Crawford County, Pennsylvania

History & Biography

Part I:  Directory
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    This township lies just west of the centere [sic] of the northern border line of townships, and was organized in the year 1811.  The first settlement was made by Robt. Irwin in 1795.  In a few years other pioneers followed; clearings and humble cabin homes began to be seen all about the region.  The subsequent early settlers were John and Alexander Sweeny, John Clawson, John Chamberlain, Jacob Hilts, and Lewis Thickstun.  Thomas Potter, in 1813, erected the first saw mill, and in 1831 the first grist mill was built by the same.  The original school was taught in 1804 by Owen David, near Mosiertown, and various other schools were conducted, increasing in number yearly till 1836, when the public school system was adopted.  There are now 12 schools, with an average attendance of 230 pupils, conducted at an expense of about $1800 annually.  The soil is finely adapted to agriculture, stock raising and dairying, and is watered by Cussewago Creek.  To all of the above mentioned pursuits the inhabitants devote themselves, but dairying and cheese making are, perhaps, the leading occupations.  The present township contains 23,496 acres, and the population at the last census was 1,674.
    MOSIERTOWN is the most flourishing village in the township, situate[d] a little southeast of the centre.  It contains two churches, Baptist and Lutheran, Rev. Ganmer being pastor of the latter.  It has also one school, one hotel; one general, one drug, and one millinery store; one cheese factory, one blacksmith's, one shoemaker's, one paint and one wagon shop.