Happenings from the Heisey

We have a busy December and can’t believe this is the last update for 2018.

We are decorating the Heisey House for the holidays next week on Wednesday and Thursday. Come join us! Thanks go to Karen and Brian Poorman for donating a tree again. We appreciate their generosity.

The caboose will be open for visitation on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. for all those attending the Clinton Central Railroad Club’s open house at 15 Logan Ave. in Castanea.

Clinton County Historical Society has donated a wreath to the First Citizens Community Bank (on Hogan Blvd.) silent auction benefitting The Mitten Tree. The wreaths are on display in the bank lobby until Dec. 7. We are pleased to be able to participate.

The Heisey and Poorman Gallery Holiday Open House is Dec. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Come for good cheer, story telling by Patsy Dooley, music by Richard Morris, visit the displays in the Gallery and meet up with friends old and new.

We will welcome Leadership Clinton County Alumni Holiday Meeting on Dec. 13 in the Poorman Gallery.

The Heisey will be closed to the public Dec. 16 to Jan. 16. We’ll still monitor the mail, phone and email.

We thank Fred Bucheit for printing, restoring and framing a wide angle view photo of the 1918 Loganton fire.

We have a new sign at the Farrandsville Furnace, thanks to a grant from the PA Wilds Cooperative. LaKeshia Knarr presented the grant to CCHS treasurer Carol Hanna and president JoAnn Bowes.

From the collection:

In the corner of the Heisey House dining room is a red wagon once owned by the Israel brothers. Gilbert, Edward (EJ) and Will. While EJ and Will fought for the North, Gilbert fought for the South during the Civil War. After the War, EJ began his 47-year career with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He and his wife (Jane Irwin of Sunbury) moved to Lock Haven in 1882.

In 2007, William Betts, EJ’s grandson, donated many items belonging to Israel to the Historical Society including his Union Army cap, a photo of him at the controls of his train engine, sunglasses, pocket calendars, and a P.R.R. lantern probably presented to him by his co-workers upon his retirement as an engineer. Edward J. Israel, a former city councilman, school director and one of the prime movers in having Lock Haven’s Civil War monument erected, died on June 15, 1919 and is buried in Highland Cemetery with his family.

Marjorie Herlocher Weisel stopped in and gave us a doll dating from 1861, made by toymaker Ludwig Greiner in Philadelphia. We are happy to have it in our collection, as it was meant to be played with. Greiner’s patent reads “……painted with oil paint so that children may not pick off the paint.”

All of us here at CCHS wish you a safe and warm holiday season and Happy New Year.

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