Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives
1804 - 1904
Clearfield County's Centennial
Pages 70 - 85
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Hon. Alexander Irvin was a man of excellent business capacity and no little political sagacity. After having served as Prothonotary, member of the Legislature, State Senator, he was elected a Representative in Congress and served in 1846-8.
State Treasurer—Frank G. Harris, 1901-04.
Joseph W. Parker, 1882 ; W. Irvin Shaw, 1883 ; George W. Easton, 1883 ; William A. Ambrose, 1883 ; Alonzo P. McLeod, 1884 ; James T. Johnson, 1888 ; J. Frank McNaul, 1889 ; C. Ira Krebs, 1890 ; G. C. Beauseigneur, 1892 ; Harvey Roland, 1892 ; W. D. Lukehart, 1893 ; H. B. McCullough, 1893 ; William G. Kline, 1895 ; Harry M. Shoff, 1898 ; Clarence Loeb, 1899.
McPherson ; 1877-80, Andrew Pentz, Jr. ; 1880-3, James Mahaffey ; 1883-6, R. Newton Shaw ; 1886-9, Jesse E. Dale ; 1889-92, E. L. McCloskey ; 1892-5, F. M. Cardon ; 1895-8, Frank Smith ; 1898-1901, David D. Gingery ; 1901-4, Hugh McCullough ; 1904, James P. Stayer.
1832, Schnarrs, Leech, Ignatius Thompson. 1833, Leech, Thompson, I. H. Warwick. 1834, Warwick, Thompson, Matthew Ogden ; clerk, L. W. Smith, until 1838. 1835, Warwick, Ogden, Smith Mead. 1836, Ogden, Mead, William Dunlap. 1837, Mead, Dunlap, James B. Graham. 1838, Dunlap, Graham, Isaiah Goodfellow ; clerk, James Reed. 1839, Graham, Goodfellow, John Stites ; clerk, Reed. 1840, Goodfellow, Stites, John McMurray ; clerk, G. R. Barrett. 1841, McMurray, Stites, James B. Caldwell ; clerk, H. B. Beissel, until 1846. 1842, McMurray, Caldwell, George C. Passmore. 1843, Caldwell, Passmore, John Carlisle. 1844, Passmore, Carlisle, Grier Bell. 1845, Carlisle, Bell, Samuel Johnson. 1846, Johnson, Bell, Abram Kyler; clerk, H. P. Thompson, until 1849. 1847, Johnson, Kyler, James A. Reed. 1848, Kyler, Reed, James Elder. 1849, Reed, Elder, Benjamin Bonsall ; clerk, W. A. Wallace. 1850, Elder, Bonsall, S, Way ; clerk, J. B. Beissell. 1851, Bonsall, Way, William Alexander ; clerk, John F. Irwin. 1852, Way, Alexander, Philip Hevener ; clerk, G. B. Goodlander, until 1855. 1853, Alexander, Hevener, Samuel Shoff. 1854, Hevener, Shoff, R. Mahaffey. 1855, Shoff, Mahaffey, David Ross ; clerk, R. J. Wallace, until 1858. 1856, Mahaffey, Ross, J. Wilhelm. 1857, Ross, Wilhelm, John Irvin. 1858, Wilhelm, Irvin, George Erhard. 1859, Irvin, Erhard, William McCracken ; clerk, William Bradley, until 1869. 1860, Erhard, McCracken, William Merrill. 1861, McCracken, Merrill, S. C. Thompson. 1862, Merrill, Thompson, Jacob Kuntz. 1863, Thompson, Kuntz, Thomas Dougherty. 1864, Kuntz, Dougherty, Amos Read. 1865, Dougherty, Read, Conrad Baker. 1866, Read, Baker, Charles S. Worrel. 1867, Baker, Worrel, Henry Stone. 1868, Worrel, Stone, Othello Smead. 1869, Stone, Smead, S. H. Shaffner ; clerk, G. B. Goodlander, until 1877. 1870, Smead, Shaffner, Samuel H. Hindman. 1871, Shaffner, Hindman, David Buck. 1872, Hindman, F. F. Conteret, Gilbert Tozer. 1873, Conteret, John D. Thompson, Gilbert Tozer. 1874, same. 1875, Conrad W. Kyler, Thompson, Clark Brown. 1876-7-8, Brown, Thomas A. McGee, Harris Hoover ; clerk, John W. Howe. 1879-80-1, Conrad W. Kyler, Elah Johnson, John Norris ; clerk, Jacob A. Foss. 1882-3-4, C. K. McDonald, John T. Straw, John Picard ; clerk, R. A. Campbell. 1885-6-7, James Savage, C. K. McDonald, Clark Brown ; clerk, R. A. Campbell. 1888-9-90, James Savage, G. I. Thompson, Jacob Mock ; clerks, W. V. Wright, George E. Owens. 1891-2-3, G. I. Thompson, E. G. Gearhart, John McGaughey ; clerks, Geo. E. Owens, C. C. Howe, H. E. Rowles. 1894-5-6, James Reed, W. T. Ross, A. E. Woolridge ; clerk, Geo. E. Owens. 1897-8-9, A. E. Woolridge, W. C. Davis, D. H. Waring ; clerk, P. T. Davis. 1900-1-2, W. C. Davis, C. H. Cole, H. J. Diem ; clerks, P. T. Davis, A. K. Stayer. 1903-4-5, S. R. Hamilton, Commodore Rowles, B. F. Wilhelm ; clerk, A. K. Stayer.
