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History

Wardwell’s history of oil, lumber and Warren’s first murder trial

Some of these place names are places we know. Some of these place names are places we don’t. I suspect for most of us that Wardwell is one of the latter. And it links to the county’s first alleged murder case. Wardwell is described as “a small group of houses four miles north ...

Play that Funky music

Won’t you take me to Funkytown? Well, I suppose I could. Let’s go to Triumph Township. In the southwest corner, you’ll find the former location of the village of Funkville. This is the case of an interesting person resulting in an interesting place name that has for all intents ...

Rain did not dampen Appleseed Fest

With a boom reminiscent of Ring Announcer Michael Buffer’s “Ready to Rumble” call, the announcer instead called “Stand to your Timber” on Saturday and the wood went flying. Professional Lumberjack and Lumberjill competitions packed the bleachers at Sheffield Memorial Park in ...

‘For Our Heroes’

“I hope we can make you proud.” Youngsville High School senior Faith Johnson thanked a group of four veterans on Friday at an Honor Flight Ceremony held in Warren Area High School’s auditorium. Emil Bundy, Paul Hannold, Kenneth Sorensen, and Frank Tittio will travel from Warren ...

Happy birthday

A person who is 100 years old is called a centenarian. If we could live to be 200, it seems logical we would be deemed a bicentenarian. If we could live that long, it also seems reasonable to imagine a celebration filled with 200 years of history. Such was the case on Saturday for Warren ...

With Southwest Twp., the name is pretty obvious

A quick look at a map of Warren County will remove all the intrigue regarding why Southwest Township is called Southwest Township. Formed from part of Deerfield Township in 1838, the population of the township in the 1880s didn’t exceed 1,000 and that is similar to today, through the ...

‘Middle market’

By any measure, the Warren Mall is making a bit of a comeback from where it was a few years ago. But when I moved to Warren in 2008 the mall was certainly, um, on the decline. For some, I expect this will jog some memories. For others (me included), this provides a completely different ...

Happy Birthday, Warren!

The Pennsylvania General Assembly approved legislation to create Warren County in March, 1819. On Oct. 1, 1819, that legislation became official. The public is invited to gather on Saturday to celebrate and honor 200 years of Warren County. The Warren County Bicentennial Celebration ...

Good as new

It might be 130 years old, but the Warren County Courthouse roof looks like new. Julie Butler, lead project manager and preservation director for the Durable Slate Co. spoke at Monday’s commissioners work session. “This was a functional repair rather than an aesthetic one,” Butler ...

Top of the business world

Let’s circle back to the liquid laundry detergent and the first margarine to taste like butter addressed in an article announcing William Burkhart’s death published in the New York Times in 1976. What did his company produce? “Among them were Lever Brothers’ introduction of liquid ...

Turning back the clock at the 43rd annual Sugar Grove Rendezvous

Observing from a hill above a tent village as a few villagers shoot muzzleloaders in your direction might make one feel unwelcome. But entering the village from the main gate led to a village full of conversation, game- playing, campfire cooking and just the aroma of sulphur from the black ...

Village of Stoneham makes mark in leather

The small village of Stoneham, located in Mead Township, got its name from an early settler in the area, but not the first. Stoneham derived its name from Leroy Stoneham, an early settler there. Prior to 1839 the village was called Rink Farm after Jacob Rink, the first farmer in the ...

Warren to Manhattan

If the New York Times writes an article upon your death, it’s fair to say you really accomplished some things in life. In the case of William Hoodle Burkhart, those accomplishments included the creation of the first liquid dish detergent and the first margarine purported to taste like ...

Sugar Grove Eastern Primitive Rendezvous begins today

The 43rd Eastern Primitive Rendezvous is set in Sugar Grove for Friday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 28. The National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation is hosting the event at 2911 Stoney Run Rd, Sugar Grove. It is a non-profit event. The event requires all participants to be ...

Russell-Akeley Life

Haddon Heights, the town in which I grew up in southern New Jersey, about 10 miles from Philadelphia, was part of the wave of suburban housing that developed around industrial cities like Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia. The main offices of companies you know, like RCA and Campbell Soup, were ...

Celebrations continue locally for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The celebration of 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution allowing Women’s Right to Vote continues with a variety of celebrations. Currently, there are three businesses showcasing the Women’s Right to Vote, including Crone’s Drug Store, Stone Consulting, and Warren ...