Swamp Ruby

Pymatuning State Park Zech and I arrived in Linesville after spending the morning at nearby Pymatuning State Park. The foggy morning had not stopped people from coming out the place where “ducks walk on the backs of fish.” The massive school of carp in the spillway was an odd sight and watching visitors tossing bread … Continue reading Swamp Ruby

The Murder of William Musser

Walking among the stones of Howard Cemetery, I was not sure if I even had the correct cemetery. Sources vary on the burial location of the man I was searching for as the book from the genealogical society stated he was buried here, while newspapers from the time of his death record he was buried … Continue reading The Murder of William Musser

The Peddler’s Grave

It was almost the perfect day to remember someone whose life was brutally cut down by an assassin's bullet. Though the sun was shining, it did little to warm the coldness lingering in the air as I pulled my jacket tighter, wishing I had worn a heavier coat on this walk. The silence was broken … Continue reading The Peddler’s Grave

The Murder of Josiah Dale: Part Two

This is part two of a two part article. The first part can be found here: Part One. As I stood before the simple stone in the Reformed and Lutheran Cemetery, located on the western edge of Centre Hall, that marked the resting place of Josiah Dale, I had to ask myself two questions that were … Continue reading The Murder of Josiah Dale: Part Two

The Murder of Josiah Dale: Part One

It all started with a ghost story. But then again, some of the most interesting pieces of forgotten history I have stumbled upon start this way. I first encountered the unsolved murder among a listing of haunted places, legends and lore of Centre County. There was not much to the story presented. It mentioned a … Continue reading The Murder of Josiah Dale: Part One