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able terms as he can."

The next reference to the subject is as follows : May
29, 1817, "Resolved, that it is necessary to appoint
some fit person to take charge of the ladders belong-
ing to the borough, and it is enjoined on him to keep
them locked and not let any person have thein or any
of them except in case of fire or some other extraor-
dinary emergency. Elijah Crossland is appointed to
take charge as aforesaid for the presentyear." . In the
next year (May 5th) James Francis, Esq., was' ap-
pointed to take care of the town ladders, and charge six
and a quarter cents for each time they were unlocked
and locked. He was "authorized to loan all or any
of them to the citizens within the borough, who shall
make a return of such loan every evening and pay
six and a quarter cents for each ladder so borrowed,
and in case of neglect to return them as aforesaid
shall pay twenty-five cents for each ladder for every
evening they shall neglect to return them, and when
so returned shall be placed in the same position in
which they were so taken away or loaned, and pay
damages if any done to such ladders."

April 2G, 1820, Adam Snider was appointed to take
charge of ladders. May 5, 1820, the Council resolved
"that a fire-engine be procured," and a committee
was appointed to hold consultation with Adam Wil-
son on the matter and report, but it appears that
nothing was done at that time, for the subject was
again brought before the Council May 2, 1822, wlu-ii
certain inhabitants petitioned that body to hold con-
sultation and take action as to the pro|iriuty ol oli-
taining a fire-engine." Thereupon the Council ap-

pointed a committee "to confer with A. Wilson on
the price and power of said engine."

Neither from the records of the Council (which are
extremely obscure and imperfect) nor from the recol-
lections of old citizens can it be now ascertained
whether a fire-engine was purchased for the borough
at that time or not. A few years ago there was a re- '
newed agitation on the question of increasing the
facilities for preventing and extinguishing fires in the
borough, and the appropriation of certain money for
that purpose. The money was duly appropriated,
but "after due consideration" it was applied, not to
the procuring of fire apparatus, but to the purchas-
ing and erection of hay-scales for the borough. At
a celebration of some kind held soon after, there
appeared in the procession a set of platform scales,
mounted on a wagon and bearing the inscription
" Fire Department of Connellsville."

The borough fire apparatus of fifty years ago is still
in existence, but it is a lamentable fact that to-day
Connellsville can hardly be said to be better defended
against conflagration than it was then.


The first banking business in Connellsville was
done by the "Connellsville Navigation Company,"
which was formed under articles of association dated
Oct. 8, 1816, as follows:

••Vi'e, the subscribers, believing tba


ssocialion for the

purpose of raising a fund to iii'l in t

proveuient of the

navigation of the Yougln.i-li, i,y Ui

Hi in erecting a

Bridge across snid river, is a uh;,.,,,,- ..


le utility, and will

ef|ieciall,v advance the intcre-t- "f tlii-


n nf the eommon-

wealth, have formed a comf v .., I.ioi

c-l 1

ot...,.h,p, anddo

hereby associate and agree with . ;mI, m

1. r t

■ ■"iplu-t husiness

in tlie manner liercinalter specilied and

ihed In and under

the name and title of the President an

1 I)i

ertor.. ..f the Con-

ncllsville Navigation Company, ami ;

■e d.

ller.liy mutually

covenant, dcolarc.aod agree that llu' [,<

-ar,. and shall be

ith the


be bound

I Article 1 declares that "The capital stock of said company
shall consist of one hundred thousand dollars in money of the
United States, but may be increased hereafter .at the di.<cretion
of the directors to any amount nut e.xceeding three hundred
thousand dollars, and shall be divided into shares of one hun-
dred dollars each. . . ."

Article 2 constituted tlie follnwitig-named persons
aboard of directors, to hold as such uutil the first
Monday in April, 1817, viz.: Isaac Meason, Jr., Sam-
j uel Trevor, Daniel Rogers, Joseph Torrence, James
Blackiston, John Strickler, Abraham Baldwin, Dan-
iel S. Norton, Jacob Stewart, Andrew Dempsey, John
Lamb, Jacob Weaver, Stewart H. Whitehill, James
RoL'crs, and James Paull, Jr. Article 14 declares
that " the association shall continue until the first day
of April, 1825." The names of subscribers and num-
ber of shares set to each was as follows:



Thniiias .\tkinson


Saiiiuii \'eel


James U>.,',M-


I'iiilu Hall

5 .M.-,„nn,.)r

... al)

Tl.,.mas.t Joseph Gibson


I). A- I. i;.i-L-is

... ill

William More-land

.lohn Miner

Andrew Deinp.-.y

Robert Bo^d


21) .

