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 Journal of the Union County Historical Society
 Union County, Pennsylvania

February 2013                                                                              
Issue: # 3-1

Table of Contents   

From the Editor              

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The M. Dyer and Son Store, Winfield PA
by Phyllis M. Dyer

An Overview of the History of Firefighting in New Berlin
by Harold E. Erdley, Jr. and Diane Lengle
Major Fires in New Berlin
by Jeannette Lasansky
Journal as Historical Resource; The Mark Shively Journal 1881-1894
by Marion Lois Huffines
The "Genealogy" of your House and Land
by Carl R. Catherman
Red Bank School - A History
by Linda Estupinan Snook, addendum by Jeannette Lasansky


This issue’s authors

Contributing Essays to Accounts
The Purpose and Scope of ACCOUNTS
Advice to Contributors
Index to Vol. 3, No. 1



From the Editor:                                                                                                        2

This is the 4th  issue of ACCOUNTS.  I believe you will find the six articles in this issue of striking variety and intrinsic interest:

In This Issue

One of the most easily noted regularities in Union County is the abundance of small hamlets, and villages.  And almost without exception these communities featured a general merchandise store that not only supplied local people and those of the surrounding farmsteads with groceries, tools and supplies, but also served as a place to congregate, to collect the mail, and to share news.  In this issue Phyllis M. Dyer  recounts the four generations of Dyers that ran Winfield’s Dyer Store for more than a century.   I invite others to make village stores a regular feature in future issues.

            Then Harold Erdley and Diane Lengle provide an account of the history of New Berlin’s fire company since its founding in 1932, followed by an article by Jeannette Lasansky on three major New Berlin fires of the 19th and early 20th Century that surely contributed to convincing New Berliners that a fire company was a necessity.  M. Lois Huffines then shifts our attention to the value of diaries, when she gives us a tour of a diary kept by teacher and Mifflinburg councilman Mark Shively.  Though the Shively diary is spare in personal detail, Huffines shows us how much we can learn by reading the pages closely.

            Next, Carl Catherman shows us how to trace the history of a building back to its beginning, demystifying the deeds and other courthouse records that can be pieced together to construct the chain of ownership.  This “how-to” piece will surely become the standard resource for satisfying our curiosity about the buildings we inhabit and admire.

            Finally, Linda Estupinan Snook tours us through Red Bank School, a remarkable one-room school near Mifflinburg, furnished with much of its original desks and supplies, and now used as a teaching resource allowing area children to directly experience how schooling was done a century ago.  The article reveals to us the schools in which Mark Shively and his fellow teachers taught, as described by Huffines in this issue.  Good reading!

Be an ACCOUNTS Author!                                                                                           3

I invite you to write a piece for a forthcoming issue of ACCOUNTS.  All that’s required is a story to tell, illuminating some corner of Union County history.   You don’t need to know all the history about the subject, just share what you already know.  I can work with you to move it from an idea to an essay, and together we can add what you know to the historical record of Union County and its people.  Got a relative or neighbor who also has a story?  Pass along the name and I’ll extend an invitation. 

There is still space in the next issue.  Don’t confine your topics to the following, but here are some topics to get you thinking:

1.       The general goods store at the heart of any one of Union County’s small communities
2.      The Weikert Sportsman Club and the building’s history
3.      Enoch Miller, Mifflinburg architect/builder
4.      The logging railroad at White Deer
5.      Billmeyer’s  sawmill and boat-building business on Buffalo Creek
6.      History of  the “Fiddler’s Tract” property on Rt. 192
7.      Hotel Shikellamy, on Blue Hill
8.       Troutman’s Pharmacy, Lewisburg
9.       A local foundry or commercial furnace
10.   The Penns Creek and Leroy Massacres
11.    The story behind the gravestone on the traffic island at Winfield.

Do let me hear from you.

Tom Greaves
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