullfrog, leopard frog, woods frog, pickerel 
frog, green frog, and large and small tree frogs. The last are also 
called tree toads. They are really in a distinctive class. 

The native snakes are the grass snake, red-bellied snake, ring 
snake, striped garter snake, spotted garter snake (or striped water 
snake), black snake, blue racer, blowing viper, hissing adder (or 
hog-nosed snake) , copperhead and rattlesnake. I have never met 
anyone who has ever seen a copperhead in Winslow township, but 
this is its habitat and it is said that it was found here by the early 
settlers who exterminated it. The rattlesnake is rare. 

The crawfish, sometimes improperly called crab, is seen in the 
streams and marshy spots. There are two varieties, the large and 
the small, but they have no common distinctive names. 

The leech is a native. There may be two or more varieties but 
with no distinctive names. 

Mussels, or fresh water clams, abounded in the local streams 
until 1881 when they were nearly exterminated by the impure water 
from the tannery and mines. There may have been several species 
of them also, but without distinctive names. 

In Winslow township there are at least 10,000 and possibly 
50,000 varieties of insects, including about 12 varieties of ants, 25 
varieties of scale insects, 2 5 varieties of butterflies, 30 varieties of 
spiders, 50 varieties of grasshoppers, 200 varieties of moths, hun- 
dreds of varieties of flies and hundreds of varieties of beetles. 

Wild bees at one time were numerous and stored honey in hol- 
low trees. Until 1860 bee hunting was extensively carried on in 
Winslow township, and people had more honey in those days than 
they could eat. The wild honey bee is not a native. Its ancestors 
escaped from farmers, and the ancestors of those bees, in turn, were 
brought from Germany. 

The native fish were the black bass, black catfish (or bullhead), 
yellow catfish (or stonefish), channel catfilsh, speckled trout, yellow 
sucker, black sucker, pike, sunfish, silverside, stargazer, miller's 
thumb and about 20 varieties of minnows, including dace, chub, 


fallfish and redhorse. Lamprey eels were here until driven out in 
about 1881. Rainbow trout and carp have been planted in the local 
streams. The impure water has destroyed much of the animal life 
in the creeks of this vicinity excepting in a few small ones.* 

Attempts which have been made to stock the streams with fish 
and the woods with game have met with fair success. 

The disappearance of the forests and the clearing of the land 
has driven much game away. Underbrush briars and second growth 
timber, however, are proving a great protection. More stringent 
State game laws which are being enforced by the game wardens are 
doing much to protect game. The State has attempted to extermi- 
nate the more undesirable animals by giving bounties for their de- 

In 1850 Winslow township was nearly all densely wooded and, 
until that time, wild beasts were very plentiful. When traveling 
but a few miles along the road one couldi see many animals. The 
creeks were alive with ducks, geese and other acquatic birds, and 
a small herd of deer was not an uncommon sight. If there was 
nothing in the house to eat the man of the family frequently put 
his rifle on his shoulder, went out and within half an hour returned 
with a deer. Wild pigeons were probably the most plentiful of all 
game. In the spring when flying north, and in the fall when flying 
south, there were millions to be seen. From half to probably all day 
at a time the sky was filled from horizon to horizon with these birds 
flying in such great multitudes as to often shut out the bright light 
of the sun. Pigeons could not exist now in such numbers for there 
are not the vast forests with beech and other nuts in abundance for 
these birds to eat. Winslow township was a great feeding place for 
them on the way to and from their roosts. Acres of ground in this 
locality have been covered by pigeons making an entire field appear 
blue when they rested and fed. Few have existed here since 1879 
and they became extinct everywhere in a very few years thereafter. 
Large flocks of wild geese and ducks passed over here annually 
in the spring and fall migrations. Fish were exceedingly plentiful 
in the Sandy Lick Creek and in Soldier Run in 18 50 with no game 
laws to restrain the fishermen. 

After nightfall in the wilderness a profound, oppressive silence 
was broken at long intervals by the cry of wild animals. Now and 
then the shrill shriek of the panther suddenly aroused a sleeper in 
a log cabin with a feeling of terror as he lay on his bed of deer skin. 
But nothing was more wierd than on a bright silvery moonlight 

♦Professor H. A. Surface, ex-State Zoologist of Pennsylvania, re- 
vised the foregoing list of animal life in Winslow township very careful- 
ly and it is given as revised and declared by him to be about correct. 


night in winter to look out of one's log cabin window ana see and 
hear the wolves among the black, leafless trees as they called one 
another from one bleak, snow-sparkled hillside to tne other in 
mournful, long drawn out tones. It was necessary to fasten the cab- 
in doors and windows to prevent the beasts from entering. Their 
dismal howls were heard on the hills from darkness until dawn and 
frequently they became so annoying that it was necessary to fire a 
gun from the window to frighten them away so that the family could 
sleep. The wolf was the most troublesome of all animals. He made 
the keeping of sheep almost an impossibility. 

Wolves when alone were cowardly, but when in packs and hungry 
were very dangerous, though there is no account of anyone having 
lost his life by them in Winslow township. Pew packs were seen 

The home of the snarling, vicious timber wolf was in the open 
forest. At night the cold, damp snow in winter, or the dead leaves 
and green moss and ferns in summer, was his only bed. The wide 
spreading branches and the starry firmament, or the angry storm 
clouds, was the only roof above him. However at breeding time 
the wolves found homes in the rocky fastness of the wild ; inaccessible 
places, hidden by briars and clinging vines and there, amid the soli- 
tude of the dark, deep forest reared their young. Wolf dens exist 
in this region today. They are deep crevices in the face of the rock 
which tower from 10 to 30 or more feet in height. In the spring, 
pioneers found rocks filled with wolves as they had doubtless been 
for centuries, but with the advent of man the animal began to disap- 
pear and have not inhabited these places since 1860. Afterwards 
the rocks became the homes of porcupines, foxes and other small 
animals, but civilization has finally driven them all out. 

These dens have lost much of their romance since they were 
stripped of their covering and the surrounding lands laid bare by 
the woodsman. A fox den exists near the top of the hill between Sol- 
dier and Sykesville facing Sugar Camp Creek] to the east. A wolf 
den can be found about three miles north of Sandy Valley. 

Some interesting stories of animals occurring in this vicinity 
have been handed down. 

Much in this history I owe to John S. Smith; born in Clinton 
county, New York, who came here in 1835, and his wife Susann, 
whose maiden name was also Smith, born in Trade City, Pennsyl- 
vania. Below I repeat a story told to Mr. Smith by John Potter, a 

Soon after the Potter family had moved into the log house on 
the turnpike in 1822, John Potter and his sister, who were members 
cf that family, started on the trail to Punxsutawney, which was but 


a settlement at the time. After having gone about a mile and a half 
they arrived at Trout Run, just below the mouth of Windfall Run, 
where they treed a panther. Potter returned home for a rifle and 
during his absence his sister and their dog stood guard. Before he 
got back the panther attempted to come down and the dog drove it 
up again, but with difficulty. Finally Potter arrived with the gun 
and shot the animal. 

I am indebted for many facts in this history to George Washing- 
ton Fuller. He gave me the following: In the summer of 1825 
when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fuller, had gotten nicely set- 
tled in their log cabin on the pike just above where Rathmel Junc- 
tion now is their dog caught his foot in a bear trap, belonging to 
a neighbor, which had been set on the hill south of what is now 
Prescottville. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller heard the poor animal howl and 
went to release him. They had no sooner done it than the howling 
of wolves was heard about them. The cries became more frequent 
and grew nearer until Mr. and Mrs. Fuller realized that they were 
surrounded by the wild, redoubtable beasts and were in a perilous 
predicament. Mr. Fuller had no gun with him, a tomahawk being 
his only weapon. He decided that in the event of an attack he would 
have his wife stand with her back against a tree while he would 
stand in front of her and fight the animals with his tomahawk. The 
outcome would likely have meant death to both, but fortunately 
they got home without trouble. The howling of the dog, presumably, 
had drawn all of the wolves, within hearing distance, toward him. 
As they were very plentiful the dog would soon have been torn to 
pieces by the hungry pack. Had Mr. and Mrs. Fuller gone out a lit- 
tle later they would have arrived just in time to come in contact 
with the beasts and be killed. 

One hot day in the summer of 1847 David Reynolds, then a 
small boy, was hunting on the flat land just above where Mabel 
Street in Reynoldsville now is, when he saw a herd of 20 or more 
deer lying in the deep shaded woods near Pitch Pine Run. He shot 
his flintlock rifle loaded with slugs. Nothing was hurt, but in an in- 
stant the deer were on their feet and soon disappeared in the dense 
timber, scampering over the hill to the east. 

Following is a list of the native trees which grow in Winslow 
township: Sweet gum, cucumber, white basswood, Hercules-club 
wafer, striped, white, sugar and red maple, staghorn sumach, dwarf 
sumach, poison elder, locust, black, white, red and rock oak, wild 
plum, hog plum, red, black and chokecherry, American crabapple, 
cockspur thorn, scarlet haw, service tree, dogwood, sour gum, white 
ash, sassafras, red elm, white elm, sycamore, butternut, walnut, bit- 
ternut, pignut, shagbark, white hickory, chestnut, ironwood, beech- 


nut, yellow birch, black birch, black willow, a species of aspen, 
juniper tree, liriodendron (incorrectly called poplar), pitch pine (or 
yellow pine), tulip, white pine and hemlock.* 

Among the jnost common native shrubs of this locality are the 
blackberry, thimbleberry, huckleberry, honeysuckle, elderberry, wil- 
low and black alder. 

The most common native vines in the township include the 
grapevine, ground pine, partridgeberry, strawberry and Virginia 

Among the commonest native plants are the liverleaf (two va- 
rieties), anemone, buttercup (many varieties), bishop's cap, wake- 
robin (two varieties), fringed gentian, closed gentian, aster (many 
varieties), dandelion, ragweed (several varieties), five-finger, daisy, 
whortleberry, golden-rod, wild rose, and many varieties of grasses, 
moss and ferns. 

Paradise settlement was given that name on account of the wild 
flowers growing there. 

The agricultural products which do best in Winslow township 
are hay, oats, rye, wheat, potatoes, buckwheat, corn, barley, hops, 
flax, apples, cherries, plums, pears, peaches, and practically all of 
the berries and garden vegetables Avhich grow in northeastern Unit- 
ed States. Grapes do well but not exceptionally so. Tobacco was 
never very successfully raised in the township. The season is too 
short for watermelons and muskmelons to thrive. 

Meteorology and Climatology. Weather conditions are differ- 
ent here now than in 1860 and before. The disappearance of the 
forests is the cause. When the wilderness existed there were no 
long cold winters as now. The trees acted as a protection against 
the wind, and with no wind there was less cold. Now the winds 
have less to break their force and, as a result, the cold in winter is 
much more severe and the snow drifts much higher than when there 
was a dense forest. The trees at that time protected the earth from 
the heat of the sun. Now in the hot days of summer the sun's rays 
beat down with but little shade. There were not the sudden, violent 
changes then which occur now. Yet, while there was but little of the 
intense cold then that exists at the present time, the forests were 
never warm for a day during the winter months on account of the 
sun being unable to penetrate through the trees. Consequently after 
the snow had fallen in late autumn it remained on the ground until 
the next season and good sleighing, or hauling, as it was generally 
called, existed nearly every day from early in November until the 
following spring. Now when spring comes the snow is nearly all 

*Thi s list of trees was revised by Honorable Simon B. Elliott, of 
Reynoldsville, member of the Pennsylvania State Forestry Commission.. 


melted in a few days and the streams become very high but soon 
subside. When this was a wilderness the snow did not thaw as rap- 
idly as now and the creeks did not rise as soon. But as there was 
always more snow on the ground then during the winter and early 
spring and as it thawed more slowly, the creeks remained high for 
weeks at a time. The atmosphere was very humid on account of 
the woodland retaining the dampness. The streams never became 
low even in summer. 

After clearings had been made and farming begun, the rays from 
the sun struck down upon the unprotected fields causing intense 
heat. The immense trees which grew thick all around the clearing 
made the circulation of air impossible. As a result of the closeness 
of the atmosphere together with the heat men were able to work 
for but a short time, and then were forced to go into the shade. This 
same condition existed in the slashings where workmen were engag- 
ed in felling and rolling the finest pine timber into great heaps to 
be burned for the purpose of clearing the land. 

The first flood on record which went down the Sandy Lick Creek 
was the big one in 1806 which rose in the Red Bank Creek 21 feet. 
The next was November 10, 1810. No one lived then in what after- 
wards became Winslow township, but the observation was made 
further down the stream. There were big floods in the Sandy Lick 
Creek and in the runs in what is now Winslow township in January, 
182^8, February 10, 1832, February, 1840, and September 30, 1844. 
Also a flood in 1852 and one in September, 1861. Another, March 1, 
1865, and an August flood about 1868. One June 11, 1884, and one 
May 31-June 1, 1889, known as the "Johnstown flood" on account 
of its being at the time of the big Johnstown disaster. Also floods 
June 30, 1902, February 16, 1908, and October 18-19, 1919. Much 
high water on the Reynoldsville flats for many years was due to the 
Hopkins mill dam below the borough which was built just prior to 
the Civil War. Since it was taken out in 190 4 the water has not 
risen nearly so high as formerly. 

The highest floods on record in the Sandy Lick Creek were those 
of February 10, 1832, the summer of 1861 and the "Johnstown 
flood" May 31-June 1, 1889. There was not much difference in any 
of these, but the last was the greatest of them all. The one in 18 89 
was augmented by the breaking of the dam at Sabula, six miles above 
DuBois. It was at its height, and the highest water ever known in 
the creek, between midnight and one o'clock, a. m., June 1st, when 
the bridge where Main Street crosses the creek was washed out by 
logs floating against it. The water at that hour was six inches deep 
on the Reynoldsville and Falls Creek Railroad track where it cross- 
es Main Street. 


One morning in March, 1841, four feet of snow lay on the 
ground. There was little the evening before. On the morning of 
September 29, 1844, nearly 14 inches of snow fell. It broke down 
the buckwheat and the boughs of trees then covered with leaves. A 
rain followed and the next day came the flood already mentioned. 
One morning in January, 1855, four feet of snow was on the ground, 
but it had not fallen in a single night as in 1841. 

The early pioneers had no thermometers to record the tempera- 
ture. It was 31 degrees below zero in this locality in January, 1856, 
30 degrees below January 21st, 1861, 32 degrees below January 1, 
1864, 31 degrees below February 2, 1881, 32 degrees below in Feb- 
ruary 1893, 35 degrees below in February 1899, and 32 degrees be- 
low January 13, 1912. 

It was 104 degrees in the shade August 29, 1881, 100 degrees on 
the 30th and 31st following, over 10 degrees in July, 1892, and 104 
degrees August 6, 1918. 

The coldest winter ever experienced in this region undoubtedly 
was that of 1855 and 1856. There was sleighing in May, 1856, and 
snow was on the ground late in June following. It was a very warm 
winter in 1856 and 1857 and people did their plowing in February 
and early March. Suddenly snow came and all during April lumber- 
men who, up to that time, had hauled no logs did so then for the 

The winter of 1875 and 187 6 was very open. On January 1st 
there was beautiful weather, the thermometer standing at 70 degrees 
all day long. The only sleighing was for a few days in April. 

The first "big frost" as it is known, came June 5, 1859, when 
the vegetation was seriously damaged. June 11th there was another 
"big frost" and what the first had not killed the second did. The 
crops were ruined. A close observer found that in 28 years between 
1883 and 1911 there were 19 years in which the killing frost of 
the season in Reynoldsville occurred on or between September 19th 
and 23rd. During the remaining nine years it took place later. In 
the fall of 1921 the first killing frost occurred October 13th. Much 
damage was done by a killing frost May 30, 1884. 

May 30, 1860, a whirlwind started near the Allegheny River and 
swept up the Red Bank and Sandy Lick Creeks and finally spent its 
force when it struck Boon's Mountains in Clearfiield county. A swath 
varying from one half a mile to a mile and a half wide was covered. 
It passed through Winslow township at about noon, and over where 
much of the western part of Reynoldsville now is, though some of 
the storm went on the east side of the creek. The roar caused by 
the high winds and falling trees was terrific. Fortunately, this sec- 
tion being little inhabited, no person lost his life. Many cows were 


killed in the forest. Every tree and building in the path of the tor- 
nado was blown down. Trees were torn out by the roots. Shingles 
and boards which were carried by the winds high in the air for 25 
or 30 miles from down the creek fell to the ground when they came 
to Reynoldsville. For a short time it was almost as dark as night. 
The pike and near the western part of Reynoldsville for about a mile, 
where it crossed the path of the gale, was filled with trees which had 
been blown over it. People who saw the storm approach ran for shel- 
ter. When they came from their hiding they beheld a strange sight 
for it seemed as if they were in another country. Hills, farm houses, 
barns, cleared lands, a creek and many other things came suddenly 
to view. The forest which had been standing a few moments before 
had been wrecked for miles and the scene beyond was then suddenly 
exposed. A storm in which hailstones weighing 10 ounces each, fell 
immediately. Up until that time forest fires had been unknown in 
this wilderness on account of the dampness of the woods, but be- 
ginning with the following season the dried timber and brush ignited 
and forest fires became an annual occurrence. Rabbits and even 
deer dashed panic-stricken before the blaze. Wildcats and other 
animals are said to have been seen running for safety. Probably 
the worst season for forest fires in this region was in 19 08. The air 
was filled with smoke from such fires for weeks that fall. At times 
in Reynoldsville and in Winslow township one could not see clearly 
for 100 feet. Smoke was stifling. 

One of the severest windstorms to visit this locality, of which 
there is any authentic record, was April 7,j 1908, which, according 
to the nearest wind-measuring instrument, blew 68 miles an hour. 

Phenomena. Between three and seven o'clock in the morning, 
December 16, 1S11, two earthquake shocks shook the log cabins in 
Jefferson county. A shock was observed in Winslow township 
March 9, 1832. A slight tremor was felt in Reynoldsville in the sum- 
mer of 1868 and another in the summer of 1896. 

The "Darkest Day" in Jefferson county was October 23, 1819. 
November 3, 18 3 3, possibly the greatest meteoric shower looked 
upon by man was visible in this wilderness from about three o'clock 
in the morning until sunrise. It was one of the most weird and spec- 
tacular sights ever seen in the skies, and was witnessed at about five 
o'clock, a short time before daylight, by John Fuller and family in 
what is now Winslow township. 

A magnificent display of northern lights was seen all through 
this region one night in August, 185 6, which has not been equalled 
since this section was first inhabited by white men. Those who wit- 
nessed it never forgot the sight. Many superstitious people believed 
that the world was coming to an end. Blue and white lights shot 


up from the northern horizon to the zenith. The display was awe in- 

Winslow township was in almost total darkness for a few mo- 
ments on account of an eclipse of the sun August 7, 1868. 

The roar of cannon at Gettysburg July 3, 1863, was heard in 
Winslow township all day long. The distance in a straight line 
from Gettysburg to Winslow township is about 125 miles northwest. 
The hills in this locality are higher than at Gettysburg and the wind 
was blowing from that direction, which made the booming far more 
easy to hear. The noise was heard at frequent intervals and sounded 
like BOOM-BOOMBOOMBOOM-BOOM-BOM! Then quiet; again 

In the summer of 1907 the blasting of rock for the construction 
of the -Shawmut Railroad about nine miles north of Reynoldsville 
was distinctly heard in the borough and windows were shaken by 
the trembling earth. 

March 2, 1913, 1,100 pounds of dynamite exploded in a brick- 
yard in Reynoldsville. The trembling of the earth was distinctly 
felt at least 10 or 15 miles away and in DuBois, eight miles distant in 
a straight line, glass was broken in windows. 

The fire whistle at DuBois has frequently been heard in Rey- 

When driving a heading in the Soldier Run mine a pine log, 
not petrified but sound, was found fifty feet under the surface. There 
was a creek above and probably the tree had fallen when a ravine 
was there and in the long years which followed the fifty feet of earth 
had washed over it. 

October 9, 1871, smoke was seen in Reynoldsville coming from 
the west in large clouds. The sky was filled with it and the sun 
shown red. It was believed to have come from Chicago, it being 
the day the fire was at its height. The distance in a straight line 
is 485 miles and it is slightly north of due west, about the direction 
from which the wind blows most heavily and persistently. 

Some of the smoke in the air in Reynoldsville in the fall of 
1908 is said to have been blown here from forest fires in Michigan 
and Wisconsin. 

Smoke believed to have come from Pittsburgh, 73 miles south- 
west, has occasionally blown over Reynoldsville when the wind was 
coming from that direction. 

About 1908 a fire broke out in the abandoned Washington 
mine a quarter of a mile northwest of Pancoast. In the same fall 
fire began in the abandoned Pleasant Valley mine within a quarter 
of a mile east of the Reynoldsville cemetery. About that time fire 


started in the abandoned Virginia mine a mile north of Rathmel. 
All caught at the outcrop from forest fires. They were burning 
when this history was published and may continue to burn many 
years after. When the burning coal is not too far from the surface 
the ground is so warm above that snow will melt as soon as it falls. 

The atmosphere of this region is moderately humid which makes 
both heat and cold more perceptible even though the thermometer 
may register the same, than in places where it is dry. The reason 
for this moisture is the close proximity of Winslow township to Lake 
Erie 90 miles to the northwest. 

The prevailing winds which cross Winslow township are from 
the West and they are the heaviest. The main cause for this condi- 
tion is that this territory lies within the zone of the prevailing west- 
erly winds, while the Allegheny Mountains act as a barrier to the 
easterly winds. 



Indians. For many hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, the 
red man pitched his wigwam on the banks of the streams in this vi- 
cinity. As he sat beneath the stars the gray smoke and blazing red 
flames from his camp fires twined upward among the tree tops. In 
this lonely wilderness, so broad and deep and wild, as the pines 
moaned dismally the savage in his forest home smoked his pipe and 
with his squaw and papoose listened to the howl of the wolf and the 
hoot of the owl in the darkness. Only the Creator knew that after 
untold centuries the roar and shriek of the locomotive would be 
heard, the wheels of industry would turn and that a superior race 
would dwell there. 

Little is known of the aborigines of the United States previous 
to the discovery by Columbus. And there never have been evidences 
of prehistoric or any other early races whatsoever, but that of the 
ancestors of the natives found in this region by the Europeans. Here 
was, the .home „Qf the Iroquois confederation, first known in history 
a&* the /F'iv'e 'Nations, "comprising < the Cayoga, Mohawk, Oneida, 
Onondaga', and Seneca tribeo. The confederation had been formed 
in 1570. . 'The. Tusoaroras joined them in 1722. Thereafter they were 
known am^qiig'the' 'English' as ttie Six Nations. The Iroquoians, so 
named by the French, called 'themselves the Ongwanonsionni, "we of 
the extended lodge." The Delawares gave them the name Mingwe. 
The northern and western Algonquins called them Nadowa, "adders." 
The Powhatans called them Massawomekes. The confederation of 
Iroquois immediately began to make their united power felt. After 
the coming of the Dutch from whom they procured firearms they 
were able to extend their conquests over al] the neighboring tribes, 
until their domain was acknowledged from the Ottawa River to the 
Tennessee, and from the Kennebec to the Illinois River and Lake 
Michigan. About the middle of the 17th century the Five Nations 
were supposed to have gained their greatest numerical strength, and 
between 1677-1685 it was estimated at about 16,000. But they lost 
by continued warfare. The most accurate estimate for the 18th cen- 
tury gave the Six Nations between 10,000 and 12,000 which was 
about the number in 1774. 

The Senecas, or Mountain Indians as they were called locally, 
was the nation of the Iroquois confederation which lived in this 
region. It was the largest of the six tribes. In 1660, the earliest es- 
timate, it comprised 5,000 members. Later estimates were 3,500 



in 1772, and 3,000 in 1850. In 1909 there were 2,749 on three 
reservations in New York State. 

The Delaware Indians, as the English called them, lived along 
the river in eastern Pennsylvania bearing that name. They called 
themselves Leni Lenape, or "the original people." About the mid- 
dle of the 18th century the whites on the Atlantic coast began crowd- 
ing them westward across the Allegheny Mountains and many by 
permission of the Iroquois settled in this part of the Colony. 

Winslow township lies in what was once a favorite hunting 
ground of the aborigine. His nearest town was on the present site 
of Punxsutawney. Indian arrowheads and a few stone implements 
which they left behind are the only evidences of the red men's for- 
mer existence in this locality. About a half mile north of Sandy Val- 
ley was once what the pioneers called white oak flats, and when 
white men first came a deer crossing or trail ran through it. The 
forest at that spot being open it was an excellent place for the 
heathens to conceal themselves and shoot deer as they passed 
through. Since the advent of the whites, the forest cleared, and the 
ground tilled, a countless number of arrowheads have been found 
there which were turned up by the plow. On McCreight's knob, in 
the Paradise settlement, Winslow township, many arrowheads and 
other Indian implements have also been discovered but why they 
were so numerous at that place no one appears to know. Arrow- 
heads have frequently been picked up in the spring on every farm 
in Winslow township. When the first settlers came to this part of 
the. State they found where the wild men had made maple sugar. 