Curwensville, or Curwinsville, is the second oldest town in the county and, although laid out at an early date, was not incorporated until February 3, 1851, when the Legislature enacted "That Curwinsville, in Pike Township, Clearfield County, shall be, and the same is hereby erected into a borough which shall be called the Borough of Curwinsville." Like Clearfield, its boundaries have been largely extended. Upon the early maps it was also known as "Curwin."
GIDEON GRANGER, POSTMASTER GENERAL OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA. To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:—
This paper, prepared hastily, before and after
business hours during the past six weeks, is not published as a history of
Clearfield County, but simply purports to give certain historical facts which
tend to show its one hundred years of growth. No attempt has been made to
eulogize this family or that—there is glory enough for all.
CLEARFIELD COUNTY COURT HOUSE—Erected in 1861.
Additional built in 1883 and '84 at a cost of $60,000. The cost of the present
structure and all late improvements is $140,000.
Programme of Centennial Celebration
Second (Red Men). We gave you your Chicaclamoose, we
gave you your "Old town," and now extend to you the hand of Friendship.
Third (Pioneers). We plowed with the ox team and the
wooden plow, ate corn bread, lived in log houses. You have the improved
machinery, the up-to-date baker and handsome Cottages.
Fourth (Pioneer). We lived in homely hamlets, wore
home spun clothing- and were educated in the log school house. Our children have
Fifth. Our forests we cleared that our children
might have bread. Our hardships laid the foundation of your wealth.
Sixth. We had the pine trees, you have the coal and
fire clay ; we had hardships, you have ease and comfort.
Seventh. We have lived three score and ten. The
future of this great county we commit to our children.
Eighth (Boys' Band). Call us Juveniles now, but come
to the next Centennial and note how well we will play. Great trees from acorns
grow, so all musicians must begin.
Ninth (Boys' Procession). We will preserve this
county, which our fathers and grandfathers have made great. From Youth to Old
Age, makes a brilliant page.
Tenth. Grandfather played "corner ball," we foot
ball ; grandfather took his girl out on horseback (double), we take ours in the
Eleventh. Our Pioneers travelled with the ox team
and the cart, we have bicycle and the automobile; the Pioneers drove in the mud,
we use paved streets.
Twelfth. The Pioneers had the tallow candle, we have
electric light. They had the old time fireplace, we have the steam heat.
The chorus of 200 voices on a platform, in front of
the Court House will add much to the grandeur of the parade. After the parade
and the Veterans have been well fed at their park they will be addressed by John
McMains, Dept. Commander, Chas. Suydam, Assistant Adj. Gen. and Thos. G. Sample,
Supt. of the Scotland Soldier's Orphan School, and by Gen. O. O. Howard, of
Burlington, Vermont, the only surviving corps commander of the Federal army.
Gen. Howard is one of the finest speakers of the Soldier platform and has been
secured for this occasion at a great expense. He is a great attraction. We
predict at least 1,600 soldiers and we may add that a genuine Soldiers' friend
has contributed largely toward their entertainment.
Industrial and Farmers' Day
Ellis Michaels, Clearfield County PAGenWeb Archives File Manager
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