Accounts of the Union County Historical Society

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Volume 7 Number 1 ACCOUNTS of the Union County Historical Society: February 2017

Five-Year Cumulative Index, Volumes 1-5, 2011-2015
by Tom Greaves, Compiler

Past Issues of ACCOUNTS: The Journal of the Union County Historical Society

Volume 1 Numbers 1 and 2 (2011)

Gideon and Elizabeth Smith of Buffaloe Farm by Nancy M Neuman
The Nolan Gang Prison Escape  
Warren "Short" Dietrich's Milk Route by Mark Wehr
Iron Smelting in Union County by Tom Rich
Look Up! by Deane Clements
Dining at Bucknell, 1846-1946 by Russell Dennis
William Long and Alcatraz by Robert K. Lynch
About the Authors

Volume 2 Number 1 (2012)
A Pretty Picture is Worth a Great Story by M. Lois Huffines and Jack Fisher
Emigration of Union County, Pennsylvania, Families to Stephenson County, Illinois, and Green County, Wisconsin, 1837-1847.pdf" by Timothy J. Ryan
The Story behind the Pictures by Glenda Sheaffer
Lewisburg's Presidential Connection by Stanley Zellers
Bedrock: Genesis and Evolution of a Republican Bastion,Union County, Pennsylvania by John Peeler
Letters from Eli Slifer, 1861 by Jessica Owen
About the Authors

Volume 2 Number 2 (2012)
The Christmas Belsnickle
by Nada Gray
Two Reels and a Crank by Nessie S. Watson
Unknown Fraktur from Central PA Artist: Are There More? by Joannah Skucek and Jim Bohn
More Union Countians who moved to Illinois, Wisconsin and Beyond by Carl R. Catherman
Jacob Stauffer Whitman, First Union County School Superintendent by Sidney G. Dreese
Theron Shoemaker Dersham, (1913-2004) by M. Lois Huffines
? by Nada Gray ? (still under construction)
About the Authors

Volume 3 Number 1 (2013)
M. Dyer and Son Store, Winfield, PA by Phyllis M. Dyer
An Overview of the History of Firefighting in New Berlin, PAby Harold E. Erdley Jr. and Diane Lengle
Major Fires in New Berlin by Jeannette Lasansky
Journal as Historical Resource: The Mark Shively Journal 1881-1894 by Marion Lois Huffines
The "Genealogy" of your House and Land by Carl R. Catherman

Volume 3 Number 2 (2013)
An Old Stone House: A History by Douglas Sturm
Adventures in Starting a Small Business in Lewisburg by Irmy Hartung
Elias Church History by Robert K. Lynch
A Year on Crystal Spring Farm by Ruth-Alice M. Seebold Spangler
Notes on the History of Lewisburg's Cameron Fire Company by Robert E. Stackhouse
The Bull Run Fire, Jan. 7, 1972 by Robert E. Stackhouse
Silent Voices: Amateur Photos and Movies as Historical Documentationby Lois Huffines

Volume 4 Number 1 (2014)
As the Water Rose, One Family's Experience with the 1972 Flood in Lewisburg by Betty Lou McClure
The Shenks Ferry Indians on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, 1300 to 1550 A.D. by David Minderhout
The 1790 Census: Portrait of the Susquehanna Frontier by Bruce Teeple
Andrew A. Leiser, Sr. and Pieces of His Mail by Roger Curran
The Lewisburg Airport by M. Lois Huffines as told by Ruth and Fred Brouse
The Shape of Time in Buffalo Valley: Traditional Barn Building in Union County by Christopher Macneal, AIA

Volume 4 Number 2 (2014)
The Susquehannocksby David J. Minderhout
A Seminary in New Berlin by Sidney Dreese
Massacre and Murder in the Susquehanna Valley: The Lee Massacre and Pine Creek Indian Murders by Kathy K. Swope
The Leroy Incident and Observations by Kim Adair Mattern
Mifflinburg Log House Restoration, A Labor of love by Carol Bohn

Volume 5 Number 1 (2015)
The Unforgettable Five and Tenby Manuel and Gale Duque
Lewisburg's Hotels: A Critical Examination by Richard A. Sauers
The Mill is Gone, but the Memories Live On and by Fred Johnson and Beth Johnson Hackenberg
Reverend Aaron Gobble and New Berlin's Central Pennsylvania College by Sidney Dreese
Raymond Chester Walker by Beth Hackenberg
Private Property and Public Virtue: Quaker Identity of Robert Barber of White Springes (Part One) by Christopher Macneal (Part two appears in Volume 5 Number 2, Fall 2015.)