The last native tawney skinned family and the only one now 
known that lived in this section, left in about 1816 and was taken 
north with others to a reservation. The English name of the fam- 
ily was John, and at one time their wigwam sat on the southern 
bank of Soldier Run a few rods above 10th Street in Reynoldsville. 
After their removal three of them came here to their old hunting 
grounds to hunt and fish every year, until 1824, when they returned 
to their reservations never to revisit this region . They killed many 
deer and bear on the site where Reynoldsville is now located. The 
hunters were Big John, Little John, and Saucy John. They had a 
brother, John Sight, but he never accompanied them. 

Sam Modock was the last Indian to return here who was a na- 
tive of this region. His final visit was in 1843. Afterwards he killed 
a woman and two children and was hanged for the murder in But- 
ler, Pennsylvania. 

The Colonial Period. In 1606 Virginia was designated as ex- 
tending from the 34th to the 45th degree north latitude. What is 
now Winslow township was then in the section which soon became 


known as North Virginia. In 1620 North Virginia ceased to exist 
when King James I., of England, granted a charter to The Plymouth 
Company giving them the territory between 41 and 46 degrees north 
latitude and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean excepting only 
such lands as were in the possession of other nations. New Nether- 
land, which occupied territory along the coast and was settled by the 
Dutch, lay within the section. 

In 1628 The Plymouth Company granted all of its possessions 
north of the present Massachusetts-Connecticut line to the Massachu- 
setts Colony, and in 1631 all south of that line to the Connecticut 
Colony. The territory now forming Winslow township was then 
transformed from The Plymouth Company to the Connecticut Col- 
ony, though in reality it was in the full possession of the Indians. 
In 1683 King Charles II., of England, after having fixed the south- 
ern boundary of Connecticut at 41 degrees north latitude, which 
runs south of the present south boundary line of Winslow township, 
confirmed the remainder of the grant made by King James I. Yet, 
in 1681, the same king had granted to William Penn land compris- 
ing (the Pennsylvania Colony as far north as above 42 degrees 
causing a large territory to be in dispute. Strife at once began and 
blood was shed as a result, in the eastern part of what is now Penn- 
sylvania. The crown was appealed to during the controversy but 
it failed to settle the difficulty. It continued until the Revolution 
when it died out only to break forth again when the war was over. 
The easy going Penns were no longer in power, having been supersed- 
ed by sterner men who defended the rights of Pennsylvania, and 
soon Connecticut was obliged to relinquish her claim west of her 
present boundary. The locality about which this history was written 
was, for fourteen years, held by the Virginia Colony then, for a de- 
cade, owned by The Plymouth Company and then, for over 150 years, 
claimed by the Connecticut Colony and, finally, became an undisput- 
ed part of the State of Pennsylvania, and all before it had been 
entered upon by white men. 

Early Land Sales. Town of Olney. Other Land Schemes. Wil- 
liam Penn had absolute right to all of this region under the great 
charter given to him by Charles II., of England, but it was a custom 
of the Penns to buy the land from the Indians. This custom was 
continued after Pennsylvania became a state. 

October 22, 1784, at Fort Stanwix (now Rome, New York), a 
treaty was made with the red men and the last part of Pennsylvania 
was purchased for $10,000. The tract then bought is what now 
includes the counties of Jefferson, Potter, Mercer, Warren, Venango, 
Crawford, Butler, Lawrence, Forest, Clarion, Elk, Cameron, Mc- 
Kean, and parts of Erie, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, Clearfield, 


Indiana, Armstrong, Beaver, Tioga and Allegheny. 

Immediately after the purchase lands which lay east of the Al- 
legheny River and Conewango Creek were divided into 18 districts. 
The districts were each about seven miles wide and ran from the 
south boundary of; the purchase to the New York State line. The 
district at the Allegheny River was Number One. The numbers ran 
east, and the one covering what is now Winslow township was Num- 
ber Six. It was six miles and 310 perches wide. The southeastern 
corner was where Cambria and Clearfield counties now corner on 
the Indiana county line. A deputy surveyor was placed in each dis- 
trict who, with a corps of men, surveyed this wilderness. The Deputy 
Surveyor for district Number Six was General James Potter, whu 
began his work in the summer of 178 5. 

Soon after 1790 the Surveyor Genera] made a change within 
the Fort Stanwix purchase and, divided it into six districts. Num- 
ber One was at Lycoming Creek and the numbers ran westward. 
What is now Winslow township was then in District Number Five 
with James P. Brady as deputy surveyor. He and his corps complet- 
ed the work of; laying out the land warrants in what at present is 
the township of Winslow. There are now 40 warrants in the town- 

The legislature passed an act April 8, 17 85, directing that these 
lands be sold by lottery. Tickets, properly numbered, were put in 
a wheel and the warrants on the applications were numbered in ac- 
cordance with the lottery decision. Applicants were permitted to 
take any unappropriated land. No person was allowed to purchase 
more than 1,0 00 acres, but owing to loose methods this law was eas- 
ily evaded and purchasers succeeded in buying all they wanted. 
Speculation was then in vogue as well as now and a few men became 
large land owners. This section was in Northumberland county and 
the warrants laid out here at that time became known as the "North- 
umberland County Lottery Warrants." 

The legislature passed an act April 3, 1792, in which it re- 
stricted the sale of unoccupied landsi to only those who settled on 
them. These lands had first been sold at $1.50 per acre, but it was 
too high to induce people to make many purchases. The price was 
cut several times until finally, by act of April 3, 1792, it was re- 
duced to 13 1-3 cents per acre. The law was then evaded more than 
ever and all endeavored to speculate. During later years the price 
was again raised. 

In May, 1785, an office was opened for the sale of the lands 
within the territory covered by the Fort Stanwix treaty. 

Timothy Pickering & Company were the first to purchase in 
what has since become Winslow township, which they did May 17, 


1785. Colonel Timothy Pickering, after whom the company was 
named, came to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts. He was a com- 
rade and near friend of General Potter, already referred to; a trust- 
ed official under Washington during many of his important battles, 
and Secretary of State under President John Adams. Original 
grants were obtained in all parts of what is now Winslow township 
by Timothy Pickering & Company, and Doctor Cathcart, of Phila- 
delphia. Timothy Pickering & Company owned what is now Rey- 
noldsville east of the line running north and south and crossing at 
the corner of Main and Seventh Streets. F. B. Smith owned in the 
southeast, and Welhelm Willink in the south and west. Welhelm 
Willink's lands were located in what is now the central and western 
part of Reynoldsville. He was a merchant of Amsterdam, Holland, 
and was associated with other Dutch who owned land extensively 
in Jefferson county known as the property of The Holland Land 
Company. Jared Ingersol, at one time Attorney General of Penn- 
sylvania, owned in the western part of the township. John Nichol- 
son, Comptroller of Pennsylvania from 1782 to 1794, who at one 
time owned 3,700,000 acres of land in the State, also owned in the 
western, and Henry Geddis owned in the northwestern part of Wins- 
low. Henry Geddis likewise owned land in the vicinity of what is 
now Main, Fourth and Fifth Streets. 

Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury under Wash- 
ington, who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, at one time own- 
ed land in what afterwards became the upper part of Rathmel. 

As late as 1843 Sherman Day, in the Historical Collections of 
Pennsylvania, p. 3 80, said that "Much of Jefferson county was then 
owned by land companies who would not improve their properties 
and held them at such a high price that they deterred from buying, 
many who would have made improvements." 

Joseph Lattimer eventually came into possession of land now 
partly occupied by Reynoldsville, and in 1830 he had the town of 
Olney laid out. The map of the town measured 12x15 inches. In 
one corner it read "Plan of the town of Olney, Jefferson county, 11th 
month, 18th, 1830." In another place it read "Note — the lots im 
front are 66 feet, in depth 165 feet." Exceptions were given of a 
few lots of other sizes. The statement further said, "The main 
street is 66 feet wide, the others, 3 3 feet." Sandy Lick Creek ap- 
peared on the map. The stream now known as Pitch Pine Run was 
then called Cool Stream. There were 33 lots marked out extend- 
ing from about three rods east of the Sandy Lick Creek along both 
sides of the turnpike to about where Swamp Alley is now located 
between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Lot number one, located near 
what is now the northeastern corner of First and Main Street, was 


sold in 1832 for $10. It was the only one disposed of. In 1837 
David Reynolds, of Kittanning, bought the land with much adjoin- 
ing, stopping all possibilities of Olney becoming a town. Woodward 
Reynolds afterwards bought lot number one just referred to. 

About 18 55 Tilton Reynolds advertised lots for sale at Prospect 
Hill, Paradise settlement, and attempted to build a town out of the 
hamlet. The turnpike in the advertisement was called Main Street. 
But two or three lots were sold. Mr. Reynolds had come there in 
1830 and started the first store in 1842 in what afterwards became 
Winslow township. In 1855 the hamlet had grown to a population 
of 50 or 60 with seven or eight dwellings, a store, a blacksmltn shop, 
a hotel and a doctor. People went there to attend entertainments 
and it was of more importance then than Reynoldsville. The town 
has entirely disappeared and the place is now only a farming com- 
munity. The Central Land & Mining Company is the largest dealer 
of real estate doing business in Winslow township. The company 
was incorporated about 1870 and consisted of wealthy Philadelphians. 
Pancoast, in this township, was named in honor of their first presi- 
dent. The company bought nearly 6,000 acres of land in Winslow 
and nearly 1,000 acres in Washington township for a little less than 
$45 per acre, or about $300,000 in all. It contained valuable coal 
deposits and was heavily timbered when purchased. Most of the 
land laid on a strip above and below Reynoldsville, on both sides of 
the Pennsylvania Railroad. Much of the land now has been sold. 

First Adventurers.. Early Settlers. Probably the first white 
persons who came to what is now Reynoldsville were General James 
Potter and his corps of surveyors in 1785. They laid out, among 
others, warrant 201 which included part of Reynoldsville. General 
Potter was a Deputy State Surveyor in the employ of the State, 
mentioned under the head of Early Land Sales. He was a celebrated 
Revolutionary soldier and died in 1789. Joseph Potter who settled in 
what is now Reynoldsville in about 1822 was a nephew. General 
Potter was described as being short and thick set and though not 
possessing a superior education had great intellectual force. He was 
one of Washington's most trusted Brigadier Generals and was with 
him at Valley Forge and in many important battles. Potter was also 
an Indian fighter both near the close of the Revolution and long be- 
fore. In the French and Indian war he was wounded at Kittanning 
during Colonel Armstrong's encounter with the Indians. He was also 
prominent in the politics of Philadelphia. 

The surveying corps generally consisted of the surveyor, two 
chain carriers, an axman, cook and hunters. From six to 10 men 
were in a corps. It was impossible to carry all of their provision 
andi hunters were required to furnish enough game to make up the 


deficiency. Indians were sometimes troublesome in this region and 
it was also quite necessary for the corps to be large enough to pro- 
tect itself from everything. 

In 1787 the Mead brothers blazed a trail through here. Their 
names were David and John. The trail crossed the Sandy Lick Creek 
and went through what is now the Western part of Reynoldsville. The 
brothers lived in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and George Washington's 
account of the valuable but unoccupied lands in what is now Craw- 
ford and Venango counties had caused them to venture into the 
region. After having crossed rivers and climbed hills they reached 
the present site of Meadville. The brothers returned over the same 
route to their former homes in 1788 but were so well pleased with 
the country that they went back that year with Thomas Martin, John 
Watson, James F. Randolph, Thomas Grant, Cornelius Van Horn 
and Christopher Snyder. They passed over the present site of the 
western part of Reynoldsville with four pack horses and settled at 
and near what at present is Meadville. Mead's trail began at the 
mouth of Anderson Creek, near Curwensville, Clearfield county, and 
all of the transporting through this wilderness was done on it until 
1804 by pack horses. The Meads, in 1788, were the pioneer settlers 
of Northwestern Pennsylvania. 

Many who went through what is now Winslow township on that 
trail were afterwards murdered by the Indians in their raids of 1791, 
1792 and 1793. In 1800 Joseph Barnett came over the route and 
started the first settlement in Jefferson county at Port Barnett. 

Surveyors were here many years laying out land warrants, and 
after 1796 they were also here surveying for the old State road, the 
artery of travel through this section until the turnpike was com- 
pleted in 1824. 

Doctor William McKnight, author of A Pioneer History of 
Jefferson County, informed me that the first white settler in what 
is now the township of Winslow was Henry Feye, Senior, who built 
a log cabin on the old State road where he kept a tavern and sold 
liquor. That was in 1812. The tavern was located in what is known 
as the Fye settlement,/ just west of the DuBois road and east of 
Rathmel. Travelers on the road carried their own provision and only 
secured lodging at the wayside inns. The old cabin stood for many 

About 1821, or just before, a log cabin was built on the up- 
per side of the turnpike a few rods west of the Sandy Lick Creek 
and was the first dwelling erected in what is now Reynoldsville. This, 
like many similar cabins along the pike, was made for the accommo- 
dation of the workmen who were building the road. It is said to 
have first been conducted by one Brockbank who boarded the men. 


En later years the structure was used as a barn. Finally it was torn 
down and by 1845 the big old fashioned chimney was all there was 
standing and that soon disappeared. 

A two roomed log cabin was constructed in 1822 on what is now 
the south side of Main Street in Reynoldsville and about 225 feet 
east of the Sandy Lick Creek. The cabin soon became a tavern, 
and grew into great prominence and was added to until it was very 
large. A Mr. Caldwell is said to have been the first to live in it, but 
he could have been there for only a short time. It was soon occupied 
by Joseph Potter who came in about 1822. He was born in 1760 and 
died in 1842. 

His wife's name was Rachel and they had the following children 
the, names of whom are given in the order of their birth: Rachel, 
Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, John, Hannah, Ramsey, Harriet and Jackson. 
Later it was occupied by Woodward Reynolds of whom mention is 
given further in this history. In 1851, after it ceased to be a tavern, 
Daniel Dunham opened a store in the building and did business there 
until near the outbreak of the Civil War. During that time he made 
a fortune in merchandise and lumbering. After he moved out the 
building was gradually torn down and within the next two or three 
years it was gone. 

Daniel Yeomans came to this vicinity about the time of the ar- 
rival of Potters. 

Jacob Smith also settled in what is now Winslow township, bor- 
dering the present line of Henderson township, at about the same 


John Fuller, and his wife Rebeckah (Cathers) Fuller, the latter 
from near Clarion, Pennsylvania, moved to what is now Winslow 
township in 1822. Mr. Fuller was the earliest settler who lived 
here for any great length of time. He died in 1872 on his farm 
above Prescottville where he and his wife had first settled 50 years 


In 1825 a negro called Douglas settled in what is now Rathmel 
and cleared about six acres of land in the upper part. He lived in 
a log cabin on the township road opposite where the Presbyterian 
church now stands near the center of town and partly built another 
cabinj at a spring. The latter was never completed but stood half 
built until during the '50s when it was torn down. It was seen by 
Isaac London, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who gave con- 
siderable information for this history. It became known as the 
"Nigger Spring." It is situated on the east bank of Fehley's Run, 
opposite from where Dutchtown is now located, about 300 yards 
above the township road, and is the largest spring that empties 
into the creek. 


About 1830 Doctor Clark, of Pittsburgh, began coming to this 
vicinity every summer to hunt and fish, and he continued this prac- 
tice for a number of years. He built a cabin near a spring on the 
old State road a little east of Sandy Valley and it became known as 
the Doctor's Cabin. It remained standing many years after he left 

Thomas Reynolds came to what is now Reynoldsville in 183 5, 
and married Juliann Smith, born in Clinton county, New York. He 
became a prominent citizen, was postmaster, owned a saw mill and 
tannery and kept the first store in Reynoldsville which he opened 
about 1845. It was torn down in 1873. 

In 1837 David Reynolds, of Kittanning, bought a large tract of 
land from the Lattimers on which most of Reynoldsville west of 
Seventh Street now is and on which the cabin then occupied by the 
Potters stood. He gave it to his son Woodward who, with his 
newly married wife, he sent here from Kattanning to take possession 
Her maiden name was Amelia Ross, born in Worthington, Armstrong 
county, Pennsylvania. They found the Potters there. After con- 
siderable trouble and the payment of $50 Mr. Reynolds succeeded in 
inducing them tq vacate. He then proceeded to conduct the place 
himself. He swung a big sign in front of the log cabin at the top of 
a post similar to the style of tavern signs at that time. It was 
nearly a yard square and was painted black with big handsome gold 
letters on both sides, which read "The Sandy Lick Inn, by W 
Reynolds.'" The place was named after the Sandy Lick settlement 
as the region was then called. The sign was made in Kittanning It 
swung to and fro in the wind for many years. On stormy nights 
travelers stopping at the tavern could hear it creaking on its hinges 
at intervals from bed time until dawn. In 1850 Mr. Reynolds built a 
tavern on what is now the northwest corner of Main and Third 
Streets. It was made of brick dried on the banks of the Sandy Lick 
Creek the year before. The building is now the oldest in town. 

Woodward and Thomas Reynolds were not related. There are ! 
now 125 to 150 persons in Reynoldsville and Winslow township who 
are decendents of these two Reynoldses and their families. 

About 1845 the first settler came to what afterwards was 
Sandy Valley and built a log cabin there. He was called "Penob- 
scott Stevens and was from Maine. 

The first white person born in what is now Winslow township 
was Mary Jane, daughter of John and Rebeckah Fuller, born on her 
fathers farm in 1825. She married Julius Doling and died in the 
township. The first white person born in what is now Reynolds- 
ville was David Reynolds. He was born in his father's log tavern 
December 28, 1837, and died in Reynoldsville May 20, 1916 He was 


the son of Woodward and Amelia Reynolds. In the old tavern oc- 
curred the first wedding that took place in this region when Martin 
Staley was married to Elizabeth Sharp, born in Columbia, Pennsyl- 
vania. They were joined together by Robert Douthit, Senior, Justice 
of the Peace, January 19, 1843. H82956 

The heads of families living in Winslow township in 1845 were 
Joseph, John and Ramsey Potter, born near Philadelphia; Woodward 
Reynolds, born in Kittanning; Tilton, William and Thomas Reynolds, 
born near Chester; Jacob Smith, born near Trade City; Martin Staley, 
born near Tarentum; George Fye and George and John ©oyer, born 
in Center county; Adam Yohe, from Schuylkill county: Robert and 
Oliver Cathers, born in Clarion town; Samuel, David and Joshua Rea, 
born in Clarion county; Robert Douthit, Senior, born in Westmore- 
land county; and William Johnston, born in Butler; all of Pennsyl- 
vania; William Fehley and Andrew McCreight, born in Ireland; Ben- 
jamin Clayton and Daniel Yoemans, born in England; Samuel and 
sons Hiram and George iSprague, from Dansville, Vermont; Gilbert 
Burrows, Lanson Rexford and Mr. Griggs, born in Connecticut; 
John Fuller born near Elmira and Francis DeLorm, born in Franklin 
county, New York. Julius Doling and Oliver Welsh also of New 
York State; and Frank Goodaur, of French descent. In 1845 the 
entire population of what is now Winslow township was about 200. 

The population for 1920 was Reynoldsville borough, 4,116 and 
Winslow township, 3,559. 

The present estimated population of the hamlets in Winslow 
township are Prescottville 200, Soldier 300, Rathmel 200, Wishaw 
375, Sandy Valley 175, and Pardus 100. Hopkins, or Carrier as it 
was called at one time, was a thriving lumber hamlet for years but 
now is out of existence. Pancoast, a prosperous mining hamlet once, 
is no more. 

The immigrants who first came to what is now Winslow town- 
ship were mostly Dutch and Scotch-Irish. The Scotch-Irish dialect 
entered somewhat into the early language of the first settlers in 
this region. The Dutch customs and manners are noticeable among 
Winslow township residents to the present time. Many of the 
American born farmers of Dutch descent in this vicinity even now 
prefer talking in Dutch, that is Pennsylvania Dutch. 

The immigrants in this vicinity for many years after the opening 
of the coal mines in 1874 were mostly English, Irish, Scotch and 
Welsh. Now Italians, Poles and Slavs predominate. There has al- 
ways been a large foreign element in Winslow township since 1873 
on account of the mines. The immigrants of today from all parts of 
Europe are far superior to those of long ago. Then they were half 
starved, half clothed, uneducated and downtrodden. Now they are 


not. Few negroes have made this their home. At present but one, 
a man, is permanently located in Reynoldsville. There are no ne- 
groes in Winslow township. 

Burying the Dead. Cemeteries. Formerly the dead were carried 
to the cemetery in wagons and sleighs. The first hearse came to 
Reynoldsville in about 1870. It was brought from Brookville. 
Coffins were constructed by local carpenters and were generally made 
of cherry. There were no sextons and the friends dug the graves 
No rough boxes were used. Boards were laid over the coffins to 
protect them from the earth that was thrown in. Caskets first made 
their appearance in Reynoldsville and vicinity during the early '80s. 

No doubt the first grave of a white person in what is now 
Winslow township is a half mile south of the Reynoldsville Cemetery. 
There is every reason for believing that it contained the body of one 
of the state engineering corps who surveyed land warrants here in 
1785-1795. Now only a head stone remains. Once a footstone was 
also there. Now only undecipherable markings are found on the 
stone, but at one time these markings were sufficiently plain to show 
the date 179 — . 

Single graves are here and there on many farms in Winslow 
township. Some of them have been forgotten and others will be in 
the course of time as new owners come into possession. In a few 
instances two and three graves can be found together. No Indian 
graves have ever been disovered here. The oldest cemetery in 
Winslow township was in Cold Spring Hollow just out of the borough 
and about 300 yards above the turnpike. The place has long since 
been plowed over and all traces of the exact location lost. About 
five bodies were interred in it. The first was about 1837. 

In Winslow township there are now 15 cemeteries of which 
three are private. In these about 4,000 bodies now lie. Fuller's is 
the oldest graveyard in use. It is private and the first body was 
buried there in 1840. At present it! contains about 50 graves. It 
is located on the pike above Prescottville. Prospect on the pike near 
Rathmel is the oldest public burying ground now in use. It has 150 
graves. The first was dug in 1842. The more important cemeteries 
of Winslow township are Beulah, 1876, about 1,200 bodies, just east 
of Reynoldsville; Catholic, 1877, about 1,300 bodies, east of the 
Third ward: Reynoldsville, 1891, about 600 bodies, Punxsutawney 
road, south of town. 

The first accidental death in what afterwards became Winslow 
township occured in the summer of 1821 on the turnpike and on the 
east bank of the Sandy Lick Creek. There was a crew of men chop- 
ping down trees that were on the line of the proposed road. In the 
crew was a young man who was very much afraid of being hit by a 


tree. His fellow workmen soon discovered this and in a spirit of 
fun shouted at him to look out for falling trees when none were fall- 
ing. His fright caused much merriment. He soon tired of it. One 
day he was actually in the way of a tree but when warned paid no 
attention. It struck and killed him. His body was buried near the 
spot where he died which was on the east bank of the Sandy Lick 
Creek about 20 feet above what at present is Main Street. Two logs 
marked his grave for many years. The place is now covered by the 
road bed of the Reynoldsville & Falls Creek Railroad. 

George Culp was the first raftsman drowned in the Sandy Lick 
Creek. The accident occured in the summer of 1848. Others were 
drowned afterwards. 

At one time a cabinet shop stood about 145 feet east of what 
is the southeast corner of Main and 10th Streets. The front rested 
on the ground but as it was on a hill the rear was held up by posts. 
One night in November, 1850, the room was packed with people who 
had gathered to attend a religious meeting. As the building was not 
erected for that purpose the joists were not strong enough to hold 
the weight and the floor caved in forming a funnel into which the 
people rolled and a red hot stove fell on them. Many were badly 
burned. Some recovered but five died from the effects. 

Railroads have been the cause of a number losing their lives 
though up to this time no passengers have been killed in the town- 
ship. Many fatal accidents have occured in the mines. 

Charles Chase was hanged in Brookville in 1867 for the murder 
of old Betty McDonald in the Beechwoods. He was the first person 
executed in Jefferson county. His remains were brought to the 
Burns house, in Reynoldsville, by wagon and his mother came here 
from her home to meet them. Old citizens can remember when she 
had the coffin opened and she and others viewed the body. The 
marks of the rope with which he was hanged showed very plainly 
on his neck. 

In the region which this history covers eight homicides have 
been committed up to this time. Two of them occurred in Reynolds- 

Influenza became epidemic throughout the United States in 
October, 1918. During that month 39 persons died in Reynoldsville, 
35 in Soldier and 78 in Wishaw. In the latter town all. but 10 of 
the population of less than 400 had the disease. The central 
school building in Reynoldsville and the school building in Wishaw 
were used as hospitals during the epidemic. 

