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John Shivers

Daniel Sickles

Caleb Squib

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Robert McBurncy

David Mitz

Samuel McDowell
Robert McKnight,

John Meloy

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James Swanv

Edward Stepiielis

Benjamin .-fpliens

fieorge Stewart

Thomas Tabnon

Kbenezer T.nley. shnem;
Joseph Torrence ( 1 slave

William Thompson

Samuel Work (I slave)..


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James Waugh

Thomas Wallace Wade

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Mat'lhew Wilcv

John Wiley,...'.

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Matthew Wilkin

Joseph Work



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Jacob Murphy (I

James Miller

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Jacob .Maple

John Miller





Alex.ander Moreland, blacksmith (s


Elijah McLaughlin

John Moreland

Allen Morri.s.m

Matthew Ncely

Joseph Osborn

John Oldshaw

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C.eorge Wilhelm

John Winant

Rhoda Wade

James Worthington

Joseph Yeaglev

Peter Yeagley

Ale.xander Young

Adam Yeagley

Jchiel Service

David Wiihrow


George Perry

John Pool, liotter.



The "single freemen" recorded on the tax-roll
were Robert Archibald, James Allis, Michael Benson,
AVilliam Boner, Henry Bruner, Hugh Barnhill, James
Barnhill, Thomas Byers, Henry Barkalow (tailor),
James Bell, Robert Craig, Robert Cunningham, Hugh
Cunningham (tailor), Alexander Crawford, Thomas
Cholkley, Thomas Corkins, John Corkins, William
Cook, Bryan Colly, John Carring, William Dunbar,
Azariah Davis (blacksmith), Joseph Douglass, Walter
Francis, James Francis, James Hamilton (merchant),
Lewis HoUingsworth, William Henner, George Lati-
mer, John McLaughlin, Alexander Moreland (black-
smith), Elijah McLaughlin, Samuel McDowell,
Thomas Matson, Anguish McDonald, Nathaniel
Mann, Dennis MoGee, William McKelvey, John
Morrison, William Martin (shoemaker), Joseph
Mason, Michael Mills, Neil McFadden, Thomas
Moore, Elisha Oldham (joiner), Elijah Oldham
(shoemaker), James Parkhill, John Points, Daniel
Reed, Michael Reed, John Stephens, Francis Scott,
Michael Sloan, Jacob Shallenberger, Thomas Swil't,
John Swift (millwright), James Stewart, Charles
Stewart, Matthew Scott, Henry Strickler (tanner),
Thomas Walters, James Wilson, Andrew Wade,
Robert Wisbey, Benjamin Archibald, George Chord,
William Cowell, Samuel Dunlap, Isaac Eggman,
James Henry, Samuel Lewis, John McLaughlin,
Charles McKerns, Archibald Quinney, Jacob Varnes,
Robert Work, James Wilkins, William Wilkins.

The assessment of Dunbar in 1808 returned the
total assessed valuation of the township as 8228,040.
The quota of county tax was §343. The acres as-
sessed numbered 22,500. There were eleven mills,
five forges and furnaces, three tan-yards, six distil-
leries, nine slaves, "four hundred and forty-seven
horses, and four hundred and forty-eight cattle.

At the September session of court in 1785 a report
was made by Matthew Wiley, James Rankin, Wil-
liam Huston, Elisha Pierce, Samuel Finley, and
Dennis Springer upon a petition presented at the
December session in 1784 for a road from Uniontown
to Joshua Dickinson's mill. The report wa'S con-
firmed and the road fixed to lead from Uniontown to
Dickinson's mill, thence to the mouth of said mill
run, thence to a road already laid out from Hannas-
town to the Broad Ford, intersecting said road in the
county of Fayette. At the September sessions of
1792, James Paull, Matthew Gilchrist, Samuel Work,
Jacob Strickler, Robert McLaughlin, and Jacob Mur-
chey reported the laying of a road from near the
house of John Rogers to the Broad Ford, and thence
to the nearest public road leading to Woodrough's,
etc. March, 1794, report of u road from Conwell's
Ferry by Union Furnace to the Uniontown road at
Gist's old place was made by Matthew Neely, Samuel
Work, Adam Dunlap, Jacob Strickler, William Black,
and William McCormick. The road crossed Dunbar's

Run, and intersected the Uniontown road at the inter-
section of a road from Col. Cook's.