 Volume 5 Number 2 ACCOUNTS of the Union County Historical Society: October 2015

Volume 6 Number 1 ACCOUNTS of the Union County Historical Society: February 2016

Reconstruction in Progess

 Volume 1 ACCOUNTS of the Union County Historical Society: October 2011


From the Editor of ACCOUNTS of Union County History

ACCOUNTS is not your usual journal of local history. It isn’t the preserve of trained historians and scholarly writers. Not that their contributions aren’t welcome, but ACCOUNTS is a community resource, available to anyone who knows something about the history of Union County and wants to share.

A bit rusty on your writing? I can lend a hand. Rough something out and I’ll work with you until its ready. Can’t type? I’ll take your essay in legible longhand and type it up for you. Most items will be short – 2 to 8 double-spaced pages. No footnotes or bibliography required.

What are we looking for? The sort of item about our local history that you’d say, “That ought to be written down. It will be a shame if that’s forgotten.”

Read and enjoy some of the essays. They are a few of the many of things worth sharing in ACCOUNTS.
There are some more detailed guidelines at the back of this issue. If you’ve got an idea for an essay, please get in touch with me. And if you know somebody else who knows some history with whom I should get in touch, just send me the name and contact information, and I’ll invite them to contribute a piece.

ACCOUNTS is only available on line, through the Society’s web site. Why isn’t it available in a paper copy? Well, printed copies entail subscriptions, paper purchasing, printing, mailing, postage, trips to the post office – in short, a lot more costs and people time than your leanly run Historical Society can supply. But, if you have a printer with your computer, you’re welcome to print out for yourself whatever you want see on paper.
So enjoy these articles and recollect that bit of local history you know about that could appear in an upcoming issue.

Tom Greaves

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Details from the Editor of ACCOUNTS of Union County History

ACCOUNTS of Union County History provide an opportunity to record short articles or commentary on our local history "just" so they are not lost to history.  ACCOUNTS are published each fall and spring and are available free of charge. ACCOUNTS are available only at this web site and only in pdf format.  ACCOUNTS is not reserved for those who are polished, experienced writers. It is an expression of ourselves as a community, a community of folks who pay attention to local history and want to help enrich it.

Here are some specifics:

  • ACCOUNTS is an opportunity to contribute to Union County’s historical record.
  • ACCOUNTS is not a journal of formal scholarship. No bibliography or footnotes please.
  • Items will be short: 200 – 1500 words (a double-spaced page has 250 to 300 words; so
    1 to 6 pages in length).
  • Some compositional specifics are provided below.
  • A variety of items are being sought, such as: 

- Accounts of events in Union County’s history
- Accounts from family history
- Accounts of the lives of persons associated with the County
- Accounts of businesses, communities and places
- Descriptions of objects and their makers (such as furniture, buggies, etc.)
- Accounts of buildings (homes, farm buildings, churches, commercial buildings, 
etc.), monuments, public works 

ACCOUNTS is edited by Tom Greaves (Society member and former board member). Do you have an item to propose? Please send Tom an e-mail and he’ll be in touch. He will also be happy to get your suggestion about a potential author whom he can invite to contribute interesting items. 

Contact: Tom Greaves,

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Compositional Specifics for Contributers to ACCOUNTS of Union County History

- Advice to Contributors: Accuracy is paramount.

Focus on what is relevant to Union County history.

Write about what you know best.

Items can range from 200 to 1500 words in length.

The editor will be happy to work with an author to strengthen the material.

- Technical Stipulations:

Photographs can be included provided author has permission to use them.

Get consent of people and families mentioned; author bears sole responsibility for any objections raised.

New material please; previously published work is usually not accepted.

Lists or documents can be included, but need to be explained and discussed in the author’s words.

Analyses of specific pre-contact archaeological sites and artifacts are usually not accepted.

Copyright is held by Society; the author may republish or reuse the item without restriction.

An item re-published after appearing in a UCHS publication should cite its prior publication by the Society.

- Editorial Decisions:

A disclaimer will appear in each issue that Society does not take a position on the content of any item.

Editor will establish an “editorial board” which will function as consultants and advisors regarding questionable submissions.

Decisions by the Editor will be final.

A “Letters Received” column will be included for those who wish to

respond to or amplify a previously appearing item. To be published, such

letters must be phrased collegially, in the spirit of improving what is