Archive for the ‘River history’ Category

Steamboat Video from 1929

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

I was led to a fascinating Facebook page on the unusual history of Pittsburgh.  Many thanks to Pat Dunsey for finding this site. 

 

The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh

 

One video shows a parade of steamboats on the Ohio celebrating the opening of the nine foot channel between Pittsburgh and Cairo.  Mrs Howard of Howard Shipbuilding Co strikes a bell aboard the str Cincinnati to officially open the waterway. 

The video was filmed on 18 Oct 1929 just eleven days before Black Tuesday, 29 Oct 1929 when the stock market crashed to begin the Great Depression.

 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1589729194604283

 

 

The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh is definitely time well spent.

 

 

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Mammoth Discovery in Georgetown

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Mammoth Discovery in Georgetown (Beaver Valley Times Mar 1988 a1)

 

Mammoth Discovery( BVTimes Mar 1988 a10)

Mammoth Discovery( BVTimes Mar 1988 a10 b)

 

 A choice tidbit from the Beaver Valley Times in Mar 1988.

 

African American Civil War Museum

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

 

AACW Museum Entrance
AACW Museum Entrance

 

Yesterday, Sat 7 Feb, was a travel day.  The goal was the African American Civil War Museum.  On the first Saturday of the month the museum schedules a lecture by a descendant of one of the veterans.  Ms Millicent Hughes presented her ancestor, Capt Charles Trowbridge of the 33rd US Colored Troops Regiment.    The lecture was just the right mix of fun and history.

 

AACW Memorial

AACW Memorial

 

 

How is this topic connected to GeorgetownSteamboatsCapt Andrew Poe, son of Rev Adam Poe (founder of Ohio Wesleyan College), is listed on the African American Civil War Memorial.  In fact his name appears twice because he served with both the 40th USCT Infantry and the 106th USCT Infantry .   The Poe men who were born in OH and enlisted served in the Western Theater.  The Poe men who were born in PA and volunteered, generally saw action in the East.  The Georgetown steamboat captains and pilots were a generation older than the infantry volunteers.  Often I wonder whether the paths of the steamboat men and their Ohio nephews crossed. 

 

Andrew Poe with 40th USCT
Andrew Poe with 40th USCT

 

 

Andrew Poe with 106th USCT

Andrew Poe with 106th USCT

 

 

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Capt Thomas Potts

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Cat Thomas Potts (Beaver Valley Times, Oct 24, 1973

A short history written by Gladys L Hoover in 1973 contains invaluable local history of Georgetown and its two churches:  St Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Both faiths have changed their original affiliations since Capt Thomas Potts’ time due to the many splits and mergers in the Methodist and Episcopal Churches.     The wife of Capt Thomas Potts according to this newspaper article, raised a considerable sum of money in 1877 for the building fund of the new Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

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Georgetown Landing 1935

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

From my research the ferry at Georgetown had been in operation from 1794 to 1949.  The militia from Buurgettstown marched along the Catfish Camp Trail and crossed the Ohio River at Georgetown on Dawson’s Ferry. The militia was joining Ggen Anthony Wayne in the campaign of 1794.  Other references to the crossing at Georgetown, such as the Moravian missionaries who crossed the river as early as 1772, did  not include the word “ferry”.    The ferry ceased operation due to an accident in 1949.

 

 

Georgetown Landing 1935 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 


 

The name of the ferry or operating company has changed through the years.  The named changed from Dawson to Smith and back again a few times.  According to the writing on this image, the William M Semple Ferry Company was the operator in 1935.

 

 

 

The home on the bluff was built by the Thomas Poe, sold to Robert D Laughlin in the 1870’s.   

 

 

 

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CivWar Pension Request

Monday, August 18th, 2014

 

Civil war Pension Request by Jacob Poe (Anna L and John F Nash Collection))

On 4 Apr 1881 Capt Jacob Poe penned a letter to Hon CC Townsend requesting that he be awarded a pension for his service during the Civil War.  In support of his request he has enclosed with his letter a newspaper clipping from a Pittsburgh paper indicating that two pilots, Sylvester and Harry Doss, received pensions.  Each Doss received a pension of $15 per month along with back pay of $7,500 (?).

 

The letter by Jacob Poe was written on the letterhead of his son’s livery service. 

 

 

 

 

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CivWar150 13 Aug 1864

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

One hundred-fifty years ago today, the str Clara Poe was attacked by a rebel force along the Ohio River about 4 miles south of Shawneetown, IL.  The harrowing escape of the str Clara Poe was published in the NY Times on 19 Aug 1864.

 

 

Although the news article does not identify the captain nor the pilot of the steamer, Jacob Poe was probably the pilot who executed the escape maneuvers.   My presumption is based on the correspondence of Jacob Poe after the war.

 

The NY Times article is loaded on page – NY Times 15 Aug 1864.  A fun read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local History at the Hookstown Fair

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Mr Myron Elliot recently visited me in Carlisle, PA.  He was “walking Gettysburg” yet took some time to visit me.  He wanted to use some of the Georgetown local history on this site at the community tent at the Hookstown Fair.   The 2014 fair will run from 19-23 Aug.

 

The rich early history of the south side of the Ohio River is based largely on eye witness accounts described in letters, journals, and a few books.  The stories are fantastic.  Most of the original documents have been lost forever or are maintained in private collections.  Either way original sources are scattered and hard to come by.

 

If you are in the area, make time to visit the Hoookkstown Fair and its Historic Village.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Ohio River Maps

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Two interesting maps for your review.  The first map lists all of the frontier forts and blockhouses on the upper Ohio River between 1775 and 1795.  A brutal time in our history when we were not quite civilized.  The map was adapted by Stephen Lazzaro from the illustration in “Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior” written by Michael E Nogay.  The revised map identifies the frontier fort in Georgetown, PA.  Mr Lazzaro and I agreed to name the outpost Fort Reardon’s Bottom, although in 1777 Major Henry Taylor referred to the it in military correspondence as “the Chief of the old posts”.  The word fort preceding the location defines the fort as a “public” fort.  Public forts were manned by regular US Army troops and supplied at the taxpayers expense.  The fort in Georgetown was manned by Continental Army troops.  There is a warm poetic ring to the name.  It is the first map I have seen with the Georgetown fort listed.

Adapted by Stephen Lazzaro from Dennis R Jones’ Illustration for Michael E Nogay’s “Every Home a Fort, Every Mana Warrior”

 

The second map is the obverse of an advertisement (ca 1925) that lists the steamboat stops and railroad connections on the upper Ohio River.  The two maps provide the boundary in time for Georgetown – a boundary between the founding of our country and the Golden Age of Steamboats.   

Steamboat and RR Connections ca 1925 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 

 

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New Bio of Thomas W Poe

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The Capt Thomas Washington Poe biography was updated yet it still is incomplete.  Information from the Certificates of Enrollment for his later steamboats will not be added until I have made time to review the appropriate volumes at The National Archives. 

 

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