The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 11, 2013

April is time for Montour County to celebrate its past

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — April is the month to celebrate Montour County’s rich history.

County commissioners Trevor Finn, Jack Gerst and  Jerry Ward proclaimed April as Montour County History Month on Tuesday. Montour County Historical Society President Lynn Reichen participatedin the proclamation.

“We appreciate all you do,” Finn told Reichen, who said work should start soon on the Boyd House and a facelift is planned for the Montgomery House Museum.

In the proclamation signed by the commissioners, they said the county, dating to 1850, is the smallest county in the state. “It enjoys a rich and distinctive history, laying claim to the forging of the first T-rail which revolutionized the transportation industry in the U.S. and the invention of the typewriter,” the proclamation read.

“Montour County counts Christopher Sholes, Thomas Beaver, Abigail Geisinger and Joseph Parry as among its prominent citizens who made a tremendous impact in Montour County and beyond … and the works of such organizations as the Montour County Historical Society, the Montour County Genealogical Society and the Iron Heritage Festival Committee preserve Montour County’s proud history for future generations,” the proclamation reads.

The commissioners urged people to celebrate the county’s past and support its preservation.

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