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History

The lives of some people buried at the Sheffield Cemetery

It’s been a busy several weeks. We don’t need to get into why but it has been. I was writing a couple weeks ago about John Hoyt and needed to head up to the Sheffield Cemetery for a photo to go with it. That day, for whatever reason, had slowed down. So I spent some time there and came ...

Manley appears to be county’s only Civil War sharpshooter

2.6 million men fought for the Union during the Civil War. You can guess the color of the uniforms of the vast majority of those men. For John Manley Hoyt, though, your guess would be wrong. That’s because he was one of the best marksmen in the entire army. As a member of the 2nd ...

Leaked documents receive attention in county paper

“We are a small-town newspaper in pastoral northwestern Pennsylvania, far removed from and relatively untouched by the major machinations of big-city journalism and high government decision-making. “Yet, we support, encourage and defend the New York Times and Washington Post in their ...

Modern interpretations on the Sugar Run Mounds

Before we get into some modern commentary on the Sugar Run Mounds discovery and its significance, I think it will be helpful to define just who these people were. We know them as “Hopewell” but, as was mentioned last week, that’s a term modern scientists have applied to ...

Sugar Run Mounds tell little-understood part of county history

It’s really to get in the trap of writing about written history. That means when I sit down to write these stories each week, I’m somewhat limited to the last 250 years or so of this area’s story. I was reminded recently though that there’s a lot more to it. I was reading the ...