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Local People

Local Historian Publishes Book About Western PA

A local historian, Dr. Miles S. Richards, recently has written the book ‘Wrestling With George and Other Tales of Western Pennsylvania.”  The book is being published by Sunbury Press.

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Dr. Miles S. Richards new book - rich in local history.

The title is derived from an episode amid Washington's visit to the region in 1770. While attending a local event in the upper Youghiogheny, he was challenged to a wrestling match by a local rowdy. After enduring a period of heckling, Washington took him on with devastating results. This story is among a collection of historical stories around the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers recounted in this book. The essays cover the period between 1700 until 1900. The first British settlements west of the Allegheny Mountains were located along these rivers. Various stories in the book trace the evolution of the economy of these valleys from being an agricultural "breadbasket" to a heavy industrial powerhouse based on steel production. The list of notable personages appearing in these pages range from the legendary "Queen" Aliquippa of the Seneca tribe of American Indians to Philander Knox, a Brownsville native, who had become a prominent corporate attorney and prominent national Republican politician by 1900.

This book, costing $14.95, may be obtained through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book also is obtainable by directly contacting Sunbury Press.  You can visit their website at or call 855-338-8359.




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