Blair County, PA Genealogy Collection #2 - CD / DVD
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Blair County Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection #2
This collection consists of various smaller and more obscure publications published on Blair County, Pennsylvania. These include town and township histories, local church histories, directories, publications on professions, business, industry, education, government, war involvement, etc. Published between 1877 and 1976, these publications include over 2,400 pages, providing a wealth of information on the history of the county and its residents. Often these smaller publications contain historical and genealogical gems found nowhere else - such as portraits, biographies, and records.
This is a wonderful opportunity to own your own library on Blair County. To find and purchase all of these publications would be a huge investment in time and money. Yet, here you can have all of this information to use at your convenience - and in a format that makes research much easier. The work in collecting this information has already been done, and now you can take advantage of it!
This collection is an excellent place to begin or continue research in Blair County. In addition to this collection, other Blair County Collections provide additional historical and biographical resources. This information can be found in the PA-Genealogy Store, along with many other titles of interest.
1) Manual of the Second Presbyterian Church of Altoona, PA
Anonymous, 1877, 30 pages
This brief pamphlet contains a history of this church, its formation and growth through the years. It also contains a directory of around 800 past and present (1877) church members, giving their name and when they were received by the church.
2) Industrial and Commercial Resources of Pennsylvania - Historical, Descriptive and Biographical Review
Historical Publishing Company, 1887, 144 pages
This publication is a history and description of the business operations from dozens of towns throughout Western Pennsylvania. Each business is detailed in sketch form, giving, in many cases, a brief history of its existence, management, and a description of its operations. This information was only published in this publication making this a rare and useful resource for historical or genealogical research in these counties of PA.
-- From Altoona: -- Samuel Smith, C. T. Sharp & Co., Ezra Ale, M. F. Fleming & Co., J. Snyder, William F. Gable & Co., Alfred E. Goetz, D. G. McCullough, S. Bendheim, E. F. Miller, Wm. W. Rudisill, Isaac Bender, Edward Kottmann, John Hurd, E. B. Tipton, J. Ross Mateer, David Simon, Frank H. Stiles, P. H. Walls, J. F. Storm, C. B. Baumgardner, S. M. Griffith, Altoona City Photo-Copying House, R. T. Shields, The Bee-Hive Novelty Store, A. H. Bates, Germain Casanave, W. H. Irwin, The Leading Restaurant -- From Hollidaysburg: -- M'Kee & Cliber, First National Bank, Frank Glessner, Thomas H. Suckling, C. B. Jacobs & Son, Silas W. Maus' Five and Ten Cent Store, Henry S. Van Tries, Henry L. Bunker, Geo. V. Rollins, P. W. Snyder, Wm. C. Maus, Wolf Hardware Co., J. B. Condron, Joseph Frank -- From Tyrone: -- Templeton & Crawford, G. H. Burley & Co., Austin Brothers, Blair County Banking Company, Frank L. Beckel, Geo. H. Garner, A. A. Smith & Son, J. J. Miller & Sons, Juniata Gun Works, I. P. Walton, Bonine's Gallery of Artistic Photography, Study Brothers & Co., Scullin The Tailor, Judson S. Smith, A. C. Zerbee, Henchey Bros., S. C. Graham, C. Albright, John Langenbacher & Son, J. S. Waite & Co., Geo. W. Port, A. C. Fye
3) Tyrone of To-Day - The Gateway of the Alleghanies
Rev. W. H. Wilson, 1897, 194 pages
This is an early history of Tyrone, Blair County, PA published in 1897. It offers a wealth of information on the town and its vicinity, including its history and growth, its present (1897) status, as well as information on its citizens. A nice feature of this publication is a business directory of the town as well as a section containing sketches of dozens of Tyrone's businesses. There are also a number of photographs includes featuring prominent citizens of or scenes around Tyrone.
