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History

Then & Now

The northwest corner of the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Hickory St. may be one of the most stark contrasts we’ve had in this series.

Commencement Delays

Norris Freeborough was all set for his senior year of high school at Youngsville. It was the summer of 1943 and Freeborough already had the playbook for his upcoming football season. But Uncle Sam called in August. So Freeborough’s new playbook would have become Army manuals as he ...

Honoring Revolution

A multi-year project to honor the Revolutionary War veterans in a Garland Cemetery has taken a giant step forward. ”After nearly three years of research, applications, and fundraising, the Daughters of the American Revolution, General Joseph Warren chapter, has completed the order for a ...

Vaccination furor

Anti-vaxxers (people opposed to vaccinations) aren’t a new phenomenon. Push back to measures designed to protect the public health isn’t a novel idea either. An interesting case study in that are took place in Warren County in 1902. A local historian, Ernest Miller, uncovered that ...

‘Tragic Note’

It should come as no surprise to the readers of this space that I have an interest in old baseball, especially the 19th century. Well, I found another county connection to a player from that era. But this is a decidedly sadder story and includes a gruesome injury, alcoholism, and a young ...

Have team, will travel

As much as the 1937-1938 season was a struggle for the Warren Penns, the start of the 1938-1939 season was the polar opposite. The Penns played a full 28-game schedule that season and started the season 9-5. One of those wins is recounted in an nbahoopsonline.com photo of an undated ...

Historical Society welcomes back summer interns

Each day becomes a page of history. As we — as a community — navigate this unprecedented time, the Warren County Historical Society seeks to ensure that our history from centuries ago through today is preserved. A key factor in this process is its summer internship program, which ...

Archibald’s Warren Penns struggled in first NBL season

It shouldn’t be a surprise that in a league filled with well-funded teams, the Warren Penns struggled. Beyond playing in one of the league’s smallest markets, Gerry Archibald’s squad had to operate without a corporate sponsor for the 1938-1939 season — the inaugural year of the ...

‘Mr. Archibald’

For one and a half seasons, Warren was represented in one of the two leagues that formed to create the National Basketball Association. The Warren Penns were members of the National Basketball Association in the 1937-1938 season and part of the following season. About a decade later, that ...

The 814

“The North American Numbering Plan (NANP) is an integrated telephone numbering plan serving 20 North American countries that share its resources. These countries include the United States and its territories, Canada, Bermuda, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British ...

‘It’s been that long ago’

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming, Four dead in Ohio. ——— Gotta get down to it Soldiers are cutting us down Should have been done long ago. What if you knew her And found her dead on the ground How can you run ...

Strong as a rock

Typical paved streets need to be repaved every decade or so. Modern bridges seem to last 50 to maybe 100 years, Even brick streets — the oldest we have dating to the 1920s and 1930s — are now like driving on choppy open water in a boat. So if we told you that there is an active piece ...

The cause?

Articles by Ernest Miller and the Historical Society also agree that surrounding communities quickly brought assistance to the area raised $8,000 to assist in the rebuild process. The governor of Pennsylvania sent 100 tents ordinarily used by the state’s militia for “use as temporary ...

‘Conflagration’

According to the Historical Society, other volunteer companies were brought in from Warren on a special train to help fight the fire in Clarendon. But remember what I said about that wood construction? All it took was sparks jumping from building to building before the entire town was ...

It still wasn’t over

It took a month and a half for Warren County to “re-open” as a result of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. Closures started in early October and it wasn’t until mid-November when this item appeared in the Warren Evening Times on November 18: “On Monday, the influenza ban will be ...

Crashing to a halt

On October 5,1918, residents of Warren County were led to believe they “may look unterrified” at the effects of a global pandemic — Spanish Influenza. Two days later, their world came to a crashing halt. The Oct. 7, 1918, headline in the Warren Evening Times was “FOR THE SAKE OF ...