J..seph Culbcrtsuii

Stewart II. Wliiteliill.

.... I'll

"■>" K.-pn. ,

Jacob Stewart

... I'll

William hvtle

... 5

IKliiv ll;nl/ol


Jaoles l!l:i,kisloii

... ill

l-a:ir llilui.T

James Fr;i.i,i-s

... -1

I'-I.i- Xrwiiiver


Juhn l■,■■^.^

JoSei.h Tmrrnrv

.... 1"

.laims Sliean

James M.K.nn,

l-.iar .Mrars


Miit.o Stephenson

Samuel G. Wirts

... 20

John Shaup

George Kemp

Samuel G. Wurts


Daniel Barnes

... 211

Ja.-ub Co^^Hllan


Elijah Crossland

.... 5

Christian Stauffer


Samuel S. Neale

.... 2

Juiin Tlli-tii;an


Michael Gilmor

.... 4


Phineas Rogers

Dr. L. Ilendrickson

Jiicob Davis

.... 5

Robert Philsun


James Paul, Jr

.... 01)

J"hn Rogers


J^nnthan Page


Thomas Perkins


Jacob Warsin"

.... 5

Chrislian Staiiffe,-

E. Sallyards

.... 10 linLTor-

.... .5

JIark Stai-klh.u-i-

Aliriham Stauffer


Nathaniel Gibson

Lutlier Supbens

S. Stauffer

.... 5


Andrew Bvers

.... 5

Moses Mercer

James McMillan

.... 6

Ben. Kindrick


William Davis

John M. Burdett

.... 5

Win I; 1 . .-. ■


Caspar King

.... 4

•|";'' '/ ■■■ -'


Robt. Huev

.... I

l;. 1 ■ 11 , • . I,


Geo. Mathiot

M •■ -

Cvrus I. Gibson

.... .•)

John Hini-baugh

.1 - Ik 11 , i;


Uobt. Smith

J.din Striekk-r

.... 10

William Paull


Moses Vance

.... 10

John Miner


It does not appear to Imve hnii any ]«art of the
object of tlie conipany to uii|iin\r tlic iiaviL'atioii of
the Yoiighiogheiiy liiv, r. a- Imlii atnl by its title and
hinted at in tlu- arti.l.- nl a - nri;ilii.ii ; Imt its pLin
seems to have Ijeeii .oiiifd troiii the .m la-ine of the
Manhattan Coiiipaiiy of New York, nn-in.ated some


il hi

could not be .secured at that time) under
which it could transact a banking business, an object
which was successfully accomi.lisdied. The Connells-
ville Navigation Com]iany tittempted nothing, except
ill the way of banking, and to that business it pro-
ceeded at once after organization.

On the l!d ol' Nnvciniicr, 1816, a meeting of the
board of director^ wa- held at the house of Andrew
Bvers. Some business was transacted, and the board
adjourned to the otli of December. The meeting was
held according to adjournment at Andrew Byers', on
Thursday, December 5th. Col. Joseph Torrance was
ill the chair, and Stewart H. AVhitehill, secretary of
the meeting. The board then proceeded to elect Isaac
Measoii, .Jr., president, and John B. Trevor, cashier

of the company. Tlie store-room of Samuel Trevor
(on Spring Street, opposite the present Yough House)
was rented for an office, at one hundred and fifty dol-
lars per annum. Afterwards it was removed farther
up the street to the building now occupied by Dr.
George Johnson.