The Tyrone Iron Company, The Pennsylvania Railroad, Morris' Quarries, Keystone Lime & Stone Company, The North Star Tannery, The Morrison & Cass Co., Paper Mill, A. G. Morris & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, Tyrone Boiler Works, Tyrone Shoe Company, Elkhurst Art School, Solar Print House, Beyer's Mills, Tyrone Planing Mills, Tyrone Milling Company, Tyrone Marble Works, Tyrone Glass Factory, Templeton & Co.'s Department Store, Walton & Acklin Jewelers, Mrs. Ella Black's Millinery Store, G. W. Strong's Bargain Store, J. S. Gillam & Co., Study's Dry Goods Store, William Vogt Clothing House, Tyrone Steam Laundry, H. H. Stratiff Machinist, F. G. Albright (department store), D. G. Owen's Department Store, J. W. Fisher Stoves and Tinware, Port's Furnature Store, Arnold & Miller Florists, A. L. Koons Manufacturing Confectioner, Farran Zerbe (department store), Kirk-Camp Furniture Co., Cosel Oak Hall Clothier and Furnisher, E. D. Mock Grocer, J. J. Wilmore Carriage Works, Hicks & Troutwine Meat Markets, Sprangle Brothers, R. S. Minich & Son, J. Langenbacher & Son, Friedly & Kaup, Wm. M. Snyder, John D. Cox Gunsmith, Mahlon Cryder Clothier, Mock & Buck Grocers, Wilson & Co. Grocers, The Bee Hive Store, W. B. Murdock Grocer, J. C. McConahy's Shoe Store, Jones Furniture Company, W. F. Wise Co. Scenic Artists, Decorators and Theatrical Architects, Architectural Implements and Harnesses - J. A. C. Rider, Bald Eagle Carriage Works, E. P. Irvin & Co. Hardware, Franciscus Hardware Company, The Tyrone Herald, The Tyrone Times, Matt L. Allison Job Printing, Blair County Bank, The First National Bank, A. B. & L. Association
Originally published in limited run of 500 copies, this book was written by a former policeman about the people he knew in the course of his work in Altoona. According to the foreword, these are men from "all walks of life, who had impressed their personality upon their time." The main portion of this publication is composed of these sketches, and a small remainder contains several articles published by the same author focusing on a few varying historical topics from the area of Altoona and Blair County, PA. Most of the biographical sketches are also accompanies by a portrait of the sketch subject.
4) Pen Pictures of Friends and Reminiscent Sketches
J. N. Tillard, 1911, 353 pages
Adams, Bankert, Black, Blake, Boles, Boyles, Brennecke, Brown, Carpenter, Clifford, Coleman, Davis, Duany, Fraser, Gable, Gailey, Garden, Griffith, Hamilton, Hamor, Hausser, Hesser, Hinman, Hughes, Kantner, Keith, Kerr, Knepley, Kipple, Lafferty, Law, Levan, Mackey, McBurney, McCartney, McCormick, McGuire, Meek, Mervine, Metz, Osbornes, Rohrer, Scheeline, Schwartz, Sellers, Steel, Stein, Travis, White
5) Looking Eighty Years Backward and A History of Roaring Spring, PA
D. M. Bare, 1920, 247 pages
The first part of this publication is a personal recollection by the author of Blair County as he grew up there. The second part (which is the majority of the publication) is a history of Roaring Spring and its vicinity. The account relates the beginnings of the town and its growth through the years. It also gives attention to the town's businesses, churches, schools and other institutions. There is also some biographical matter on some of the town's prominent persons: Dr. Charles Fox, Dr. W. L. Grounds, Dr. W. Herbert Robinson, Dr. W. L. Hair, and Dr. A. L. Garver.
6) Historical Sketches of Collinsville
Anonymous, 1935, 18 pages
This booklet is a brief history of Collinsville, (now known as Pleasant Valley), located in Blair County, PA as well as a program of the events for Memorial Day 1935.
7) Hollidaysburg Centennial - 1836-1936 - Official Program - History Pageant
Program Committee, 1936, 76 pages
This publication is a program of the Centennial Celebration of Hollidaysburg, Blair County, PA as well as a brief history of the town. Along with a program of the celebration events, it includes a time-line of events in the history of the town, a description of many of its organizations, churches, etc, and many ads for local businesses.
8) History of the Early Settling of the Bald Eagle Valley
From the Foreword:
William E. Marks, 1939, 19 pages
"The writer has spent much time and labor in research, largely from old warrants and deeds, and believes that this booklet will give you valuable information as to the early settling of the Bald Eagle Valley and Centre County, that can not be found in any other publication." Although most of the information deals with Centre County, some areas of neighboring Blair and Clinton Counties are also covered.
The towns that this publication focuses on are: Bald Eagle, Beech Creek, Bellefonte, Curtin, Eagleville, Fowler, Hannah, Howard, Julian, Lock Haven, Martha, Milesburg, Mill Hall, Philipsburg, Port Matilda, Show Shoe, Snow Shoe Intersection, Tyrone, and Unionville.
This publication is a memorial to the service men and women of Pennsylvania who served in WWII. It contains brief sketches of 1,000's of soldiers from across the state. The sketches provide a variety of information on each soldier: Name, rank, branch of military, engagements, discharge date, military awards, birth date, parents, spouse, address, religion., etc. The information varies from soldier to soldier but most contain the information above. Also, nearly every sketch is accompanies by a portrait of the soldier.
9) Young American Patriots The Youth of Pennsylvania in World War II
National Publishing Company, 1946, 674 pages
This publication is not an exhaustive listing of all the soldiers of Pennsylvania who fought in World War II. Nearly all counties are represented, but some more extensively than others. Those given more extensive coverage include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Northampton, Westmoreland,
Here is a sample listing:
Abbott, William Edward
Cpl., Army. Born Apr. 6, 1925. Entered Serv. June 12, 1943. Ft. Belvoir; N. Guinea; Phil. Is.; Okinawa. Awarded GCM, As-Pac Rib., BS, Phil. Lib. Rib. Disch. Mar. 2, 1945. Attended Clymer HS. Protestant. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Abbott. Husband of Margaret Herrington Abbott, 818 Sandusky St., N. S., Pgh, 12, Pa.
