By: Vickie Calby ∼MRC Board Member∼ Updated, 7/31/18 The year is 1980; things are different--very different. Sue Stone is not the administrator of the Susquehanna County Library, and there has never been a "Montrose Blueberry Festival," nor is the “story hour” space in the library bright and kid-friendly. Sue, in 1980, is in charge… Continue reading Blueberry Memories: Back to the 80s
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
By: Kimberly Davenport ∼MRC Board Member∼ When Christmas in Montrose gets underway, Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 3, the former site of Lee's Furniture will house local vendors selling their wares. It was just this past summer when two brothers, Craig and Jay Reimel, closed the doors of the nearly empty Lee’s Furniture store… Continue reading Lee’s Montrose–A Look Back
Christmas In Montrose…it’s that time of year again and this year promises many surprises! First, lets take a trip back in time. Do you remember Town Pride? How about Victorian Christmas, or Montrose Country Christmas? Taking me back, were Angela Mooney, Diane Quattrocchi, and Peggy Sheffler. They sat with me on a cold afternoon… Continue reading Christmas – Montrose Style
By: Vickie Calby∼MRC Board Member∼ “Everybody deserves food.” Pastor Doug Sivers said with feeling. The Montrose Mobile Food Pantry was established with that spirit in mind. Behind every great idea there is a moving force. In this case there were three: Mary Lee Fitzgerald, Judy Kelly, and Mary Ann DeWitt. Jo Ann Leonard explains that… Continue reading Neighbors Helping Neighbors
“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: Kimberly Davenport∼MRC Board Member∼ If you are like most library lovers, you have already checked out the Susquehanna County Library’s new location--and have found multiple reasons to return. If you haven’t visited by now, or if you are looking for any excuse to go back, we recommend you attend the library’s celebration scheduled for… Continue reading The Library is Hosting a Big Celebration and You are Invited!
By: Vickie Calby, Kimberly Davenport and John Eidenier ∼MRC Board Members∼ Be sure to "take a walk" through our map to see descriptions, pictures and exact event locations. AUGUST: Joycie's Thursday Night Live Out for a walk on a Thursday evening in Montrose, the sounds of music will draw you to Tannery Place. Drawing closer,… Continue reading 10 Events to Attend as Summer Winds Down
By: Vickie Calby ∼MRC Board Member∼ Updated, 7/31/18 The year is 1980; things are different--very different. Sue Stone is not the administrator of the Susquehanna County Library, and there has never been a "Montrose Blueberry Festival," nor is the “story hour” space in the library bright and kid-friendly. Sue, in 1980, is in charge of preschool… Continue reading Blueberry Memories: Back to the 80s