History

History of the Tionesta Valley Railroad lives on

Believe it or not, there was a time when the people of this country were physically connected to one another in ways that would be nearly impossible to imagine in this day and age. Long before cell phones, internet, and even the landline telephone, the United States railroad industry was ...

Returning to Russell

A 19th-century school bell is being returned to its rightful home. The Warren County School District Board of Directors approved a motion for “the donation of the school bell from the former Russell Elementary School to the Pine Grove Historical Committee...” during Monday’s ...

A bridge too far

Things were a little bit different for the first time in the 11 years since Tidioute began its annual tradition of hosting their grand World War II re-enactment spectacle. This past Saturday, thousands of spectators were treated to the same level of drama and excitement this event has ...

Tidioute: One of a kind

Tidioute is one of five boroughs in Warren County. It lies along the Allegheny River where Deerfield and Triumph townships meet. According to Ernest C. Miller’s Place Names in Warren County, it was initially called Deerfield and remained so until oil was discovered in 1860 and ...

The fine doctor

I wonder what the thought process is behind commissioning a life-size sculpture of yourself. A while back I went to the Tidioute Catholic Cemetery for a photo that ran in our D-Day section. I had never been so I took the opportunity to continue up the hill and check out the Tidioute ...

Warren Tire Center celebrates fresh start with time capsule

After fire destroyed Warren Tire Center a year ago, owners Corky and Carolyn Fry made the best of the rebuilding process. The Frys decided to bury a time capsule to capture the essence of 2019 Warren County beneath the new concrete floor. Corky Fry had some experience with another time ...

Battle of Nijmegen

Tidioute will soon become Holland, complete with wooden shoes, soldiers, Dutch civilians, pyrotechnics and orange — the national color of the Netherlands. On Saturday, Aug. 3 Tidioute will host the 11th Annual World War II Reenactment: “The Bridge at Nijmegen, Holland — Operation ...

Hands-on History

It’s one thing to study history in a book. It’s another to study history in a hands-on way. That’s what a group of fourth through eighth graders are doing this week as part of the Warren County Historical Society’s History Camp. Monday saw campers tour downtown Warren - the ...

How Chapman got its name

In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” a farmer repeatedly hears voices that say, “if you build it, they will come.” The farmer’s project is a baseball field that attracts ghosts of baseball legends. One might imagine a similar voice speaking to the late Dr. Leroy E. Chapman. ...

What’s in a name? Not a lot in these instances

When we started the “What’s in a Name?” series that runs every other Monday, my initial thought was to tell the stories of the place names that we’re familiar with (and aren’t obvious). What we quickly found though is there are or were names for EVERYTHING. And many of them just ...

What we remember

When you ask people to share their stories, you never know what you’re going to get. From creative Boy Scouts to a bar in South Dakota, I sincerely thank each of you who shared your remembrances of July 20, 1969. Without further adieu... Be Prepared The Boy Scout motto is simple: Be ...

What they did for us

An annual event that tests running, swimming and pedaling skills as a way to provide a less competitive means of transportation for veterans is approaching. The 14th Annual Willow Creek Triathlon will take place Saturday, Aug. 3. The triathlon raises money for the Disabled American ...

Civilian Conservation Corp picnic Friday, August 16

The Civilian Conservation Corps was operational for less than a decade - 1933 to 1942. But the vestiges of the work of the young men that made up the CCC - three billion trees, 46,854 bridges, over 800 state parks - remains with us today, quite often without our conscious ...

The history of 312 Market Street

The downtown Warren structure damaged by fire Monday night was a “grand old building.” The historic Church of Christ Scientist building at 312 Market Street was built in 1865. Owner Ken Williams said he and his wife, Sue, bought the building in February with the hopes of renovating ...

Cherry Grove is the name, but oil was their game

It’s impossible to tell the story of Cherry Grove Township without talking about oil. The name is easy enough – it stems from the abundance of cherry trees in the area and was established by order of the court on December 7, 1847. But oil is what put Cherry Grove on the map ever so ...

Then & Now

Photo courtesy of Warren County Historical Society/Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A look up Center Street in Sheffield. The “Then” photo, in the Warren County Historical Society’s postcard collection, is undated but appears to have been taken in the 1940s. Several of the buildings ...