Thomas Forster
Mar13

Thomas Forster

Settling the Erie Frontier Thomas Forster was 34 in 1796 when he first came to Erie County, Pennsylvania to inspect the Walnut Creek holdings of the land company, Harrisburg and Presque Isle. Four years later he left a political career and a comfortable home near Harrisburg to help manage those holdings, although he settled nearby in Erie. For the remainder of his life he worked for the betterment of his adopted home. * First...

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Passage to Liverpool
Mar13

Passage to Liverpool

James Blaine Miller and the RMS Lusitania Passage to Liverpool is about the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the great (or worst) tragedies of the sea. As a result of its loss, the U.S. was dragged into war, although there would be a national election for president before that happened. While Woodrow Wilson, who was seeking a second term, tried to keep the U.S. out of war and campaigned on that slogan, it was not possible to remain...

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The Battles Story
Mar13

The Battles Story

The Life and Times of the Battles Family of Girard, Pennsylvania The Battles Family was one of the leading families in Girard, Pennsylvania (Erie County) from the time of the arrival of Asa in late 1823 until the death of the last Battles in the area, Elizabeth, in 1952. Her good friend Georgianna Read kept the Battles legacy alive until her own death in 1982. Since that time the Erie County Historical Society has taken on the task of...

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Twice Around the Township
Mar13

Twice Around the Township

Fairview History Retold Twice Around the Township is a compilation of 73 articles about Fairview (PA) history that were printed in the author’s column in the Cosmopolite Herald beginning in 1983 and concluding in the late 1990s. The newspaper was sold to the Times Publishing Company and ceased publishing about that time. It is tabletop size and includes articles on such topics as the early settlements, early transportation,...

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Cloud Busters
Mar13

Cloud Busters

  Neil McCray and the Erie County Airport Excerpt: For a few glorious decades in the early 20th Century, barnstorming, racing trains, wing-walking, flying competitions of every imaginable kind and even short hops for quick meals were the sport. Thousands of young men belonged to a kind of fraternity for pilots, and many young women broke through the age-old bias to join them. Flying was one of the last frontiers to those young...

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