June, 1795, Andrew Arnold, Francis Lewis, .Sainurl
Finley, James Byers, James Rankin, and .Vdain Dun-
lap reported that they had viewed a road from
Matthew Wiley's barn to Dunn's cabin, beginning
at the end of Matthew Wiley's lane on the road from
Uniontown to Joshua Dickinson's mill, and inter-
secting the road leading from Gist's to Col. Cook's
(now Fayette City). In June, 1791, a road was laid
out from Union Furnace to Joshua Dickinson's mill.
The viewers were James Blackston, James Torrence,
William Espy, Valentine Secrist, John Forsythe, and
Samuel Glasgow.


Col. Isaac Meason, Dunbar's great land-owner in
early times, and the town's most conspicuous citizen,
projected and completed in 1791 the then important
work of making iron in a blast-furnace. He built a
small stack on Dunbar Creek, about three hundred
yards above the present location of the stacks of the
Dunbar Furnace Company. 'I'ladilicin says that the
Union Furnace (by wliii-h liauit' .Miason's works were
known) was put in blast in .Manli, 1791. It was
doubtless a small ati'air, but what its caparity was is not
known. In 179.3, Col. Meason and .Moses Dillon joined
in rebuilding it and enlar-in- rniuu Furnace. Their
manufactures included stuvr-i a>iin;:s, pots, dog-irons,
and salt-kettles.' At a later date ( 'ol. Meason estab-
lished, in connection with his furnace, a forge on what
is now known as the Thomas Watt place, and a second
one at the mouth of Dunbar Creek. In 1816 he built
at Plumsock, on the Redstone, the first rolling-mill
west of the Alleghenies, and about that time built a
small rolling-mill on Dunbar Creek, near where Reid
& Co.'s coke-works are. Touching the manulacture
of iron in Dunbar about 1800 it Inis been written :
" The difficulties under which the ironmaster labored
in those days were curious ones. Not only was he
compelled to work with crude machinery and imper-
fect knowledge, but his efforts to realize on his labors
were herculean. The iron was run into numerous
castings suitable for frontier life, or manufactured at
small forges into the merchant iron of those days.
These products were hauled in teams from fifteen to
thirty miles across the country to Brownsville, on the
Monongahela River, and there loaded into flat-boats.
These floated down the Ohio and Mississippi. The
iron was exchanged for corn, pork, whisky, etc.,
which were carried on to New Orleans and traded for
sugar and molasses. These latter commodities were
sent around by sea to Baltimore, and in turn exchanged
for groceries, dry-goods, etc., which, loaded on Cones-
toga wagons, were hauled three hundred miles over
the mountains to the furnaces whence the iron had

, Col. fileason filled the first order for siigar-l



started many months before." "An old furnaceman
told me," says the writer, " that he once conducted
business continuously for three years, and saw during
that time only ten dollars in money." Another curious
phase of that early life was the insertion of a clause in
all contracts for labor that a certain quantit}' of whisky
was to be allowed each day in addition to wages. A
stoppage of whisky rations was about the only cause
in those days that would prociiiitato a labor strike.

After Col. Meason's death, in ISl'.l, his son Isaac
carried on the business. Upon his retirement the
furnace lay idle some time, but was revived by Arthur
Palmer and Israel Miller in 18.S2. The only person
then living on the furnace property was Widow Mattie
Glenn. Jones & Miller succeeded them, and in 1844
the last-named firm gave place to J. D. Creigh, who
changed the name of the furnace from " Union"
to " Dunbar." In 1846, A. J. Bryson entered Mr.
Creigh's employ, and since that time Mr. Bryson has
been continuously at work at the furnace under nine
different administrations. Creigh made from a ton
and a half to two tons of iron ]ier day, and employed
eight men. In 1S|S he failed, and a Mr. Shrayer
succeeded him. 8hrayer died in 1852, when the
works passed to the possession of Watt & Larmer,
who put in the first steam-engine and the first hot-
blast stove the furnace had had. Previous to their
advent Dunbar Creek furnished the motive-power.
In 1854, Baldwin & Cheney became the proprietors,
and during their possession of five years introduced
the n>r of coke at tlif fmiiace instead of charcoal.
They pro,l,ir,Ml about t.n tons of iron daily. Their
stack was tliirty-two tVet high and six feet " bosh." In
1858, Wm. Baldwin bought the furnace and suflered it
to lie idle three years. In 181)0 he sold it to the Youg-
hiogheny Coal and Iron Company, of which Charles
Hathaway was the president. The company changed
the location of the furnace in 18()5totlie jiresent site,

