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  • June 12, 2014 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    July 10 at 5 30 p m John Layton will talk about the history of the railroads in this area and how they and the resorts were in synergy On July 17 and July 22 at 5 30 p m Bruce Denlinger will present a program on the Travels of Benjamin Franklin Fred also reported that there are many pictures etc in the archives that need to be tagged with keywords to help with retrieval Volunteers are needed to help with this project which can be done in your own home Rick reminded the audience that we have a local history section in the library containing about 50 books Volunteers are needed to help with selecting items and expanding this section Rick also reminded members that 2014 dues are to be paid now Upcoming projects include reviewing and updating the HATT by laws contact Rick or any member of the board of directors with suggestions It is hoped that the by laws will be revised and reviewed by the officers and then presented at the September meeting for approval The by laws may be read online or downloaded and printed from the website Rick said the nominating committee is in need of new blood Any interested person should contact Rick Presentation Fred Lehrer introduced Melody Remillard with the U S Forest Service who gave a presentation on Grey Towers the ancestral home of former Pennsylvania Gov Gifford Pinchot in Milford which now a national historic site The Pinchot family came to the United States in the early 19th century from France They settled in New York City and then came to the Milford area about three years later Their first business was in the mercantile industry and then they went into lumbering Grey Towers the summer home for the family

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  • 2014 Memorial Day Parade | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    RETURN TO MAIN MINUTES PAGE TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP 2014 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE May 26 2014 Hosted by the Wilson Fisher American Legion Post 413 Well it was a wonderful Memorial Day parade with the community and HATT showing our respect for all who have given themselves for us and our country Our huge huge thanks go to HATT Director and Army veteran Glenn Ryerson Glenn donated the use of his car and trailer got the bales of straw for people to sit on and then did the ultimate a special display mounted on his Segway consisting of three military uniforms from his family and Glenn wearing his own uniform Photo above All topped off with the American flag Then we saw more HATT military veterans Jim Forcella Army veteran but dressed in his Civil War attire along with Alan Wismer Navy and Air National Guard veteran and James Pease Army veteran HATT member Patty Forcella dressed as Betsy Ross and actually was sewing an American flag Also in patriotic attire were HATT members Freddie Kaltenthaler and Shelly Wismer with Shelly s granddaughter enjoying the parade Thanks to all of you wonderful folks for paying tribute to our heroes Get Your Passport

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  • May 22, 2014 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    next Monday at 10 a m in Pocono Pines On June 12 at 5 30 p m the U S Forestry Service presents the History of Grey Towers On Saturday June 28 HATT is hosting the 28th Division Army National Guard Band in concert at the Pocono Mountain West High School at 7 30 p m Fred also announced the new Local History Section within the library assembled by a HATT committee Lastly Fred gave a short treasurer s report for 2013 with reports available to those wishing to see the financial statement Fred then turned the meeting over to Fred Lehrer program chairman Fred Lehrer spoke of the lineup for 2014 mentioning a few events such as the Annual Dinner with Christopher Columbus and a lecture by Benjamin Franklin Fred then introduced Rick Bodenschatz presenting First at Arlington The William Henry Christman Story Rick presented the life of William Henry Christman of Tobyhanna Township his enlistment in the 67th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and his untimely death on May 13 1864 Being buried on May 13th he was the first soldier to be buried in what became Arlington National Cemetery Rick also presented historical information about the Christman family When William joined the Army he received a 300 signing bonus and his first month s pay in advance His famous letter home to his parents showed his love and leadership of family referring to getting the deed for the property which then became the Christman 40 acre farm His father Jonas was then able to bring the family out of poverty becoming a township supervisor and justice of the peace until his death in 1890 William s brother Barnabus was killed in action in the fierce Seven Days Battle on June 30 1862 Barbara Christman Page and husband Don were

