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1804 - 1904
Clearfield County's Centennial
Pages 30 - 39
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HON. G. R. BARRETT—One of the pioneer lawyers, was born 1815 and admitted to the bar in 1836. He was appointed Deputy Attorney General in 1837; elected to Legislature in 1840 and President Judge of the 22d Judicial District in 1855 and re-elected in 1865. He died; March, 1899.
A letter addressed to the
Speaker from the commissioners of Clearfield County and certain proposals
inclosed [sic] from Samuel Miles, directed to said commissioners, offering to
convey a tract of land, for the seat of Justice in said County, were severally
read and referred to the committee appointed the list inst. on that subject.
March 13th, 1805. Senate Journal, 291.
AN ACT authorizing the appointment of
Commissioners to fix upon a proper scite for the seat of Justice in Clearfield
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General
Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the
Governor be and he is hereby authorized and required to appoint three
disinterested commissioners who do not reside or own any land in the County of
Clearfield, which commissioners, or a majority of them, shall meet at the house
of Benjamin Patton, in the town of Bellefonte, on the twentieth day of May next,
and from thence, proceed to view and determine on the most eligible and proper
situation for the seat of Justice and public buildings for the said County of
Clearfield, and make their report into the office of the Secretary of the
Commonwealth on or before the first Monday of December next.
Section 2. And be it, etc., That the aforesaid
commissioners shall have power, and it shall be their duty to take assurance by
deed, bond or otherwise, of any land, lots, monies or other property which hath
been or may be offered for the use and benefit of the said County, either for
the purpose of erecting public buildings, the support of an academy or other
public use, and for the
G. B. GOODLANDER—A pioneer journalist, was born in 1827, and became editor of
the Clearfield Republican in 1860, continuing the same until his death, in 1897.
services aforementioned : each of the said commissioners shall receive three dollars per day for every day he shall be necessarily employed on the business aforesaid : to be paid by warrants drawn by the commissioners of Centre County on the Treasurer of said County out of the monies arising from the taxes levied, assessed and collected from Clearfield County. Approved 4th April, 1805.
In the name and by the authority of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. Thomas McKean, Governor of Said Commonwealth.
JOHN M. CHASE--One of the pioneer lumbermen, was born in 1820, and became a leading lumberman of Woodward township. Enlisted in the service of his country in August, 1862, and was a member of the 149th, P. V. He was an active member of the Baptist Church and was ordained a minister of the same in 1870. He acquired a great deal of land and property. He died at his home in Clearfield, March 11th, 1899.
thousand eight hundred and five, and after receiving
the different proposals made by several persons, proceeded to view and determine
on the most eligible and proper situation for the seat of Justice and public
buildings for the said County of Clearfield, and do find that the old town of
Chincleclamouse, in said County (the property of Abraham Witmer, of the township
of Lancaster, in the County of Lancaster and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
situated on the South side of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, in the
County aforesaid, is the most eligible and proper situation for the seat of
Justice and public buildings in the said County; and we have laid out the said
town (a plan of which is attached to the report), and we do also further report
that we have received from the said Abraham Witmer his bond, which is hereto
annexed, for the conveyance of certain lots and the payment of certain sums of
money at the time and for the purpose therein mentioned.
This act gave to Clearfield County her
Justices' Courts and the "County Squire." The Justices of the Peace of
Clearfield County have, as a rule, been men of intelligence and of sound
judgment. It would be an interesting chapter in the county's history if
portraits of our "squires" could be given and some account of the early trials
presented, but it will be impracticable to attempt to do so in this paper.
WILLIAM TATE was commissioned a Justice of the
Peace for this county on
S. J. ROW—Another early journalist, was born October 22d, 1822, he became publisher of the Raftman's Journal in 1861, continuing until 1890, when he retired. He died Jan. 29, 1898.
the 1st of January, 1806. (Commission Bk. No. 4, Office Secretary of State.) He was therefore the first Justice of the Peace of Clearfield County.
The following list will show the names of the
taxable inhabitants of Chincleclamousche township, made in compliance with the
William Bloom, Sr.
HON. J. B. McENALLY—The oldest living member of the Clearfield bar, was born in
Lycoming Co. in 1825; graduated from Dickinson College in 1845, and was admitted
to the bar in 1849. He was appointed President Judge in 1868 to succeed Judge
Lynn. He is still in active practice, and made an address on Pioneer Day.
Alexander Read, Sr.
Alexander Read, Jr.
Ellis Michaels, Clearfield County PAGenWeb Archives File Manager
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