History

Claiming the county

This is where this story - the expedition - makes my imagination run wild. It’s July 29, 1749. If it’s like most July days, it probably started with a light fog over the river when the expedition set off which quickly faded as the sun burnt off the morning dew. Odds are it was a hot ...

Duty and Honor

More than 150 veterans were recognized at a pinning ceremony Thursday at Warren County Courthouse. All veterans who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, were eligible, regardless of where they served. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office arranged the function through the ...

Vietnam Era Veterans who signed up for Thursday’s ceremony:

Daniel Albaugh (N); Zane Albright (AF); Gabriel Alvino (A); Charlie Andracki (A); Steve Arnold (N); Irvin Bailey (N); Raymond Baine (N); Chuck Barone (M); David Baxter (AF); and David Benson (A). Gary Bjorkquist (AF); Brad Bogart (A); Richard Bower (A); Todd Briggs (M); Lanea Brooker (N); ...

Bells will ring

The bells will ring on June 24. Nineteen times, to be exact. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution — giving women the right to vote nationwide — the Warren County Commissioners, Elections/Voter ...

‘Worth a shot’ for WWII memorial Sherman tank on courthouse lawn

A World War II-era Sherman tank on the Warren County Courthouse lawn? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Warren County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said he has talked to the Department of the Army regarding an application to potentially procure a tank to serve as part of a World War II ...

County’s oil & gas heritage celebrated

Warren County’s industrial heritage is closely linked to two major industries — timber and oil and gas. One of the early booms of that oil and gas heritage will be celebrated with a Saturday event in Cherry Grove — Cherry Grove Old Home and Community Day. The 137th anniversary of the ...

Where were you when Apollo 11 landed on moon?

There are only a couple of events per generation that most people can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when events unfolded. Pearl Harbor. JFK’s assassination. For my generation, it was September 11, 2001. The 50th anniversary of another such event is coming ...

Saybook: A name with ties to Norman Conquest

Saybrook was not named after the sound of a babbling waterway talking. Instead, it carries a combination of names of Parliamentary Lords. Lords Saye and Brooke, members of English Parliament in the 1600s, were not residents of Warren County. In fact, they never even made their way to the ...

The journey begins

Local historian Ernest C. Miller wrote in the 1950s that Celeron’s expedition was comprised of 20 French soldiers, 180 Canadians, 30 Iroquois, and 25 Abenaki Indians. That included Joseph Pierre de Bonnecamps, “a Jesuit mathematician and chaplain to the expedition,” according to ...

Day of Days

“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” — Gen. Dwight ...

When fake news hits home

My most significant D-Day story has nothing to do with battles, or strategy or tactics. I was born in England on Sept. 14, 1944, three months after D-Day. If you do the math, my mother, Joan, was six months pregnant with me while staying with her parents in Rushden, England while my father, ...

A look back at the June 6, 1944 front page of the Warren Times-Mirror

There’s a six-hour time difference between Warren, Pa., and Paris, France. So the June 6, 1944, edition of the Warren Times-Mirror was full of breaking news reports from western Europe. There are at least a dozen headlines — just one local — that introduced the reader to different ...

‘DAY SOLEMNLY OBSERVED IN THE BOROUGH’

There was only one local story on the front page of the June 6, 1944, edition of the Warren Times-Mirror. Here’s what it said: “Warren residents, in common with other Pennsylvanians and citizens of every commonwealth of the nation, flocked to churches today to pray for loved one and ...

Sampson part of effort that took the boys to the beach

The men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, didn’t get there on their own. It took hundreds and hundreds of ships and various kinds of landing craft to get the men from England, across the English Channel, and to the Normandy coast. Serving aboard one of those ships - a ...

‘Heroic achievement’

The HBO series Band of Brothers tells the story of a company of paratroopers - about 150 men — in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. But there were over 13,000 paratroopers - parachute infantry - that jumped out of military transport planes behind German lines ...

A brief in local paper

“Pfc. Walter A. Obrohta, Tidioute youth reported killed in action in France on D-Day. (He) was inducted into service in March 1943 and spent some time at Camp Blanding, Fla. before he was transferred to Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas and then to Ft. George G. Meade, Md. He went overseas ...

The 16th Regiment’s role in invasion

The 16th Infantry Regiment Association details the regiment’s involvement in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe that we now more often just call D-Day. “The 16th Infantry regiment in Liverpool, England, in October 1943 and from there entrained on 16 October for Dorchester in ...

Sacrificing rank

Sergeants in World War II made at least $78 a month. The rank of Private First Class earned $54 a month. But for Willard E. Dunn of Tiona, the pay didn’t matter. He wanted to go into the Normandy invasion with the men he had previously served with during the pre-war period. So Sergeant ...

A powerful event

The annual Roll Call at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Warren is a powerful event. This year, the names of 126 men and women who gave up the familiar and comfortable to serve our country in times of war and peace, and died over the past year, were read. Typically, I do not recognize many of ...