becanir tlic proprietors, rebuilt the stack, and made
additions ol' blowing-engines and hot blasts. The
company sns|iendcil in August, 1873, obtained an ex- I
tension, and in July, 1874, were sold out. The con-
cern was bought by the first mortgage bondholders, |
represented by Samuel Dickson. They leased the |
works for fourteen months to Wm. Beeson, and in '
March, 187(i, the Dunbar Furuace Company pur-
chased the creditors' interests. The furnace com-
pany's operations will be found detailed under the
head of " Manufacturing Industries."

Laurel Furnace, commonly called "Old Laurel,"
was built in 1794 by Joshua Gibson and Samuel
Paxon, on Laurel Run, near the eastern base of
Chestnut Ridge. In 1800, Reuben IMochabee and
Samuel Wurtz boujiht the pio|Mriy. They built also
on Indian Creek, iu Sprinuliold township, a forge
wliicli thev called Ilanindeu Forge. Old Laurel Fur-

nace was abandoned in 1812. New Laurel Furnace
was built by Jas. Paull & Sons upon Laurel Run,
about one mile below Old Laurel, and kept in blast
by them until 1834. Then the property passed into
the hands of Daniel Kaine, who carried it on until
1838. Since then nothing has been done there. In
1815, Col. Isaac Meason and his sons Isaac and
Thomas erected Dunbar Furnace on Dunbar Creek,
near the line between Dunbar and Wharton. It was
afterwards known as Centre Furnace. The furnace
was in blast until 1830, and under the control of Col.
Meason's sons at the last. In 1830 it was given up.
One may yet see the ruins of the old building there.

The old forge tract at Reed's, where Col. Meason
had an iron-works called LTnion Forge, was occupied
at a later date, about 1849, by Bowen, Wheatley &
Witter, who carried on an edge-tool factory there.
They gave up the business in 1856. Touching Hamp-
den Forge, already mentioned, it is pertinent to note
that in May, 1800, John Ferrell, manager at the forge,
advertised for sale " castings light and tough at one
hundred dollars a ton, also bar iron." He expected
soon to have " some rolled iron nail-rods and cut nails,
the latter at eight cents a pound."


Dunbar township was erected by the Court of Quar-
ter Sessions in December, 1798. The record referring
to the matter reads as follows:

" On the i.etition of a number of the inhabit.inis of Franklin
to\vr!ilii|i. ]>r:iving for a division of the said township by tho
following boondarics, to wit: Beginning at Bird's old road at
tlie crossing of tlie road leading from Uniontown to Dickinson's
mill; tlicncc by the s;iid road and the road that leads to Mathcw
Willoy's. leaving his house to tho east side ; thence by a straight
line to Youghiogcni Uivcr, a liltle east of William Hamilton's
house, it is considered by the court that the prayer of the said
petition be granted, and that the upi)er or cast division bewailed
'Dunbar township."'

The civil list of the township from 1798 to 1881
has been gathered as best it could be from imper-
fectly kept records, and is given as follows :

John Cannon.
J^ohn Ha


1500. John Rogers.
John Dungan.

1501. David Cathcart.

1502. David Cathcart.
Thomas Little.

1803. William Moreland.


18Ua. Robert McLaughlin.

1504. David Byers.
Robert McLaughlin.

1505. John Stricklcr.
William Elliott.

1506. Henry Wile.
James Rogers.

1807. John McDowell.
John Oldshoe.

acob Stricklcr. ISO:!. Williat

Joshua Dickinson.
1800. Josejih Torrcnco.

Thomas Parkinson.
ISOl. Thomas Little.

Samuel Work.