Business was commenced in the office or banking-
room above mentioned, and on the 21st of January,
1817, the company issued its notes to the amount of
§24,400, in bills of $10, $5, .S3, and SI denomination.
Other issues were made soon after, as follows: Feb-
ruary 7th, S800; February 10th, $800; March 5th,
.S8100; April 1st, §12,500; making a total issue of

Of this issue, it appears from the books of the
company' that $36,197 was retired on the 21st of No-
vember, 1818, at which time the board of directors
voted " that Caleb Trevor, Jr., act as cashier until
April 1st next, at the rate of §400 per year, and he to
furnish room for books and desk after January 1st."
And under date of April 19, 1819, is found the fol-
lowing entry :

" Received of Caleb Trevor, Jr., late cashier of the Connells.
ville Navigation Company, tlie books and papers of the com-
p.iny, and ?G40.50 in bank-notes, as per margin, being the
balance of the cash account.

Perryopolis J1I".50

Saline (Va.) 121.00

Stewart's 111.00

New Salem 2S6.00

New Ohio 5.00

Total S640.O0

"John- Bovd, Cashier."

On the 18th of August, 1820, a new board of fifteen
directors was elected, of whom Isaac Meason was
made president. John Boyd continued to be cashier
of the company until it went out of existence in 1831.
Of the balance of S10,403 of the company's notes
which remained in circulation after the retirement of
836,197 in November, 1818, before mentioned, SS891
was redeemed and cancelled at various times down to

1 By the followiog entry:

"Office of the Con.nellsville N.^vicition Comp.inv,

"Nov. 21, 181S,
•' We, the undersigned, appointed a committee to exaniiue the affairs
of the Conuellsville Navigation Company, to count the money, aud ascer-
tain the balance in the hands of tlie cashier, do find that the balance of
the cash account is thirty-seven thousand three hundred and four dollars
and tifly cents, wliicli amount J. B. Trevor has this day paid over to the
conmiittd', r.>iisi>iiii^' ^il thirty-six thousand one hundred and ninety-
seven dullais ill .-HI own ui:>tes, and eleven hundred and seven dollars
and fifly ceuts in f i. mn iimIi.*, §37,304.50.

" We ha\e coiiiit'-'l .nii "\v n ii>'ti.> and sealed them up.

Tens 58,700.00

Fives 11,970 90

Threes 12,.=i:i4.(iO

Ones 2,90:i.0O

3.16.1 07.00
Foreign 1,107.60




pscntoil fo

Feb. 1.5, 1S31, 1.

The business of the company practic<ally ceased
Oct. 5, 1830, but unimportant entries are found in the
boolcs until Aug. 27, 1831, the last date recorded.

The private banking-office of George A. Torrance
was opened in Connellsville in 1868, the place of
business being in the Johnston house. In January,
1871, Joseph Johnston became a partner. The busi-
ness of the bank closed on the 11th of October, 1876.


This bank was chartered May 9, 1871, with a capi-
tal stock of !t!25,000 (increased in July, 1872, to
$50,000). The first officers (elected July 29, 1871)
were M. O. Tinstman (president), Daniel Kaine, Jo-
siah Kurtz, James Allen, J. M. Dushane, J. W. Rut-
ter, directors ; A. C. Knox, cashier.

The first discount day was Sept. 4, 1871. The
banking-office was at first located in the Snyder build-
ing (now Central Hotel) on Water Street. From
there it was removed to the present banking-rooms,
on the south side of Spring Street, in the latter part
of November, 1874. Upon the death of M. O. Tinst-
man, Feb. 15, 1873, J. M. Dushane succeeded as pres-
ident, and he continued in that office until Jan. 13,
1880, when he declined re-election and was succeeded
by John Newcomer, the present president of the


This institution was organized under the National
Banking law, in March, 1876, with a capital stock of
$50,000, in five hundred shares of one hundred dollars
each. The directors were John D. Frisbie, president ;
P. S. Newmyer, vice-president; William A. David-
, John K. Brown, James R. Stoufter, J. J. Singer,
John M. Cochran, J. T. McCormick, J. R. Laughrey,
Nathaniel Ewing, Edward Dean ; Cashier, J. S. Mc-
Caleb ; Teller, Joseph M. Kurtz.

The bank commenced business April 17th, in the
year named, in Mr. Frisbie's building. On the 10th
of May following it was removed to the present bank-
ing-rooms on the south side of Spring Street.