Organization of Jefferson County and of Winslow Township. 
In 1682 after William Penn came to what is now Pennsylvania he 
established the present Commonwealth and erected the three 


counties of Bucks, Philadelphia, and Chester. Chester county ex- 
tended over the entire western part of the Colony and included what 
is now Winslow township, making this section once a part of Chester 
county. May 10, 1729, Lancaster county was erected, having been 
formed from a part of Chester county. Winslow township as it was 
afterwards known, then became a part of Lancaster county. January 
27, 1750, Cumberland county was erected, having been formed from 
a part of Lancaster county, and the region now Winslow township 
then became a part of Cumberland county. March 9, 1771, Bed- 
ford county was erected, having been formed from a part of 
Cumberland county. Winslow township as it is now then became a 
part of Bedford county. March 27, 1772, Northumberland county 
was erected, having been formed from Bedford and other counties. 
Winslow township, to be, next was a part of Northumberland 
county. April 13, 179 6, Lycoming county was erected, having been 
formed from Northumberland county, and the spot afterwards 
Winslow township was then a part of Lycoming county. March 26, 
1804, Jefferson county was erected, having been formed from 
Lycoming county, making the place now Winslow township a part 
of Jefferson county, and there it has remained. The land now 
Winslow township, since the organization of Pennsylvania in 1682 to 
the present time, has been in all, in the seven counties of Chester, 
Lancaster, Cumberland, Bedford, Northumberland, Lycoming and Jef- 
ferson. Jefferson county was named after Thomas Jefferson, Presi- 
dent of the United States at the time of its erection. It now contains 
an area of 708 miles. When Jefferson county was formed it had no 
county town and Indiana, Indiana county, then served as such for 
this county. In 1830 Brookville became the county seat of Jefferson 

Winslow township was erected February 11, 1846, and was 
named in honor of Honorable James Winslow, Associate Judge of 
Jefferson county that year. The first election was held April 6, 
following. The northern part was formed from Washington which, 
in 1839, was formed from Pine Creek township. The section where 
Reynoldsville is now located at different times has been in Winslow, 
Washington and Pine Creek townships. The southwestern section of 
Winslow was formed from Young, which was formed from Perry in 
1826, and Perry was formed from Pine Creek township in 1818. 
Another part of the southwestern section of Winslow was formed 
from Gaskill which in turn was formed from Young township in 
1842. The different sections of Winslow have been parts of Wash- 
ington, Gaskill, Young, Perry and Pine Creek township. Pine Creek 


township was erected by an act of the legislature passed in 1806 
and comprised the entire county. It was formed from Pine Creek 
township which first covered this entire region in 1772 when this 
became Northumberland county. 

Doctor William J. McKnight, in A Pioneer History of Jef- 
ferson County, Pennsylvania, p. 49 3, says: "It appears on the records 
of the county that prior to or about the year 1839 a township was or- 
ganized and known from 1839 until 1842 as Paradise. From the 
names embraced in the officers elected in the township the territory 
must have included all of what is now Gaskill, Bell, Henderson, Mc- 
Calmont and a part of Winslow. It disappeared; from the records 
of the county as mysteriously as it appeared. Pioneer election in 
Paradise township in 1839; second election in 1840; third election 

Sykesville borough was formed from Winslow township March 
7, 1907. 

Mails. Post Offices. Reynoldsville Named. The first mail 
that passed through where Winslow township is now located was on 
a route established in 1805 and James Randolph of Meadville was 
the first contractor. It was carried on horse back between Bellefonte 
and Meadville over the old State road. The nearest post offices 
were Curwensville and Meadville. The mail was carried on that 
route until the completion of the turnpike in 1824. According to 
an advertisement of June 10, 1823, once a week service route 158, 
Bellefonte to Meadville, began January 1, 1824, but the records are 
not very complete at the Post Office Department in Washington on 
account of a fire occurring there in 1836. From 1816 to 1845 the 
postage on a single letter under 40 miles was eight cents; over 40 
and under 90 miles, 10 cents; under 300 miles 17 cents. Until 
during the '30s produce was often taken and credit extended for 

In January, 183 6, mail began passing over the pike, according 
to an advertisement, from "Philadelphia by way of Harrisburg, 
Lewistown and Bellefonte every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 
a four horse coach. From Erie, by way of Meadville and Franklin, 
every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and returning the same day 
in a four horse stage." 

The mails continued going through Reynoldsville between 
Clarion and Curwensville over the pike until October 20, 1880, 
and was fctar route Number 8686. It was 5 6 miles long and ran 
daily. But mail has been delivered by rail from since the advent of 
the Allegheny Valley Railroad which first brought passengers here 
from the west November 5, 18 73, and from the east May 4, 1874. 


The pioneers in this vicinity were obliged to go to Brookville 
and Luthersburg for their mail. The first post office in Winslow 
township was established at Prospect Hill, May 18, 1842, and Tilton 
Reynolds was appointed postmaster. In 1849 he brought it down in 
a cigar box to what afterwards was the upper part of Reynoldsville, 
and gave it to his brother Thomas. Near where the old post office 
was located another was established during the Civil War called 
Dollingville, but it was abolished a few years after. 

The Post Office Department paid no attention to the change of 
Prospect Hill post office for sometime. One day the following 
letter was received: 

(Appointment Office) 

Washington, D. C, February 23, 1850. 


I have the honor to inform you that the Postmaster General has 
this day changed the name of the Post Office at Prospect Hill to 
Reynoldsville in the county of Jefferson, State of Pennsylvania, and 
continuing Thomas Reynolds postmaster thereof. 

FIITZ HENRY WARREN, 2nd Asst. P. M. General. 

That letter did double duty of formally announcing the of- 
ficial naming of the place and the appointment of the postmaster. 
Thomas Reynolds had called the locality Reynoldsville as early as 
1845 when the only habitations in this vicinity were his own log 
cabin where he had just begun to keep a little store about 75 feet 
below what is now the south side of Main Street and about 200 
yards east of 10th, and Woodward Reynolds' log tavern near the 
Sandy Lick Creek on the turnpike three-quarters of a mile west. 
Reynoldsville appeared on a map of Jefferson county made in 1846. 

Mail is now received and sent out from the Reynoldsville post 
office over the Pennsylvania Railroad east and west, over the trolley 
lines to Sykesville and Punxsutawney, and by four rural delivery 
routes. The first route was commenced in October, 1904. Three 
mail carriers first began the delivery of mails in Reynoldsville 
borough August 2, 1920. 

The post office at Sandy Valley was established August 20, 1872, 
Sykesvile October 8, 1883 and Rathmel November 27, 1883. The 
more recently established offices in the township are Soldier, Wishaw 
and Pardus. Post offices abandoned in Winslow township in recent 
years were Hopkins, Pancoast, Vantassel at Deemer's Crossroads and 


Military. In the early spring of 1814 a detachment of soldiers 
under the command of Major William McClelland marched through 
what was afterwards Winslow township. His troops were from 
Franklin county and were on their way to Fort Erie to defend it 
against the British. The soldiers started March 4th and were 28 
days on their journey. The command consisted of one major, three 
captains, five lieutenants, two ensigns, and 221 privates. They 
traveled on the old State road and encamped over night in what 
afterwards became Winslow township about half a mile west of the 
Jefferson-Clearfield county line near the head waters of what 
later was known as the North Branch of Soldier Run, it having been 
named after the soldiers. On the following day they marched to 
Port Barnett. 

Training day was conducted annually by the State at the 
county seats. It was held in Brookville during court week in 
September. The first was soon after the place became a county seat 
in 1830 and it continued until the 'Civil War. All men of military 
age went from what is now Reynoldsville and elswhere in the 
county and drilled. They were accompanied by most of the popu- 
lation including the women and children. It was a great event. There 
were much drunkenness and fighting. During the last decade atten- 
dance could be evaded by paying a nominal tax and many took 
advantage of it. 

Immediately after the war with Mexico some United States 
soldiers who had been in it passed along the turnpike and stopped 
over night at Woodward Reynolds' log cabin. 

When the Civil War broke out a large number of men from 
Winslow township entered various military organizations but mostly 
in the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and Company H of 
that organization. The Congressional district of which Winslow 
township for many years was a part covered a very large wild and 
wooded territory and was called the "Wild Cat District." When 
the 105th Regiment was organized, its recruits were nearly all 
taken from the district and it was called the "Wild Cat Regiment." 

Reynoldsville during the war was almost deserted and old men 
and the women and children who were its residents were kept in 
a constant state of excitement by news from the South. The post 
office at Thomas Reynolds' log store was constantly besieged at mail 
time by anxious people waiting to receive letters giving tidings 
from those dear to them who were at the front. After every battle 
the excitement was intense. The news was almost always slow in 
coming which added to the anxiety. Too often the letters told of 
one or more who had been killed, severely wounded or taken prisoner 
and homes became places of mourning and the entire community 


was made sad. Those days of anxious waiting were only surpassed 
in excitement by the sorrowful departure of the boys for the army, or 
by their glad welcome home when the conflict was over. But many 
never came back and others returned crippled. 

The soldiers from Winslow township, which at that time in- 
cluded Reynoldsville, who lost their lives while in the service during 
the Civil War, were the following who belonged to the 105th Regi- 
ment Pennsylvania Volunteers: John Kuhn, Company H, died; James 
A. Johnston, Company F, killed; George Winkleman, Company H, 
died; Hiram P. Sprague, Company H, killed; Lieutenant George W. 
Crosby, Company H, killed; John W. Rea, Company H, died; Joseph 
R.utter, Company H, killed; Captain John C. Conser, Company H, 
killed; Sergeant Joseph F. Green, Company H, died in prison; Hugh 
Conn, Company H, died; Peter Sharp, Company H, killed; Daniel G. 
Carl, Company H, killed; George Howlett, Company H, killed; 
Sergeant Irwin R. Long, Company H, died; and the following from 
other organizations: Samuel Reynolds, Company I, 62nd Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers, died; Noah Wensell, Company I, 62nd Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers, died; John B. Clough, Company K, 11th Pennsyl- 
vania Reserves, died; and John Sheasley, Company K, 11th 
Pennsylvania Reserves, died in prison. 

During the Rebellion party feeling was bitter, and though a 
large number of people were loyal to the North a few were not. 

From the beginning until the end of the Civil War men passed 
through Reynoldsville to the front or were returning home from the 
army. No organized company went by but once and that was in 
1864. They were after deserters a few of whom had passed this 

In April, 1865, five cavalrymen rode through here going west. 
They were in search of Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln. The 
soldiers found the man they were after but he proved not to be Booth 
though there was a resemblance. 

The Civil War greatly modernized the whole county and more 
especially backwoods districts like Winslow township. Young men 
left for the army who had been in the wilderness all of their lives 
and knew nothing of the vast nation in which they lived. When 
they returned home after three of four years of military life a new 
world had been opened to them. Their conception of affairs became 
much more comprehensive and their experiences effected those who 
remained at home. Their primitive ways were set aside and more 
modern ones adopted. Everything was changed for the better. 

About 78 Reynoldsville men formed a cavalry company in 1876 
and drilled for three months. They went to Brookville on July 4th 
and won a prize. 


A number of Reynoldsville young men enlisted in the army dur- 
ing the Spanish-American War. Atmore Shaffer, of Reynoldsville, 
entered the service and was in several battles in the Phillipines 
during the insurrection. He and his regiment were also with the 
allied forces who marched to Pekin, China, during the Boxer up- 
rising in 1900. Many Reynoldsville young men have seen service in 
both the United States regular army and navy. 

During the Boer War, in 1901, over 250 mules were sent from 
Winslow township to South Africa for the use of the British Govern- 

Italians left here and joined their country's army in the Turko- 
Italian War in Tripoli in 1912. Greeks from Reynoldsville joined the 
Greek army and fought in the Turko-Greek and in the Balkan War 
which followed. 

Quite a number of citizens of foreign countries living in 
Reynoldsvile and vicinity left for their native homes and joined the 
colors in 1914-1915 during the World War. 

In 1917, after the United States had entered the World War, 
about 130 men enlisted from Reynoldsville and about 120 from 
Winslow township. Of this number about half were sent to 
France. The following from Reynoldsville died in the service: John 
Anderson died at Camp Lee, Virginia; Charles De Hart died of 
typhoid fever in a hospital in Ancy-la-France; Christopher Latz 
died at home from the effects of being gassed in action in the Ar- 
gonne Forest; Fred Mohney killed in action at Chateau-Thierry; 
Ancell McMullen killed in action at Chateau-Thierry; Fred Wheeler 
died at Camp Sherman, Ohio; Guy Wells killed at the aviation 
camp, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas; and James Woodring died in 
the training school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

The following from Winslow township died in the service; 
Millaered T. Alderton, township, killed in action in the Argonne 
Forest; John Coxson, township, wounded at Chateau-Thierry, taken 
prisoner and died in a German hospital in Breman; John Laird, 
Wishaw, wounded at Chateau-Thierry and died in a base hospital; 
Thomas Maxwell, Rathmel, killed in action in the Argonne Forrest; 
Richard Nesbet, Soldier Mine, died at camp Lee, Virginia. 

A Navy League and a Red Cross were organized in Reynolds- 
ville during the war which supplied soldiers with comforts and the 
army hospitals with numerous articles. Frequent "drives" were 
made in which Reynoldsville and vicinity raised its quota of money 
for war contributions. 

Every time a squad of young men left for the training camps 
to join the army they were honored with demonstrations consisting 
of bands playing, marching and farewell speeches. All during and 


for some time after the war young men in uniform were common 

Making Maple Molasses and Sugar. One of the earlier occu- 
pations in Winslow township was the making of maple molasses and 
sugar. It was the only marketable product of the early settlers, for 
at that time this was a dense forest. Everybody made all they need- 
ed for their own use with much to spare, and it was all they had 
to sell to the outside world. It enabled them to get their groceries 
from the merchants. Some of the settlers paid for their farms from 
the profits made in the manufacture of molasses and sugar. As 
the country to the north was a maple sugar district a market was 
found to the south in Armstrong and other countries, while some 
went as far along the pike as Philadelphia. Every farmer in what 
is now Winslow township had sugar maple trees and made molasses 
and sugar. A few had large sugar camps. 

The first sugar made in what is now Winslow township was in 
1825, and the first camp was owned by John Fuller in 1840 and 
was located on his farm just above Prescottville. Sugar making as 
a business was at its best from about 1845 to 1850. It was important 
afterwards though less was made from year to year until soon after 
the Civil War when it had nearly disappeared. The trees were, 
eventually, all cut down to make farming possible. 



Early Customs. The Introduction of Inventions. The early 
settlers of Winslow township as a class, on account of the lack of 
opportunity, were very poor and had little education, yet they 
possessed the same natural ability of the people of today. Their 
environments made them strong and healthy and, not mingling with 
ihe outside world, they knew but little of its wickedness. 

The dialect of the people of the township prior to 1865 and 
especially before 1840, while not marked would be noticeable now 
were it used. The' broad speech of the first Philadelphia travelers 
attracted much attention when spoken here. 

William J. McKnight's Pioneer History of Jefferson County, pp. 
153-160, says: 

"Pioneer Dress of Men: Moccasin shoes, buckskin breeches, 
blue broadcloth coats and brass buttons, fawn skin vests, round- 
abouts, and woolen warmuses, leather or woolen gallowses, coon or 
seal skin caps in winter with chip or oat straw hats for summer. 
Every neighborhood had then usually one itinerant shoemaker and 
tailor, who periodically visited cabins and made up shoes or clothes 
as required. All material had to be furnished and the itinerant 
mechanics worked for 50 cents a day and board. Corduroy pants 
and overalls were common. 

"The warmuses, breeches and hunting shirts of the men, the 
linsey petticoats, dresses, and bedgowns of the women, were all 
hung in some corner of the cabin on wooden pegs. 

"Pioneer Dress of Women: Home made woolen cloth, tow 
linen, linsey-woolsey, etc. Barefooted girls walked three or four 
miles to church, when, on nearing it, they would step into the 
bushes to put on a pair of shoes they carried with them. Every 
married woman! of any refinement then wore day caps and night- 
caps. The bonnets were beaver, gimp, leghorn, and sun-bonnets. 
Women usually went barefooted in the summer and in winter covered 
their feet with moccasins, calf skin shoes, buffalo overshoes and 
shoe packs. 

"The home of the pioneer in Jefferson county was a log cabin, 
one story high, chinked and daubed, having a fireplace in one end, 
with a chimney built of sticks and mud, and in a corner always stood 
a big wooden poker to turn backlogs or punch the fire. These 
cabins were usually small, but some were perhaps 20 by 30 feet, 
with a hole cut in two logs for a window, — oiled paper being used 
for glass. They had puncheon floors, and a clapboard roof held 
down by weight poles to protect them from the storm. Wooden 
pegs were driven in the logs for the wardrobe, the rifle, and the 



powderhorn. Wooden benches and stools were a luxury upon 
which to rest or sit while feasting on mush and milk, buckwheat 
cakes, hog and hominy. 

"The furniture for the table of the pioneer log cabin consisted 
of pewter dishes, plates and spoons, or wooden bowls, plates and 
noggins. If noggins were scarce, gourds and hard-shelled squashes 
answered for drinking cups. 

"Of pests in and around the old cabin the house fly, the 
bed bug, and the louse were the most common on the inside, the 
gnat, the woodtick, and the horse fly on the outside. It was a con- 
stant fight for life with man, cattle, and horses against the gnat, 
the tick and the horsefly, and if it had not been for the protection of 
what were called 'gnat fires,' life could not have been sustained, 
or at least it would have been unendurable. The only thing to dispel 
the outside pests was to clear the land and let in the sunshine. As 
an all around pest in the cabin and out day and night, the flea was 
the worst. 

"Pioneer Food. Buckwheat cakes, mush and scone, corn mush 
and milk, wheat and rye-mush, wheat and rye bread, corn pones, 
corn cakes, hominy, potatoes, turnips, wild onions or wramps, wild 
meats, wild birds, fish, wild fruit, sweet and buttermilk, boiled and 
thickened, doughnuts, and baked pot pies. Everything was either 
boiled or baked. Soda was made by burning corncobs. 

"Pioneer Meats. Hogs, bears, elks, deer, rabbits, squirrels and 
woodchucks. The saddles or ham of deer were salted by the pioneer, 
then smoked and dried. This was a great luxury and could be 
kept all the year around. 

"Fruits. Apples, crabapples, wild, red and yellow plums, 
blackberries, huckleberries, elderberries, wild strawberries, choke 
cherries and wild gooseberries. 

"Sweets. Domestic and wild honey, maple sugar, maple molas- 
ses, and corn-cob molasses. 

"Drink. Metheglin, a drink made from honey, whisky, small 
beer, rye, coffee, buttermilk and fern, sassafras, sage and mint teas. 

"Foot racing, wrestling, and jumping matches were common. 
The jumping matches consisted of a single jump, backward jump, 
high jump, three jumps, and running hop, step and jump." 

At weddings in Winslow township previous to 1850, the friends 
left the cabin of the bride on horseback just before the ceremony 
and met the groom about half way and returned with him. A 
Justice of the Peace always officiated because clergymen lived in 
towns far away. A dance followed. The next day an infare took 
place at the home of the groom and the frolic was similar to that 
at the home of the bride. 

The first regular cook stove was brought here in 1843 though 
the old 10 plate stove invented many years before was used here 
previously for heating. Cooking had been done in front of big fire 
places. Pots and kettles were swung over the fire from a crane. 
Often a log three feet thick and three or four feet long was rolled 
through the big door of Woodward Reynolds' old log tavern and into 
the fire where it burned for several days. 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 47 

Lucifer matches were first brought to Winslow township about 
1846, but it was not until 10 years thereafter that they were general- 
ly used. Previously fires were kindled by the aid of flint and punk. 
People kept them banked in their homes both summer and winter. 
Sometimes when the fire had gone out and flint and punk were not 
at hand, a member of the family went to a neighbor's house, occas- 
ionally half a mile away, and returned with coals of fire on a 

When Winslow township was new every one drank intoxicating 
liquor, even clergymen. Women inbibed quite freely. No one 
thought it wrong. Anyone could sell it and nearly everyone in a 
mercantile business did. No social gathering, where men were 
present was thought complete without liquor. After 1850 stringent 
laws commenced to be made which regulated the sales. Whisky was 
the drink of the harvest field until about the time of the Civil War 
when the custom ceased, but it was drunk for some time after at 
log rollings and barn raisings. 

For two years and a half during 1873-1874 and 1875 no liquor 
licenses existed in Reynoldsville. But there was no strong temper- 
ance sentiment and liquor was sold illegally. February 3, 1916, 
Judge Charles Corbet refused to grant any liquor license in Jefferson 
county for 1916, and intoxicating* liquor was last sold legally in 
Reynoldsville and vicinity as a beverage February 16, 1916. 

Previous to 1850 people in Winslow township did the spinning 
for their own garments and they were made into cloth by a local 
weaver. Blankets, footwear and the like, as well as clothes for men 
women and children, were all manufactured at home. After 1850 
machines in the factories drove out the homespun garments. 

The first doctor in Winslow towaship lived on Prospect Hill. 
His name was Doctor Harris and he resided there in 1849-1851. 
Then they were always called doctors, never physicians. He gathered 
all of his own herbs and made his medicine from receipts. The 
next was Doctor Crawford, a regular physician, who was located 
here for a short time in 1860. Often the sick in this locality were 
treated by Brcokville physicians. About 1867 Jacob Crowell, who 
lived on the pike just east of where the Rathmel Junction now is, 
had his left leg amputated as the result of a sore. That was the 
first major surgical operation performed in Winslow township. John 
McHugh, a brakeman on the Allegheny Valley Railroad, whose arm 
was terribly mangled in the first wreck which occurred just east of 
Brookville November 16, 1873, was taken to The Reynolds Hotel on 
Main and Third Streets. His arm was amputated which was the 
first major surgical operation performed in Reynoldsvile. 

Flintlock guns and no other firearms were used in Winslow 


township until about 18 53. Caps were then employed. Cartridges 
were not in use in guns until during the Civil War. Bullets were 
made in molds until 1850. 

Daguerrotypes, the first photographs, made their appearance in 
about 1855 when people went to Brookville and got their photo- 
graphs. Tintypes followed, and then pictures on cards. The first 
photographs taken here were in about 1865 by photographers who 
traveled in cars and remained a week or more at each place. The 
first permanent photograph gallery was established in Reynoldsville 
in 1875. 

Until the Civil War and for a short time after loans of both 
large and small amounts were made without issuing notes and 
agreements were entered into involving quite large sums of money 
without written contracts. The loans and contracts were made 
verbally and in the presence of witnesses. Deeds of land were made 
in writing. 

Many Spanish and a few French coins were in general circula- 
tion when this locality was first settled. "Shinplasters" of the old 
State banks, which though good one day might be worthless the 
next on account of the banks which issued them having failed, made 
their appearance during the '50s. After the Civil War began they 
disappeared and national paper money came. Fractional currency of 
five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 50 eents appeared with notes of larger de- 
nominations. But in a few years the government ceased issuing 
paper money of small amounts and finally it was gone. 

Counterfeit bills were circulated and in about 1862 there is 
said to have been more bad money here than good. At about that 
time and for a few years after merchant's script given by store- 
keepers and payable in merchandise was issued but it would pass 
only within a short distance from where it was paid out. 

Until during the Civil War much was received in exchange and 
long credits were given for merchandise. Settlements were often 
made only once a year, generally upon the return of the customer 
from Pittsburgh after the rafting season when he had money he re- 
ceived for his timber. 

The first wall paper in Winslow township was used in Pres- 
cottville in 1859. Previously walls and ceilings were whitewashed. 

About 1860 the hirst window shades came in use. They were 
made of paper and were decorated with highly colored flowers, 
peacocks, scenes or some other design. 

The latchstring went out of general use in dwellings in Winslow 
township in about 1860. One end was fastened to the latch on the 
inside to be pulled by any one who wished to enter. Drawing the 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 49 

atchstring was equivalent to locking the door. 

No young man in Winslow township was enough of a dandy to 
rear a collar until during the Civil War when the more dressy wore 
>aper collars with red striped flannel shirts and no cravats. Men 
vore homespun warmuses tied with strings, linsy-woolsey panta- 
oons, with numerous patches, tucked in heavy cowhide boots, and 
anything that would do for a hat until 1861. Their clothes were 
generally gray or butternut brown. Until during the Civil War 
nost men wore full, untrimmed beards and mustaches, and their 
air was allowed to grow in the winter. By the time it was cut in 
ihe spring it often reached to their shoulders. The shaving and 
iair-cutting of many men was done when in Pittsburgh where they 
went with logs. Women and girls dressed very plainly until after 
'he Civfl War. 

The first ice was stored in Reynoldsville in 1863 and the peo- 
ple were surprised to see ice in August. Ice was first manufactured 
n Reynoldsville in 1915. 

The first sewing machine was brought to Winslow township in 
L864 and was called the Dolly Varden. It was small, had a chain 
stitch, ran by hand and was fastened on an ordinary table. The 
first foot power machine on its own table came a few years later. 

The first melodeon was brought here after the outbreak of the 
Rebellion. Organs soon followed. The first piano came in 1873. A 
pipe organ was put in the Baptist church of Reynoldsville in 1904, 
Lhe Methodist Episcopal church in 1906, the Presbyterian church in 
1908 and the Catholic church in 1911. 

