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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Discover October – A Month of Lost History

October:

Archery hunters – dress warmly this weekend. It will be cool, windy and rainy for the the opening day of archery this Saturday, October 1. For the most part, there seem to be plenty of deer this year, and most hunters will be heading for their favorite spot in the woods or journey to the traditional hunting camps.

Good Luck and be careful when using a tree stand, use the safety equipment.

Be careful driving, this is the time of the year, the ritual rut, and the deer just don’t pay attention to oncoming traffic.

Gardeners – There is a chance over the next few days of patchy frost in Crawford County. There is a lot to do in garden besides covering plants from Jack Frost.

Crawford Harvest – The corn harvest is just beginning, and while corn prices are high, indications are the the harvest in Crawford will not be quite as good as last year. With higher corn prices, expect to pay more at the supermarket (another good reason to shop at your local farms). The hay harvest in Crawford was excellent, while the oat crop was poor. For more information on the harvest, click Crawford Harvest.

 

Canadohta Lake:

Ann Bergheim who runs the Sunday Book Swap has started a clothing drive. Clothing can be brought to the Book Swap every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canadohta Laundromat.

A winter clothing drive is being held from now until Thanksgiving. Bring your slightly used (laundered) or new clothing to the Book Swap held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canadohta Laundromat located on Circuit Drive. The items needed are winter coats, gloves, boots, scarfs and other needed winter time clothing. The clothing is being given to local families and churches in the lake region and Union City.

 

Old Mossback and Some other Waterford History

Waterford is famous for Old Mossback and a famous statue, read more at the end of this post.

In January 2010, I wrote a story for Yahoo on Old Mossback and the Lake LeBoeuf creeper lure. A researcher has been in contact with me and is looking for more information on the patent dispute regarding the lure. Also any other information such as the Lake LeBoeuf Bait Company which was located in Waterford. It is a fascinating historical story in danger of slipping away.

Old Mossback was a legendary muskie which always seemed to get away from anglers in Lake LeBoeuf in the late 1930′s and into the 1940′s. If you have any information, or even photographs, check in touch with me email or the comment section at the end of the blog. Thanks for any help.

Waterford has another claim to fame besides old Mossback and that is the statue of George Washington back when he was a British General.  Read more about that statue, here at the Half King.

 

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange Announces Award Winners

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Hayfield Grange October 9 and is open to the public. Those selected for the Ag Hall of Fame Award were Eleanor Kalinowski of Cochranton and the Jon B. Reese family of Guys Mills. The Ag Industry Award will be presented to Mercer County State Bank. Read next Friday’s edition of GoCrawford for more details.

 

John Brown

John Brown lived and farmed in Crawford County near New Richmond years before he led an attack against the federal fort in Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859. For his role in the uprising, Brown was hung in December of that year. The John Brown Museum is an interesting visit and admission is free.

The John Brown Farm and Tannery Museum is located at 17620 John Brown Road, New Richmond. Call before a visit at 814-967-2099.

Note: Speaking with a recent high school graduate the other day, I was amazed the person had no idea of who John Brown was or his role in local folklore and in American history, nor is this the first time,a person has had no clue about local history. Maybe history class is a good time to get some extra sleep?

This is sort of a pet peeve about local history in the educational system; it seems in too many cases, local history goes by the wayside to teach European History and the educational system does a fine job there. But seriously, it seems, local history gets the short end of the stick. To learn some more about local Native Americans, read below about what is happening at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center next Thursday.

 

 

Titusville: Another History Event for Your Family

The Titusville Historical Society will sponsor a day long workshop – conference on genealogy on October 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Walnut St. Topics will include: long distance research, immigration records and foreign research, church records and courthouse public records. For more information, contact the society at P.O. Box 789, Titusville, 16354, or email at

titusvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 814-882-3162.

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Native American Artifacts – Thursday, October 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with John Sites of the Bureau of Wildlife Management. John will showcase a variety of Native American artifacts. I have attended some of John’s presentations and they are informative and very interesting. The session is free but please call to pre-register at 814-763-5269 and learn more about local history.

 

Hurry Hill Maple Syrup Museum

Get a Maple Sundae any Sunday at Hurry Hill.

The Edinboro Historical Society will be at the museum throughout the month of October. Learn more local history and view some of our agricultural past. The museum is open every Sunday through November. Admission is free and there is an opportunity to purchase a real Maple Sundae as well as other maple products. For more information call 814-734-1358 or visit hurryhill.org

The museum is located at 11380 Fry Road in Edinboro.

 

Frontier at three Rivers

Sam Hossler’s latest history novel is available at samhossler.com. Learn more about local history in the days of settlement. While the setting is fictional, the events are historically accurate. Sam was a former resident of Canadohta Lake and has written extensively over the last thirty years. The latest book is one of several historical Sam has had published in the last several years. Good reading.

Sam also writes at history blog at Word Press, unclesamhistory. The latest post is the Gnadenhutten Massacre.

 

 

 

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