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
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
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.
I am interested in helping:
Society Friend ($100.00)
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 ___________
Troy Historical Society
59 Fenner Ave
Troy Pa, 16947