Though in this locality in the past men never fought with 
knives or revolvers they often used their fists. Fighting was al- 
ways considered honorable and was common. One who would not 
defend his rights by physical force was looked upon as a coward. 
Men building the Allegheny Valley Railroad in 1872-1873, and the 
woodsmen, or "woodshicks" when they came to town fought 
often. Fights also occurred at logging bees, and most any place else 
where men congregated, and no one was arrested. Since 1880 
fighting has been practically unknown through public sentiment dis- 
approving it and the enforcement of the law. 

Gambling became common in Reynoldsville about the end of 
the Civil War when money first began to be plentiful, but it was 
carried on more in 1872-1873 when the Allegheny Valley Railroad 
was being constructed. It continued extensively for 10 or 15 years 
thereafter. Many had acquired the habit in the army during the 
Rebellion. Some were professionals who did nothing but play here 
and in nearby towns. Often men went from Reynoldsville to neigh- 


boring communities to take part in or to witness important games 
with big stakes. Visitors came here for the same purpose. Poker 
was; played mostly though seven up was common. No arrests were 
made here for gambling then. At different times gambling places 
were conducted in various back rooms on lower Main Street, and the 
managers received a percentage of the money bet. 

Parlors became numerous in Reynoldsville soon after 1870 
when this place suddenly grew into a town. Although the walls had 
been papered for some years the ceilings were whitewashed. An 
ingrain carpet was on the floor and underneath it was a layer of 
straw an inch or more deep. The furniture generally consisted of 
a half dozen pieces upholstered in haircloth or rep. Tidies 
covered the arms and backs. A mahogany, blackwalnut, or marble- 
topped center table was in the room. On it were a large family bible, 
two or three books of poems, a large plush photograph album with 
two large shining brass clasps containing photographs which were 
always shown to visitors, and an autograph album which contained 
the handwriting of the friends of the family. Underneath were a 
stereopticon and views. An organ or square piano stood next to the 
wall. Lying on the instrument was a pile of music which generally 
contained the following popular songs of the day: "Captain Jenks," 
"Paddle Your Own Canoe," "Gathering Shells From the Sea 
Shore," "Good-by Liza Jane," "Digging Dusky Diamonds," "Up in a 
Balloon Boys," and "I Love to Take a Ramble." Silvered glass 
vases and plaster of paris busts sat on the wall brackets and mantle. 
Dried grasses and flowers were often in the vases. A handsome 
parlor oil lamp furnished the light. A low, square, open cast iron 
highly polished mentor stove gave the heat though open fireplaces 
were common. A whatnot sat in the corner on which were geologi- 
cal specimens, curios, shells, corals and so on. In the early '70s a 
long string of buttons collected by the girl of the home from her 
friends may have lain on it. Hanging on the wall were gilt 
and blackwalnut framed chromos, besides pressed leaves and ferns, 
photographs, a marriage certificate and wreathes of artificial flowers 
in frames. Steel and wood engravings of Washington, Lincoln or 
Grant in oval frames were often seen. The motto, "God Bless Our 
Home," was above the door. A large, tall mirror in a large gilt 
frame frequently leaned against the wall. A plaster of paris dog 
sat on the floor. 

The door was closed and the room darkened by 
drawing the green window shades when the parlor was 
not occupied, which was most of the time, although it was generally 
the best located room in the house. It was always in perfect order 
and had a general air of stiffness. Everything appeared new and 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 51 

unused and in the winter it was always cold, showing that it was 
seldom entered. When opened it had a musty odor because of not 
having been aired for a long while. It was used when the pastor 
called, who always prayed with the family, visitors from a distance 
came, a big dinner or evening party was given, or at a funeral or 
wedding. In some homes the young lady of the household was per- 
mitted to entertain her gentleman friends within its sacred walls. 
This style of parlor remained popular for about 15 years and was to 
be found for a long time after. 

The first musical organization in Reynoldsville was The Silver 
ICornet Band and it came into existance in 1873. It ultimately dis- 
organized. In 18S0 a new band, composed mostly of the members of 
the old, was formed and was known as The Keystone Band. That 
[organization was dormant several times and ceased to exist in 1909. 
iVarious bands have been organized here since then and have gone 
put of existence. Two men who were members of The Silver Cornet 
Band since became members of Congress. Their names are Honor- 
able William O. Smith and Honorable James A. Tawney. 

Honorable James A. Tawney, of Minnesota, for many years 
members of Congress and at one time chairman of the very im- 
portant Ways and Means committee lived in Reynoldsville in 1875- 
1876. He worked in a machine shop, since burned, located on the 
lower side of West Main Street a short distance west of the Sandy 
Lick Creek. 

The Prescottville Cornet Band was organized at Prescottville in 
1883. It prospered for a decade and then went out of existence. 

The first mowing machines were used in Winslow township about 
1875 and other farming machinery followed. Farms were so covered 
with stumps at that time that farmers were slow to use them. 

The first typewriter was) brought to Reynoldsville in 1889. It 
was Calagraph and was used in the office of The Bell, Lewis & Yates 
Coal Mining Company. 

The fi,rst talking machine heard in Reynoldsville was pub- 
licly exhibited in 1890. 

The first moving pictures seen in this place were shown in 1896. 

The first wireless telegraph station was erected here for receiv- 
ing messages only in December, 1914. It was privately owned. The 
first spoken words heard here by a wireless telephone was on Novem- 
ber 6, 1921. 

The use of electrical power in shops and other business places 
iand in private residences began here, practically, in about 1919, 
when a new system of electrical power was inaugurated. 


Tent Shows. Indoor Entertainments. Theatrical Troups. Tent 
shows formerly started at Philadelphia and passed through what is 
now Winslow township to the northwestern part of the State. At 
that time America's greatest showmen went by and as large shows 
traveled this region then, when it was a wilderness, as came through 
many years later. These shows pitched their tents at Luthersburg 
and Brookville usually passing through here, which was midway, be- 
tween eight and nine o'clock in the morning. Most tent shows which 
drove this way then are said to have come from New England. 

The first show to go through where Winslow township now is 
was Harrison's Menagerie which went over the old State road to 
Meadville in 1819. It had an elephant, a lion and smaller; wild 
beasts. The first to go over the turnpike was in 1829 and it showed 
at Port Barnett. Neither Reynoldsville nor Brooksville existed then. 
It was a small menagerie and with it were an elephant, a lion, and 
a few smaller wild animals. An elephant and other beasts passed 
by here in a menagerie in 1832. Van Amburg's Menagerie in 1845 
went through and was about the most important show of that time. 
It had a long procession of highly colored wagons. There was a big 
elephant called Columbus, besides numerous camels and other ani- 
mals. Rivers & Daries' Circus was the next of importance. It trav- 
eled by; in 18 51. In 1857 came Dan Rice, the greatest clown this 
country has ever produced, with his circus. Adam Forepaugh's im- 
mense circus and menagerie went through in 1869. Montgomery 
Queen's Circus came next in about 1871. Spring was late and there 
was much rain. The roads were very muddy all along the route. 
Farmers' horses were hired to assist in moving the great heavy wag- 
ons which sunk in the April mud to the hub. Elephants aided in 
pushing the heavier ones. It arrived in Brookville a couple of days 
behind time. 

The first tent show to exhibit in Reynoldsville was Whitby & 
Company's Circus which came in about 1867 and pitched its tent 
near the northwest corner of what is now 10th and Worth Streets. 
The second, a small Indian show, had, for its chief attraction, Sir 
Henry, the most famous horse in America. Baird, Howard & Com- 
pany's circus showed on the flats along the Sandy Lick Creek June 
22, 1874. The first balloon ascension ever made here was on that 
day at the circus ground. In about 1876 Dan Rice, then a very old 
man, came with a show which exhibited on the same flats. Ringling 
Brothers' show visited here one time. It was small then, though 
now it is one of the largest in the world. 

There was a big circus and menagerie on the flats just referred 
to in about 1877. The partners had trouble concerning the collection 
of money for concert tickets when, in the tent and in the presence of a 
vast audience, one of them drew a revolver and aimed it at the head 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 53 

of the other whose wife, a beautiful woman, threw herself between 
the two, and prevented the shooting. Had she not done so her hus- 
band would surely have been killed if hit. Had the ball missed him 
it would have killed a child, now a woman, who was in direct range. 
The two men dissolved partnership a short time after leaving here. 
The earliest entertainments which came to this section were 
puppet, vantriloquist, magic lantern and sleight of hand shows. The 
first indoor exhibition to visit here came in about 1845, and for many 
years shows were held in private houses, blacksmith shops, hotels 
and schoolhouses. One winter in about 1859, a puppet show was 
given in the schoolhouse on the north side of East Main Street near 
what is now the borough line. A play entitled "Babes in the Woods" 
was rendered by puppets in which birds came and covered the 
children with leaves. A lecturer explained the play as it proceeded. 

The first drama played in Reynoldsville was produced by the 
Clara Wildman troup, a traveling company, July 13, 1874, in Gor- 
don's Hall. The hall was situated on the south side of Main, east of 
Fourth Street, about half way to Swamp Alley, and was burned 
during the big fire August 25,1875. Numerous theatrical produc- 
tions were rendered there. The Reynolds Opera House was opened 
by The J. K. Stoddard Company August 14 and 15, 1875. One eve- 
ning in the winter of 1878 while the Methodists were holding ser- 
vices there and the room was crowded a panic was started by a false 
alarm, caused by some one who feared the floor would give way 
and had warned his friends. A mad rush was made for the door and 
down the stairs to the exit on the first floor. Fortunately two men 
were cool enough to stand in the entrance and remonstrate with the 
crowd as they came to the head of the stairs. In that 
manner the people were held back until every one was given time 
to get out in safety. Otherwise scores would have been wounded 
and killed in a human mass that would surely have been piled up at 
the foot of! the stairway. That playhouse did good service until it 
ceased to be used as such in 1906. The building was burned June 
29, 1915. It was on the southwest corner of Main and Third Streets. 

The Centennial Hall was erected in 1876 on the northwest 
corner of Main and Fourth Streets and has been used for lectures, 
political meetings, conventions, educational entertainments, religious 
services and so on. The skating rink on the northeast corner of 
Main and Fifth Streets, the leading attraction at the time, was built 
in 1884 and torn down later. Assembly Hall, in the public school 
building, has been used for much the same purpose as The Cen- 
tennial Hall. Moving picture theatres first made their appearance 
in 19 6. The Adelphia, a modern theater, on the north side of Main 
between Fourth Street and Swamp Alley to the east, was opened 


April 7, 1910, by the drama "A Gentleman from Mississippi." 

Social Life. Social life in this vicinity began at the opening of 
the turnpike in 1824 when tollgate keepers were the only people 
living along the road. They visited back and forth and entire 
families drove 12 miles to the next neighbor's, ate supper, spent the 
evening and returned home. Brookville and Luthersburg, a few 
years later, were the nearest towns to visit. In the early '50s, when 
the country along the road became a little more settled, there were 
backwoods dances and parties of various kinds. There being no 
gradation, of social standing any one who behaved himself was just 
as good as another. The customs of the people were most simple 
and primitive. 

There was far more dancing then than now. The cotillion, 
French four, and schottish were the most popular dances, though 
the Virginia reel, lancers and others were danced. When there was 
no dancing the young people had kisses or play parties as they were 
called. The older ones watched the young for both old and young 

Other social events took place at corn huskings, logrollings, 
maple sugar boilings, choppings, barn raisings, apple butter boilings, 
apple parings, scutchings, sewings and quiltings. The young men 
worked outdoors and the young women in, at a neighbor's home all 
day long. Supper followed and then for a "dance all night till broad 
day light and go home with the girls in the morning." The last 
dance frequently took place in the bright morning sun. Spelling 
bees and singing schools were very popular but taking the girls home 
after it was over was even more so. Church festivals, socials, fairs, 
or anything else of a social nature in connection with a church was 
unknown in Winslow township until about 1860. 

Probably the most remarkable social event in Reynoldsville was 
the grand house warming of Archie Campbell at the opening of The 
Sandy Lick Hotel on the southeast corner of Main and Seventh Streets 
Christmas eve, 1865. People came from miles around. (The young 
men were just from the army and in for the roughest fun. The 
dancing, which took place on the first floor continued until day- 
break and a neighboring musician played the "fiddle." The whisky 
was taken. The liquor was stolen from the thieves. Someone else 
carried off the turkey. Another hit Archie in the ear with a handful 
of cold potato. The supper was served on the second floor, to the 
guests, in relays. They emptied butter, potato, coffee and other food 
together. A ham bone lay at each end of the table. The male guests 
began throwing them back and forth between the two rows of peo- 
ple upsetting the gravy and other things, and then into the hall. 
Finally one was thrown down the stairway and back again several 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 55 

;inies H causing everyone to dodge who was in its path. At least a 
)one was thrown at the host with great violence, just missing his 
lead. There was a rough house all that night but everyone had lots 
>f fun of the wildest kind. It has since been called "Lanigan's 
Ball" after the old song. 

Outdoor Meeting. Picnics. Crowds. The first gathering worthy 
)f note which occured in the open air in Winslow township was a 
)icnic in about* 1850, above the turnpike on the hill east of Beech 
street. Others were held from year to year, but the next of impor- 
ance was inter-denominational and took place July 4, 1861, on the 
;outh bank of Soldier Run east of 10th Street. Speeches were made 
md the war, which had just begun, was discussed. July 4, 18G3, a 
Baptist picnic which was largely attended, was given in the woods 
ilong the south bank of the Sandy Lick Creek north of Bradford and 
Chompson Streets. The war was the main topic of the speakers and 
ill who attended. It was the day after the Gettysburg battle about 
vhich the people had all heard and eagerly discussed. Then July 
Ith was the one day for large gatherings. 

In 1867 the first ball club in Winslow township, The Boomer- 
tugs, was organized in Reynoldsville. The members were mostly 
roung men out of the army. They had games in Punxsutawney, 
^uthersburg, Brookville and other neighboring towns. At home the 
:lub played on a diamond situated between Main and Grant Streets 
i.nd near what is now the site of the Baptist church between Fifth 
md Sixth Streets. Immense crowds for those days, witnessed them 

In the summer of 1874 one of the greatest political demonstra- 
ions ever held in Reynoldsville took place in a ( fiela near what is 
low the southwest corner of 10th and Jackson Streets. The event 
vas a Republican ox roast. Governor Hartranft was present and 
nade a speech. 

September 1, 18 81, there was a reunion of the 10 5th Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers which was attended by a large crowd of people. 
t was held on the hill on Grant between Seventh and Eighth 
Street. About 300 Civil War veterans attended, the largest number 
»f old soldiers ever here at one time. 

July 4, 1890, the Patriotic Order Sons of America and the Or- 
ler United American Mechanics, two patriotic societies, held a cele- 
>ration. The crowd was very large. The historic parade was 
inique. Characters in costume rode on floats and represented Anier- 
can history from the landing of Columbus. The display of fire- 
vorks in the evening was never equalled in Reynoldsville. 

The greatest concourse of people ever in Reynoldsville was dur- 
ng Old Home Week, August 19-24, 1907. Immense crowds congre- 


gated here every day, and on Thursday afternoon, the 22nd, 15,00 1 
people are estimated to have been on lower Main Street at one timel 
It is said that as large a crowd had seldom gathered together befora 
in this section of the State. 

Schools. Books and newspapers were few in these backwoods 
when the first settlers were here. Naturally most of the people werd 
ignorant and superstitious. For many years the schools were ofl 
little importance. 

The first schoolhouse built in what is now Winslow township) 
was in 1836. It was located in Prescottville about 80 yards abovd} 
the turnpike, a few rods west of Soldier Run, and was used untii 
about 1842. Thomas Reynolds was the first schoolmaster. 

A house on the upper side of the turnpike east of the present 
east borough line was used as a school from 1842 to 1848. The> 
next was erected on the lower side of what is now Main at about 
100 feet east of Seventh Street. It was used from 1848 to 1855.. 
The one following was on the upper side of east Main about 125 feeq 
west of Beech Street and was used from 1855 to 1870. A school- 
house near it was used from 1870 to 1876. An eight roomed house 
on the upper side of Main, east several hundred feet from Eighth] 
Street, was occupied from 1876 to 1896. The brick building now* 
on Grant, Eighth and Main Street, facing Main, was built in 189 5- 
1896 and dedicated September 4, 1896. It took fire and was partly 
burned February 16, 1902, but was rebuilt in time for use the next 
fall. A schoolhouse located on the northwest corner of Powers and!; 
Lewis Streets, Third ward, was built in 1883 and was burned No- 
vember 16, 1908. A handsome brick structure was erected on thei 
same spot and school was opened in it for the first time Octoberr 
11, 1909. The Catholic parochial school, located on the northeast! 
corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets, was first opened September 2J 
1902. There are now numerous school buildings in Winslow town- 
ship containing about 28 schools. 

Weekly singing and spelling schools began before 1840. Danc- 
ing schools were common long before the Rebellion. Until the Civi 
War teachers in Winslow township received from $12 to $20 per 
month. They boarded around, a week at a place, with the parents 
of the pupils who made no charge. Teachers were not examined and l 
no certificates were given — school boards employed whomever they 
wished. School lasted three months in the winter and two in the 
summer. Five and one-half days a week were taught, there being 
a holiday on Saturday afternoon. A 15-minute recess in the morning 
and again in the afternoon was done away with in the Reynoldsville 
public school in 1896. Teachers were generally called pedagogues 
or schoolmasters until the Civil War. 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 57 

Slates to write on were first sold in Reynoldsville in about 1850 
and went out of use in the public schools of this vicinity in about 
1888. Paper tablets took their place. 

Lead pencils were first brought to this region in about 1860. 
Siate pencils were first sold here in about 1862. Previously soft 
shale, dug from the ground, was used. Steel pens were first used in 
this vicinity in about 1862. Before then goose quill pens were em- 

Manufactured ink was first sold here in about 1870. Up to that 
time the ink was home made, soft maple bark and alum being boiled 
which formed a black liquid. Blue vitriol was sometimes used in 
the place of alum. 

The Reynoldsville High School was organized in September, 
1896. The first class graduated in May, 1897. 

The 55th County Teachers' Institute, of Jefferson county, was 
held in The Adelphia Theatre, Reynoldsville, December 19-23, 1910, 
being the first time it was ever held in this place. 

Churches. Clergymen prior to 1861 generally preached about 
the lake of fire and brimstone and the eternal torment of the lost 
souls. They frequently talked in that manner until their congrega- 
tions became so badly frightened that they quaked and trembled 
and the children were afraid to go home alone. People were taught 
to live in fear rather than in the love as well as fear of the Lord. 
The ^bigotry and prejudice existing among the various religious sects, 
at least in these woods, during the fore part of the 19th century 
can scarcely be realized today. Often families were not permitted 
to attend a church service or hear a clergyman preach who was of 
another denomination than their own. 

The early pioneers of Winslow township were not very religious. 
Those who were were nearly all Methodists and Baptists- Presby- 
terians came later. Catholics moved here in numbers after the De- 
ginning of the building of the railroad in 1870-1873. Lutherans be- 
gan to show some strength in 1876. No other church was ever very 
strong in this locality. 

The first preaching done in what is now Winslow township was 
in 1836 in the log schoolhouse just completed in Prescottville. For 
many years schoolhouses and private dwellings were used for 
preaching and prayer meetings. The first bush meeting was held in 
Winslow township during the summer of 18 53 in a grove on the 
hill 300 yards directly north of Sandy Valley, and similar meetings 
were carried on in the township from that time until soon after 
the Civil War. The building of churches resulted in this custom be- 
ing discontinued. These gatherings were annual occurrences and 


consisted of religious meetings beingj held in the woods by two or 
three congregations each afternoon and evening for a week or 10 
days, the people going home every night. They differed from camp 
meetings which were generally composed of 25 or 30 congregations, 
many of the people living on the ground both day and night. There 
was never a camp meeting held within 10 or 15 miles of Winslow 
township. Both bush and camp meetings were nearly always con- 
ducted by Methodists. 

The male members of a congregation, until during the Rebellion, 
sat on one side of the church and the female members sat on the 

Protestant ministers until the beginning of the Civil War had 
full beards though generally the upper lip was shaven. They wore 
high hats, stocks, and double breasted coats with V-shaped split-tails 
for convenience when riding horseback. After the war the stocks 
and split-tails disappeared, full beards were less worn and during 
the '80s the high hats went out ofj style. Catholic priests did not 
visit here until about 1872 and their dress was the same then as 
now. Their smooth faces were a distinctive feature until after 1905 
when clean shaven faces became universal. 

The Soldier Run Baptist church was organized in 1858. That 
year Reverend James Johnston became its pastor and also the first 
resident clergyman of Winslow township. The organization built 
a church at Prescottville in 1860. In June, 1887, they laid a cor- 
ner stone and that year erected a brick church on the northwest cor- 
ner of Main Street and Coal Alley, east of Fifth Street, in Reynolds- 

The Reynoldsville Presbyterian church was organized October 
18, 1860, in the Cold Spring Hollow schoolhouse near the northwest 
corner of Main and Beech Streets.' They soon after moved to the 
Baptist church just built in Prescottville. In 1872 they moved into 
their own new church on 12th Street, now that part of Reynolds- 
ville called Snydertown. The same organization later constructed 
a brick church on the northwest corner of Main and Seventh Streets. 
The corner stone was laid September 11, 1879, at 10 o'clock a. m., 
and the foundation was built that fall, but the building was not 
erected for three years. 

R.eynoldsville was formerly in the Emerickville charge of the 
Methodist Episcopal church and the members for many years held 
service in schoolhouses. In 1874 Reynoldsville wa« formed into a 
separate charge when a church was organized nere with 190 mem- 
bers. The Methodists held regular services in Gordon's Hall from 
July, 1874, until the fire August 25, 1875. Thereafter, most of the 
time they held services in The Reynolds Opera House until 1879. 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 59 

That year they built a church on the east side of Fifth Street cor- 
nering on Gordon Alley and Jackson Street. The corner stone was 
laid in May. 'The church was torn down in 1905. A stone church 
was built at once on the same lot and the corner stone was laid 
June 3 0th, at three o'clock, p. m., that summer. It was dedicated 
April 29, 1906. 

The only Catholics in Reynoldsville in 1870 were Judge E. C. 
Schultz and family, William Jackson and family and Patrick Flynn 
and family. The Saint Mary's Catholic church was organized in 
March, 1871, and the first mass was celebrated in the Cold Spring 
Hollow schoolhouse, northwest corner of Main and Beech Streets, 
June 2, 1872. A church edifice was erected on 11th Street which 
was dedicated October 4, 1875. Later a brick church was erected 
on the south side of Main between Sixth and Seventh Streets and it 
was dedicated in October, 1884. The old church was torn down in 
1887. Father Terence Brady, first regular pastor, has been here 
since 1881. Few clergymen in the State, of any denomination, have 
remained as long in a single charge. 

The Lutheran church was organized in 1880. A church edifice 
was erected on the south side of Jackson west of Fourth Street. The 
corner stone was laid in July, 1884. 

Industries. The first industry in what is now Winslow town- 
ship was the grist mill owned by Robert Douthit, Senior, located on 
the east bank of Trout Run and on what is now the Punxsutawney 
road. It was begun about 1838 and was closed in 1867. The next 
was a tannery erected by Thomas Reynolds near what is now Jack- 
son and 10th street, in Reynoldsville, in 1845 and ran, off and on, 
until after the close of the Civil War. 

In 1866 a well was drilled on the west bank of the Sandy Lick 
Creek about two miles below Reynoldsville for oil, to about 1,000 
feet, which was then considered very deep, but it was abandoned 
on account of no oil being found. Salt water, however, was discov- 
ered and salt works were then started which ran a few years when 
they were discontinued on account of the owners being unable to 
meet competition. 

The first steam whistle in this section of the country was first 
used in 1870 when one was placed in a planing mill at which is now 
the northeast corner of Main and First Streets, Reynoldsville. 

The hours of labor here, until soon after 1870, in the lumbering 
camps and sawmills, were from six o'clock a. m., until six o'clock 
p. m., with half an hour at noon for dinner. On the farms at all sea- 
sons of the year they were from before daylight until dark with suffi- 
cient intermission for meals. 

In 1874 the Belnap sawmill was located in the woods on Pitch 


Pine Run and what is now Mill Alley between Hill and Mable 
Streets, Reynoldsville. One day at noon the boiler in the mill ex- 
ploded and a large part of it was thrown high in the air. One piece 
fell on the roof of the Seven Kitchens, a tenement house located on 
the northeast corner of Main Street and Swamp Alley, between 
Fourth and Fifth Streets. Four horses were required to haul it 

The longest and most severe miners' strike in this section was' 
the one between the coal miners and operators which lasted from 
March 21, to July 21, 1886.* Another notable strike was that of 
the silk mill in Reynoldsville. It lasted about five months, having^ 
begun in September 1902, and ended in February, 1903. 

The silk mill was erected in 189 8. That fall there was a very? 
heavy wind one day at about one o'clock p. m., which blew off thef 
southern half of the second floor. Though the mill was crowded 
with operatives no one was seriously injured. The building was 
soon repaired. 

