Submitted Article As the United States celebrates the nation’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, it is important to remember the thousands of soldiers who fought for all people to be free. During the Civil War, Ralph Payne (1844-1900) a free African American man from Towanda, Bradford County, and a grandfather ofContinue Reading

The Bosworth Store in LeRaysville (top) prior to the street getting its first pavement. Above, the borough’s namesake, Frenchman James LeRay Chaumont. By Rick Hiduk (Also published in Living Bradford County Magazine) LeRaysville, all one-square mile of it, was named after a Frenchman who apparently never actually lived there. ButContinue Reading

A couple enjoys the view of the Susquehanna River from the walkway (top) that parallels the Merrill Parkway in Towanda, which is derived from the Nanticoke language and means “burial place.” Interpretations of the name of Tunkhannock (above) vary from “small stream” to “bend in the river.” Submitted Article TheContinue Reading

Main Street in Canton (top) as it appeared around 1900, and (above) the Lewis Block, which contained an opera house, a bank and Canton’s post office. Story by Rick Hiduk / Photos courtesy Bradford County Historical Society and the LeRoy Heritage Museum (Also published in Living Bradford County Magazine) IfContinue Reading

The final installment of the Old Lynn Concert Series, which was held in May 2019, featured (top, from left) Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery and Bret Alexander. Above, the Lynn M.E. Church as it appeared after construction in 1883. Story by Rick Hiduk/Photos Courtesy Bell, Book Camera Productions (Also published inContinue Reading

The extended Epler family (top) gathers at the Mountainhouse to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harry and Mary Epler in 1987. Larry Epler’s step-daughters (above, from left) Suzette, Annette and Babette Bender, shown here with Larry’s granddaughter Stephanie Lane, were an integral part of the family business. Story by RickContinue Reading

William B. Payne wearing the Civil War uniform of his father Sgt. Ralph Payne, 41st Regiment, United States Colored Troops, who served in the Appomattox Campaign, was present at the Confederate surrender, and was among the troops who carried news of freedom to enslaved African Americans in Texas, in June 1865.Continue Reading

Flanking a modern marker depicting the grave site of Overfield Cemetery’s oldest known inhabitant, Capt. Prince Alden, are Board of Trustees members (above, from left) Wayne Sherwood, Gail James, and Ben Cole. Photos and story by Rick Hiduk (Also published in Living Susquehanna/Wyoming County Magazine) Above the railroad tracks alongContinue Reading

A stereoview card from the 1800s shows that the first Sullivan County Courthouse was initially surrounded by wooden fence to keep cows out of the lawn surrounding it. Courtesy of the Sullivan County Historical Society The wilds of what is now Sullivan County were at one time considered the “frontier.”Continue Reading