Thursday, June 22, 2017

A few short stories from Colesburg

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Notable Author
Lyman Cobb was a highly respected educator and author, most well known for his school books in subjects including reading, spelling, grammar, arithmetic, etc. The math primers he published were very popular and considered unique in that era. Problems were mostly written in the form of a question rather than just numerals. Mr. Cobb died at Colesburg on October 26, 1864. A gravestone at the Raymond Cemetery bears his name though it has been questioned over the years if he is still buried in that plot or was later removed to a cemetery in New York. 



Sad Story With A Happy Ending 
About 10 days after giving birth to a healthy baby girl,  Myrtle Weaver left her child with Mrs. Dona Cornelius while she ran to town for a pair of new shoes. Unfortunately the unmarried mother, about 19, never returned and according to the gossip mill, she was staying in Inez. Her mother had recently moved away from Colesburg, and was unable to be located. A few weeks later baby girl Weaver was turned over to the Potter County Home. When Myrtle finally resurfaced, she ended up at the home of Mrs. & Mrs. James Morley, asking for work or a place to stay until she could gain employment. When asked about her baby, Myrtle acted as if she had no idea what anyone was talking about and claimed to never have abandoned or even had a baby. The adorable infant did nor remain parent-less for long. Menzo Burt heard the story, and after stopping at the Potter County Home one day, he couldn't resist. Mrs. Burt was shocked when her husband returned that evening with the little one in his arms, about 4 months old now. In 1907 she officially became a member of the family. 

Twenty Five Buttons
In 1905, shortly after beginning to serve his 2nd term as the President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech in regards to saving the white race. He suggested that white Anglo Saxon Americans bore the burden of preserving high standards. The use of birth control was jeopardizing the population. Mention was made of minorities, degenerates, and mixed races now producing at a much faster rate. While this seems harsh, at the time many citizens in fact felt this way and did agree. For those who didn't share the feeling, there was great controversy.  In 1908 President Roosevelt received a letter from an author who said that racial suicide would never be an issue in Potter County, referring to the Mr. & Mrs. Albert Button Family from Colesburg who had just welcomed their 25th child into the world. The President actually made a comment that more white citizens should follow in the foot steps of this family, which was also thought to be the largest in the United States at the time. His comment and the news of the very large family made national headlines. 

Live Stock Insanity 
Farmers began to report that livestock on their farms were acting strangely, as if they had gone insane... bawling for hours which turned into days, thrusting their heads, kicking both front and back legs off the ground, and butting heads off of each other and anything nearby. This included sheep, cows, horses, goats, pigs, etc. Eli Nelson, of Colesburg, lost a calf, pig, and bull from the mysterious disease. Hubert Painter, who lived not far from Mr. Nelson, lost a pig and some cattle. Many farmers were losing their livestock and veterinarians became puzzled. The symptoms mimicked hydrophobia,  which was linked to rabies, but they tested negative. Eventually later in the year after more research was done, it was discovered that the animals were infected with grubs which had worked their way into the brains of the sickened livestock. 1907-1908

Sheriffs Daughter Tackles A Prisoner
Mrs. Elsie Veley was distributing meals to prisoners at the Potter County Jail when Sam Giammette (of Galeton) charged from his cell, attempting to make a quick getaway. The next thing Sam knew, he had been tackled by a girl and put in a headlock  until a guard could gain control. The prisoner hung his head as he was guided back into lock up. Mrs. Veley and her husband, also the Sheriff, were quite proud of their 15 year old daughter Carrie, who had been around the corner and quickly jumped into action. She was commended for her bravery and poor Sam was the laughingstock at the jail. 1916

Largest June Berry Tree
In 1922 the June Berry Tree at the White Farm located about a mile from Colesburg was measured by District Forester Harold Port, due to it's remarkable size. The White Family and the Mr. Port were curious to have the tree compared with others in the state, and so the measurements were sent to The Department Of Forestry in Harrisburg for analysis. At breast height the trunk measured 20 inches in diameter. They were excited to receive the results. No other June Berry Tree as large as this had been recorded in Pennsylvania and it was also thought to be the largest in the country. 

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