Reynoldsville now contains two silk mills, macaroni factory, 
flour mill, tannery, machine shop, casket factory, brick works, plan- 
ing mill and others. 

Lumbering, Rafting. In 1846 the first timber raft went from 
what is now Reynoldsville to Brookville via the Sandy Lick Creek, 
though it was in 1826 that the creek was declared a highway by the 
State, from the east Jefferson county line to its mouth for rafts, 
boats and logs. William B. Johnston was the pilot of the first raft 
and he and his crew found it hard work to cut the trees which had 
fallen across the stream and to clear out the obstructions. After 
the creek had become passable it required four or five days to make 
the trip to Pittsburgh, via. Red Bank Creek already cleared, and 
the Allegheny River. The timber which formed the rafts was sold 
and the raftsmen returned home. For many years they rode up the 
Allegheny River for a long distance on boats, and walked the re- 
mainder of the way. Between 1850 and 1860 the greatest amount 
of rafting was done on the Sandy Lick Creek. An immense quantity 
of heavy pine and hemlock timber was easy of access to the stream 
with but few mills to saw it. The rafts generally went down during 
the spring freshets, but occasionally in July, August and Septem- 
ber. On the way from where DuBois now is to the Allegheny 
River rafts were so numerous during the spring floods between 1850 
and 1860 that there was scarcely a place along the creek that one 
was not in sight. In time heavy timber became less plenty and raft- 
ing on the Sandy Lick Creek dwindled. Finally the Allegheny Valley 

*A more severe coal strike ended while this history was being 
printed. It lasted from April 1st, till August 25, 1922. 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 61 

Railroad was built and by 1875 little rafting was done in this vi- 
cinity. The last raft went under the Main Street bridge over the 
Sandy Lick Creek in Reynoldsville in about 1882. "William T. Cox, 
m whom I am indebted for considerable that is in this history, was 
^he pilot. He was born in Washington township, three miles north 
>f Winslow, October 2, 1847, and was the son of Peter and Nancy 
; Harrison) Cox. Rafting was done further down for 2 5 years after, 
j)ut it was too narrow in Winslow township to get timber by the 
logs in the milldams without trouble and they were sold at home. 
Extensive lumbering in this locality was about completed in 19 03. 

The legislature passed an act April 17, 18 56, organizing The 
led Bank Navigation Company. This corporation was reorganized 
by an act passed May 28, 1860. Its capital stock was $10,000. The 
stockholders were mostly Brookville and Winslow township men. 
rhe jurisdiction of the company extended over the Red Bank, Sandy 
Uck and North Fork Creeks where its duty was to clean and clear 
the creeks of rocks, bars and other obstruction, erect dams, locks 
a,nd brackets, and it was given power over private dams and chutes 
indi the right to regulate the water of the creeks. The company 
was also granted the right "to levy tolls not exceeding one and one- 
quarter cents for each and every five miles of! improved creek per 
1,000 feet of boards or other sawed material; one and one-fourth 
cents for each 50 feet, lineal measure, of square or other timber; 
one-fourth of one cent per foot for every boat that they may pass 
iown said creek to be collected at the mouth of Red Bank Creek 
and at such other points along the creek as may be necessary." The 
company ceased to do business about 1875. 

The first sawmills were known as up-and-down mills and were 
run by water wheels. One man and an up-and-down saw cut about 
1,000! feet of lumber a day. After the Civil War the more rapid 
circular saw was used exclusively. 

The first sawmill in what is now Winslow township was con- 
structed by William Reynolds on Soldier Run in the upper part of 
what is now Rathmel. It was begun in 1845 and was closed in 1861. 
About 21 sawmills, not including portable ones, have been operated 
in the township. The first circular saw to replace an up-and-down 
saw in the township was erected in the Be- be & Clark mill on the 
Sandy Lick Creek at Sandy Valley in 1859. The first planing mill 
in the township was built in 1857 by William and Henry Aiman in 
Prescottville near the forks of the turnpike and the Big Run road. 

Until 1881 lumbering had been done in Winslow township only 
along the shores of the creek for the timber and on the higher 
places to clear the land for farming. Vast tracts of immense trees 
away from the streams and especially on the hills were yet standing. 


In that year Hopkins' mill, just below Reynoldsville, was changed 
from a capacity for cutting 20,000 to a capacity for cutting 100,000 
feet per day. It made a new era in lumbering) in this region and it 
was carried on thereafter on a very extensive scale until it was closed 
in 1904. 

The peeling of bark became important in Winslow township 
in 1881 on account of a large tannery being started in Reynolds- 
ville that year which created a demand for hemlock bark. Oak bark 
was peeled in very small quantities. Previous to 1881 but little 
was peeled in this vicinity. From 1881 until about 1904 about 
15,000 to 20,000 cords of bark, and occasionally more, were peeled 
a year in the township and most of it was used in the Reynoldsville 
tannery. Th0 price of hemlock bark ran from $4 to $6 a cord. 
Bark can be peeled only between May 15th and July 15th. 

Coal Mining. About 1847 Woodward Reynolds opened the first 
coal mine not only in Jefferson county but in this section of the State 
and it was closed about 1878. The mine was located in a little hol- 
low southwest of where the Reynoldsville Cemetery now is and a 
short distance south of the Punxsutawney road. At that time min- 
ing was done by the light of a candle and the coal was taken out in 

William Ferris, born in Clinton county, New York, in 1818, 
came here in 1850. Soon after his arrival, when hunting a deer, he 
came to where a tree had fallen and the upturned root exposed a coal 
outcrop. Being experienced in mining elsewhere he began an open- 
ing on the spot and was soon digging coal. That was the second 
drift in this region and it was located within 200 feet east of what 
is now the corner of Eighth and Grant Streets in Reynoldsville. The 
mine was abandoned about 1868. Coal was shipped from these two 
mines to Brookville, Punxsutawney, Luthersburg, and elsewhere. 
One load, it is said, was haulod in a wagon from the Ferris coal 
bank to New York State. The first coke made in Jefferson county 
was in about 1850 at the mouth of the mine belonging to Woodward 
Reynolds just referred to. 

Coal was known to exist in all of this northwestern part of the 
State before 1790. John Fuller was the first to dig it in this region. 
As early as 1825 he shoveled some out of the bottom of the Sandy 
Lick Creek from 800 to 1,500 feet above where Main Street crosses 
the stream. He carried it in a bag on his shoulder for over two 
miles to his home above Prescottville where he used it for black- 
smithing. A thick vein of very fine coal existed on his farm but ho 
knew nothing of it. Woodward Reynolds first began digging coal 
from the top of the ground where it had been exposed and where he 
opened a mine about a decade after. For many years anyone was 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 63 

at liberty to take all of the coal he wanted for nothing from this 
place, it being necessary to only dig and haul it away. 

In 1845, or near that time, State Geologist Rogers discovered 
valuable coal deposits in this* immediate vicinity. In 1864 State 
Geologist J. P. Leslie made a geological survey of the Reynoldsville 
region. A chemical analysis of the mineral was then taken by Doc- 
tor Guenth, a famous chemist of Philadelphia. An exhaustive report 
was made setting forth the advantages of this district to attract the 
attention of capitalists seeking investments for their money. The 
compilation of the facts for the report cost about $3,000 which was 
borne by a company made up of Jefferson county men organized for 
the purpose. Assistant State Geologist Franklin Piatt, assisted by 
his brother George, went over this field thoroughly later and made 
some very valuable State reports concerning it. 

In 1873 The Diamond Gas Coal Company began opening the 
Diamond Mine located on the south side of the Sandy Lick Creek 
north of Reynoldsville. In April, 1874, the first shipment of coal by 
rail went out of Jefferson county which was from this mine. It 
was the beginning of coal shipments from this region to distant 
markets. Since then millions of tons have been shipped from Wins- 
low township mostly to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast. 
This first consignment was taken from the Diamond Mine to the 
Reynoldsville railroad station in wagons and was sent from here by 
rail to Buffalo. A siding was soon completed from the Diamond Mine 
across the Sandy Lick Creek to the Allegheny Valley Railroad. 

The Diamond Gas Coal Company was the fjrst coal company 
that operated; in this county, but it was confined to but one mine. 
The Powers-Brown Coal Company and The Hamilton Coal Company 
both organized in about 1878, operated more extensively. In 18 85 
the firm of 'Bell, Lewis & Yates, of Buffalo, New York, bought the 
iioldings of The Hamilton Coal Company and The Powers-Brown Coal 
Company in Winslow township. In 1887 this firm became a char- 
tered corporation and was known as The Bell, Lewis & Yates Coal 
Mining Company. 

The Big Soldier Run Mine which belonged to this company and 
Dpened about October 1, 1889, was at one time considered the larg- 
est bituminous coal mine in the world. Its output for a number 
bf years averaged from 500,000 to 2,000,000 tons of coal per an- 
lum. The first coal mining machine installed in this region was 
a Harrison, and it was first operated in the Soldier Run Mine in 
February, 1891. The first haulage of coal in the mines by power in 
:he township was in 1892 when it began to be taken out of the west- 
srn opening of the mine just mentioned by a system of wire rope. 
Mules had been used exclusively previous to that time. The first 


electric haulage in the mines in the township was in 1902 when 
coal was drawn from the Sykesville or eastern opening. 

On May 1, 1896, The Bell, Lewis & Yates Coal Mining Com- 
pany sold its property to The Jefferson & Clearfield Coal and Iron 

Honorable Simon B. Elliott, of Reynoldsville, was the General 
Manager of The Bell, Lewis & Yates Coal Mining Company. He 
was a scientist and an author. In 1912 The Houghton-Mifflin Com- 
pany of Boston, Massachusetts, published a book written by him 
entitled "The Important Timber Trees of the United States," with 
400 pages. He was born in Rome, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, 
October 1, 1830, and died in Reynoldsville June 18, 1917. The 
Elliott Memorial Grove, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, named in his 
honor, was dedicated June 15, 1918. 

About 26 coal mines have been operated in the township from 
which coal has been shipped by rail to distant points, including the 
first in 1874, up to this time, besides small country coal banks 
from which the local demand is supplied. 

Polling Places. April 6, 1846, the first election in Winslow 
township was held in Woodward Reynolds' log tavern. Previously 
voters living in what is now Reynoldsville and North Winslow town- 
ship went seven miles to the Beechwoods to vote. Those in the 
southern part went to Punxsutawney. Those in the western part 
went to Port Barnett. In 1851 the polling place was moved to the 
Reynolds tavern, now the northwest corner of Main and Third 
Streets. In 1865 it was changed to what is now the northwest cor- 
ner of Main and 10th Streets. After Reynoldsville became a borough 
in 1873 it was formed into a precinct by itself. The Reynoldsville 
people continued voting at the old place and those in Winslow town- 
ship began at the next election in 1874 to vote by themselves near- 
by. In 1887 the voting precinct of Winslow township was divided 
into East and West Winslow. Now there are four precincts. Rey- 
noldsville borough is now divided into four precincts also. Rey- 
noldsville and Winslow township are normally Republican and al- 
ways have been. 

Politics began to be discussed extensively in Winslow township 
during the Harrison campaign in 1840. In 1844, during the Polk- 
Clay campaign, even more interest was manifested. From that 
time, as the population increased, the interest in politics became 
greater. It was not until Lincoln's first campaign in 1860 that poli- 
tical meetings were held in schoolhouses in Winslow township. In 
1864, Lincoln's second campaign, speech-making and political pa- 
rades became quite common in this section. County politics was 
more or less discussed in ante-bellum days, but not to any extent un- 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued) 65 

til after the Civil War. Local elections have been of varied interest 
since the organization of Winslow township in IS 46. 

Prescottville. In 1857 Charles H. Prescott, born in Sidney, 
Maine, settled about a mile east of Reynoldsville and entered largely 
into the lumbering business and also ran a store. The hamlet of 
Prescottville, which he founded, was named after him. His son 
George Allen Prescott, who was born there, afterwards became State 
Senator and also Secretary of State of Michigan. The hamlet from 
1860 to 1870 was the center of the business of Winslow township. 
Its chief industry is its flour mill. 

Illumination. Kerosene oil and gas lamps were first used for 
illumination in this locality in 18 60. Kerosene then sold for $1 per 
gallon. Whale oil in iron lamps had been used for a decade, and 
generally tallow dips followed by candles made in tin molds had 
been previously used. They were made from sheep, beef and even 
venison tallow. Cotton wicking placed in a saucer of grease had 
often been set afire and put on the table to give light. It was not 
uncommon to ignite a pine knot and fasten it in the fireplace so 
that the smoke went up the chimney while the light from it was 
bright enough to read, spin, knit and sew by. Early evening was 
often spoken of as "Early candle lighting." 

The first natural gas discovered in Winslow township was in 
1866 in a well unsuccessfully drilled for oil at what soon after be- 
came the Salt Works. Gas was struck near there in 1884 in a well 
drill 2,200 feet. It was since found in numerous deep wells drilled 
in the township but never yet in paying quantities. 

In the winter of 1889 and 1890 The Oil City Fuel Supply Com- 
pany, now The United Natural Gas Company, headquarters in Oil 
City, Pennsylvania, laid pipes to Reynoldsville from their wells in 
Millstone on the Clarion River. The nearest wells are 17 and the 
farthest 21 miles from here. On the evening of April 8, 1890, gas 
was turned into the pipe at Millstone. A workman stood at the 
Reynoldsville end with a torch waiting for it. At exactly 10:44 
o'clock, p. m., gas began to burn in Reynoldsville for the first time. 
Natural gas is now used here for heating and lighting. 

The Reynoldsville Light & Power Company, organized in 1901, 
furnished electricity that year, for i the first time, for lighting from 
its plant in this place. In November, 1917, The Jefferson Electrical 
Company bought the old company's property and in September, 1919, 
began supplying Reynoldsville with electricity from its power plant 
at DuBois. 



Indian Trails and Bridle Paths. The first passages through 
this wilderness were deer paths, crossings or runways, and Indian 
trails, and there were many of them going in all directions. Later 
white men came and drove the savages out, their trails and paths 
faded away and bridle paths made by white men appeared. White 
men's trails were called bridle paths because they were frequently 
used by travelers on horseback. Horseback riding was much more 
prevalent before 1850 than it has been since. Women rode as well 
as men and frequently a woman sat behind a man on the same horse. 
Many a young fellow thus took his lady love from a dance or frolic 
late at night along a trail through the woods. 

The first path was Mead's trail made by the Mead brothers in 
1787, of which mention is made under the head of "First Adventur- 
ers and Early Settlers." 

About 1830 and previous the Irishtown path connected Pres- 
cottville with Irishtown, or Beechwoods, as it has been called since 
1840, in what is now Washington township. It crossed the Sandy 
Lick Creek over a log at Pancoast about four miles above Reynolds- 
ville. Another path connected what is now Reynoldsville and Punx- 

The Old State Road. The legislature passed an act April 10, 
1790, "to provide for the opening of a road from near Bald Eagle's 
Nest (Milesburg, Centre County) to Le Boeuf," (Waterford). April 
4, 1796, it passed another act authorizing and empowering the gov- 
ernor to appoint "three skilled persons to view the ground and esti- 
mate the expense of opening and making a good wagon road 1 from 
Bald Eagle's Nest (Milesburg) to the town of Erie." William Irvin, 
Andrew Ellicott, and George Watson were appointed as commis- 
sioners. Joseph Ellicott took the place of Andrew Ellicott, who re- 
signed, William Irving returned home and the other two proceeded 
on their journey. The road was then built and it was officially 
taken from the contractor and a quietus entered as to the contract, 
April 2, 1804.* The road went through Winslow township. The 
route lay just east of Rathmel and crossed the Sandy Lick Creek 
a short distance east of Reynoldsville. Until the completion of the 
turnpike in 1822 the road was the only public thoroughfare for emi- 

♦Doctor William J. McKnight, A Pioneer History of Jefferson Coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, pp. 137-148. 



grants from the East to the Northwest. It was abandoned in Wins- 
low township before 1830 and now exists only in a few places else- 
where. Ruts where wagon wheels once ran can yet be found in 
the township though they are grown over with trees. A few places 
where cuts were made are discernable and the logs of an old bridge 
across a stream near Rathmel now can be seen. 

The Susquehanna and Waterford Turnpike. February 2 2, 
1812, an act was passed by the legislature enabling the Governor to 
incorporate a company to build a turnpike from the west branch 
of the Susquehanna River near the mouth of Anderson Creek, Clear- 
field county, through what is now Reynoldsville to Waterford, in 
Erie county. 

James Barnett and Peter Jones, of Jefferson county, two from 
each of the other counties through which it passed, and two from 
Philadelphia, were appointed commissioners to receive stock. Each 
of these counties was alotted a specific number of shares at $25 
each. Jefferson county was required to take 50. 

The building of the road was delayed six years on account of 
The War of 1812. It was called the Susquehanna and Waterford 
turnpike and the company which owned and operated it was called 
The Susquehanna & Waterford (Turnpike Road Company, incorpor- 
ated in 1817. The survey was begun in 1818 and completed in 
October of that year under the supervision of John Sloan. Work 
started in 1821 and in November, 1822, the road was practically 
completed, though the bridges and a few short sections were not 
built until 1824. James Harriett, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, took 
the contract for building the turnpike and he gave it to subcon- 
tractors. Some were given five miles, some 10 and some more. 
Apportionments were made in each county through which the road 
passed, to people whose duty it was to receive the money so appro- 
priated and to pay it out. Charles E. Gaskill and Carpenter Wilson 
represented Jefferson county. Our part of the turnpike was 126 
miles long. The entire road cost $190,000. The State appropriated 
$140,000 and the individual subscriptions amounted to $50,000 up 
to March, 1822. The link through this region was not entirely 
completed until November, 1824. There was then one continuous 
pike from Philadelphia to Erie. The "clay turnpike" was the name 
given this section and the early settlers claimed that it was the 
most convenient and easily traveled road in the United States. It 
was certainly a magnificent thoroughfare. Along each side were 
strung logs and the road was elevated in the center to turn off the 
water. Main Street in Reynoldsville at one time was a part of this 
historic old route. 

About a mile and a half west of Reynoldsville in the second ravine 


(Wild Cat Hollow) there still remains ruins of an old stone oven 
erected and used by the laborers who built the road. In the first 
years of the pike when hotels and farm houses were few the work- 
men, whose duty it was to keep it in good condition, were obliged 
to camp out at night and one of their camping places was at this 

The first bridge across the Sandy Lick Creek at Reynoldsville 
was constructed in 182 2. The present bridge made of concrete, was 
built in 1913, and is the eighth. The two preceding were iron and 
were on the site of the present one. 

After the completion of the Allegheny Valley Railroad in 1873 
the turnpike lost much of its importance and, in 1874, the company 
abandoned the road from west of Rrookville through Reynoldsville 
to the Jefferson-Clearfield county line. Later the road by a decision 
of the court became the property of the county and finally by an 
act of the legislature, passed in 19 08, this and all similar pikes in 
the State came into the possession of the townships in which they 
were situated. In its time the old pike has been an important fac- 
tor in the improvement of this region. 

Milestones. Immediately after the completion of the turnpike 
milestones were erected on the south side of the road. The stones 
were white, square and well finished. On each was inscribed "To S. 
— miles. To F. — miles." "S." was for Sesquehanna at the east, 
and "F" was for Franklin at the west. Eight of these stones were 
in Winslow township. Going west the first was 19 miles from Sus- 
quehanna and was a short distance west of the Clearfield county 
line. The next was 20 just east of Prospect Hill. Then came 21 part 
way up the hill east of what is now Rathmel Junction. At Pres- 
cottville, just east of Reynoldsville, was 2 2. Following was 23 on 
Main Street, Reynoldsville, about 100 feet east of where that street 
is now crossed by Seventh Street. Next was 24 immediately west 
of town. Between the two branches of Prior Run came 25. The 
last was 26 just east of Deemer's Crossroads. 

Going east the stone just east of Deemer's Crossroads was 
marked 5 4 miles from Franklin. The others in the township were 
marked respectively 55 to 59 miles inclusive. 

Tollgates. Tollgates followed immediately after the comple- 
tion of the turnpike. The gate in Winslow township first stood 225 
feet east of the Sandy Lick Creek, directly in front of the old log 
tavern owned for many years by Woodward Reynolds. In 1849 it 
was moved a few rods east to directly in front of The Reynolds 
Tavern, and in 1S60 to about 200 feet east of what is now the cor- 
near of Main and 10th Streets. There the gate remained until in 
1874 when, after the post had been maliciously blown out one night, 


the gate was abandoned. Several times previously it had been taken 
down at night but it was always replaced. The nearest tollgate to 
the east was two miles west of Luthersburg and the nearest to the 
west was at Brookville. The gangs of men employed upon the road 
were paid from the receipts of the gates, and it was kept in fine 
condition. The gates were attended to by the keepers from early 
in the morning until 10 o'clock at night. From then until the next 
morning they were raised and travelers went through free. People 
look advantage of this and many drove over the pike after dark. 

The toll charged was as follows: Man on horseback, 12 1-2 
cents; one horse and spring wagon, 64 cents; one horse and one 
common wagon, 12 1-2 cents; two horses and common wagon, 2 4 
cents; six horses and common wagon, 64 cents; cattle 28 cents, and 
sbeep 20 cents per score. These rates were for 12 miles, the dis- 
tance to the next tollgates. Persons entering or leaving the pike be- 
tween the gates were charged in proportion to the miles they trav- 
eled over he road. Many who lived along the pike paid by the year 
and not for each trip. No charge was made for clergymen. There 
is now in Reynoldsville an old toll book in which the totals of each 
day's receipts were kept for four years, beginning with 1839. Ac- 
cording to the book the receipts varied from $5 to $17 per week. 
Those were large amounts when the laborers were paid 50 cents per 
day and board for working on the road. In collecting toll the gate- 
keepers had more trouble counting sheep than doing anything else. 
When passing through the gates the drovers kept them moving 
back and forth, making it impossible for the gate keeper to count 
accurately. He was often obliged to guess at the number. 

Sometimes men who were not ministers attempted to pass as 
such. Woodward Reynolds was a gate keeper so long that he de- 
clared he could tell a minister when he saw him. One day a man at- 
tempted to go through without paying, and when asked for toll he 
stated that he was a preacher. Mr. Reynolds doubted it, but to 
test him asked the fellow to come in and pray with the family. "I'd 
rather pay the toll," said he, with an oath, which he did and went 
on. Later another stranger endeavored to get by free. Mr. Rey- 
nolds asked him for toll and he, too, claimed to be a clergyman. 
"Well," said the tollgate keeper, "if that is the case we will be 
pleased to have you come in the house and pray with the family." 
"Certainly," was the prompt reply, "that is one of my duties and I 
will be only too glad to perform it." "Ahem," answered Mr. Rey- 
nolds, somewhat embarrassed, "my wife is busy now and I can't 
leave the gate just at present, so you must excuse us." The man 
went through without paying. 

Travel on the Turnpike. Travel on the turnpike began as the 
road neared completion in 1822. It increased gradually until about 


1846 or 1847 when it reached enormous proportions. More busi- 
ness was done then than has been done in several of the less prosper- 
out, years together. But thereafter it began to decrease mostly on 
account of the building of the railroads, until 1874, half a century 
after its completion, when the business of the road had dwindled 
to a mere shadow of its former greatness. 

The first stagecoach passed over the pike about November G, 
1824. John O'Neil was the driver and Mr. Clark, of Perry county, 
the contractor. Coaches continued to carry passengers over the road 
for 50 years and the express matter of The Adams Express Company 
from about 1860 to 1874. The coaches were drawn by four large 
horses in good weather and six in bad, until the last few years of 
their existence when the number was reduced to two. The owner 
of the stage line which served this part of the road, extending from 
Clearfield to Brookville, was a leaseholder of The Susquehanna & 
Waterford Turnpike Road Company, and was employed by the Fed- 
eral government to carry the mail. The vehicles were rockaway or 
Concord stages. The upper part rested on wide straps extending 
from front to rear and were easy to ride on. The coaches were beau- 
tifully finished. The bodies were painted green, red, brown or yel- 
low, and generally striped golden. The wheels were black with yel- 
low stripes. There were three seats, one facing the rear. From 
eight to 12 passengers rode in a coach. A lantern was on each side 
of the carriage which at night illuminated the road ahead. Six to 
10 trunks were strapped on the boot behind, protected by a 
leather cover. Sometimes trunks were strapped on top. The mail 
was thrown in the boot underneath the driver's seat . Stages ran 
all night when made late by muddy roads and the occupants slept 
the best they could while being thrown about on the seats. 

In imagination one can see a stagecoach at a backwoods settle- 
ment on the Susquehanna and Waterford turnpike. The United 
States mail is thrown on the coach by the postmaster. The driv- 
er ascends to his seat, picks up his lines and cracks a long whip lash 
over the backs of the four horses. Then follows prancing and clat- 
tering of hoofs, away dash the animals and the heavily laden coach 
goes rolling after. They reach a corduroy road of logs laid across 
the thoroughfare, generally built in swamps and frequently across 
streams, and the stage bounds over it. The forest is so dense and 
the overhanging boughs so completely shut out the light of the sun 
that the road is dark even at noon and in the blackness of the night 
it is like the Stygian gloom.* 

♦Later the legislature passed an act requiring 1 thei trees to be cut 
down for 50 feet along each side of the turnpike to permit the sun to en- 
ter and keep them dry. 