At the December term, in 1869, the following-
named persons, viz., P. McCormick, John D. Frisbee,
Christian Snyder, H. E. Sadler, Thomas M. Fee, E.
Dean, D. Welsh, J. M. Lytle, B. F. Baer, M. Gold-
smith, J. Weibel, A. E. Claney, D. Blackburn, W. E.
Francis, and Joseph E. Forrey, petitioned the court
of Fayette County to grant to them and their asso-
ciates the powers and immunities of a body corporate
and politic in law, under the above title, and with an
authorized capital of SIOO.OOO, iu one thousand shares
of $100 each, to have for its object "the granting of
loans to its members, to assist them in their business

and in the acquiring of homesteads." The incorpora-
tion was effected by order of the court, March 11, 1870.
On the 18th of October in that year a resolution was
passed that the association purchase from Dr. J. C.
Cummings a tract of fifty-one acres of land north of
Connellsville, and to donate a part of this tract
(bounded by the railway track, the Youghiogheny
River, and Mounts' Creek) to the railroad company,
on the condition that the said company would agree
to build their shops upon it. This was agreed to and
done ; the land was purchased by members of the
board of directors, and transferred to the association
Nov. 9, 1871. The land had previously been laid out
in building lots. It was decided to reserve the three
blocks fronting the railroad, and offer for sale alter-
nate lots of the remainder. Sales were made from
time to time, and now (June, 1881) all the lots of the
association have been sold, and the affairs of the as-
sociation are drawing to a close. From the com-
mencement of its business, loans have been made for
building and other purposes. The present officers
are J. M. Dushane, president ; P. S. Newmyer, vice-
president; John Kurtz, treasurer; H. P. Snyder,
secretary. Board of Managers, William Weike, T.
M. Fee, J. T. McCormick, B. Welcher, William P.
Clark, Stephen Rutherford, John Rutherford. Num-
ber of stockholders, 55.


Of this old lodge no information has been obtained
beyond the fact that it existed in Connellsville under
a charter granted by the Grand Lodge of Pennsyl-
vania, dated June 6, 1808, and surrendered Nov. 1,


This lodge was chartered June 6, 1864, and has now
one hundred members. The officers of the lodge are
R. W. Barnes, W. M. ; R. J. Fullerton, S. W. ; J. J.
Thomas, J. W. ; R. B. Cox, Sec. ; Adam Armstrong,
Treas. Meetings are held in Odd-Fellows' Hall.

GENERAL WORTH LODGE, No. 386, I. 0. 0. F.

The charter of this lodge dates Jan. 22, 1850. It
had previously worked for a short time under a dis-
pensation to Christopher Walter, N. G. ; David T.
Walker, V. G. ; John Collins, Sec. ; Joseph P. Blakney ,
A. S. ; John N. Brown, Treas. The lodge now con-
tains 159 members, and the following named are its
officers : Jacob Stentz, N. G. ; G. B. Brown, V. G. ;
R. W. Barnes, Sec; A. S. Cameron, Fin. Sec; B.
Welker, Treas.

The early meetings of the lodge were held in pri-
vate houses until the opening of the old Odd-Fellows'
Hall, on Mountain Alley, after which meetings were
held in it until the erection of the new Odd-Fellows'
Hall, corner of Mountain Alley and Spring Street, in




Chartered Oct. 23, 1869. First officers: Joseph
Kurtz, C. P.; G. D. Stillwagon, H. P.; H. W. Dull,
S. W. ; AV. L. Robbins, J. W. ; Lloyd Johnston, Sec. ;
John AVilhehn, Treas. Present officers: S. S. Lane,
H. P.; Clark Collins, C. P.; J. W. Beatty, 8. W. ;
C. Van Arsdale, J. W. ; Jacob Stentz, S. ; B. Walker,
Treas. The lodge has thirty members.


Chartered March 30, 1875. Instituted by D. D. G.
M. Samuel McKean, assisted by P. G. John Weaver,
of Belle Vernon, the follnwinfr named being the first
officers: Stephen F. McBridc, X. 1 1. ; Marie Louise
Page, V. G.; Emma J. Coulter, l^ie. ; Alary E. Still-
wagon, Asst. Sec; Eliza Newcomer, Treas. Present
officers: Mrs. Fanny B. Vance, N. G. ; Mrs. Belle
Barnes, V. G. ; R. M. Vance, Sec. ; W. Hunter, Fin.
Sec; Eliza Newcomer, Treas. Membership, 30.
Meetings held in Odd-Fellows' Hall.


