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The Case Family Of Western Bradford County To Be Highlighted At Troy Historical Society

The Troy Historical Society is highlighting influential families of Western Bradford County during the 19th and 20th centuries. These families will ultimately have their history on display at the renovated sale barn in Troy upon completion. The Case family of western Bradford County is one of those families. The history of the Case family goes back before Bradford County was defined. To understand the settlement of western Bradford County it is necessary to look at the geologic topology of the area at that time. The earliest settlers of the area were not looking for social interaction. They could best be described as separatists. Start at a settlement, and start walking as far as you can into the wilderness. When they reached a reasonable distance, they settled down. In this situation, traveling west from the river in Towanda they experienced a series of hills and valleys. Each valley beyond a hill eventually became a settlement. Luther's Mills, Burlington, West Burlington, East Troy, and Troy. Before these settlements were well established, anyone looking to get away from populated areas would have continued until hitting a natural barrier. Armenia Mountain is not a hill with a valley on the other side. It is topped with a massive inhospitable plateau with no valley beyond in sight. Once reaching a hill with no valley on the other side, it became a natural place to stop. But where alone the base of the Armenia plateau is the best place to settle? In the late 1700's, the best places to settle were defined by the supply of water. Along the Armenia plateau several good sources of water came down to potentially provide for settlers. The towns of Alba and Canton are near such water sources. Troy and Sylvania developed around the sources of Sugar Creek. When Reuben Case arrived in the area in 1797, it was clear the foot of the mountain had some western protection and a vigorous supply of water. One of those water sources in Farmers Valley still today carries the name Cases Glenn. The settlement of Troy owes its location to the water coming off Armenia Mountain in Sylvania, Cases Glenn in Farmers Valley, and the creek along the Case homestead on Fallbrook Road. The water from these different sources off the mountain converge on what today is Troy Borough. As the first in the area, the Case family had the first child born in the township. The family helped to build the community including the Case School and the railroad line from Canton to Troy. Frank Case, Reuben Case's great-grandson, built a business that literally changed the face of Bradford County as wellas many of the surrounding counties. While logging the timber off Tamarack Swamp for the Bohlayer family, Frank began a career with lumber and construction. The Case Brothers were successful in the area and evolved into the F.P. Case company. The F.P. Case and John Sucese expansion on Canton Street in Troy took advantage of the railroad to provide coal, lumber milling, and construction directly in the area. The Case family is responsible for many structures that define Western Bradford County. The restoration for the Van Dyne Civic building included a gymnasium and auditorium with the work done by F.P. Case. When the Troy Graded School burned, these facilities were indispensable. The front of the Newberry and Peck building was removed and a granite facade was installed. There was substantial work on the Presbyterian and Baptist churches in Canton as well as the Swaze Box Factory. Students of Mansfield University to this day still enjoy Straughn Auditorium and credit the Case family for the fine work. There are many items built by the Cases in our area that survive today. The bridge from Canton Street through the alley across Sugar Creek is made of old railroad ties and rails. The memorial steps down the hill from Troy High School to the current parking lot off Elmira Street is still used today. There are many big old houses still today in the Troy and Canton area as well as many other school and municipal buildings in use. More information and displays on this family of western Bradford County will be available once a new home for the Historical Society is completed in Troy. Please get involved and help support this effort, without support the sale barn will be destroyed and the historical society will need a home. ----------------------------------------------------- The Troy Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation. We appreciate your tax deductible cooperation in preserving the history of our town. Name:______________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________ Phone:________________ Email:______________________ I am interested in helping: Membership ($15.00) Society Friend ($100.00) Society Family($250.00) I would like to buy/name a Time Capsule ($250.00) A business sponsored display area/Kiosk ($2,500.00) We can help in this way(describe):_________________ Please contact me about being involved ___________ Mail To: Troy Historical Society 59 Fenner Ave Troy Pa, 16947






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