At certain places the driver stops. Out rush men and unhitch 
the horses. In another instant four prancing animals already har- 
nessed, are hitched to the stage and before the passengers are scarce- 
ly aware of having stopped they have started again with fresh ani- 
mals. The coming of the stagecoach is anxiously looked forward 
to in every town and hamlet along the line. The stage passes mile- 
stone after milestone. On either hand is the primeval forest cool 
and fragrant with the odor of moss, ferns and wild flowers. Drovers 
with sheep and cattle, bound eastward, are encountered. Deer, fox- 
es, rabbits and other wild animals dart across the road. Birds are 
to be seen everywhere. At a turn a small clearing comes to view 
and the humble log cabin of a pioneer. Across a mossy ravine the 
stagecoach rolls, and down this ravine there flows a sparkling, 
splashing woodland brook. "Up and along the road the travelers go 
until now they have arrived at the top of the hill west of where 
Reynoldsville has since been located. The passengers look through 
the tall pines and in the valley below there can be seen a great wil- 
derness. Running through it is the Sandy Lick Creek. Just east of 
the creek is the log tavern of Woodward Reynolds away out among 
the pines and hemlocks. As the stagecoach comes down the hill, 
and the driver applies his brakes which grind, groan and squeak, 
he reaches to the rear end of his seat for the long horn. It is 
brought out and he places it to his lips. To-to-to-o-o-o, it blows forth 
from the hillside and echoes and re-echoes up and down the valley 
and over the tree tops. 

The horn is heard at the tavern. Dinner, which is prepared, is 
soon on the table, and by the time the stage dashes up the landlord 
is ready to welcome the tired, dusty and hungry passengers with a 
good warm meal. The horn at other points warns the postmasters 
of the approaching of the stage, and they always stand with the mail 
pouch by the roadside as the four-in-hand comes along. The men 
at the relay station where the horses are changed are always ready, 
having been warned by the horn. 

Under favorable conditions the stagecoach traveled about five 
miles an hour. No tickets were used. The fare, which was six 
cents a mile, was paid in advance. The charge for freight from 
Philadelphia to Jefferson county was about $6 a hundredweight, 
and it took about a week for it to go through. 

Drovers went by on their homeward journey from Philadel- 
phia to as far west as Ohio, walking all the way. It was very com- 
mon for footmen to travel from 35 to 40 miles every day. Men go- 
ing both long and short distances frequently went on horseback. 

About 183 5 Joseph Morrow, an Irishman, first made his ap- 
pearance on the turnpike. He was a familiar character in this region 
until 1850. In 1S55 he was killed by one of his horses kicking him. 


His turn-out consisted of two Conestoga wagons. They were each 
drawn by six horses in good weather and by eight in bad. Three 
or tour brass bells about two inches in diameter adorned the har- 
ness of all the horses at the neck. Bells at that time were the style 
on the harness of most draft animals both summer and winter. 
They were very popular about 182 5 but went out of style near the 
time of the Civil War. Morrow's wagons were painted blue. The 
tires were from five to six inches wide and the hubs and axles were 
very large. The immense boxes turned up at each end, at the back 
to prevent freight sliding to the rear when going up hill and at the 
front to prevent its sliding forward when going down. Above these 
boxes were canvas covers. The vehicles were loaded from the rear. 
The distance from the ground to the top of the canvas was over 12 
feet, and from the front to the rear, not including the tongue, it 
was 18 feet. The wagons, when loaded, weighed many tons. They 
each contained enough for a store. He drove from Philadelphia 
along the pike to Shippenville, Clarion county, and back peddling 
on the way. His trips were made periodically and his coming was 
looked forward to with much interest. His stock consisted of fish, 
cheese, coffee, sugar, and many other things used in the house. 
There were other peddlers who now and then drove through. 

Pack peddlers on foot were quite common, sometimes carrying 
100 pounds on their backs consisting of wax, needles, thread, shoe- 
strings, pins, buttons, laces and other articles . The peddlers were 
Irish at first, but Jews began coming in about 1855 and eventually 
monopolized the trade. They sometimes remained at Woodward 
Reynolds' tavern for several days selling to people who called. 

Beggars, or tramps as they are now known, were never seen 
until long after the Civil War. 

Sleigh riding parties from Brookville soon began driving up 
through the wilderness on the long winter nights to the log tavern 
of Woodward Reynolds where they danced until the early hours 
of morning. Then they started homeward for a 12-mile ride, often 
in the silvery light of the moon, the gleaming white road stretch- 
ing away amid the glistening snow-covered boughs and through the 
deep shadows which were thrown across the way by the tall pines 
and hemlocks. The tinkle, tinkle, tinkle of the bells and the merry 
laughter of the young people tucked beneath the robes made the 
forest ring as the musical sound echoed among the trees. 

During the winter of 1850, soon after the brick tavern was 
built by Woodward Reynolds, a large number of people drove up 
from Brookville and held the first party ever given in the house. 
They danced and sang, many being accomplished in both arts. One 
of their songs was "Napoleon." 


In 1830 droves of cattle began passing over the pike to the 
eastern markets, but this did not assume the proportion of a busi- 
ness until after 183 5, and it was not until 1840 that it became very 
large. In 1846 it was at its highest, but soon materially dropped 
off. In about 1872 the last herd from a long distance went through. 

Stampedes occasionally happened. One day in the summer of 
about 1846 about 150 heavy stall-fed cattle were being driven east 
down the hill, just west of where Reynoldsville now is, when a 
drover hit a big lazy steer with a chestnut bur. The animal was in 
the rear of the herd and near the top of the hill. He became fright- 
ened and charged down the road, bellowing loudly, and causing a 
panic among the other cattle. The man riding ahead on horseback 
barely got out of the way in time to escape from being run over and 
killed. The heavy, terror-stricken beasts plunged down the pike 
at a frightful speed. The trees were so close together that none 
could turn to the right or left. Upon reaching the log bridge across 
the Sandy Lick Creek many cattle were crowded off and killed. The 
loss to the drover is said to have been, from $500 to $1,000. He 
had so much meat for sale and so few to buy it that splendid cattle 
were sold for less than the value of their hides. The settlers with- 
in a distance of five miles had all of the best kind of beef to eat 
for as long as they could keep it. 

Droves generally consisted of from 100 to 250 cattle. The sea- 
son for that business began in June and ended on or about Novem- 
ber first. In September and October more driving was done than 
at any other time of the year. It was the desire of the drovers to 
keep the animals fat and in good condition until they arrived at the 
eastern market and so cattle were never made to travel over 10 
miles a day. The farmers along the road fared well as most of 
their hay was sold to the drovers for their stock. Frequently ani- 
mals became lame and the settlers had opportunities to buy the 
finest in the herd for almost nothing. There were few days during 
the summers of 1846 and 1847 when one could go to Brookville with- 
out meeting several droves of cattle. During September and Octo- 
ber of those years a drove would have hardly disappeared around 
the road at the east and the dust have scarcely settled when one 
would hear the cry of "Come boss, come boss," as another drove 
would appear from the west. Most of the cattle were from central 
Ohio and were being taken to Philadelphia, and the pike was the 
only way the drovers had of going from one of those points to the 

Many herds of sheep of from 500 to occasionally 1,000 in num- 
ber were driven east through Winslow township. Several times 
droves of horses, tied together in groups of six or eight, with a man 


for each group, and numbering about 25 horses inj all, were taken 
east over the pike. Hog droves were quite common. Flocks of 
300 or 400 turkeys were frequently driven through and one large 
flock of geese is said to have passed over the road. The drovers 
found great difficulty in getting feed for their animals and a place 
to put them over night on account of the demand made upon the 
farmers along the route for feed and pasture. 

Cattle were branded on the hip, each drover having a special 
brand to enable him to distinguish his own animals from others. 
At times, during the busy season, two and three droves remained 
over night in Woodward Reynolds' pasture in the locality of what 
is now Jackson Street, near Pitch Pine Run, and also west of that 
run on Grant Street. Four cents per, head was generally paid for 
pasture up to 10 cents for a field of clover. During the night 
fences were sometimes broken down and two droves got together, 
but they were easily separated by the brands. Sheep were marked 
also, but by tar instead of by hot irons as was done with cattle. 
Pigs were branded by a slit in the ear. Farmers marked their ani- 
mals, too, so that they could be recognized when running at large 
in the woods. In the afternoon a man always drove ahead and 
arranged for a field in which to pasture over night. Some of the 
drovers went through so frequently that Mr. 'Reynolds knew them 

Woodward Reynolds' log tavern became an important stopping 
place for drovers, and often they and other travelers were so nu- 
merous at night that the floors of the rooms and hallways were so 
crowded with lodgers that one could scarcely move around without 
stepping on a sleeper. The brick hotel was as well patronized as 
the old log tavern. 

From the west came immense wagon loads of dried apples, 
cheese, butter, fur, wild meat, maple sugar and the like. From the 
east came groceries, dry goods, iron, manufactured articles, and 
other products. 

Between 1840 and 1850 emigrants traveled over the pike to 
the west. A few went through as earily as 1835 but more after 
1840. They were principally farmers many of whom were from 
Eastern Pennsylvania seeking homes in Illinois and Missouri. Their 
wagons were known as prairie schooners and were covered with 
canvas. In each was a family and the provisions, bedding and 
cooking utensils that were necessary. They generally went in 
trains of from 15 to 25 wagons each. Sometimes one family went 
alone and again from two to four wagons went together. At night 
they camped by the road on the bank of some small stream which 
crossed it, sleeping in the wagon and cooking over their camp fires. 


When one heard a creaking axle he knew that emigrants were com- 
ing. This pike was their shortest route. Not a day during the 
summer of 184 5 passed without emigrants going by. There were 
nearly as many in the two or three years preceding and in the two 
or three years which followed. 

Runaway slaves escaping from their masters in the South 
and seeking freedom in Canada often came through Winslow town- 
ship. This wilderness gave them a better opportunity to avoid 
capture than the more thickly settled sections. Many traveled 
north over the Ceres road, while others went by the turnpike. In 
1842 a couple of negroes, Bill and Tom, stopped at the home of 
John Fuller above Piescottville and worked for him for some time. 
One day Mr. Fuller was in the town of Indiana attending court 
when he saw a poster offering a reward of $500 for two escaped 
slaves, Bill and Tom, and their description answered to that of the 
men working for him. He told the negroes about it upon his arrival 
home. They talked the matter over together, got the money due 
them from Mr. Fuller, inquired the way to Buffalo and Canada and 
left, never to be heard from again. 

In about 1858 an escaped slave, a young fellow not 16 years 
old, was on the turnpike in front of the Reynolds tavern, now the 
corner of Main and Third Street. He evidently did not know the 
direction he was going for it was toward the east. He was being 
pursued by white men on horseback who were crossing the Sandy 
Lick Creek bridge when they caught sight of him. By the time 
he reached the bridge where the pike crosses Pitch Pine Run, now 
Main between Third and Fourth Street, his pursuers were in front 
t)f the tavern. The fugitive went beneath the bridge but those 
after him saw the fellow and were soon at the bridge and one of 
them crawled under, pulled him out and, ultimately, he was taken 
South. Benton Stebbens, a schoolmaster and a very strong Abol- 
itionist, lived on the hill south of the pike and just west of what 
is now Reynoldsville. His home was a station for an "underground 
railroad," a route over which one Abolitionist took runaway slaves 
to another until they were safely in Canada. 

Few persons were robbed by highwaymen along the turnpike 
though there were many opportunities. Purchasers going West to 
buy cattle, and drovers returning home from the East after having 
sold them carried large sums of money when they stopped at Wood- 
ward Reynolds' tavern. There were many lonely spots along the 
turnpike in this wilderness where men might have been robbed of 
everything and even murdered, with comparative ease and the cul- 
prits could easily have escaped. 

Previous to 1850 oxen furnished all of the local transportation 


in Winslow township, along the pike, in the woods and on the farms. 
After that time the horse gradually superseded the ox as the land 
became cleared. There were few mules until during the '70s when 
mining became an important industry where they were employed 
in large numbers until gradually supplanted nearly a quarter of a 
century later by mechanical haulage under ground. Horses were 
always driven on the pike for long trips. Wagons without springs 
were used almost exclusively in Winslow township until after the 
Civil War. On the pike, for through travel, the finest turnouts 
were driven from its very beginning. The first automobile owned 
in this vicinity was bought in 1902 by a Reynoldsville citizen. 

Ceres Road. In 182 5 the Ceres road, a State highway, was 
laid out from Ceres, McKean county, Pennsylvania, near the New 
York State line, through Smethport, and what afterwards became 
Winslow township, to the town of Indiana, Indiana county, Penn- 
sylvania. It was so often altered that abandoned parts passed 
through both Winslow township and Reynoldsville in several places. 
The name of the highway was changed slightly several times until 
it is now the Serious road. Travel on it was never very great. 

A Proposed Canal. The legislature in 1836 passed an act 
which was approved February 18th, of that year, for the extension 
and improvement of the State railroads and canals. The ninth sec- 
tion of the act provided for the "survey of a route for a canal and 
backwater navigation from the headwaters of the West Branch 
Division of the Allegheny River." In compliance with this act a 
survey was made for a canal from the Allegheny River along the 
Red Bank and Sandy Lick Creeks, through Reynoldsville to the 
headwaters of the Sinnemahoning. The grade was good but it 
was too thinly settled in this region and the canal was never built. 
A third of a century later the route of the Allegheny Valley Rail- 
road was located in Winslow township over practically the same 
route selected for the canal. 

Railroads and Trolley Line,s. In 1853 a line was surveyed 
from Pittsburgh to Buffalo, via Reynoldsville, but it was abandoned, 
another course surveyed and, fijnally, built along the Allegheny 
River which eventually became known as the River Division of the 
Allegheny Valley Railroad. 

In 1853 Jefferson county offered assistance in building a rail- 
road but it was not until 20 years later that the Low Grade Divi- 
sion was constructed through what afterwards became the western 
part of Reynoldsville. The road was built under the charter of The 
Pittsburgh, Kittanning & Warren Railroad Company later changed 
to The Allegheny Valley Railroad Company. The division extends 
110 miles from Red Bank, on the Allegheny River, east to Drift- 


wood. The agitation for the building of the road was begun by 
J. Edgar Thompson, president of The Pennsylvania Railroad Com- 
pany during the '60s. Grading was begun in 1872. The road was 
opened to Brookville for passenger service June 23, 1873. August 
5, 1873, at 3:15 o'clock, p. m., David Reynolds stood on the porch 
of the Reynolds hotel, corner of Main and Third Streets in Reynolds- 
ville, and saw the first locomotive which had come far enough east 
through the deep cut below town to show its stack. The first car 
load of freight came here over the railroad, according to Mr. Rey- 
nolds' diary, August 16, 1873, and the goods were consigned to Doc- 
tor R. M. Boyles, druggist, Henry Iseman, druggist, and Mr. Bar- 
ton, hardware dealer. The first passenger train arrived November 
5, 1873, at 5 o'clock, p. m., it is stated in the diary, and brought 
a brass band and citizens from Brookville. There was a general 
good time in Reynoldsville that night and the visitors did not re- 
turn home until a late hour. Passenger trains began running to 
Reynoldsville at once. May 4, 1874, the entire line was opened for 
all business from Bed Bank to Driftwood. The division headquar- 
ters were moved from Brookville to Reynoldsville in 1882. August 
1, 1900, The Pennsylvania Railroad Company leased the Allegheny 
Valley Railroad for 20 years and April 6, 1910, it came into full 
possession of the line by purchasing the last of the outstanding 

The Powers-Brown Coal Company opened the Soldier Run Mine 
in Prescottville, and The Hamilton Coal Company opened the Ham- 
ilton Mine in Reynoldsville, in about 1878. The two companies 
jointly built a railroad from their mines to the Allegheny Valley 
Railroad that year. Later it was extended until it formed the Rey- 
noldsville & Falls Creek Railroad from Rathmel to Falls Creek 
where it joined the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway. A 
branch was built in 1890 to Soldier and another in 1901 to Wishaw. 
Few railroads in the State have had as much coal hauled over them 
per mile as this. It is now practically owned by The Buffalo, Roches- 
ter & Pittsburgh Railway Company. 

In 1896 a corporation known as The Reynoldsville, Warren & 
Buffalo Railroad Company was organized and chartered which sur- 
veyed to a line from Reynoldsville to Warren, Pennsylvania, but the 
road was never begun. 

The Jamestown, Franklin & Clearfield Railroad was planned to 
go through Winslow township and Reynoldsville but the line has 
not yet been built. The road, if constructed, will form an import- 
ant link in through traffic east and west. 

In 1903 The Jefferson Traction Company built a trolley line 
from Punxsutawney to Reynoldsville, a distance of about J 5 miles. 


That year a six mile line was built from Reynoldsville to Sykesville 
but it was torn out in October, 1922. 

Streets and Roads. The first paving done in Reynoldsville was 
in the early summer of 1893 when Main Street was planked from 
the Sandy Lick Creek bridge to Seventh Street. The first street 
paved with brick was lower Fourth Street in 1904. In 1905 the 
wooden pavement was torn out on Main Street and that section was 
also paved with brick. More brick paving has since been done in 
various parts of Reynoldsville, some of it being by State aid. The 
Commonwealth assisted in paving the road from the east borough 
line to the Jefferson-Clearfield county border in 1908. It was the 
first State help given to the highways in Winslow township. 

The Pennsylvania State Highway Department, in 1918, planned 
the Lakes-to-the-Sea .State Highway from Erie to Philadelphia. It 
passes through Winslow township and Reynoldsville. 

By 1910 picket, iron and board fences along both town streets 
and country roads had nearly disappeared. Fence advertising signs 
on country roads went with them. By that time the traveler in the 
country seldom saw stone fences, rail fences had nearly all gone and 
stump fences of the early settlers had about passed away. Wooden 
bridges were disappearing and no new iron ones were being erected. 
Concrete bridges were taking their places. Concrete and tile cul- 
verts were replacing wooden ones across roads and streets. Until a 
short time before 1900 cattle, sheep and hogs ran at large on pub- 
lic thoroughfares. Horse blocks for getting in and out of carriages 
were gone in a few years. In 1910 automobiles were not uncommon 
and horse drawn vehicles became less by comparison each year 

Every week-day during the summer horse drawn vehicles once 
stood lined on both sides of Main Street from just west of where 
it crosses Pitch Pine Run west of Fourth to a short distance east of 
Fifth Street. But gradually automobiles took their place and by 
the summer of 1918 they were parked there instead, horse-drawn 
vehicles having become rare. In 1920 the last livery stable in Rey- 
noldsville, where horses were hired out, ceased to do business. 

Airplanes. The first airplane known to have passed over Wins- 
low township carried mail on an experimental trip from New York 
to Chicago, September 5, 1918. It went by just before noon, and 
could be seen to the north of Reynoldsville. Afterwards airplanes 
passed over quite irregular for a time one, generally, going each 
way every day. The first to fly above town was about 12:50 o'clock, 
p. m., September 20th, and was westward bound. Soon thereafter 
they were discontinued for a while. About June 1, 1919, the service 
was reinstated permanently and somewhat larger machines were used. 



Secret Societies. About 1865 the first secret society was or- 
ganized in Winslow township. It was a lodge of Good Templars. 
The order met in Prescottville near the flour mill and was formed 
by people from Brookville. The fraternity existed for about two 
years and a half and then died for lack of support. There are now 
about 30 secret societies in Reynoldsville and Winslow township. 
The Utopia Club, of Reynoldsville, composed of women, was or- 
ganized March 1, 1891, and is the oldest woman's club in this part 
of the State. 

Newspapers. City daily papers were first received here by 
mail about the Civil War time, but they were not sold on Reynolds- 
ville streets until 1873 after the opening of railroad communication 
to Pittsburgh. The first newspaper published in this place, The 
Advocate, was first issued May 15, 1872. It existed six months and 
was suspended. In 1874 The Reynolds Herald was started. The 
oifice was burned during the big fire August 25, 1875. It passed 
into other hands. A new outfit was bought and in 1877 its name 
was changed to The Herald and Star. Honorable William O. 
Smith, now editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, and ex-Congressman 
from this district, worked on it. That year The Reynoldsville Daily 
Herald was issued and existed about four months. It had four 
pages and three columns to the page. The columns were about 12 
inches long. May 16, 1878, the name of The Herald was again 
changed and it was thereafter known as The Eye for a time. Then 
it was called The Reynolds Herald. In 1880 it was changed to Our 
Reynoldsville Paper. In 1881 it was The Reynoldsville Paper. 
April 16, 1889, the name was changed to The Volunteer. James 
W. Stevenson, of Winslow township, worked on it that year. He 
was afterwards Bridge Commissioner of New York city (1906-1910) 
and as such was in the Mayor's cabinet. The paper was last issued 
October 27, 1917, when it was suspended. 

May 11, 1892, The Star was first issued. 

In June, 1908, The Falls Creek Herald was moved here and 
June 26th it appeared as The Reynoldsville Herald. The first type- 
setting machine in town, a Mergenthaler, came with the office. Feb- 
ruary 12, 1909, the paper was suspended and the plant was soon 
moved back to Falls Creek. 



Reynoldsville and West Reynoldsville Boroughs. Formerly the 
business center of the town was in the vicinity of what is now Main 
and 10th Streets. In 1865 there were about 20 buildings in the place. 
The Reynolds Hotel, located on what is now the northwest corner 
of Main and Third Streets, and a barn nearby, were all there was 
on what is now Main between Eighth Street and the present bor- 
ough line at the west. In about 1872 when it was certain that the j 
railroad would be built through here, and for several years after, 
the main part of town moved westward, bringing with it the busi- 
ness centre, the schools, the churches and the post office. 

Reynoldsville borough was erected September 11, 1873, having 
been formed from Winslow township . It had a population of about 
600 at that time. The first officers were elected at a special elec- 
tion held October 21, 1873. 

The first meeting of the first council was held November 11, 
1873, in the dining room of the St. Charles Hotel (afterwards 
burned) located on the southwest corner of Main and Sixth Streets. 

The plot or draft of the borough made by James Caldwell, of 
Brookville, was April 16, 1874, declared by the council the officially 
defined public streets and alleys of the borough. All opened since 
have been done by special ordinance. 

Additions East of the Sandy Lick Creek. The David Rey- 
nolds addition lies between Main Street and the northeast borough 
line and between the Sandy Lick Creek at the northwest, and at the 
east by the old north and south line crossing Main Street at Seventh, 
following it to where it crosses Fifth Street above Grant, then up 
Fifth to the northeast borough line. 

The section south of Main Street and between the Sandy Lick 
Creek and Seventh Street is the Albert Reynolds addition. 

The Van Vliet addition lies between Main Street and the north- 
east borough line, and between the old north and south line where 
it runs across Main Street at Seventh to Fifth Street above Grant, 
then up Fifth Street to the northeast borough line, and at the! 
east by Eighth Street. 

The section between Seventh and Eighth Streets and between 
Main and a short distance south of Jackson Street is the Russ and 
Reichards addition. 

The Rhodes addition lies east of Eighth Street for nearly I 
block, and from the northeast borough line southwest to near Main 

The Schultz addition lies south and east of the Soldier Run 
and the Sandy Lick Creek to the south borough line, and west ofl 
10th Street. 

Tne Thomas Reynolds addition includes all of the eastern part] 


>f the borough not included in the aforementioned plots. 

Additions west of the Sandy Lick Creek. 

All lands between the west borough line and the Sandy Lick 
Dreek and east of the railroad cut is Industrial Hill. 

South of West Main Street is The Central Land & Mining Com- 
pany addition. 

The David Reynolds addition is bounded on the north by a line 
ust north of Baxter Street, east of the Sandy Lick Creek, south by 
West Main Street and west by the railroad. 

A triangular piece consisting of a few acres northeast of West 
Main Street and west of Broadway is the Prescott addition. 

The remaining part of the borough west of the creek is The 
Powers-Brown Company addition. 

Most of the ordinances were passed by the council soon after 
the organization of the borough. 

In 1885 all former ordinances being considered unsatisfactory 
by action of the council were repealed and ordinances from Number 
One to Number 19, inclusive, were passed. 

In 1892 an ordinance was created establishing fire limits pro- 
hibiting the erection of wooden buildings on Main, between Third 
Street east to Coal Alley which is between Fifth and Sixth Streets. 

About 189 6 property owners began tearing down their fences 
in the borough compelling persons owning cows and pigs to prevent 
their running at large. It caused much discussion for a time. 

In 1898 an ordinance was passed preventing further erection 
of wooden awnings and swinging signs over the sidewalks and re- 
quiring those already standing to be torn down when not in a safe 
condition. That ordinance resulted in making a radical change 
in the appearance of the business part of West Main Street, for 
previously the sidewalks in front of the stores on both sides, through 
all of the business part were practically roofed over. 