1802. Jacob Murphy.
William Moreland.

1803. Phineas Porter.

1803. William Miller.

1804. John Dougan.
Samuel Preston.

1805. Caleb Squibb.
Mathew Willey.

1806. John Fell.
Mathew Willey.

laor. James Paull.

William Patterson




1871. II. Hoardy.

1877. William Brown.

179!l. Jncob Murphy.

1803. John McLaughlin.

C. Woodward.

C. S. Beatty.

ISnO. Samuel Preston.

1804. David Cathcart.

J. W. Hair.

1878. J. Welshons.

ISni. S.amuel Work.

1805. Benjamin Byers.

1872. A. S. McDowell.

J. W. Fairchilds.

1SU2. Isaiah Mercian J.

1806-7. Samuel Patterson.

L. L. C.llins.

W. Hartwick.


S. Harper.
1873. Esquire Edwards.

1879. George McClary.
Henry Shafer.

1841. Joseph Striekler.

1865. S. Craig.

Christy Artis.

W. B. Minor.

1842. Andrew Byers.

1866. A.J.Allen.

1874. James Humbert.

1880. James Seaton.

1343. Richard Brookens.

1SC7. G. J. Ashman.

Alexander Porter.

Isaac Hurst.

1844. JohnReece.

1868. J. H. Darby.

1875. William Reynolds.

Andrew Bryson.

1845. D.ivid Moreland.

J. R. Barker.

A. Minerd.

F. E. Oglevee.

1881. C.S. Beatty.

a. R. Griffith.

1846. John McBurney.

1869. R. J. Allen.

1876. William Hughes.

1847. Joseph Striekler.

■W. R. Patterson.

C. S. Beatty.
John Hair.

18J8. John V. Reeoe.

1870. C. S. Beatty.

R. J. Carter.

1849. David Moreland.

Thomas Reiner.

W. F. Holsing.

S. H. Patterson.

1850. Martin B. Stauffer.

1871. J. R. Bunker.


1851. A. H. Patterson.

1872. R. J. Allen.

1840. John Clark.

1859. Daniel Harper.

1860. Alfred Cooper.

1861. Robert Rankin.

1S52. John H. Leighty.

1873. R. M. Boyer.

1841. George Graham.

1853. Joseph Torrence.

1874. J. R. Bunker.

1842. John W. Co.\.

1854. David Moreland.

Ewing Porter.

1843. John Beattie.

1862. John S. Reece.

1855. James Curry.

1875. Philip Ogleve.

1844. George Graham.

1863. John Freeman.

1856. Joseph Moreland.

1876. Samuel Craig.

1845. Isaac Shallc-nbergcr.

1864. J. A. McClelland.

1857. David Moreland.

Robert Boyer.

1846. John Clark.

1865. A. Shallenlierger.

1866. W. ILarper.

1867. M. Porter.

185K. George Ashman.

R. J. Allen.

John V. Reeee.

Alexander Patterson.

1877. R. J. Allen.

1847. Thomas Leighty.

1S59. Hugh Cameron.

1878. John Murray.

1848. David Walker."

1868. J. W. Hair.

1800. Malhew Byers.

1879. A. C. Brown.

1849. William H. Brown.

1869. 6. R. Griffith.

1861. William Harper.

1880. J. R. Bunker.

1850. John R. Smith.

1871. R. Rankin.

1862. John A. McClelland.

J. W. Hair.

1851. John V. Reece.

1872-74. W. H. Harper.
1875-76. J. R. Bunker.

1863. Daniel Harper.

1881. J. L. Keffer.

1852. John Boyer.

1S64. G. J. Ashman.

1853. John Junk.

1877. J. H. Co.'c.



1854. Stephen Varnes.

1S78. James Barnart.

1840. Joseph Striekler.

1856. Isaac Munson.

1855. George W. Cox.

1879. R. M. Boyer.

Samuel A. Russell.

Robert Ilusted.

1856. Thomas Sherwood.

James Barnart.

1841. Phineas Porter.

1857. Moses Porter.

1857. Samuel Harper.

1880. Edward G. Lincoln.

John Moreland.

George AVhite.

