Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Penn Township Schools

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I scanned a number of school photos when I visited with Clair Grove.  After posting them to the website, I went through to make sure I included the teacher names on the Schools pages.  One of the scans I found was a list of the Penn Township teachers from an unknown year.

This article was published in the Huntingdon Daily News 50 years after it's original publication.  The exact date of publication and the follow-up date are not known.  However, I do know that James Brumbaugh was at the Bower School during the years 1901-1902 and 1915-1917.  Using my genealogy detective skills, Blanche Lininger was not born until 1902, so for her to be a teacher too, this article had to have originally been published between 1915-1917.

This article brought two new schools to my attention:  the Brumbaugh School and the White School.  Obviously, both schools are no longer in existence, and were probably lost for the construction of Raystown Lake if not before.  It makes sense to me that the Brumbaugh School should have been somewhere in the vicinity of the Brumbaugh Homestead and Cemetery.  However, no one I've talked to remembers it or knows where it was.  My dad remembers the White School.  It was on the road that now takes you into the Susquehannock Campground.  For the old timers, he told me it was between the Speck's house and the White's lane on the right hand side of the road.  

I would love to learn more about these two schools and any other schools in the Woodcock Valley for which I have not yet created a page or do not have photos or a lot of information.  I would love to have building photos, class photos, souvenir booklets, teacher's names, pupil's names, and any other helpful information you might be able to share.  If you can contribute some school-related items, post a comment below or send me a message using the Contact Me form.

In the mean time, please be sure and check out the Schools page and the Schools photo album.

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Reply Frank Showalter
8:11 AM on March 29, 2013 
I can tell you the location of the church at Brumbaugh Station. If you stand at the Brumbaugh house and look to the east, across the water, and slightly to the right. The church stood close to the waters edge at the far side.