In 1904 an ordinance was enacted prohibiting further building 
of wooden sidewalks. Once these walks were prevalent on account 
of their cheapness, but brick and concrete having become quite as 
inexpensive and much more lasting, are now used. The ordinance 
was enforced without difficulty. 

The first policeman was employed by the borough in 1875 
and was paid for each arrest. In 1887 the borough hired one on 
a salary whose beat was lower Main Street. The business men 
paid half of the expense and the borough the remainder. Part of 
the time since then Reynoldsville has had no salaried police. March 
8, 1904, the municipality began hiring two, one by day and one by 


September 23, 1893, the borough of West Reynoldsville wasi 
erected, having been formed from Winslow township. The area 
was 120 acres. The first officers were elected at a special election I 
held October 12, 1893. 

The first meeting of the first council was held in the West Rey- 
noldsville schoolhouse (since burned) Tuesday evening, October 18,, 

The town was laid out about 1872 by The Ohio Coal Company 
who owned most of the land. Soon lots were sold and the locality 
became known as Ohiotown. In about 1878 the company sold all 
of its property here and elsewhere to The Powers-Brown Coal Com- 
pany. The name of the place was changed to West Reynoldsville 
when it became a borough. 

An election was held April 28, 1914, when the voters of the) 
two municipalities consented to West Reynoldsville becoming al 
part of Reynoldsville borough. May 2 5th following the governor 
signed the letters patent consolidating them. It then became the: 
Third ward. 

Telegraph and Telephone Lines. The first telegraph message 
was received in Reynoldsville in 1873 at about the time of the com- 
pletion of the Allegheny Valley Railroad. The Pennsylvania Railroad 
which took possession later, now has four telegraph lines running 
through here. Formerly The Western iTJnion Telegraph Company 
owned nine lines passing by Reynoldsville including a trunk line 
from New York to Chicago, strung in 1893. In 1903 there arose a 
dispute between the railroad and telegraph companies concerning 
the contract by which the latter's poles occupied the railroad com- 
pany's right-of-way. After some litigation the railroad company cut 
down all of the telegraph poles and wires of the telegraph company 
on the railroad right-of-way, including those in Winslow township, 
destroying, in all, nearly $1,000,000 worth of the telegraph com- 
pany's property here and elsewhere. 

The first telephone line established in this region was in Wins- 
low township in 1882. It belonged to The Powers-Brown Coal Com- 
pany and connected their office at Soldier Run Mine in Prescottville 
with the Sprague Mine in Rathmel, both operations being owned 
by them. The next year, 1883, they moved their office to the south 
side of Main about 75 feet west of Fifth Street, extended their lines 
there and installed the first telephone in Reynoldsville. It was 
further enlarged as the property was sold to new companies, until 
now it is the private system of The Jefferson & Clearfield Coal & 
Iron Company and extends from Reynoldsville to all their mines. 


In August, 1891, The Central District Printing & Telegraph 
Company, of Pittsburgh, better known as The ©ell Telephone Sys- 
tem, established the DuBois district which includes Jefferson and 
a part of Clearfield counties with exchanges at Reynoldsville and 
other points. Trunk lines connect Reynoldsville, DuBois, Brook- 
ville and Punxsutawney. In May, 1906, Reynoldsville was cabled, 
that is, the private wires were put into a single cable. 

The Summerville Telephone Company, known as the Independ- 
ent Company, was chartered May 6, 1896. It strung wires to Rey- 
noldsville in 189 7. The company ran lines from Summerville 
through Brookville and Reynoldsville to Punxsutawney and Du- 
Bois. It established exchanges in the larger towns, and is connected 
with the lines of the neighboring independent companies. Rey- 
noldsville was cabled in 1913. In 1914 the company was sold to 
The Huntingdon & Clearfield Telephone Company. 

The Red Bank Telephone Company was organized in 1903 
and strung wires in Jefferson and Clarion counties, and in 1907 
opened an exchange in Reynoldsville. It is known as the Farmers' 
Telephone Company. 

Finance. The first deposit bank in Reynoldsville was Oyster 
& Company, and was established in 1874 and closed in 1876. 

The F. K. Arnold & Company Deposit Bank, established in 
1874, was sold in 1883 to I. C. Fuller & Brother. 

The Arnold & Seeley Deposit Bank, established in 1883, was 
changed in 1884 to The Seeley, Alexander & Company Deposit Bank. 
I. C. Fuller & Brother sold to Seeley, Alexander & Company in 1885. 

The F. K. Arnold & Company Deposit Bank was established in 
1890 and was sold to The Seeley, Alexander & Company Deposit 
Bank in 1892. 

In 1905 The People's National Bank was formed from The 
Seeley, Alexander & Company Deposit Bank. 

In 1893 The First National Bank was incorporated. 

In 1905 The Reynoldsville Trust Company was started. 

The Citizens' National Bank was formed from The Reynolds- 
ville Trust Company in 1906, and was merged with The Peoples' 
National Bank in 1918. 

The Reynoldsville Building and Loan Association was organized 
February 11, 1890. The first series was opened in the following 

Fire and Water. Reynoldsville has suffered from several large 
fires in addition to many small ones though large ones are less fre- 
quent now than previous to the institution of proper fire protection 


in 1888. The conflagration in which the most people in Reynolds- 
ville suffered occured Sunday, August 25, 1875. It began very soon 
after midnight and continued until about four o'clock that morning 
and 21 business places were burned. The loss was almost $100,000 
and the insurance was $42,000. The fire began on the south side 
of Main midway between Fourth Street and Swamp Alley. It swept 
eastward to a building just across Swamp Alley, and westward to 
near the corner of Main and Fourth Streets, going no further on 
account of a vacant lot. Crossing over it burned r»n the north «ude 
of the street from the vacant lot at the corner of Main and Fourth 
to the corner of Main and Fifth Street. The heat became so intense 
that men could not get near enough to use buckets of water and 
were obliged to keep away and let it burn. The next morning the 
hill just east of Cold Spring Hollow outside of the borough limits, 
and a mile east from the fire, was found covered with burning shin- 
gles carried there by the wind. 

At two o'clock, a. in., October 12, 1876, a fire started which 
destroyed all of the buildings en the north side of Main from Third 
to Fourth Streets, with the exception of a building on each corner. 

On the morning of July 20, 1893, the Reynoldsville woolen 
mill, located near the west bank of the Sandy Lick Creek several 
hundred feet above Main Street bridge was burned. Loss $55,000. 
Insurance $9,000. The building was wood and was erected in 1878. 

On the evening of December 13, 1893, the tannery in the west- 
ern part of town was burned. It had been built in IS 81. Loss in- 
cluding the stock of leather destroyed, was about $160,000, cov- 
ered by insurance. It was the most expensive fire that ever occured 
in Reynoldsville. The buildings were reconstructed and July 14, 
189 5, the rocker room and part of the dry loft of the same plant 
were burned. Loss about $25,000. Well insured. 

About 11 o'clock, p. m., October 12, 1901, fire broke out on the 
south side of Main midway between Fourth Street and Pine Alley. 
It burned east to within one building of Fourth Street and west to 
half way between Pine Alley and Third Street. 

March 28, 1919, at about 3 o'clock, p. m., fire started in the 
asbestos manufacturing plant on the northeast corner of Mable 
Street and .Swamp Alley between Fourth and Fifth Streets, and the 
rubber department was destroyed. Loss nearly $30,000. Well in- 

An imperfectly organized Aire company with buckets and lad- 
ders came into existence in 1875. In 1877 two chemical fire ex- 
tinguishers were purchased by the borough and two fire companies 
were organized. In 1888, after the water plant had been construct- 
ed, the companies were reorganized and a large amount of hose and 


other suitable equipment were bought. The companies are now 
known as The East End Fire Company and The Hope Fire Com- 
pany. In 1893 The West Reynoldsville Hose Company was organ- 
ized. The name was since changed to The Citizens' Hose Company. 
In September, 1888, The Reynoldsville Water Company was 
chartered. The stock in the company was $12,000. Three miles of 
main pipe was laid at first which had been increased to 10. The 
property was purchased by the Reynoldsville borough, which took 
possession in February, 1919, for $89,000. Most of the water ia 
from Pitch Pine Run a short distance north of the borough line at 
Fifth Street. The water is pumped into a tank on top of the hill, 
at the south, giving a pressure in the pipes on lower Main Street of 
115 pounds to the square inch. The force is sufficient to throw a 
single stream from a cne-half inch nozzle over any building on the 
highest point in the borough without the assistance of a steamer. 
At a number of fires several large streams have been thrown at once 
for a long time without appearing to diminish either the force or 



Poetry. The four poems which immediately follow were writ- 
ten by ex-Congressman William Orlando Smith and were published 
at different times in The Punxsutawney Spirit which he has edited 
for many years. Mr. Smith, son of John S. and Susann Smith, was 
born in Reynoldsville and lived here until he arrived at early man- 

Archie Campbell and Jimmy Kyle 

Archibald Campbell and his friend Jimmy Kyle 
Were sturdy old gents from the Emerald Isle. 
Jimmy lived on a farm below Prospect Hill, 
And Archie kept tavern in old Reynoldsville, 
Now this was long- since, perhaps during the war, 
And possibly even a few years before. 
Both were thrifty and close, and knew to the cent 
Precisely the quantum of money they spent. 

It happened one day, in the course of affairs, 
That the old Prospect graveyard needed repairs. 
It had grown up with briars, bushes and trees; 
The fence was quite rotten and weak in the knees; 
And tombstones that ought to be standing erect 
Were prone from a true, upright course to deflect. 
Now this was a shame, the good citizens said, 
For they ought to show more respect for the dead. 

And so they agreed, to accomplish their ends, 

To raise a subscription amongst their good friends. 

Tom Dolan, Ed. Seeley, Ben Haugh and Pete Brown, 

George Sprague and Wash Fuller all put their names down. 

But still they were short, and to increase the pile 

They handed the paper to old Jimmy Kyle. 

For a ten-dollar bill he wrote down his name, 

And said he'd make Campbell contribute the same. 

Then forth with his paper friend Kyle did essay. 
Talking thus to himself as he wended his way: 
"Sure Archie is ruch; he sulls whusky and ale, 
An* a paltry tin dollars he never would fale." 
And thus with himself he debated the case 
Till firmly convinced, when he reached Archie's place. 
He knocked at the door of the old Sandy Lick 
When Archie hopped up and opened it quick. 

"Gud mornin'," said Jimmy, all wreathed in a smile, 
"An' how's Muster Cummel?" "Quite wull, Muster Kyle, 
Except fer me legs, for yez know how it is — 
I'm bothered a gud bit with ould rheumatiz. 



In a gineral way me health's gud enough, 

An' I'd be all right if I wasn't so stuff." 

"An' how's Mary Ann?" "She is gud — very gud; 

She's out in the back yard spluttin' some wud." 

"Muster Cummel," said Jimmy, "I'll sthate what I want; 

We're fixin' the cimet'ry over beyant — 

I've a subscrupt'ion papur I'd like yez to sign: 

Just put down yer name for a tin below mine." 

"Egad!" exclaimed Archie, "not a cint will 1 guv! 

I won't be buried there, sir, as long as I luv!" 

"We duffer on that pint," said Kyle, "be me s'ul. 

If I luv an' kape me health, Archie, I wull! M 

Fishing in Sandy Lick 

I remember in the spring time 
Some thirty years ago, 

The little kids in Reynoldsville 
Would oft a fishing go. 

Down to the mouth of Soldier Run- 
Right there below the chute — 

With cotton lines and bobbins red, 
Bare-footed they would scoot. 

Tommy Green and Johnny Consor, 

Sam Sprague and Harry Doyle, 
Julius Caesar Ferris, 

Bob Clark and Mauris Coyle, 
Tom Reynolds and Clint Reichard, too, 

Sid Smith and Jim McCreight, 
As anglers were regarded then 

As simply "out of sight." 

If the fishes would not bite well 

That day below the chute, 
To "Strouse's Landing" they would hie, 

Or down to the "Elm Root." 
If still the fish evaded them 

Their pockets they would cram 
With lines and hooks and bait boxes, 

And strike for Gould Scott's dam. 

And there upon the old platform, 

Just where the boom was tied, 
They'd sit and fish in sun or storm, 

All eager, side by side. 
"Don't make a noise," Tom Greene would say, 

"Ain't you got any sense? 
You'll scare the sunflsh all away 

And drive the suckers hence!" 

Now Caesar Ferris gets a bite! 

"Whocp-ee! Just see 'im rush!" 
"Gosh blame the luck!" cries Mauris Coyle. 

"My line's fast on some brush!" 


Then Caesar pulls — a mighty jirk — 

His fish-line goes "kerswish!" 
"Don't swear! Don't swear!" says Harry Doyle, 

You'll never catch a fish." 

And there the boys would sit and fish 

Until the day was done, 
Drowning- the angle worms by scores 

And having barrels of fun. 
Man's cup of joy will never be 

As full and as complete 
As in those happy days when he 

Went fishing with bare feet. 

"Daddy" Aber 

In Reynoldsville, long years ago, 

When Caesar Ferris wore knee breeches, 
When L. P. Seeley's name was "Lo," 

And Hannah Fry believed in witches, 
There lived in that sequestered town 

A fat, smooth-faced, bald-headed cobbler, 
Who seemed half bogy and half clown — 

A short, round-bellied, blust'ring wabbler. 

The boys were all afraid of him 

Because he was so very fussy. 
They seemed to think him strong of limb 

As he was ponderous and pussy 
And yet they loved to make him mad, 

And badger him till he would chase them, 
Using his knee-strap for a gad 

With which he often sought to lace them. 

This funny cobbler hated noise 

And loved Platonic contemplation, 
But people thought he hated boys 

With fierce and bitter execration. 
And yet he was a gentleman, 

A kind, accommodating neighbor, 
Built on a comprehensive plan, 

And known to all as "Daddy" Aber. 

The boys for half a mile around, 

Who loved to pester and harrass him, 
By Aber's shop were often found 

To pelt his windows and to "sass" him. 
Then the old man would sally out 

And chase them like a lot of rabbits. 
And froth and fume and rave about 

Their manners and their nasty habits. 

One morning down the dusty road 
He chased a crowd of little ruffians; 

Bare-headed, swelling like a toad, 
Pursued the dirty ragamuffins — 


When suddenly Sid Smith fell down 

And bumped his head upon the bottom! 
Then Tommy Greene and Billy Brown 

Yelled lustily: "Old Aber's got him!" 

And Caesar Ferris looked askance 

From his retreat behind some lilacs, 
"While Cal Fye mourned the luckless chance 

That brought about this awful climax! 
Tom Reynolds thought Sid's time had come, 

And turned to watch old Aber smash h*m; 
And Johnny Consor scooted home 

For fear he'd also catch and thrash him. 

On came Old Aber, puffing red — 

A real Bosbastes Furioso — 
While Sidney's nose it freely bled, 

Which made him yell and sniff and blow so. 
When Aber reached the prostrate youth 

He raised the strap as if to smite him! 
But when he saw the blood — good sooth — 

It seemed to soften and affright him. 

Then with the gentlest kind of grace 

He stooped to life the young offender, 
And wiped the warm blood off his face, 

And spoke most soothingly and tender. 
He brushed the dust from Sidney's clothes. 

Then waddled back into his shoe shop; 
And something trickled down his nose — 

Sam Saxton said looked like a dew dro*>. 

From that day forth no boy was known 

To vex or trouble the old shoe man, 
Because the cobbler thus had shown 

That he was tender as a woman. 
The boys became his firmest friends, 

And he the kindest, gentlest neighbor, 
And after that to make amends, 

They always called him "Uncle" Aber. 

The Old Sugar Camp 

In childhood's awe-inspired days, 
When forests teem with elfs and fays, 
When darkness has a mystic dread 
And bogies lurk beneath the bed, 
There's always some enchanted spot — 
Some woodland nook or sylvan grot 
O'er which the fancy casts a spell 
And spooks and sprites and fairies dwell. 

The Sugar Camp behind the hill 
North of the town of Reynoldsville, 
Where ev'ry Spring the village boys 
Spent the glad hours in rampant joys, 


Was such a fairyland to me. 
We knew each shrub and sugar tree, 
Each towering oak or poison vine, 
Each "sad hemlock and solemn pine." 

And when the maples were on tap 
We carried wood and gathered sap. 
The old-time "spile" and sugar-trough. 
The eager joy of "stirring off," 
The fire round the kettle glowing, 
The "speck" to make it quit o'er-flowlng, 
The "skimmer" and the old sap-yoke 
The ghosts of perished youth invoke. 

With sugar water half boiled down, 
Like imps and satyrs we sat round 
On logs and stumps, with old tin cups. 
Sipping the sweets in soulful sups, 
Or with a self-complacent grin 
We'd drop the "spotsy" in a tin. 
Then twist it up in funny shapes 
And munch it like a lot of apes. 

A score of boys was always there 
The labor and the fun to share. 
A more uncouth or savage band 
Could not be found in Zululand. 
Of leather-wood we made us whips, 
Tobacco plugs of birch-bark chips; 
And oft with shouts of impish glee 
We'd skin the slip-ry elm tree. 

Along the side-hill plenteous grew 
The "ramp" and "injun turnip" too. 
Of all vile roots and plants accurst 
The "injun-turnip" is the worst. 
And how it thrilled us with delight 
When some poor kid would take a bite 
Then yell and spit and snort and blow 
In agonies of grief and woe! 

But we were heartless Vandals then — 

All boys are savages at ten — 

And worse, for anything that we know, 

Than any naked Filipino. 

They crave excitement — anything 

To make time speed on swifter wing. 

But old age cries, "Alas, alack! 

Our childhood days, they come not back'" 

Yet all of us may live again 
The jocund days of youth, for when 
We want a taste of childhood's joys. 
The happy time when we were boys, 


We conjure up within our brains 
The bliss of youth without its pains. 
Old times and scenes we may revamp 
And reconstruct our Sugar Camp. 

The following was written by Mrs. Margaret Gorsline, daughter 
of Thomas Reynolds. The schoolhouse referred to stood from 1855 
to 1870 on the west bank of Cold Spring Hollow near the Reynoldn- 
ville borough line and north of the turnpike. 

The Cold Spring Hollow School 

I often sit a-musin' and dreamin' dreams agin, 

A-bringin' back the happy days with childhood's pleasure in; 

Bringin' back; the winter time — how dreams contrive to fool — 

And sturdy young-uns trudgin' off to the Cold Spring Hollow school. 

Back they come a-trampin' through fancy's magic stride 

I seem to see them gatherin' and crowdin' side by side, 

To get the nearest to the stove and then,, upon my soul, 

Through all the years thats vanished 

I hear Abner Briggs calling the roll. 

David, Reynolds, Harrison Rea, Tilton Reynolds, Albert Reynolds, Thom- 
as Tapper, Clarinda Reynolds, Jane Howlett, Lucinda Rea. 

I hear it just as plain as in the long past day — 

Washington Fuller, Joseph Green, Esther Green, Christiana Tapper, 
Melissa Ferris, Mary Jane Reynolds. 

And ringing loud and clear 

I hear an answer to each name: 'tis the simple word, "Here." 

And later on a teacher speaks of Joan Reynolds; 

Oh, I remember well 

The sad faces, the teacher's tears, and then 

We knew too well we'd never see our dear school mate again. 

Now preacher Johnson calls the roll: 

Mary Johnston, Julia Howlett, John Howlett, William Reynolds, John 

Andrew Huntington, Martha Johnston, Harriet Reynolds, Sarah 

Johnston, Alex Yohe, Julia Rea, John Rea, Maraba Ferris, May 

They answer one and all, but 

Flora Yohe and Nerve Reynolds come in a little late 
They're not excused for distance come, and so it is their fate 
To be kept in at recess and miss our games of ball. 
Each tilled a place and no one could be spared at all. 
For 'Nerve was champion striker 
Our best runner was Jane Ann, 

Who could make as fine- a home run as any modern fan. 
Then 'tis Harry McClelland calls the roll: 

John D. Reynolds, Hannah Miles, Inez Scott, John Conser, Thomas Green, 
Susan Reynolds, and her sisters Ide and Lide, with Rose Prescott and 

Nettie Test sitting side by side, then Flora Doyle and Settle Smith, 

William Orlando Smith, Allan Prescott, too. 
Though many years have come and gone from the first roll to the last, 
My memory juggles them all in and they crowd it thick and fast 
The roll's still going on, %nd now 'tis Brewer's voice. 


Julius C. Ferris, Kate Rhodes, Robert Cathers, many more; each answers* 

to their name. 
Does each one answer? Well not exactly all. 
Since most of them have answered to the Heaven Teacher's call. 
'Twill not be long- till all are gone that met here year by year; 
John Howlett, Thomas Reynolds, John H. Reynolds — 
I awaken with a start. 

And something keeps a-swelling and tugging at my heart; 
My eyes are opened, can it be that here are our school boys and girls 
With hair quite gray in place of raven locks and golden curls. 
What did you say — that they are parents and grandparents, too, 
Some one, I'm sure, has just been foolin* you. 
I'm wide awake: Alas, 'tis true, I know it now too well; 
I've just been dreamin' a sweet dream of the past. 
We have our dreams, but waken — for dreams cannot last. 

A Sketch of Archibald Compbell. The most peculiar character 
that ever lived in Reynoldsville and perhaps in this part of the State 
was Archibald Campbell. Few as eccentric persons ever lived any- 
where. He made Reynoldsville his home for over a quarter of a 
century. His remains lie buried in Bulah Cemetery directly across 
from the entrance and east of the driveway. A slender shaft marks 
his grave and that of his wife who lies buried by his side. On it 
are inscribed "Archibald Campbell, died July 5, 1876, age 78 years, 
9 mo. and 19 days," and "Mary Ann Campbell, Died May 7, 1881, 
age 78 years, 6 mo. and 27 days." Mr. Campbell for years was 
landlord of The Sandy Lick Hotel, southeast corner of Main and 
Seventh Streets. For a long time after they lived in a house on the 
upper side of Main about 160 feet west of Seventh Street. Archie 
was so peculiar that the older residents never tire talking about 
him. In appearance he was comical in the extreme and homely is 
too mild a word to describe his physiognomy. He was heavy, 
rather short, had a smooth face, white hair, round shoulders, pe- 
culiarly shaped feet, short legs which were crippled by rheumatism, 
a long body, large abdomen, and every part sadly out of shape. He 
walked with his left hand under his coat tail and with a cane in 
his right. 

Campbell was a Republican and sometimes attended the Pres- 
byterian church. He was vain, egotistical, loud-spoken, grossly il- 
literate, not noted for his honesty, close fisted in business trans- 
actions, yet liberal occasionally, rather temperate, fun loving, some- 
what sociable, enjoyed telling stories, and was not at all cleanly in 
his personal habits. His wife's maiden name was Mary Ann Kyle 
and he first met her in the Beechwoods. They had no children. 
His marked Irish brogue and queer sayings continually provoked 
laughter., Yet, with all of his odd ways, he was generally shrewd 


in business and is said tc have become worth $5,000 or $10,000. 
Numerous anecdotes have been told of him. 

One Hallowe'en the boys completely whitewashed his buggy. 
But this could not have greatly disturbed him for he continued using 
it without removing the whitewash. 

One time while in church the contribution box was passed to 
his wife Mary Ann but she had no money. Archie saw this and, 
after the box was taken forward, he walked across the church and 
gave her a one cent piece. Next he went to an usher who, at his 
request, went to the pulpit, got the contribution box and walked 
over to Mrs. Campbell who put the money in it. Mr. Campbell 
then knew that the entire congregation was aware that Mrs. Camp- 
bell had contributed that Sunday. 

"When he wished to appear generous with a customer while he 
was keeping store he would turn to his wife and say: "Hey, Mary 
Ann, guv the gintleman three or tew cigairs." He never said two 
or three. Then in a whisper which could be heard by his customer 
he would add, "Make it wan." 

"Guv the bie a cracker," says Archie to his wife, he wishing to 
appear open-hearted. Then the boy, peeping over his shoulder, sees 
Archie nodding to Mary Ann not to do it. 

"This lumber which you sold me as nearly all clear stuff is 
very knotty," angrily declared a customer. "Egad, and it is nearly 
all clear stuff," answered Campbell, picking up a board. "It's clear 
from here to here," he continued, "and from here to here and from 
here to here." It was clear between the knots! 

His business dealings were not always shrewd. One time 
Archie had a friend bid for him when a horse was being auctioned 
by the sheriff. "I bid $25," began his friend. "I bud $40," shouted 
Archie. "You must not bid," remonstrated his friend. "Bud, bud," 
Archie commanded. "I'll make it $50," his friends announced. "I'll 
bud $65, the old Irishman said and, turning to his representative, 
again told him to "bud." Thus the bidding continued until Camp- 
bell got the beast at his final bid of $175 which he might have had 
for $25 as there were no other bidders. 

"Good morning, Mr. Dromedary," said a wag. "Me name is not 
Dromedary, its Cummell," he answered indignantly. 

