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  • September 14, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    bus Under her direction the driver drove through farm country where we could see neat homes in the Amish style clotheslines filled with drying sheets and shirts and trousers etc kitchen gardens with not a weed to be seen and fields and fields of soy corn stalks and tobacco Strong Clydesdale or Belgian horses in twos threes or fours pulling wagonloads of produce Women and men in traditional Amish garb were harvesting tobacco to be stored in barns for curing Everyone in the family works and families are large We passed the one room schoolhouses and saw barefoot children in the schoolyards eating lunch or playing softball a favorite sport Our guide described the education of the children until they complete the eighth grade Able to speak German they learn English and High German in school along with reading and arithmetic Linda described the culture and traditions of the Amish people and the ways they are able to maintain their way of life coexisting but not assimilating with their neighbors who they refer to as the English She spoke of her personal interactions with her neighbors and related amusing anecdotes We stopped briefly for a quick shopping experience and enjoyed seeing the fine handmade items on sale About noontime we rode to Smoketown for lunch at the Good and Plenty Restaurant We sat at long tables for a meal served family style An assortment of condiments was followed by platters heaping with chicken sausage roast beef gravy boats bowls of egg noodles mashed potatoes and an assortment of vegetables Desserts were plentiful as well shoofly and blueberry pie homemade ice cream tapioca pudding and tiny cheesecakes Following lunch we headed to the train station in Strasburg where we boarded an old fashioned coach car beautifully restored with a steam engine

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  • August 10, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    Between the Battles Located on the grounds were a rudimentary tent blankets with a wide variety of artifacts and three men in Civil War era Union Army clothing They were introduced to us as Civil War reenactors Paul Matticks his son Zachary and Dale Keklock Paul Matticks explained that although our history of the Civil War centers on the battles in reality they lasted for only a few days at a time In between the life of a soldier centered on his campsite long marches from one location to another foraging caring for his equipment and arms His days could range from boredom to tedium His original length of service was for a short term but later lengthened as the war waged on Mr Matticks proceeded to describe and demonstrate the clothing that comprised a soldier s uniform the number of pockets three the fabric and construction of the uniform coat and the shoes or boots worn He continued to show the kinds of utensils carried in backpacks the soldier s ammunition and gear the Springfield rifle and demonstrated the manner in which soldiers armed and rearmed their rifles The men then showed the way in which soldiers lined up in battle fired their weapons and then another line took their place in front giving time and space to reload Following a question and answer period the audience was invited to inspect the various artifacts brought to the program New Business As the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War is this year Rick Bodenschatz has initiated a project to research who from our township were veterans of the Civil War Thus far 18 township residents have been identified including two killed in action To commemorate their service Rick read their names and occupations and presented for inspection

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  • July 13, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    report without additions or corrections John Kaltenthaler moved to accept the report as read Announcements The next meeting will be on August 9 at 5 30 p m at Clymer Library Fred Leherer will present a program about Gen Armstrong Custer In addition a field trip is planned for August 10 at Blanche Price Park Pocono Pines The program is Civil War Between the Battles Bring a lawn chair Additional space is still available for the Pennsylvania Dutch Country trip in September The bus trip tour and lunch is priced at 85 person New Business Since Emily Carter was not present at the township supervisors award ceremony the president read the proclamation and presented it to Emily for her contribution to the preservation of the history of the community Artifacts A paper replica of a hatchet used as a dance favor was donated to the association as well as an early registration record for Camp Owaissa Speakers Gene Kerrick Barbara Fox and Mark Evans History of Blakeslee The president introduced the first speaker for today s program Gene Kerrick who provided the background and history of Blakeslee and described parameters of the Blakeslee region He introduced us to the pioneer families who first settled the area Families came as early as the 1830s the Ebock Stine Hamill families and the Widricks from New Jersey in the 1850s Jacob Blakeslee came from Connecticut married and one of his sons became the postmaster Using maps of the area Gene indicated the areas that were settled by the early families who lent their names to the region The next speaker Barbara Fox asked us to don our imagination caps and board the bus to tour Blakeslee then and now As our guide Barbara traveled along routes 940 and 115 pointing our landmarks homes