10) Altoona 1849-1949 - Centennial Booklet
Richard E. Beeler, 1949, 98 pages
From the Foreword:
"This Altoona Centennial Souvenir Booklet aims to give the story of the city of today with glances backward that form interesting and instructive links in coupling Altoona's present with the past." The publication includes a brief history of the City, a number of photographs of various places in and around the city, as well as a program of the events of the Centennial Celebration.
11) A Short History of Tyrone Borough
Ralph T. Wolfgang, 1950, 63 pages
This is a brief history of the borough of Tyrone, Blair County, PA written by a long-time resident. It builds on the earlier history "Tyrone of To-Day" published in 1897, and although it contains some information from before that date, much of the information relates the Tyrone's history in the early 20th century.
12) History of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Floyd G. Hoenstine, 1953, 66 pages
This booklet presents a history of this Blair County Church, along with some historical details from the area at large. There are also several biographies of pastors, and a number of photographs of pastors and congregants.
This is a history of Roaring Spring, Blair County, PA written for its 75th Anniversary in 1962. It first presents a history of the area, foundation of the town and its development, including some discussion of early residents. Following this is a more recent account of the town and its institutions including its schools, churches, civic organizations, clubs, fire companies, fraternal organizations, etc. Also, a number of Roaring Springs businesses and residents are sketched, and these are listed below. Along with this historical information, many photographs are included of the town, its buildings and residents. Several sketches of Roaring Springs businesses and organizations include a group photograph of those working there. And following the business and resident sketches, there are portraits of Roaring Spring's children from Preschool through High School.
13) 75th Anniversary History Roaring Spring Pennsylvania 1887-1962
Roaring Spring Historical Committee, 1962, 171 pages
Albright's Studio of Photography, D. M. Bare Paper Mill, Roaring Spring Blank Book Company, The Harris Boyer Company, Nick Arico Shoe Repari, The News Printing Company, Roaring Spring Insurance Agency, Charles Dick Service Station, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company Inc., Detwiler Industries, The Eldon Inn, G & M Franklin Store, Hite's Drug Store, Hite's Furniture Store, Eckard's Greenhouse, Alfred L. Heuston, Honsaker Brother's Meat Market, Klotz Brothers, Klevans Stores, Kephart's Hardware, Walter O. Kramp, L & L Motors, Max H. Long, Long's Home Furnishings, H. M. Mock Barber Shop, Olin H. Mauk, Mauk's Cleaners, P. S. McGee Dairy, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Merrill W. Raugh, First National Bank, Altoona Central Bank and Trust Company, Roaring Spring Department Store, Carl Sell Pontiac, McIntyre's Jewelry Store, Shaw Hardware, Shriver's Greenhouse and Floral Shop, Elmer F. Smith, Kenneth Stover Insurance Agency, Chester A. Riley, Galen Snyder, Carl's Modern Interior, United Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, Radio Station WKMC, Radio Station WVAM, Sell Motors, John L. Thompson Funeral Home, William's Pharmacy, Miller's Esso Statino, Tastee Freez, Western Auto Associate Store, Young's Vitamin & Mineral Co.,
Ake, Albright, Beers, Baker, Bare, Bassler, Beegle, Berkhimer, Bergstresser, Brua, Brumbaugh, Burket, Butler, Carper, Clapper, Closson, Clemens, Detwiler, England, Espy, Forse, Garber, Garver, Gorsuch, Grounds, Hair, Heaton, Hetrick, Hite, Hoover, Horner, Hufford, Johnson, Kauffman, Lamber, Lang, Lingenfelter, Longenecker, Lower, Malone, Martin, Miller, Moore, Morgart, Myers, Nason, Nicewonger, Over, Porter, Pote, Price, Replogle, Sell, Sheriff, Smith, Snider, Spearin, Stephenson, Stover, Swope, Thompson, Vanderhei, Wike, Williams, Zook
14) Tyrone of Today - Volume II - 1897-1976 Bicentennial Edition
This book is a history of the Tyrone, Blair County area of Pennsylvania published for the U.S. centennial in 1976. This publication picks up where the earlier published history of Tyrone left off, covering the period from 1897 to 1976. The nature of the information is similar to the earlier history, covering the town's growth and development through the years, as well as it's business, civic, religious, governmental and social aspects, etc. There are dozens of photographs included featuring many of the towns buildings and other scenes.
Tyrone Area Bicentennial Committee, 1976, 243 pages
15) Tipton-antis Bicentennial Booklet 1776 - 1856 - 1976
Anonymous, 1976, 48 pages
This is a collection of brief sketches relating to the town of Tipton, Blair County, PA written for the bicentennial in 1976. It also contains a list of resident patrons and veterans of wars, as well as numerous ads for local businesses.
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