Chartered May 3, 1880, with the following-named
members: Jesse M. Townsend, James R. Millard, C.
N. Stark, Goldsboro' M. Serpell, Byron Porter, Lewis
AV. AVolfe, G. AV. Newcomer, Jesse H. Purdy, Resin
AV. Barnes, Josiah A. Strickler, James AI. Snyder,
John B. Aliller, Henry R. Dill, AViUiam M. Hawkins,
John Henry, William B. Cox, Robert C. Greenland,
Edgar C. Oliver, Lawrence Douegan, E. Y. AVhite,
L B. AVhite, Edward K. Hyndman, Charles H.
Owens. The present officers are Jesse H. Purdy,
Regent; John Henry, Vice-Regent; J. M. Townsend,
Orator; A. C. Knox, Treas.; Lawrence Donegau,
Sec. Aleetings are held in Odd-Fellows' Hall.

I. 0. OF G. T.

A lodge of this order was chartered in Connells-
ville, May 14, 1866, with thirty-four members. The
membershij) has now increased to seventy-four. The
present officers are: W. C. T., W. A. Eckel : W. V.
T., Alamie Bender ; W. C, Eva Hertzog ; W. S., John
H. Holt: W. F. S., Emma J. Holt ; W. T., Alartha
Eckel; W. AI., Frank T. Shaw; W. ()., Lizzie Clin-
gem; Sentinel, Flora Francis; R. S., Nannie Lohr;
L. S., Eaura Rogers ; Dep. AL, Lizzie Chain ; Part.
C. T., J. L. AVilkey ; Lodge Deputy, John H. Holt.


Chartered Alai-ch 2, 1S70, with the toUowing char-
ter members : J. W. Stautl'er, L. West. William L.
Robbins, R. AI. A'ance, AVorth Kilpatrick, Lloyd
Johnston, E. A. Schadler, E. B. Waller, John Alorri-
son, J. E. Stillwagon, A. S. Barnes, A. C. Keepers,
Thomas Balsley, John N. Johnston. The present
officers are: Past Ch. Com., li. Wrish ; Ch. Com., R.
C. Greenland; V. C, J. D. Snmlleii : Prelate, S. A.
Bearl; .AI. at A., A. Buchanan; AI. of Ex., AV. T.
Morton ; M. of F., H. Page ; K. of R. and S., R. M.
Vance. The present membership is one hundred and
eleven. The lodge meets in Odd-Fellows' Hall.


Chartered May 23, 1879, with the following-named
charter members : E. Durin, R. B. Cox, E. V. Good-
child, John A. Danks, J. M. Morrow, Thomas M.
Fee, Henry Kurtz, Edward Y. AVhite, J. S. Sanders,
W. R. Tintsman, AI. Donnelly, George W. New-
comer, H. McCormick, R. P. Douglas, R. D. Duncan,
Lloyd Johnston, Irwin AlcCutcheon, J. M. Dushane,
Thomas Porter, James Cunningham. The present
officers are : Commander, Lloyd Johnston ; Senior
Vice-Commander, Thomas AI. Fee ; Junior A^ice-Com-
mander, John Neeb; Chaplain, Levi Stoner; Quar-
termaster, Harry Kurtz ; Adjutant, M. Donnelly ;
Surgeon, Dr. G. AV. Newcomer ; Officer of the Day,
E. Y. AVhite ; Officer of the Guard, Edmund Dunn.
The post has now eighty-one members, and holds its
meetings in Odd-Fellows' Hall.


Instituted Jan. 17, 1881, with more than one hun-
dred charter members. The following chiefs were
elected : Prophet, D. W. AValker ; Sachem, George
Kelly ; Senior Sagamore, Isaac AV. Newton ; Junior
Sagamore, Nathan McPherson ; Chief of Records, D.
Barnes ; Assistant Chief of Records, William Rhodes ;
Keeper of Wampum, Samuel Dinsmore. Meetings
held in Odd-Fellows' Hall.


