By: Douglas Overfield ∼MRC Board Member∼ In honor of Third Fridays in Montrose, here is an interview with Twyla of From the Heart, Public Avenue, Montrose, PA.
By: Hillori Schenker ∼MRC Board Member∼ Although I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, many traditions and values are identical from my hometown and Montrose. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day I often hear people, in both locations, remarking on the need to tend the graves of loved ones. Weeding, watering plantings, and ensuring that the ancestral headstones… Continue reading Are you looking for a gravesite?
By: Douglas Overfield ∼MRC Board Member∼ Dry-laid fieldstone walls are often considered to be as old as humankind and the technique of building stone walls is an art in a most basic element says Ken Ely, a restorer and builder of stone walls and a lifelong Susquehanna County resident. Ken goes on to say that… Continue reading AN ART THAT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME WITH ONE OF OUR MOST BASIC MATERIALS
By: Vickie Calby ∼MRC Board Member∼ Let it be known, before we start, this is a true Bull Story. After an adult beverage one evening, I told my story to a group of friends. Later it was suggested to me, that those of you who follow our “Stories of Montrose PA,” blog would enjoy it… Continue reading A Bull Story
By: John Eidenier ∼MRC Board Member∼ Part II Montrose and Susquehanna County There are conflicting views on just how important a role the Montrose area played in assisting the enslaved people to make their way to freedom through the Underground Railroad. According to Scholastic Teachers Activities Guide, "Myths of the Underground Railroad," most people who helped… Continue reading A Journey Toward Freedom, “Montrose Role In Breaking the Bondage of Slavery” (Part Two)
A Journey Toward Freedom: "Susquehanna County's and Montrose's Role in Breaking the Bondage of Slavery" By: John Eidenier ∼MRC Board Member∼ Part I When I first started researching the role Montrose played in helping runaway slaves seek freedom, I thought I would be writing about the Underground Railroad. But, as I gathered information, I realized that… Continue reading A Journey Toward Freedom, “Montrose Role In Breaking the Bondage of Slavery”
Photo: Front of the Sylvanus Mulford House, located at 65 Church Street in Montrose, Pennsylvania, United States. Built in 1818, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Source: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) By: Hillori Schenker ∼MRC Board Member∼ Ask any visitor to Montrose about the borough, and the response usually contains the words charming, historic, or quaint. Aside from… Continue reading The Economics of Charm: Planning for the Future with History
By: Doug Overfield ∼MRC Board Member∼ Like Superman’s Clark Kent from Smallville, Santa spends most of the year hiding in plain sight in Montrose among the town’s residents; but every Christmas he transforms himself from anonymous resident into Santa Claus, donning a full white beard, dressed in the traditional red suit with white trim and… Continue reading Unknown to Most, Santa Actually Lives in Montrose
“The Heyday of Tennis in the Montrose Area” By: John B. Eidenier ∼MRC Board Member∼ (Pictured above: left to light: Lt. King Smith, his partner, King Shafer, and Cecil Donaldson with partner Bill Tilden. The two "Kings" beat Cecil and Bill in 1913 at the indoor courts in New York City) There is a story to… Continue reading HALCYON DAYS OF SUMMER
By: Doug Overfield ∼MRC Board Member∼ The year was 1952. Young men lined the street in front of the Susquehanna County Courthouse--saying goodbye to moms, dads, wives, girlfriends, and children--as they prepared to board a bus to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Once there, they would catch a flight to infantry training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, aboard… Continue reading Off To War: Insight from a Montrose Native
A discussion of tradition, memory, and nostalgia... By: Hillori L. Schenker ∼MRC Board Member∼ The familiar strains of the march begin with woodwinds carrying the melody, while the baseline keeps tempo. As Pomp and Circumstance reaches its crescendo, the graduates appear. Proceeding solemnly into their assigned seats, their backs straight, each candidate’s tassel bobs in time to the… Continue reading High School Graduation