Tyrone of Today

By Rev. H. H. Wilson

Originally published 1897, republished by the Tyrone Area Historical Society, 2010 (3rd edition)

8.5 x 11 inch format

153 pages

$18 (plus postage)


Table of Contents

  • The place and its advantages
  • Its founding and growth
  • The country and surroundings
  • Additions and suburbs
  • Public matters
  • Social life
  • Full description of the principal business enterprises of Tyrone


Juniata's River Valleys

By Jeffrey L. Adams

2011, Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing

128 pages, more than 200 black and white photos

ISBN 978-0-7385-7419-6

$22 (plus postage)

The valleys of the Juniata River occupy the very heart of the state of Pennsylvania. This ecosystem is a substantial contributor to the great Chesapeake watershed that drains a major portion of the continent. Ancient Native American pathways along the Juniata gave way to an early turnpike and soon welcomed a canal. With much fanfare, the Pennsylvania Railroad chose the Juniata Valley as the choice route to unify the state. The land that provided iron, lead, and pure silica sand at the start of the Industrial Revolution today provides hiking trails. The waterways that once hauled grain to market are now a destination for millions each year seeking relaxation and recreation. Through vintage photographs and images culled from albums and attics, Juniata's River Valleys lends a glimpse at life in earlier times along one of America's most spectacular waterways.

Jeffrey Adams, author and historian, grew up in the Juniata Valley and has spent much time traveling the back roads of this beautiful region. In his spare time, he researches Pennsylvania history and is the author of Tyrone, Harrisburg, and Around Blair County.

Table of Contents

  • Juniata meets the Susquehanna, Perry County
  • Juniata, the county
  • Mifflin, Juniata's heartland
  • Huntingdon, the Standing Stone
  • The Raystown Branch
  • Frankstown, the Beaver Dam Branch
  • The Little Juniata, Allegheny's gateway
  • The Pennsylvania Railroad, Juniata's companion


Around Blair County

by Jeffrey L. Adams

2014, Postcard History Series, Arcadia Publishing

128 pages, more than 200 black and white photos

ISBN 978-1-4671-2115-6

$22 (plus postage)

Situated in the very heart of Pennsylvania, Blair County is bounded on the west by the formidable Allegheny Mountains. It was this natural barrier that stalled westward migration and encouraged early settlers to farm its lush, fertile valleys prior to the American Revolution. Carved out of Bedford and Huntingdon counties in 1846, Blair County was home to many iron furnaces in the 1800s and was on the chosen path of the great Pennsylvania Canal. However, it was the Pennsylvania Railroad that utilized Blair County as its base of operations, creating a unique transportation-based economy. Today, Blair County is bisected by Interstate 99. This highway parallels an ancient path used by American Indians and provides travelers with spectacular views of the lofty mountains and picturesque valleys.

A native of Tyrone, author Jeffrey L. Adams shares parts of his postcard collection and ephemera to honor Pennsylvania's hardworking ancestors and to illustrate the grandeur of Blair County. His other works include Tyrone, Juniata's River Valleys, and Harrisburg.

Table of Contents

  • Bald Eagle and Tyrone
  • Little Juniata River and Sinking Valley
  • Pleasant Valley, Tuckahoe and Logan
  • Altoona, the Mountain City
  • Hollidaysburg and Duncansville
  • The Great Cove
  • On to Claysburg and Sproul
  • Blair County Ambassadors

The Crowther Letters: Family, Companions and Rebels

By Bob Hileman, Jr.

2004, Word Association Publishers

270 pages

ISBN 1-59571-017-5

$20 (plus postage)


"Oh, but the bullets did whistle past Papa's head," wrote Colonel Crowther to his 7-year-old daughter, Allie, just days after the battle.

In this, the first volume of The Crowther Letters, the reader will encounter the rarest of all historical biographies, that of the Common Man, or rather, a common man living in uncommon times. Biographical history, by its own definition, defers to selected lives of exceptional people having impact upon events. The life of Colonel James E. Crowther reverses that process. The event, the Battle of Kernstown, is recounted through the eyes and words of one who is intricately part of the event, both as observer and participant. This is history as it happened, not reported from a mountaintop or recollected from an easy chair.

Hileman's treatment is sagacious; he lets a good story tell itself. Never intrusive, working behind the scenes weaving in useful narrative data, the life of James Crowther is presented in uncluttered richness. Hileman allows his subject to talk directly to readers 140 years later. It's all there: Crowther's frustrations, his growing impatience with higher command, his understandable concern for his family and future, and finally, his heart-felt pride in the men serving under him.

Table of Contents

  • Life before the war
  • Three months in the cavalry: the 14th Pennsylvania Infantry
  • When cultures collide: the forming of the 110th Pennsylvania Volunteers
  • Off to the front
  • Springtime in the valley


The Crowther Letters: Chasing Stonewall to Chancellorsville

By Bob Hileman, Jr.

2004, Word Association Publishers

300 pages

ISBN 1-59571-014-0

$23 (plus postage)

A good book about a good man, Colonel James E. Crowther, whose life story, steeped in courage and tragic irony, needed to be told. In Bob Hileman's second volume of The Crowther Letters, the story of Crowther and his now battled-tested volunteers of the 110th Pennsylvania Regiment are in pursuit of some wily "Johnny Rebs" who do some pursuing of their own. Crowther leads his men from foray to foray while trying to keep kith and kin together on the homefront. His letters are quiet testimony to the bravery of both the soldiers in the field and the families who waited at home for them. Crowther's story concludes at Chancellorsville, his life a lesson in selfless service to his country in crisis.

Table of Contents

  • Touring the Virginia countryside
  • Summer and fall in northern Virginia
  • The year ends at Fredericksburg
  • Promotion, illness, and the military commission
  • Chancellorsville