Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


A Step Back in Time...

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM

An old farm house sits down a gravel lane...I'd never visited before, but walking up the porch steps to the porch that ran the whole length of the house, I had to hold my breath in anticipation of what I was about to encounter.  As the screen door opened to the kitchen, I was transported back in time to a scene from the 1920s, if not earlier!

My dad and I went to visit his first cousin, George Acker on Friday, June 22, 2012.  I had arranged the visit through George's niece, Lottie Ebersole.  I wanted to scan his old photos with my Flip-Pal portable scanner.

I had always heard tell growing up that cousin George's house was unchanged from when his mom and dad were alive.  George is 89, and has lived in the farm house all of his life.  It is a large old house with 5 bedrooms, a beatiful summer house, a spring house, outhouse, smoke house, barn, and other outbuildings.  The entrance to the house has a stunning view of Tussey Mountain.  As I set foot in the kitchen, I was overcome by the feeling of the generations who were there before me as I took in the old cook stove and sat at the kitchen table that has always been there.  A modern stove, refrigerator, and television have been added to function with the old farm sink.  Utterly amazing!

George's mother, Anna Luella Fisher, was the daughter of Jackson and Sarah Belle (Swope) Fisher, featured in the photograph above.  Anna married William Preston Acker.  Together, they had three children:  Harold, George, and Mary.  Anna and William are pictured below.

A young George, pictured below from his school days, never married. He has farmed all of his life, and has been surrounded by a loving family of nieces and nephews and wonderful neighbors and friends. He is well known for his annual weather predictions for the year that he gathers each January.

George still has wonderful memories of his family and their friends.  He comes from two large families:  the Ackers and the Fishers.  The Acker family has a history rich in the Cove area of Blair County.  His Fisher line came over the mountain from the Penn Township area of the Woodcock Valley in Huntingdon County.  We had a wonderful visit as he shared his family photos, momentos, and treasures.  I scanned over 50 photos during my visit.  I have uploaded most of them to this website already.  The easiest way to see the new photos is to click on Photos and Obits and then click on the Recently Added button.  I added many photos to the Fisher Family album, but also to the Joseph Norris, Jr. Family, and Other Families.  Some of the names include Fisher, Acker, McCall, Fouse, Huntsman, Norris, and States.

I have been putting off going to visit George for a long time.  It has been on my to-do list, but it just seemed like I never made it.  We recently sat with George and Lottie at my uncle's funeral dinner, and I realized I had to make the time!  Lottie and I exchanged information, and she graciously set the visit up for me.  I am so thankful that we had the chance to visit and gather information togehter.  Here's to hoping that George and my dad still have many more visits to come.

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Reply Bonnie Isett Gorman
11:29 AM on June 24, 2012 
This is amazing Deb. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to visit with George, see his home, and scan so many photos. I loved viewing them.
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
7:29 PM on July 14, 2012 
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I must report that shortly after our visit, George Acker passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the age of 89.