The VanDyne 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 VanDyne family of Troy is one of those families.
The VanDyne family in western Bradford County
began its influence during and shortly after the
end of the Civil War. Edward VanDyne came to
Bradford County to do business and by the late
1860's, the VanDyne-Bowen tannery was located
in Troy on Canton street across from the
Baptist Church. There were many tanneries in
Bradford County and the VanDyne-Bowen tannery was
very successful. It thrived and provided employment
for people of the town. The surrounding hills
provided hemlock bark and the new railroad line
through western Bradford County provided easy access
to South America for hides.
As the business prospered, the family grew and
occupied the homes along Canton Street. The tannery
was relocated to Fallbrook Road behind what is now
Terrace Lanes Bowling Center. Operating as E. VanDyne
and Son, the tannery grew and the second generation
influence began. Led by E. Everett VanDyne, the
influence reached out into the community as a leader
in the spirit of civic responsibility. E. Everett
directly influenced and funded the rescue of the
half-shire court house, and its repurpose as a
civic center and theater for the benefit of the
community. Known as The VanDyne Civic Building, it
was indispensable when the first graded school of Troy
was destroyed by fire and students needed facilities
until a new graded school could be constructed. As a
banker, E. Everett worked closely with childhood
friend Henry Davison on many issues, like the funding
of a new school in 1924 and coordinating Bradford
County Red Cross activities during World War I.
In 1912 typhoid struck nearly everyone in Troy,
and many died including E. Everett's brother Fred.
Efforts to protect Troy from future danger involved
a water treatment system which the VanDyne family
played an important planning role.
In addition to the Civic Building, water treatment,
school construction and funding, E. Everett also
played a role in organizing Glenwood Cemetery and was
active in the Presbyterian Church in Troy.
The third VanDyne generation in western Bradford
County had to react to the decline of the tannery
businesses in the county as the supply of bark was
depleted. Henry VanDyne, son of E. Everett was
interested in something new, the automobile. Henry
located his Ford and Fordson dealership in what today
is the Moose's Munchies building in Troy. In addition
to cars, gasoline became important and the
VanDyne Oil Co. was created and when the tannery
on Fallbrook Road closed. The focus shifted away from
selling cars to building up the gasoline and oil
business. The transition was successful.
The VanDyne family had a long term impact on
western Bradford County. Family members were active
in community interests. The support for our
education systems, our churches, and a general
support for public parks and recreation are examples
of how the VanDyne family used their financial assets
and personal attention for the long term benefit of
quality of life in our area.
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:
Pavilion Friend ($100.00)
I would like to buy/name a Pavilion window ($500.00)
A business sponsored display area/Kiosk ($2,500.00)
We can help in this way(describe):_________________
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Troy Historical Society
Po Box 274
Troy Pa, 16947