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1804 - 1904
Clearfield County's Centennial
Pages 20 - 29
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RICHARD SHAW, SR.—A prominent citizen of the county during its infancy, was born in Ireland in 1792. He came to the county in 1810. He at one time owned nearly all the land upon which the present town of Clearfield stands. He died August 17th, 1876.
of the Counties of Huntingdon and Lycoming situate
North of the Moshannon and West of the Sinnemahoning Creek, stating, that they
experience great inconvenience and disadvantage from their remote situation from
the seat of Justice of their respective Counties ; suggesting the propriety of
annexing to Centre County certain parts of Huntingdon and Lycoming Counties, as
described in the petition ; and praying to be erected into an election district;
and the same was read, and
JOSIAH W. SMITH—The pioneer member of the Clearfield Bar came to Clearfield in 1821 from Philadelphia ; was appointed Deputy Attorney General in 1825. During his lifetime he acquired a great deal of property. He died March 2d, 1882.
County to where Hunter's district line crosses Sandy-lick Creek ; thence, South along the district line to the canoe place on the Susquehanna River ; thence, an Easterly course to the Southwesterly corner of Centre County, on the heads of Mushannon Creek ; thence, down the Mushannon Creek the several courses thereof to its mouth ; thence, down the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to the place of beginning, be, and the same is hereby erected into a separate County, to be henceforth called Clearfield County, and the place of holding the Courts of Justice in and for said County, shall be fixed by the Legislature at any place which may be most beneficial and convenient for said County.
WILLIAM IRVIN—The pioneer settler of Curwensville, who located there in 1820 was born in 1801. He was the most extensive lumberman and merchant in the county in the early days. He died December 29th, 1869.
Mushannon Creek ; thence down the Mushannon Creek the several courses to its mouth," and then up the river to Canoe Place was taken from Huntingdon County, and the remaining territory was from Lycoming County, as stated.
Canestoga, January 18th, 1805.
DR. G. W. CALWELL—One of the earliest practitioners of medicine, was born in Union County. He established himself at Glen Hope in 1851, where he practiced his profession until his death on October 5th, 1885.
Morgan; and one in the Name of Jacob Morgan, 327; for
all of which Tracts of land I have an in Disputable Title. They include the
indian town called Chinglaclamoose old town, which was one of the largest Indian
towns on the Susquehanna. These lands were surveyed as early as July, 1769, and
are justly Considered the Most Desirable Both as to Quality and Situation in the
part of the County. The great Road to presqueisle was laid out By the
Commissioners appointed for that Purpose to Pass through these Lands as may be
seen by a reference to their Reports in the office of the Secretary of the
Commonwealth. I propose, should Either of these Tracts be Deemed Eligible fof
the County Town, to give 250 acres to be laid off into Town Lots and out lots,
in Such Manner as May be Desired by the Proper authoritye, one fourth Part of
the Neat Proceeds of Sales for the Erection of the public Buildings, one fourth
for the Endowment of an Academy in the contemplated Town, the other Morety for
January 28th, 1805. Senate Journal, 117.
"The Speaker laid before the Senate certain proposals of Samuel Miles
(accompanied with a recommendation of the Trustees of Clearfield County)
offering one hundred acres of land at the confluence of Clearfield Creek and the
West Branch of Susquehanna to extend an equal distance up each stream, provided
the seat of Justice of said County is fixed thereon; and the said papers were
read and laid on the table.
January 28th, 1805. Senate Journal, 117.
To the recommendation of the Trustees is
annexed certain proposals of Abraham Witmer, as follows, to wit. :—
G. L. REED—Was born in 1825, and represents one of the early families of Clearfield County. In his early days he followed surveying, and laid out the plan of Clearfield. He is now a Director of the County National Bank, and resides in the old Reed homestead on First Street.
"Mr. D. Mitchell, from the
Committee to whom was referred on the 29th ultimo the communication of the
trustees of Clearfield Comity, containing proposals from Abraham Witmer of a
grant of certain lands on which to erect public buildings, &c., for the seat of
Justice in said, made report, which was read as follows, viz.:— That they have
duly examined Mr. Witmer's proposals, and consider them sufficiently liberal;
they have also paid attention to the plot of said County, as exhibited on
Howell's map of Pennsylvania; and although the situation of said lands is not
entirely central, yet as they adjoin a navagable stream of water passing through
a fertile country, and combine as many advantages as any other situation in the
County, your committee consider it an eligible scite for the purpose proposed ;
they submit for the consideration of the House the following resolution, viz.:—
Resolved : That the proposals of Abraham Witmer, offering a tract of land for the seat of Justice in Clearfield County be accepted ; and that the Governor be authorized and required to appoint three trustees for the purpose of ascertaining the most eligible scite for the seat of Justice in Clearfield County on the lands of Abraham Witmer, situate near the mouth of Clearfield Creek ; and on motion
On motion of Mr. Lacock and Mr. Ferree the proposals from Rowland Curtin and Robert Baggs, on behalf of William Hamilton, together with the petition of sundry inhabitants of Clearfield County relative to the seat of Justice for said County, was read the 19th inst., and referred to the last mentioned committee.
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