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  • June 8, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    and we are the first to have it July 9 is Community Day at Blanch Price Park Tobyhanna Township Park an all day affair with music and food HATT will have some artifacts on display as well July 13 Our next meeting at Clymer Library Discover Blakeslee Thank you to Jack Dodge Ron Kehler John Kaltenthaler and Scarlett Rehrig for refreshments Do stay and enjoy and visit after the meeting and look at the artifacts on display Be sure to visit the display cases in the Post Office and in the library the new display will change to the topic of racing Thanks to Fred Lehrer for the post office display HATT is now on Facebook Rick Bodenschatz has set this up New Business Scarlett Rehrig spoke about the growth of HATT which has increased in attendance at meetings The Clymer Library basement is no longer adequate for our archival needs We need to explore space in the area that will meet our needs An ad hoc committee is needed to explore the possibilities in the area for our use for meetings displays and to store archives Explore venues in the area Two people have volunteered to work with Scarlett in this endeavor Russ Cramer and Chuck Waygood Speaker Doris Zimmerman Cottage Life Freddie introduced Doris Zimmerman Ted Suttmeier s sister to speak on Cottage Life Ted researched and developed the project for today s presentation Fred Lehrer assisted with the computer program Doris thanked her brother for his devotion and dedication in developing the program and to Fred Leher for his assistance Doris described the history of the origin of the cottages the original owners and their families and the Lutheran affiliation of the owners In 1926 about 1500 acres were purchased portions from the estate of Rufus Miller

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  • May 11, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    cards were distributed to all attendees prepared by Rick Bodenschantz In order to allow for adequate time for the morning s program President Kaltenthaler requested a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes and the treasurer s report which will be entered into the records The motion was made and carried Speaker Russ Cramer Native American Archeology The president then introduced Mr Russ Cramer who has had a lifelong interest in the archeological history of the region He presented a history of 11 000 years of Native American history and culture divided into three periods the Paleo early period Arcane the middle and Neo to the present His 11 year old granddaughter Nell Fassa ably assisted him Information from the internationally famous Shawnee Minisink archeological site along the Delaware River was used to develop a chronology of three distinct cultural periods of local Indian history and the evolution and adaptation of tools and weapons the inhabitants made to survive in a changing world He displayed some of his extensive collection of artifacts challenging attendees to identify the use of 18 items Russ attributed his increasing interest to Don Cline noted Indian archeologist from Portland who spent time in the site located at the convergence of the Delaware River and Brodhead Creek Using a Power Point presentation Russ showed the site and the painstaking dig to unearth artifacts and date identification depending on the level of the finds He described the way in which tribes migrated into North America from Asia via a land bridge In the Paleo period Clovis tribes migration can be traced by the findings of the unique points of Jasper flint of their hunting weapons The findings of fire hearths at the site held abundant artifacts and in which could be found the kinds of

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  • April 15, 2011 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    Cramer will give us much information on the Indians of the area from thousands of years ago during the stone age and he is going to bring artifacts Anyone may bring artifacts as well Flyers are available for Sisters of Swing Story of the Andrew Sisters at the Shawnee Playhouse Wednesday June 22 at 2 p m Tickets are 25 for reserved seats and HATT makes a little bit of money on that Lunch is on your own several restaurants in the area The trip to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is Wednesday Sept 14 The bus will leave from the St Maximilian Kolby parking lot at 7 45 a m and return by 7 p m a full day Russ Cramer gave a brief description of his talk scheduled for the next HATT meeting Nance Brown announced a library sponsored one day trip to Gettysburg on June 22 The cost is 50 and she invited anyone who would like to join this outing Rick Bodenschatz asked that we get our dues in noted that there is about 50 percent renewal at present New members are welcome He announced the coming programs August 9 summer lecture series with Fred Lehrer speaking on the history of Gen George Custer and December 10 a history of Christmas music and performance at Salem UCC Speaker Gene Kerrick Chronology and History of the Henning Family President Kaltenthaler introduced Gene Kerrick past president and charter member of HATT and local historian of family lore to present the chronology and history of the Henning Family and present the artifacts Gene focused on the time line and genealogical display of the Henning family His remarkable and in depth research began in 1864 when Adolph a farmer and Louisa his wife arrived with their children traveling from Germany to New York He spoke of the cemetery monument to Louisa erected by her children in Middle Creek Cemetery Her husband s grave is unknown at the present time Gene described the Hennings acquisition of land in the area and the locations in relation to current sites The large family continued to remain in the area marrying locally and continuing to work in the region A Civil War photograph on display is a picture of PG third son of Adolph who enlisted at the age of 21 Gene also noted the Henning family connections to his wife Ginnie and his own family The Hennings worked in farming lumbering a general store and a hotel and later became Pocono Lake postmasters in the late 50s and early 60s Gene described his exploration to local cemeteries noting that a gravestone with a scene on it depicting a hunter and figures hiding in bushes depicts a feud rising from a shooting between the Hennings and Wilkinsons Questions and comments were called for from the floor Mr Ray Shoup brought a family Bible with a record that his grandmother wrote regarding Adolph Henning and his family s arrival in New York and showed pictures of

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