Our History. Mifflin County, Pa. HISTORY OF MIFFLIN COUNTY.
Whereas it appears in and by a Proclamation of the President of the United States, bearing even date herewith, that certain acts have been perpetrated in the western parts of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which he is advised amount to treason, being overt acts of levying war against the United States; that James Wilson, an Associate Justice, on the fourth instant, by writing under his hand, did, from evidence which had been laid before him, notify to the President, that in the Countries of Washington and Allegheny in Pennsylvania, laws of the United States are opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the Marshal of the district; and that in the judgment of the President it is necessary, under the circumstances of the case, to take measures for calling forth the Militia, in order to suppress the combinations aforesaid, and to cause the laws to be duly executed: AND WHEREAS it appears to me expedient, that, on this extraordinary occasion, the General Assembly should be convened, for the purpose of taking the premises into their serious consideration, of devising the necessary means to maintain the peace and dignity of the commonwealth, and of providing more effectually, than the existing laws provide, for organizing, arming and equipping the Militia, in order to insure a prompt and faithful compliance with the orders of government, and of such requisitions, as the President shall, make in pursuance of his constitutional and legal powers: Therefore, and by virtue of the authority in such case to me given, in and by the Constitution of the commonwealth, I have issued this Proclamation, hereby convening the General Assembly, to meet at the State-House in the City of Philadelphia, on Monday the first day of September next, and of which meeting, all persons therein concerned, are required to take due notice.
GIVEN under my Hand, and the Great Seal of the said Commonwealth, at Philadelphia, this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, and of the Commonwealth the nineteenth.
Thomas Mifflin’s statement of proclamation. 1790.
The above two pictures are of the Academy in Lewistown. The first picture is the last one taken before its abandonment and the 2nd picture is when it was in full use.
The above picture captures the first train coming in to the Reedsville area. May of 1865.
The pictures above show the wreckage of the Tornado of July 4, 1874, which destroyed many buildings in our area. The pictures are of the old Lewistown Bridge and Glamorgan Furnace.
The picture above shows Glamorgan Furnace after it was improved following the tornado of July 4, 1874.
These pictures are of Yeagertown, Pa. Many students currently live in Yeagertown and this picture, as well as the one above of the grinding shop show the area in the 1800’s.
The poster above is from the Civil War. The Bucktail rifle brigade was formed in Harrisburg but had many volunteers from the Mifflin County area. The link explains the role the “Bucktails” played in the Civil War.
Above is an advertisement of Coach Shops where they used to sell and repair buggies, carriages, spring wagons, and vehicles of every description. The picture was taken in 1878.
“All of the Quakers are Shoulder Shakers” was a piece of music written about the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Students can get an idea of who the “Quakers” were and how this music described their way of life.
“Stars and Stripes Forever” is one of the most popular military song in American History. Every year from 1896 until 1928 John Phillips Sousa and his band performed in Montgomery County, Pa. Students should be familiar with famous American marches.