The Woodward Shoot-Out

In Pennsylvania Mountain Stories, Henry Shoemaker records the story of the outlaw Silas Werninger. Silas was a local trouble-maker known throughout the region. One night, after an argument between him and two men, Silas pulled his gun and shot the two men, killing one of them instantly. Silas fled the scene and hid in the … Continue reading The Woodward Shoot-Out

Unsolved: The Baffling Baver Murder

Note: Numerous modern sources spell the victim’s name as Adaline or  Adelina. Her name, as spelled on the tombstone is Adeline, which is the spelling I’ll be using in this article. It had been six years since I had last stepped foot on the sacred grounds of Salem Belleman’s Church and Cemetery near Mohrsville. I … Continue reading Unsolved: The Baffling Baver Murder

Unsolved: 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 Unsolved: Swamp Ruby

In the Line of Duty: Policeman George Kendall

State marker remembering Policeman George Kendall. Upper right - Kendall's grave in Lake View Cemetery I’m fascinated by historical markers. On the way to Lake View Cemetery, I made a stop at the corner of North Main and Harrison Streets in Jamestown to read the markers that were nearby. The first one did not capture … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: Policeman George Kendall

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