Date of charter not ascertained. The present num-
ber of members is one hundred and twenty-five, and
the following are officers of the Brotherhood : Chief
Washington, John Chambers; Chief Jefferson, An-
drew Buttermore ; Chief Prophet, Daniel Mitz.

Charter granted to Harvey B. Hunt, Feb. 27, 188).
Meetings are held in Odd-Fellows' Hall.


This is a fine brick structure, standing at the corner
of Pittsburgh and Peach Streets. It is two stories
high, and forty by one hundred and forty feet in di-
mensions on the ground. The lower part is used for
business purposes, and the entire second story is occu-
pied by the audience-hall and stage. The building
has been erected during the present season (1881) by
P. S. Newmyer, Esq. (a leading attorney of Con-
nellsville), at a cost of about $25,000, and is the best
and most imposing structure in the borough.

Dr. James Francis was the first physician, not only
of Connellsville, but in all the northern section of
Fayette County. The earliest mention found of him
is in the county commissioners' records of 1787, when
he presented a bill for professional attendance on
prisoners in the jail at Uniontown. In April, 18(t0,
his name is found in the list of voters in the borough

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of Connellsville, and on the 4tli of July, in the same
year, he was commisaioned justice of the peace for
District No. 10 of Fayette County. In 181.3 his resi-
dence was where John Newcomer now lives in Con-
nellsville. Later he moved to a house that stood on
the site of Mrs. William Baldwin's present residence.
In that house he passed the remainder of his life, and
died there in 1840. He was uniformly successful as
a physician, widely and favorably known, and de-
servedly popular.

Dr. Eobert D. Moore, a native of the State of New
Jersey, studied medicine in Philadelphia, and came
to settle in Connellsville as early as 1808. His resi-
dence was on Water Street, where Miss Susan Byerly
now lives. He was one of the physicians who formed
the old Union Medical Society in 1810. He lived to
a very advanced age, and always took high rank as a
physician, as he was also universally respected as a

Drs. Joseph Trevor, James Cummings, Joseph Rog-
ers, and Aaron Torrance were pupils of Dr. Robert
D. Moore, and all became practicing physicians in
Connellsville, though Trevor, Rogers, and Torrance
removed from the place after a time. The last named
settled in Mount Pleasant, and practiced there until
his death. Dr. Rogers located in what is now the
township of Springfield, and became interested in the
business of Fayette Furnace, but continued his prac-
tice there until his death, in February, 1876.

Dr. Cummings remained in Connellsville, and be-
came widely known as a leading and very skillful
physician, and as an honest and in every way most
estimable man. During the years of his greatest ac-
tivity the practice in the town was divided between
him and Dr. Lindley, and the most cordial and
friendly relations always existed between these two
physicians. Dr. Cummings amassed a large fortune.
It was he who built the hotel known as the Yough
House, which he owned, as also the property adjoin-
ing it on the east, on which latter was his residence.

Dr Charles McClane was located as a physician in |
Connellsville at least as early as 1816, as his adver-
tisement is found in the Geiiim of Liberty of August
4th of that year, notifying the public that William
McClane was then his partner in business in Connells-
ville. He lived in the old Dr. Francis house, and re-
mained in practice in the town for about fifteen years.
He was the inventor and proprietor of his " Liver
Pills" and " Worm Specific," patent medicines that
are still in use. In 1833 (after the removal of Dr. !
McClane), D. S. Knox, then a druggist in Connells-
ville, entered into a contract with the doctor, by which
' he secured the right to manufacture and sell these
medicines. Dr. McClane left Connellsville about
1830, and went to Morgantown, Va., where he died
recently at an advanced age.

Dr. Samuel S. Neal, from Philadelphia, opened an
ofiice in Connellsville in 1816, as is shown by his
advertisement in the Genius of Liberfij in that year.

No further information has been gained concerning

Dr. Lutellus Lindley, a native of the State of Ohio,
studied medicine for three years with Dr. H. W.
Blatchley, in Washington County, Pa., and in 1834
located in Connellsville, where he has remained in

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