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Marklesburg - Way Back When

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Marklesburg is a tiny town located in the heart of the Woodcock Valley.  It is a quaint and quiet little town that has had it's share of commerce through the years, but always a friendly spot known for it's tight knit family atmosphere.  It is a borough located within the boundaries of Penn Township.  Throughout it's history, the town has sported general stores, a shoe shop, gas station, post office, and a variety of other specialty shops.


Sam Hinish recently shared some old photo postcards with me of Marklesburg from way back when.  Viewing the post cards can make one realize how little the town has really changed through the years, but they also show the toll of progress.





The above was once the Methodist Church.  It was no longer being used, and was purchased by the James Creek Church of the Brethren when they lost their former church to the construction of Raystown Lake in the early 1970s.   The church is located at the northern end of the town.  It is still in operation and looks much the same.






At one point in time, there was a school house located at each end of Marklesburg.  The photo above shows the old and new schools.  The old school is located in the foreground of the photo and the new Normal School in the background.  The Normal School still exists and serves as the US Post Office for James Creek and the Marklesburg Borough Building.  It was a two-room school house designed to teach young men and women to become teachers.  The old school no longer exists.  A private home is now situated on the lot.





Here is a closer view of the Marklesburg Normal School.  This may actually be a graduating class photo of an outbound group of teachers.






This photo shows the dirt main street of Marklesburg looking south toward Saxton.  Except for the dirt, this is still very much the view you see looking down Route 26 in Marklesburg.  Many of the houses still exist, along with the shade trees.






This is another view of Marklesburg from a side street.  The photographer was standing near the back alley area, and looking straight down the street toward the road to Aitch.  St. Matthew's Lutheran Church can be seen in the distance.  The chickens are feeding on what is now a side street.  Notice the Isenberg clothing sign painted on the building for some local advertising.






Here is a close up of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.  The church is still in existence and has expanded through the years.  It is located along the road that led to the neighboring community of Aitch.





This building is a mystery.  Is it a church or a school house or both?  I'm not at all sure where this building was located, but it was gone before the 1930s.  Could it have been the school house that was located at the northern end of town somewhere near the Marklesburg Fire Hall?  If so, why was it so large?  Any input from those knowledgeable with the Marklesburg area is greatly appreciated!  If you know about this building, please comment below or contact me.


You can view all of these photos and more in the Local Houses, Places, and Deeds photo album and in the Schools photo album.  As always, if you have any old photos, please feel free to add them or e-mail them to me by using the Contact Me link on the left of the page.

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