Author: Ron Mattocks
Samuel and Alic Thurston: Ballooning Daredevils
Meadville’s Thurston Classic is a tribute to early ballooning pioneers Samuel and Alic Thurston whose thrilling stories made them true daredevils.
The Meadville Mutuals: Baseball Champions of 1875
Crawford County PA produced many standout players early in baseball’s history including members of the Meadville Mutuals who would be the 1875 champions of western Pennsylvania.
How the Trolley Arrived at Conneaut Lake Park
On May 30, 1906, the Meadville and Conneaut Lake Traction (M&CLT) Company formed with a goal of bringing trolley service to Exposition Park (Conneaut Lake Park today). A suitable route was agreed upon that would continue from where the tracks left off in Fredricksburg and then follow the general course of the Cussewago Road to Harmonsburg (vicinity of Routes 102 and 3016) before turning south, crossing the lake’s inlet, and entering the park along Comstock Street. 100 immigrant laborers, primarily Italians, along with two freight cars full of work horses were assembled and brought in later that summer to begin […]
Alice Bentley: Crawford County’s Champion for Women’s Rights in the Downton Abbey Era
Alice M. Bentley, among the first women to serve as a Pennsylvania legislator lead the way for women in Crawford County.