There is Something About Rough and Ready
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There is Something About Rough and Ready

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There is Something About Rough and Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley.

The little village of Rough and Ready in Upper Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, PA is set in the center of the Mahantongo Valley, famous for its Pennsylvania Dutch culture -- especially the painted furniture.  This book focuses on the social history of the village, anchored by information from the 1850 census and Salem Reformed Church cemetery records.  This was the famous Isaac F Stiehly's church and most of the families mentioned were in his congregation.  The book contains hundreds of photos, most over 100 years old, of life in the Valley. 
Table of Contents:
The Origins of Rough and Ready
The 1850 Census in Upper Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
The Old Man
Knorr and Stiely Connections
The Monroe and Harvey Stiely Mill
Maurers of the Mahantongo Valley
Manasses Maurer Family
Caroline Gonser, Indian Maiden of Creek Town, Rough and Ready, Upper Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Steve Rebuck Visits the Mahantongo Valley 24th August, 2010
Daniel A. Maurer Homestead and Stine's Hotel at Rough & Ready, PA
The Maurer Blacksmiths of Hepler
The Daniel Klinger Ramberger Family
Ancestors of the Rambergers
Jacob Ramberger (1802-1854) md. Catherine Klinger (1802-1871)
A Visit to the Jacob and Clara Ramberger Farm, June 18, 2011
Jacob and Clara Ramberger Farm Painting by Leroy Drumheller
Ramberger Anecdotes
Rough and Ready Band – 1906
Zerfings School, 1907
Ramberger Photo Gallery
Ramberger Conclusion
Henry Ramberger of Rough and Ready
The Gold Mine in the Leck Bush near Rough and Ready, PA
The Herb Family of Rough and Ready
Something About Rough and Ready and the Emergency Militia Henry B. Clark – Farmer and Defender of Freedom
Indians in Rough and Ready along Beisel’s Run
Beisel Homestead near Rough and Ready
Erdman Family History
Indian Incursions in the Mahantongo Valley
On the Baums, Herbs and Schlegels
Frederick Stein Schwalm: Civil War Veteran, Justice of the Peace, Molly Maguire Jury Member
Something about the Heplers
Something about the Bensingers
Something about the Wolfgangs
George and Elizabeth Wolfgang
The Story of My Life by Bessie May Schadel Bowman
Klingers in the 1850 Census
Snyders in the 1850 Census
Ray Davis Recalls Rough and Ready of the Past
Simmy Court House Records
Simmy and Associated Colored Family Vital Records
Salem Church Photo
Knorr Family Heritage
John H. Knorr Land
A Winter Market Day
Interview with Willard and Joyce Kahler of Old State Road, Rough and Ready, Pa.
Klinger Farms, Rough and Ready, Pa.
Picture Gallery
PA German Fraktur, including a hand drawn, Riderless Horse and a handwritten German Script Prayer
Appendix 1: Researching Economic Life in the Mahantango Valley: A 19th Century Pennsylvania German Community
Appendix 3: 1850 Census UPPER MAHANTANGO TWP., SCHUYLKILL CO. Heads of Households
Appendix 4: 1850 Census UPPER MAHANTANGO TWP., SCHUYLKILL CO. Most Common Surnames

290 pages
Over 100 photographs

8x10 Trade Paperback

Edited by Lawrence Knorr with contributions from Steve E Troutman, Elaine Moran, Cindy Baum, Christine Hipple & Jeanne Adams


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