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  • April 10, 2014 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    Gene Kerrick Silfies Family History Attendance 34 The meeting was called to order by Vice President Scarlett Rehrig The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bill Dyer Scarlett reminded the attendees that the next HATT meeting is on Thursday May 22 at 5 30 p m when Rick Bodenschatz will present The William Henry Christman Story Jim Forcella talked briefly about the history of Arlington National Cemetery The Arlington Cemetery was originally called the Soldier Cemetery and it was to be used as a burial ground for Confederate soldiers It became a national cemetery and a burial ground for all military personnel their spouses and certain civilians Each section of the cemetery is divided into one war There are 400 000 individuals buried at Arlington with William Henry Christman being the first The Tomb of the Unknowns honors unknowns from all our wars Scarlett announced that HATT has received nonprofit status She also reported that the local history section of the library is now open She said more volunteers are needed to help with this project See Rick or Scarlett if you would like to volunteer Program The Silfies Family History presented by Elaine Silfies and Gene Kerrick The first Silfies came to America via the Port of Philadelphia in 1738 They were part of a sect of the Pennsylvania Dutch but followed the Lutheran Church They began as indentured servants in Germantown and then settled in Palmerton The name Silfies is just one of the many names and spelling of the name found in the study of the genealogy Of note is that several of the descendants fought in the Revolutionary War Gene Kerrick is the eight child of the fourth Henry George Silfies opened a general grocery store on Route 115 in Blakeslee in 1949 Following the presentation

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  • 2013 Event Recap | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    to dedicate a new historical marker at Hungry Hill Sullivan was depicted by historian Kenn Anderson The general was carrying the American flag in an open convertible provided by Bob Baechtold Wills Mansion Tours On June 26 and July 2 the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association hosted 105 HATT members and guests in a tour of the Wills Mansion Community Day On Saturday July 13 HATT participated in Tobyhanna Township s Community Day at the Blanche D Price Memorial Park HATT member volunteers who answered questions about local history and enrolled new members staffed a display table The Jennie Wade Story and The Civil War Veterans of Tobyhanna Township This Summer Lecture Series event hosted almost 70 attendees on July 23 and 25 Patty Forcella gave a professional history of Jennie Wade the only woman to die in the Battle of Gettysburg Rick Bodenschatz presented known local Civil War veterans and what life was like in the area This is the result of his recent two year research project The Manhattan Project More than 120 attendees learned and enjoyed the history of this enormous project on August 22 and 27 This Summer Lecture Series presented by historian Fred Lehrer shared both history and perspectives of the project s impact then and now Excursion to the Lehigh Valley HATT members and guests traveled via motor coach on September 25 to enjoy the history of three historical venues in Allentown The extensive Wheels on America Museum provided an extensive history of transportation After a catered lunch in the museum s Juke Box Café the group went to the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum to enjoy its magnificent displays including a special exhibit of Abraham Lincoln and a lecture complementing this exhibit The group also toured Trout Hall the Revolutionary War era home of James

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  • November 13, 2013 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    are available for purchase Lillian will make a donation to HATT after she covers her expenses Speaker Brian Almutt Ph D an American history professor at Northampton Community College gave an informative talk on the Returning Union Veterans of the Civil War About 600 000 Americans died in the Civil War with about 364 000 from the North Most of the recruits were volunteers with the average age being 23 years Forty percent of the male population at the time fought in the war The recruits were carpenters farmers and textile workers Some fought for only short durations and others remained in the war for years When Confederate Gen Robert E Lee surrendered against the wishes of Confederate President Jefferson Davis the North was not prepared for reconstruction and demobilization The Union troops were moved to nine Southern sites and then were marched to Washington D C for The Grand Review The Grant and Sherman armies were rivals of a sort each boasting they were the best The troops were sent home via primitive trains and river boats and they were cheered along the way and treated to food Many of the veterans had to wait a year or more to collect their pay averaging 5 000 in today s money Each veteran kept his uniform but had to pay for his rifle if he chose to keep it Residents of Monroe County first entered the war in 1861 in spite of the fact that the Quakers in the area were not in favor of war and the Copperheads Democrats were inclined to favor the South On July 4 1865 a parade marched through Stroudsburg to honor the veterans By the fall of 1866 only 11 000 troops were left in service The returning troops were made to fend for themselves They received no government aide and so went back to their former jobs The Homestead Act offered an opportunity for them to move west and open new territories There was only a small amount of what we call post traumatic stress disorder after the war and only about 2 percent of the men collected any disability payments Soldiers Homes began opening in the 1880s to care for the veterans as they aged In 1866 Decoration Day was first celebrated to honor the Civil War veterans Today we call it Memorial Day and honor veterans of all wars The confederate soldiers sadly returned home to no cheers or pensions but the southern states did eventually build Soldiers Homes Rick Bodenschatz thanked Dr Almutt for his presentation and gave him a certificate of appreciation Business Meeting Rick thanked guests for attending the meeting and encouraged them to become members of HATT Anyone joining will have membership through 2014 Rick thanked Frank McDeVitt for his three years of service on the board of directors Lew Rarig was nominated to replace Frank Nominations were closed and Lew was elected to the board as a new director Treasurer Fred Tim reported that HATT has

