African-American Settlement in Cambria County

This Settlement was founded in the late 1790's by Edinborough Smith and William Harshberger - whose families have called the Johnstown Area home for over 200 years.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Brown Cemetery - March 2011

As per a conversation I had with one of old Elmer's grandsons - he told me that the cemetery also contained graves that were marked with wooden crosses. Considering that the wooden foundation of an old tool shed located right next to the cemetery that I remember seeing the the 1970's has disappeared. What was left of the crosses are also long since gone. I tried searching for old post holes - but that proved impossible - what I need is that ground radar thing they are always using on the History Channel.
And on another note - the size of the stone indicated the age of the person.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Time at Browns

This shows off Browns on what was a very chilly March saturday today. This past weeks snow is still up top the mountain. But to me - it just doesn't get any prettier than this.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elmer Brown and wife Annie Bowser

It's truly an honor to be posting this wonderful picture today. Let me introduce you to Mr. Elmer Brown and his wife Annie Bowser. This photo is from one of Elmer's grandchildren - who kindly invited me into their home to share a great meal and meet his entire family. And the stories that they have been sharing with me - are worth more than I can say. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More on Smith Murder - 18 Aug 1865

This newspaper clipping is taken from the Johnstown Tribune - 18 Aug 1865 on the murder of old Edenborough Smith. It contains some of the same information from an earlier posting. But as you will soon be reading - I've gotten my hands on some new information. And I still say something about this murder just doesn't add up right. As you will soon be reading - stories about who was where and when will be changing. I even contacted the Cambria County Coroner's office a couple of weeks ago - to see if they still has a file on the case. Alas, their records don't go back that far.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Picnic at Browns - 1892

What I wouldn't give to have been able to spend just an hour up there watching everyone enjoying themselves. Just standing on the sidelines - putting faces to the names that I have come to know as well as members of my own family. Who knew John Brown played the violin with old Lizzie (Betsey) Harshberger keeping an eye things. What I find so interesting is that the Tribune found reason to publish this and thank goodness they did. I have a couple more of these kinds of stories that I will be posting.
Reader Minor Leaguer says: "I think "Larry" has the best idea of all! I enjoy reading clippings from old newspapers and such. Right now I'm reading a reprint of a 1907 book, "My Life as an Indian," by J.W. Schultz. It's very interesting (to me) to read how things were written a century ago."
(Lisa) - I have to agree with you. I have more clippings that I will be posting.