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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. Name:______________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________ Phone:________________ Email:______________________ I am interested in helping: Membership ($10.00) Pavilion Friend ($100.00) Pavilion Family($250.00) 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):_________________ Please contact me about being involved ___________ Mail To: Troy Historical Society Po Box 274 Troy Pa, 16947





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