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  • October 9, 2013 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    for planning the dinner menu and Peter and staff for preparing a wonderful dinner Business Frank McDevitt is leaving the HATT board of directors Lew Rarig was nominated as his replacement and this will be voted on at the November meeting Rick reported that HATT has presented 16 programs this year increased HATT membership by 56 persons to 195 members now and a total of 1200 attendees at all the meetings combined The program chairman Fred Lehrer set up all the programs and he is the glue holding together HATT per Rick Speaker Fred Lehrer program chairman introduced the speaker Amy Leiser executive director of the Monroe County Historical Association Amy spoke about the history of Monroe County and relayed the following interesting facts The native Americans living in the county were members of the Lenape tribe a sect of the Algonquians They were divided into the turkey turtle and wolf clans Beginning in 1725 the white settlers began buying land in the county and built forts John Sullivan was sent to the area by George Washington in 1779 to rid the Indians from the area The county was named after our fifth president James Monroe even though he never set foot in the county Jacob Stroud was the founder of Stroudsburg and his son Daniel a Quaker built and lived in Stroud Mansion The Monroe County Courthouse was built in 1839 John Summerfield Staples was a paid substitute for Abraham Lincoln and William Walton a Quaker enlisted as a medic in the Civil War William Henry Christman from Pocono Lake Tobyhanna Township was the first person buried in Arlington Cemetery Early industries in the county included logging ice making and brick glazing In 1891 Cresco Cash Store began selling ready made clothing and in 1910 Brown and Keller opened

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  • September 11, 2013 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    web site Fred Lehrer introduced our two speakers for the meeting Dr Alberta Finch shares a whimsical story during her entertaining and informative presentation Dr Alberta Finch a pediatrician since 1962 gave a talk on Medicine in the 19th Century Dr Finch said medicine in the 1800s was delivered by a country doctor who often lived far from the farms At that time 50 percent of children died before the age of 5 6 percent of women died in childbirth and the life span was 40 years Most illnesses were treated with whiskey which was given by the mother Doctor s treatments included laxatives bleeding and suction cups A Dr Abbott was the first doctor to begin measuring medicine doses and that became the forefront for Abbott Labs Realizing the importance of clean water and sewage treatment helped improve health Microscopes showed the first bacteria Pasteur brought us pasteurized milk smallpox vaccine was made in Swiftwater and eventually anesthetics and antiseptics changed our medical outcomes Dr Don Jones introduces his presentation Dr Don Jones a dentist and Lake Naomi resident talked about Dentistry Throughout the Ages He said that dentistry has been around since 7000 BC but it wasn t until the 14th century that it was realized that tooth decay was caused by acid In the 12th century dentists were also blacksmiths and barbers Dentures were often delivered in the mail and could be returned if not comfortable Of course they would then be sold to someone else Pain was always a factor in dental treatments until the introduction of nitrous oxide in 1846 The 20th century brought us novocaine fluoride sterilization and prevention Our expectations in the 21st century are that a patient should have minimal discomfort with digital X rays and little waiting time in the dental

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