"What's a peg betwixt friends," said Archie in a soothing man- 
ner to a neighbor whom he had cheated out of a porker. He wanted 
to make up with the fellow but said nothing about the $2.75 due 
bim for the animal. 

While talking with anyone he would pound the floor with his 
can ^ and, at frequent intervals, when endeavoring to make a point, 
would hit the person to whom he was conversing on the legs or 
body often so hard that it hurt. 

He always had suspicions concerning the u onesty of others. 


Once when he was about to sell a piece of land to the congregation 
of the Presbyterian church, to be added to their holdings on the 
corner of Main and Seventh Streets, he secured the services of a 
trusted friend who was not as lacking in education as he, to con- 
summate the deal. He was very much afraid that the congregation 
would cheat him out of his property. 

"What per cent profit do you make on your goods?" inquired 
a Pittsburgh wholesaler of Campbell when he was making pur- 
chases for his little store. The dealer wished to know whether to 
extend credit. "Wan per cint," he replied. "We would not care 
to extend credit on such a small margin of profit," he was told. 
"Egad," said Archie, "I know nothin' about yer per cint, but ef I 
buy an article fur wan dullar and sull it fer tew I don't thunk I 
will loose very much money." He got the goods. 

Campbell's money loving spirit was manifested to the last. 
When, on his death bed, he called an old friend to his side and 
said: "Yez now hov hod a watch in yer possession whuch I guv 
yez fur safe kapin' a long long time ago. I wull soon die. Yez hov 
been a good frind 'en, egad, to show me appreciation, if yez 
wull pay me $50 I wull make yez a prisent of the watch, so I wull." 
But as $40 would have been an exorbitant price for the old time 
piece the good friend refused the offer with thanks 

One of his greatest delights was to buy almost any kind of sec- 
ond hand or other old article for as near nothing as possible and 
then sell it for as good a profit as he could, or trade it for some- 
thing of considerable value. Many of the things be bought in this 
way appeared to most people as worthless, and yet he invariably suc- 
ceeded in making money. Probably the oddest and, apparently, the 
most useless purchase he ever made was a well built hardwood 
coffin which he got for a fraction of its real worth because no one 
wanted it. But even that proved to be a good bargain — at least for 
his widow. He was buried in it. 

When death was very near two neighbors were at Archie's bed- 
side. One was wrapped in fervent prayer when Mary Ann, who 
could not have been deeply impressed with the spiritual offering at 
that solemn hour, stepped into the room and, with a wave of the 
hand, said: "Wait a moment Mr. Prescott — "Say, Archie, did yez 
return Miles Huntington's cross-cut saw?" 

A few stories told of Archie Campbell were of such a nature that 
even the most credulous might doubt them. However, one will be 
given for what it is worth and the reader will be left to accept or 
reject it. The old man was dying. His affairs had just been set- 
tled when it was found that a $50 bill was missing. He halted in 
his death struggles, so the story goes, until the money was found. 
Then he passed quietly away. 




-, T .,, It T> ori&i ?l lll y,, embraced the territory including- what is now Prospect 
Hill, Reynoldsville and all which is now the northern part of Winslow 
township. It was organized in 1839 when the following officers were 

Constable, John McGhee; Supervisors, John Mcintosh and *Tilton 
Reynolds; Auditors, Andrew Smith, Oliver McClelland. * William Reyn- 
olds, and * Joshua Rea; School Directors, Oliver McClelland Andrew 
Smith, James McConnell, *William Reynolds, *John Fuller and John 
Horm; Fence Appraisers, John Smith and *01iver Welsh: Poor Overseers 
Henry Keys and *Tilton Reynolds; Town Clerk, John Wilson 

♦Residents of what afterwards became Winslow township. 


The first election was held in Winslow township April 6, 1846 B*- 
low are the official returns which gives the names of all who ran but do 
not designate which were elected. 

Supervisors, Joseph Syphrit, Samuel Rea; Overseers of the Poor 
Jonathan Dickey and John Sheesley; Assessors, John Sheesley and John 
Dickey; Town Clerk, Andrew McCreight; Auditors, Jonathan Dickev 
and Andrew McCreight; Fence Viewer. John Clayton; Constable, Samuel 
Pershing and Oliver Welsh; School Directors. Thomas Reynolds; Fred 
Alexander, Woodward Reynolds. John Fuller, John Barr and John Foltz- 
Justice of the Peace. Robert Douthit, Joseph Syphrit and Woodward 
Reynolds; Judge of Election. Woodward Reynolds; Inspectors of Elec- 
tion, Tilton Reynolds and Joshua Rea. 


« Burgess, M. M. Miner; Councilmen, J. Benner McCracken, Joseph R. 
Pentz. Hiram S. Belnap, William K. Reynolds and H. S. Sankey; Justice 
of the Peace, George E. Wisner; Auditors. D. Bergoon, one year, Jess^ 
L. Test, two years, and Albert Reynolds, three years; Constable, Sam- 
uel Saxton; High Constable, William Heckman; Assessor, B. F Barr- 
Assistant Assessor, E. DeHaven; Judge of Election, William Ferris, and 
Inspector of Election, H. M. Clark and R. M. Boyles. 


Justice of the Peace. David Bolinger and William L. Johnston; Bur- 
gess, Samuel Sutter; Constable. James Moore; High Constable William 
Berry; Tax Collector, David Stauffer; School Directors, Philip Koehler 
\Villiam L. Johnston, David Bolinger, Manley E. Weed and James Orr: 
Town Council, William M. Burge. James Moore, S. E. Brewer, James Orr 
and Henry Herpel; Poor Overseers, Frank Shanev and John Benson: As- 
sessor Robert Williams: Auditors, W. Z. Burris, G. M. Davis and Thom- 
as McEnteer Judge of Election, Samuel E. Brillhart, and Inspector of 
Election. J. Is. Smail. 


1S73 M. M. Miner 1883* H. C. Deible 

1874 J. W. Foust 1SS4 O. F. Smith 

1875 F. M. Cole 1885 H. B. Leach 

1876 R. C. Faust 18S6 A. G. Milliron 
18 1 7 R. C. Faust 1887 A. G. Milliron 

1878 David Hartman 1888 Thomas Tapper 

1879 Albert Reynolds 1889 Samuel Dougherty 

1880 R. M. Boles 1890 S. B. J. Saxton 

1881 W. H. Van Lew 1891 S. B. J. Saxton 

1882 R. M. Boyles 1892 John M. Hays 

1883 R. M. Boyles 1893 John M. Hays 




Samuel Lattimer 



Samuel Lattimer 



Peter Robertson 



H. Alex Stoke 



H. Alex Stoke 



H. Alex Stoke 



Camden Mitchell 



Camden Mitchell 



Camden Mitchell 



L. M. Simmons 



L. M. Simmons 



L. M. Simmons 



Lk L. Gourley 



L. L. Gourley 



Smith McCreight 



Smith McCreight 


Appointed to fill a vacancy. 

Smith McCreight 
Jarvis D. Williams 
Jarvis D. Williams 
Jarvis D. Williams 
Jarvis D. Williams 
Fred J. Butler 
Fred J. Butler 
Fred J. Butler 
Fred J. Butler 
John Reed 
John Reed 
John Reed 
John Reed 
Fred J. Butler 
Fred J. Butler 


1893 Samuel Sutter 

1894 Charles Herpel 

1895 Charles Herpel 

1896 Charles Herpel 

1897 J. C. McEntire 

1898 J. C. McEntire 

1899 J. C. McEntire 

1900 Roman Koehler 

1901 Roman Koehler 

1902 Roman Koehler 










1903 William M. Burge 1914 

Last meeting 1 of the council held June 1, 1914. 

NOTE — Until 1894 burgesses were elected for one year. From then 
until 1906 they were elected for three years. Since then they are elected 
for four years. 

William M. Burge 
William M. Burge 
J. D. Woodring 
J. D. Woodring 
J. D. Woodring 
C. C. Herpel 
C. C. Herpel 
C. C. Herpel 
C. C. Herpel 
Daniel Bollinger 
Daniel Bollinger 


Henry Aimon, "William Aimon, Richard Anderson, Anthony Boat, 
John Bafr, Henry Bowman. James Broadhead, Alexander Bollinger, 
Michael Best. William Best, Gilbert Burrows, Stevenson Burrows. Sam- 
uel Brown, Adam Beck, Israel Booth, Henry Beal, John Boyer, George 
Boyer, John Burkett, Thomas Brown, George Broadhead, Robert Barr, 
John C. Consor, John Clayton, Benjamin Clayton, Margaret Cathers, 
.Tames Cathers, William T. Cathers, Charles B. Clark, John B. Clark. 
Robert Cathers, Senior, John I. Clark, Thomas Crawford, John Carl, 
Isaac Cochran, Robert Cathers, Junior, William R. Cox, James A. Cath- 
cart, Andrew Coonley, David Carr, Oliver Cathers, Robert Cathcart, Dan- 
iel Clark, George Dobson. James Dickey, James Dixon, Robert E. 
Douthit, Senior. Isaac Dickey, Robert Douthit, Junior, John Deemer, 
Peter Deemer, Henry Dowling, Francis De Lorm. Thomas Dowling, Jo- 
siah Deemer, Zachariah Deemer. Ebenezer Dailey, Thomas Dilworth, 
John I. Deemer, Peter Doverspike, Jonathan Deemer, Samuel Dickey, 
George Dickev. Nathan Douthit. Joseph Douthit. Joseph Eastman, G. 
P. Eastman, Michael Elliott, David Ebenezer, Samuel Fye, John Fuller, 
William Ferris, George Fye. John Foltz, James Foltz, William Feeley, 
Ira Fuller. Christopher Frank, Frederick Farmer. William Fultz, Orlando 
Gray. John Green, Isaac Gordon, John Glazier, Harrison Green, Samuel 
Green, Franklin George. David Gillespie, Solomon George, Susan Hay- 
maker, Isaac Harlley. William Henry, John Horm, Jacob Hupp. George 
Horm, John Heberling, Simon Huntington. Gordon Harris. James F. 
Henrv, James L. Henry, John Hull, William J. Hillis, Thomas Hutchinson, 
Daniel Hock. Robert Hillis, John Havmaker, George Howlet, Andrew 
Hoke. William B. Johnston. Reuben Johnston. Andrew Johnston, Jacob 
K. Johnston. James Johnston, Jacob Kroah. Henry Kroah, John Kline, 
Benjamin Kline. Jacob Kline. Willett Keys. Barney Kline, James Kinker. 
James Kyle. George W. Ludwig. Henry Lyons, Hugh Lowrey, Edward 
Lewis. George Lintermat, Truman P.. London. Junior, Simon Mix, Eph- 
ram Murrav. Jonathan Milliron, Daniel Maize. John McCreight. James 
McCreisrht. Thomas McCreight. Smith McCreight. Sharp McCreight, Jami- 
son McCreight. L. L. Mc Henry. George McConnell, Richard Maize, Rich- 
ard McClure, Henry Norris. Robert Norris, William Norris, Harrison New- 


come, Thomas Owens, Alfred Prescott, William H. Pratt, James Phatt, 
Solomon Phillippi, Ralph Pierce, John D. Phillippi, Elizabeth Phillippi, 
Charles H. Prescctt. John Painter, Junior, Charles Price, Elisha Pres- 
cott, Robert Patton, Thomas Reynolds, Junior, "Warren G. Repsher. Jere- 
miah Rea, Samuel Rea, George Rea, Woodward Reynolds, Elizabeth 
Reynolds, Washington Rhodes, William H. Reynolds, Thomas Reynolds, 
George Rhodes, A. Reed, Patterson F. Rea, Gilbert Rea, Joseph Ruther, 
Robert F. Rafs, Christian Rhoads, Isaac Strouse, Lewis Smail, Henry 
Shuckers, John Smith, John Soliday, Jacob Shunk, Samuel Shunk, Rox- 
ana Stebbins, "Valentine Smith, Jacob Smith, Senior, John S. Smith, Wil- 
liam Sloppy, Jonathan Strouse, Martin Strouse, Joseph Syphrit, George 
Strouse, William A. Stewart, Daniel Sharp, David Sloppy, George 
Sprague. Daniel Strouse, John Shire, A. Snyder, Robert Sharp, Oliver 
Smith, Edward Simpson, Henry Smith, John Snyder, Martin Staley, 
Benewell Snyder, John Smith, Senior, Joseph Sheesley, Jacob Sheesley, 
Peter Sharp, Henry Schuckers, David Sheesley, Hiram Sprague, Wil- 
liam M. Smith, John Sloan, Philip Tapper, Cameron Johnston, Gibson 
Wilber, Oliver Welsh, Aaron Welsh, Christian Walker, Frederick Wal- 
ker, George E. Winkleleek, Noah Wetzell, Jesse Wayland, Samuel Wetzell, 
Adam Yohe, Senior, Henry Yohe, Peter Yohe, Wilson Young, Adam 
Yohe, Junior, Peter Yeager. 

Thomas Reynolds ,1850-1851: John S. Smith, 1851-1854; Orlando 
Gray, 1854-1856; John S. Smith, 1856-1858; Frederick C. Farmer, 1853- 
1859; Thomas Reynolds, 1859-1862; Thomas Montgomery, 1862-1865; 
Thomas Reynolds, 1865-1881; Tilton C. Reynolds, 1881-1885; William C. 
Schultz, 1885-1889; John W. Foust, 1889-1893; Evan T. McGaw, 1893- 
1897; Albert Woodward, 1S97-1902; Edward C. Burns, 1902-1910; Smith 
M. McCreight, 1910-1915; Henry C. Deible, 1915-1921; Smith M. Mc- 
Creight. 1921. 


And now, September 11, 1873, the Court confirms the judgment of 
the Grand Jury and decree that the said town of Reynoldsville be incor- 
porated into a borough in conformity with the prayer of the petition- 
ers. That the corporate style and title thereof be The Borough of Rey- 
noldsville; That the boundary shall be as follows, viz: Beginning at a 
post, corner of John M .Hays lot, and running by said lot south 228% 
degrees west, eight perches to post on land of Mrs. Haymaker, thence 
north 53 degrees west 60 4-10 perches to the corner of Joseph Sheesley's 
land, thence by land of said Sheesley north 54 degrees west 36 perches, 
thence north 44 degrees west 15% perches, thence north 54 degrees west 
38 rods to the corner of C. H. Prescott's land, thence west 58 perches to 
a hazel, corner of Prescott & Company's lands, thence in same direc- 
tion 14 perches to a post, thence south 13 rods to a hemlock, thence west 
123 perches to a beech, thence north 51% degrees west, 5 6-10 perches 
to Sandy Lick Creek, thence following the course of said stream on 
east bank 93 perches, thence across said stream north 32 degrees west 
4 2-10 perches to a post, thence along said stream on the west bank 
north 51 degrees east 20 perches, thence north 58% degrees, east 8 
perches, thence north 72 3-4 degrees east 34 2-10 perches to a hickory 
tree on the east bank of same, thence up same on the east bank 330 perch- 
es to a hemlock tree, thence east 11 perches to a pine tree, thence south 
33 degrees east 109 perches, thence south 63 degrees east 185 perches, 
thence south 23% degrees west 103 perches to the place of beginning. 
And that the annual borough election shall be held at the home of 
Charles Burns in said borough on the first Monday of February, in ac- 
cordance with and subject to all the provisions of the law regulating 
township elections, and declares said borough a separate election and 
school district. The Court further decrees and fixes the first election in 
said borough for the election of the officers provided by law, at the 
house of Charles Burns in said borough on the 21st day of October, A. 
D., 1873, between the hours of 8 o'clock a. m., and 7 o'clock, p. m., of 
said day and designate E. Neff to give due notice of said election and 
manner thereof. And the Court further appoints that David Reynolds 
be Judge of said election and that G. W. Thompson and A. Bergoon be 
Inspector of said election. 

By Order of Court 


Associate Judge 


(Names in the Appendix not Included) 

Adams, President John, 30 
Aimen, Henry, 61 
Aiinen, William, 61 
Alderton, Millaered, 43 
Anderson, John, 43 
Armstrong, Colonel, 31 

Baird, Howard & Company, 52 
Barnett, James, 67 
Barnett, Joseph, 32 
Barton, Mr., 77 
Beebe & Clark, 61 
Boyer, George, 35 
Boyer, John, 35 
Boyles, Dr. R. M., 77 
Brady, James P., 29 
Brady, Father Terence, 59 
Brockbank, 32 
Burr, Aaron, 30 
Burrows, Gilbert, 35 

Caldwell, 3 5 

Caldwell, James, 80 

Campbell, Archibald, 54, 86, 92 

Campbell, Mary Ann, 92 

Carl, Daniel G., 42 

Cathcart, Dr., 30 

Cathers, Oliver, 35 

Cathers, Robert, 35 

Charles II., King, 28 

Chase, Charles, 37 

Clark, 70 

Clark, Dr., 3 4 

Clayton, Benjamin, 35 

Clough, John B., 42 

Conn, Hugh, 42 

Concer, John C, 42 

Corbet, Judge Charles, 47 

Cox, Nancy (Harrison), 61 

Cox, Peter, 61 

Cox, William T., 61 

Coxson, John, 43 

Crawford, Dr., 47 

Crosby, George W., 42 

Crowell, Jacob, 47 

Culp, George, 37 

Day, Sherman, 30 
DeHart, Charles, 43 
DeLorm, Francis, 35 
Doling, Julius, 34, 35 
Douglas, 33 

Douthit, Robert, 35, 59 
Dunham, Daniel, 33 

Ellicott, Andrew, 66 

Ellicott, Joseph, 66 

Elliott, Hon. Simon B., 20, 64 

Fehley, William, 3 5 

Ferris, William, 62 

Feye, Henry, 32 

Flynn, Patrick, 59 

Forpaugh, Adam, 52 

Fuller, George Washington, 19 

Fuller, John, 19, 23, 33, 34, 35, 

62, 75 
Fuller, Mrs. John, 19, 33, 34 
Fuller, Mary Jane, 34 

Gaskill, Charles E., 67 
Geddis, Henry, 30 
Goodaur, Frank, 35 
Gorsline, Mrs. Margaret, 91 
Grant, Thomas, 32 
Green, Joseph F., 42 
Griggs, 35 
Guenth, Doctor, 63 

Hamilton, Alexander, 30 
Harris, Doctor, 4 7 
Harriett, James, 67 
Hartranft, Governor, 55 
Howlett, George, 42 

Ingalls, Jared, 30 
Irvin, William, 66 
Iseman, Henry, 77 

Jackson, William, 59 
James I., King, 28 
Jefferson, Thomas, 38 

Johnston, James A. f 42 
Johnston, Rev. James, 58 
Johnston, William, 14, 35, 60 
Jones, Peter, 67 

Kuhn, John, 42 
Kyle, James, 86 

Laird, John, 43 
Lattimer, Joseph, 30 
Latz, Christopher, 43 
Leslie, L. P., 63 
Lincoln, President, 42 
London, Isaac, 33 
Long, Irvin R., 42 

Martin, Thomas, 32 
Maxwell, Thomas, 43 
McClelland, Major William, 41 
McCreight, Andrew, 35 
McDonald, Betty, 37 
McHugh, John, 42 
McKnight, Dr. William J., I 

32, 39, 45, 66 
McMullen, Ancell, 43 
Mead David, 32, 66 
Mead, John, 32, 66 
Modock, Sam, 27 
Mohney, Fred. 43 
Morrow, Joseph, 72, 73 

Nesbit, Richard, 43 
Nicholson, John, 30 

O'Neal, John, 70 

Penn, William, 28, 38 

Pickering, Timothy, 29, 30 

Piatt, Franklin, 63 

Piatt, George, 63 

Prescott, Charles H., 65 

Prescott, George Allen, 65 

Potter, Elizabeth, 3 3 

Potter, Gen. James, 29, 30, 31 

Potter, Hannah, 33 

Potter, Harriet, 3 3 

Potter, Jackson, 33 

Potter, Jane, 33 

Potter, John, 33 

Potter, Joseph, 31, 33, 35 
Potter, Mary, 33 
Potter Junior, Rachael, 33 
Potter, Rachel, 33 
Potter, Ramsey, 33, 35 

Queen, Montgomery, 52 

Randolph, James, 39 
Randolph, James F., 32 
Rea, David, 35 
Rea, John W., 42 
Rea, Josua, 35 
Rea, Samuel, 35 
Reynolds, Albert, 80 
Reynolds, Amelia, 35 
Reynolds, David, 19, 31, 34, 77, 

80, 81 
Reynolds Thomas, 34, 35, 40, 

41, 56, 59, 80, 81 
Reynolds, Tilton, 31, 35, 40 
Reynolds, William, 3 5, 61 
Reynolds, Woodward, 31, 3 3, 

34, 35, 46, 62, 64, 68, 69, 71 
Rice, Dan, 52 
Ringling Brothers, 52 
Rivers & Dares, 52 
Rogers, State Geologist, 63 
Ross, Amelia, 34 
Rutter, Joseph, 42 

Schultz, E. C, 59 
Scott, Miss Kate, 3 
Shaffer, Atmore, 43 
Sharp, Elizabeth, 35 
Sharp, Peter, 42 
Sheesley, John, 42 
Sloan, John, 67 

Smith, Christopher, 32 

Smith, Jacob, 14, 33, 35 

Smith, John S., 18, 86 

Smith, Juliann, 34 

Smith, F. B., 30 

Smith, Hon. William O., 51, 79, 

Sprague, George, 3 5 
Sprague, Hiram, 35, 42 
Spiague, Samuel, 35 
Staley, Martin, 35 

Stebbens, Benton, 75 
Stevens, "Penobscot," 34 
Stevenson, James W., 79 
Stoddard, J. K., 53 

Tawney, Hon. James A., 51 
Thompson, James, 40 
Thompson, J. Edgar, 77 

Van Amburg, 52 

Van Horn, Cornelius, 32 

Watson, George, 66 
Watson, John, 32 
Warren, Fitz Henry, 40 

Washington, General George, 

30, 31, 32 
Wells, Guy, 43 
Welsh, Oliver, 35 
Wensell, Noah, 42 
Whitby & Company, 52 
Wheeler, Fred, 43 
Winslow, James, 38 
Wildman, Clara, 53 
Willink, Wehelm, 30 
Wilson, Carpenter, 67 
Winkleman, George, 42 
Woodring, James, 43 

Yeomans, Daniel, 33, 35 
Yohe, Adam, 35 



322 MAIN ST. 



Agent for the Hudson and Essex 


Value-First Clothing 
and Furnishings 




510 Main St. Reynoldsville. Pa. 





The Store of Quality and Service 

22 Years on the Same Corner 
There's a Reason 

Cor. Main & Fifth Sts. 




Raymond E. Brown Geo. W. Means 









24 First Avenue, 




350 MAIN ST., 



Manufacturers of 
High Grade Sole Leather 


Equitable Life Assurance Co. 




Dealer in 


108 N. 4tk St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Reynoldsville, - Pa. 



521 MAIN ST. 


Plumbing & Heating 


Meats and Groceries 

Summerville Phone 143 
418 Main St Reynoldsville, Pa. 

Dr. William A. Hill 


Reynoldsville, Pa. 




Imperial Barber Shop 


Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Pianos and Organs 

517 Main St, 




Clothing, Shoes and 
Men's Furnishings 


Jefferson Supply Co. 

Dealer in 


160 Bradford St.. 

Jefferson Macaroni 



High Grade Macaroni 




Keystone Hardware Co. 




Reynoldsville, Pa. 

Murray's Boot Shop 

Walter I. Murray, Prop, 
Reynoldsville, Pa. 

Dr. R. D. King 




Coal and Farm Produce 
Reynoldsville, Pa. 

A. T. McClure Glass 

Glass for Building and 

New Cash Store 

Bohren Bldg., Main St. 



Palace Restaurant 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Dealers in 

Flour, Feed and Grain 


Reynoldsville Car Works 

Manufacturers of Mine Cars 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 

Pennsylvania Burial Case Co. 

Undertakers' Supplies 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Physician and Surgeon 
607 Main St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Dealer in 

Coal Lands and 
Real Estate 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 


For Good Things to Eat 

203 Main St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Driller of Water Wells, Pumping Holes 
for Mines, Test Holes for Mines, Etc., 
Core and Mineral Core Drilling. 

946 Jackson St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 


News Stand 

Dealer in Cigars and Tobacco 
o£ All Kinds 



For Good Clothes 
Men's Outfitters 





Vulcanizing, Repairing and Batteries 
Charged and Repaired 

330 Main St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 


Register and Recorder 
of Jefferson County 


Reynoldsville Candy Works 







FRANK SPRAGUE, Representative 
Reynoldsville, Pa. 


The Peoples National Bank 


Save With Ice 

418 E. 4th St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 



Men's and Young Men's Clothing 
and Furnishings 



Fire, Life and Casualty Insurance 
Brookville, Pa. 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 

The Adelphia Theatre 



House Furnishing Goods 

474 Main St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 



Family Outfitter 



Dealer in Coal 

Reynoldsville, Pa. 

The first National Bank 



See them for Builders' 

130 W. 4th St. Reynoldsville, Pa. 

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