Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Ella Glasgow Autograph Collection

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Several weeks ago, I met with Ellen (Fasnacht) Sloan.  She had recently received an autograph book belonging to her great-grandmother, Ella Hory (Glasgow) Fasnacht dated 1882!  So, I went armed with my Flip-Pal portable scanner to view the autograph book.   The Glasgow family is from the Path Valley area of Huntingdon County, so I was quite surprised to see so many names in her autograph book from the Woodcock Valley!




Ella Glasgow was born in 1861 in Three Springs, Huntingdon County, Pa.  She was the daughter of Samuel Luther Glasgow and Harriet Newell Brewster.  Ella was one of nine children born to the couple.  Her father was a lawyer in Huntingdon.  Some of her sisters married men from the Woodcock Valley, including Franklin Grove Brumbaugh and Martin Luther Shultz.





For Christmas, in 1882, her sister, Cora May (Glasgow) Patschke, gave Ella an autograph book.  Ella was 21 at the time, and collected autographs from 1882-1889.  In 1890, Ella married William N. Fasnacht in Lebanon County, Pa.  By 1900, the couple had moved to Altoona, Blair Co., Pa.  Ella and William had four children.  Ella died in 1917 in Altoona. 


Ella apparently went to school in the Coffee Run area of Huntingdon County; maybe even to the actual Coffee Run School in Hopewell Township.  Many of her friends commented about their days at school in Coffee Run.  One autograph alludes to the idea that perhaps Ella was even a teacher at the Coffee Run school until it closed.


Not only was it amazing to see such a treasure from almost 130 years ago, but I learned so much too!  I learned about  subscription schools, death, snuff, men's love, poetry, scripture, and many more topics of interest!  Ella collected autographs from Coffee Run, James Creek, Grafton, Grantsville, Marklesburg, Airy Dale, Lebanon, Huntingdon, Warriors Mark, McConnellstown, Cornpropsts Mills, LaGrange, Hollidaysburg, Krider Valley, Saxton, and Youngstown.  It amazes me at how she visited so many places back then!  Everyone who signed her book was an aspiring poet; my favorite was this one:





It is truly amazing that something like this still exists!  I am indebited to Ellen for sharing this with me, and for allowing me to stand in her kitchen and literally scan each and every page while she and her daughter chased after my two year old!  If you take the time to look through all of the photos from the autograph book, you will find many Woodcock Valley names including:

  • Norris
  • McCall
  • Heffner
  • Peightel
  • Kyper
  • Shultz
  • Brumbaugh
  • Hetrick
  • Keith
  • Lynn
  • Grove
  • Boyer
  • Stover
  • Beaver
  • Querry
  • Krieger
  • Donelson


I will add comments about relationships in the near future.  If you can add information on any of the signatures in the autograph book, please do so by adding a comment under the appropriate photo.  I have transcribed each page to the best of my ability, but if you see an error, please comment on that too!  Again, thank you so much, Ellen Sloan, for sharing a piece of your family history!

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Reply Donna Cunningham
4:21 PM on August 8, 2011 
I , too, have 2 autograph books from my great grandmother Matilda (Blatt) Ealy, dated in the 1880s. I've posted a few of the pages but plan on doing the remaining entries as I have time. Most are relatives but there are a few friends listed too that someone might recognize.