1858. Isaac Hurst.

1881. J.-R. Dillon.

1842. Charles McLaughlin".

J. A. McDowell.



Aaron Work.

1858. John Freeman.

1840. Jesse Bunker.

1800. Robert Gaddis.

1843. John Clark.

Henry Golley.

Ephraim Butcher.

Joseph Bute.

"James Burton.

1859. Jesse Oglevee.

1844. J.ihn Beatty.

1863. G. R. Bowers.

1844. Joseph Striekler.

Jacob Humber.

James H. White.

1865. G. Ashman.

Josejih Paull.

1860. Nathan Lewis.

1847. William R. Turner.

1868. G. R. Bowers.

1845. Joseph Moreland.

James Allen.

Daniel Harper.

R. McDowell, Sr.

Andrew C. Byers.

1S6I. D.aniel Harper.

William W.alker.

1869. J. Speers.

1846. Jesse Oglcvee.

Samuel Crossland.

1848. Robert Norris.

1870. A. H. Patterson.

William Ball.

1862. David Stull.

1852. Daniel Harper.

1871. W.H. Speers.

1847. Jesse Miller.

Nathaniel G. Hurst.

William R. Turner.

1872. J. R. Bunker.

James R. McDowell.

1863. James Beattie.

Joseph P. Blakeny.

1873. George P. Bowers.

1848. Joseph Striekler.

Joseph Oglevee.

1853. George R. Bowers.

1878. Josiah Allen.

James Blackstone.

1S64. J. AVilley.

1S57. Adam Kiffer.

A. J. Fairchilds.

1849. Mathew D. Gilchrist.

J. H. Moore.

Sihvs White.

W. C. Cotton.

William H. Harper.

1865. C. Stauffer.

1858. George R. Boyer.

1879. George W. Porter.

1850. James Curry.

A. Striekler.



John Bolton.

1866. T. G. Sherwood.

1840. .John Haslet.

1866. J. Morehead.

1851. Thomas Henderson.

J. Beattie.

1844. John Clark.

1867-68. N. G. Hurst.

John Boyer.

W. Hughes.

1845-47. Robert Rankin.

1870. W. H. Speers.

1S52. William Harper.

1867. J. Allen.

1848. Martin B. Stouffer.

1871. J. M. Work.

Thomas Rodgers.

J. Runer.

1852. David Turner.

1872. J. Junk.

1853. John Bunker.

1868. C. Woodward.

1855-56. James C. Guthrie.

1875. Josiah Allen.

Zachariah Ball.

W. H. Moreland.

1858. Joseph Oglevee.

1876. S. H. Mulholland.

1854. A. II. Patterson.

John Speers.

1859. James Taylor.

1877. William Harper.

M. B. Stauffer.

1869. R. Boyer.

1860. Mordecai McDonald.

1878. J. D. Craig.

1855. Stephen Leighty.

AV. Hughes.

1861. John Truman.

1879. J. M. Work.

John H. Leighty.

1870. M. Porter.

1862. John Freeman.

1880. W.H. Speers.

1856. Joseph Paull.

S. Edwards.

1863-65. J. R. McDowell.

1881. R. M. Boyer.


The village of East Liberty, located upon a high
bluff overlooking the Youghioghcny River, opposite
the village of Dawson, and about four miles below
Connellsville, bears the impress of age in numerous
abandoned and decaying log buildings, whose pres-
ence bestows upon the plare a shadow of neglect,
though there is considerable animation at the town's
business centre, and much that betokens a brisk and
lively spirit. The village history reckons backward
to at least 1792, in which year Joshua Dickinson
caused a town survey to be made. In the fall of that
year Andrew Bryson built the first house. One of
the old log houses still there bears upon its chimney
the date 1796. It is now occupied' by Mrs. Whittaker.
Another house bearing upon its chimney the date
17'.i7 is the present residence of Ann Strickler. Since
1>;10, it is said, no log houses have been built in East
Lil'irty. William McBurney, who was born in East
Lil' rty in 1808, and has lived in the village ever
sUice, says that his father, Robert McRurney, came
from Maryland in 1798 to visit Robert Boyd, liis
brother-in-law, then living in Dunbar township, al)(>ut
one mile from East Liberty. McBurney was a black-
smith, and being at that time in search of a business
location, was strongly advised by Boyd to set up a
shop at East Liberty. He acted upon t!ie sus-jestion,
and occni)ipd without delay an nbamloncd black-
smith's shop, previously occu|iii'd by some person now
not remembered. There was at that time a small col-
lection of houses there, incluiliiii; that of Andrew
liyers, the tavern-keeper, and Samuel Brown, a liatter,
who was then living in the house now occupied by
William McBurney. That house Mr. McBurney has
alwaj-s understood to have been the first building
erected in East Liberty. The village was laid out, as
said, by Joshua Dickinson, who directly sold the en-
tire plat to Allen, Craig, and Byers.

