Author: Jane M. Fulcher
This collection of true stories (Series A, B, C and Index), though written without a plot, illuminates a part of Washington County, Pennsylvania history. Though the compiler is not a sociologist, and her roots are not the Middletown written about by the Lynds, this book tells vividly what various people lived through in Avella and in West Middletown.
Topics include: soft coal mining in the 1920s, the Gold Rush as explained by a local doctor, the Underground Railroad, Union soldiers and Copperheads, experiences of a young minister in a suburban church and in a small country church, a village general store (1930s, 1940s, 1950s), an artist who settled in West Middletown, Henry Ford and the Ralston thresher, farming can be dangerous, truck driving, schools and teaching, volunteer fire departments -- to name a few.
Stories from Our Files
would make a great textbook for high school or college sociology classes but is also filled with history and genealogy. No index.
2004, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 442 pages
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