Since it is difficult to be in two places at one time-a very late but sincere Thank You to everyone who participated in the May 20th Armed Forces Day Ceremony honoring local Veterans. A special thank you to the Tioga County, Pa Honor Guard; Committee : Donna ( Pierce) Marmuscak, Jim Ball, Brenda Criss, Fran Tempel, Fran Woodring; the speaker Tracy Rumsey; and Town Officials: Gerald Simcoe, Supervisor, Kathy Biggio, Bookkeeper and Megan Thistle, Town Clerk. And to Brownies Mini Mart for helping with the refreshmments.
On May 24th, 8th grader -John Biggio presented an interesting PowerPoint program on the Homefront during WWII for the Lindley -Presho Historical Society. Thank you, John. Your program brought back many memories of that time for many of us. Your efforts and time to research this topic was appreciated by those in attendance.
2012 marks the 200th Anniversary of another war that had an impact on this area-although most of us are not familiar with it. Looking for other historical data, I found the following information in the book-- History of the Town and Village of Painted Post and of the Town of Erwin by Charles H. Erwin -( descendant of early settler,Arthur Erwin) . 1874.
" In 1812 the settlement had grown to a size that required them to assist in adjusting the National difficulties with England. A day was appointed for determining by draft*, who should have the honor of defending our rights and privileges from the Tories,and for the second time convince King George that he had no rights in this country,nor on the ocean,that honest,free and toiling settlers were under obligation to respect. The draft was made in Bath and several living in Painted Post were chosen; among them Abner Trowbridge*, Edmund C. Cooper, James Gillen, Thomas Wheat,and several more we could not obtain. Joseph Gillett, then living on the Little Flatts, below Corning ,was a Lieutenant
in this Regiment and was wounded. Judge Thomas McBurney also held a commission. Edmund C. Cooper procured a substitute. Daniel Mulhollon, now a resident of Jasper, enlisted twice before the draft; the first time his father obtained a release contrary to Daniel's wishes,but the second time he succeeded in getting into the fight,and returning just before the close of the war,neglected to bring his left hand ,which from a wound received in one of the battles in Canada called for an amputation."
* There was a 2nd draft,-Those who had been called were recalled before they reached the border." Peace had been declared previous to this draft , but then lighting had not been enslaved by man. "
* Lt. Joseph Gillett was wounded in Canada and compelled to return home accompanied by Mr. Trowbridge
who through error was listed as a deserted.(The war had ended before he returned to his unit) Lt. Gillett failed to correct the error before he died. According to Mr.Erwin ,Trowbridge did not draw a pension because of the error. Mr.Erwin called him a true patriot and was glad to correct the mistake in his writing.
My notes: In 1987,the Bath National Cemetery became the final resting place for 28 War of 1812 soldiers who had been buried in Canada during the war. Due to the combined efforts of many, they were brought to the Bath Cemetery-as some may have originally been from this area.