The reasons for laying out n villiiL'e here were prob-
ably because of the comnuunling and healthful site,
and because the mainly traveled liiLfhway between
Uniontown and Greenslnuir j.a-^el tlie place. Andrew
Byers, one of the town proprietor-, lived in the vil-
lage and kept tavern, and as Josiah Allen was a .store-
keeper in Dunbar township in 1799, it is more than
likely that his store was at East Liberty. After Byers
the tavern was kept by one Arthur Hurry (previously
a tailor in East Liberty), -who was especially famous j
for having a scolding wife, whose sole delight appeared
to exist in making Hurry's life one of misery. Before
the village was laid out Joshua Dickinson built the I
grist-mill now occupied as the mill of Oglevee Broth- I
ers. In 1814, Matthew Cannon kept a store as well as
tavern in the village, and following him as a village
trader came William McMullen. A more pretentious
store than had before been opened was that of Robert
McBurney, who, in 1823, turned his smithy over to I

^ Since deniolislied, I

one of his sons and became a merchant. It may be
i remarked that since 1798 a McBurney has always
been a blacksmith at Liberty, William McBur-
ney, the present representative of the name, having
[ been in the bu.siness there since 1835 on his own ac-
f count, and a blacksmith there since 1828.

The first resident physician was probably a Dr.
Johnson, who is said to have practiced there from
' 1800 to 1807. After Dr. Johnson's departure no doc-
tor located there until 1834, when Dr. Wilson came.
He remained until 1840, and then left the field to Dr.
Samuel Stahl, whose stay covered a period of about
; twelve years. Dr. Charles Chalfant came about 1854,
j and remained until his death, a few years later. Dr.
I McCoy spent but a short time in the village, and re-
moved then to Springfield township. Dr. Barnet
entered the army from East Liberty for service during
^ the war of the Rebellion, and died in the service.
i Dr. O. P. Brashear, who succeeded Dr. Barnet in vil-
I lage practice, left in 1874, and lives now in Browns-
ville. After him Dr. Sidman Stahl located, but de-
]iartcd after a brief sojcuu-n. Since his time East
Lilierty has been without a physician.
I East Liberty's first postmaster was John McBurney,
who served from 182(5 to his death in 1848, one year
after the death of his father, Robert.

William Beatty followed hinr, and was himself suc-
ceeded by Samuel F. Randolph, Robert McBurney
I (the younger), Joseph Oglevee, Susan Ransom, Wil-
liam McBurney, John Stoner, and Daniel Reynolds.
Upon the close of Reynolds' service, in 1874, a strong
effort was made by the rival village of Alexandria to
secure the post-oflice for that place, and a sharp con-
test setting in between the two villages upon the
question, much bitter feeling was engendered. Alex-
andria won the day, and East Liberty post-office was
accordingly given over to that town, wdiere it still

East Liberty has received a check to its progress
in the presence of the village of Alexandria less than a
mile away, but still maintainsafairshareofthe trade of
the surroundiui; country. The Oglevee Brothers have a
fine store there, and do a satisfactory business. Joseph
Oglevee, the head uf the firm, has been a merchant at
East Liberty since 1856. There is also at the village
a capacious foundry and machine-shop, where plows
and other agricultural implements are manufactured.
H. B. Snyder, the present proprietor, .succeeded George
Balsley therein in 1867, and in that year materially
enlarged the works.

East Liberty has long been a temperance town, and
consequently a well-behaved one. There was a time,
however, when that could not have been truthfully

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