Halifax, Poughkeepsie, and Planning the Book

I searched the PA State Library’s online catalog again today, this time for Halifax. The search turned up a lot of miscellany including flood insurance studies and “assessment of agricultural nutrient point source discharges from tile drains, spring and overland runoff from two farms, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.” There were church records, but they did not seem to include any Episcopalian records; however there was also a history book about the Halifax area bicentennial, 1794-1994. 128 pages, maps, photos–maybe just what I need. The subject location was listed as Halifax Township; looked this up on the internet and apparently the Halifax borough is part of a larger area known as Halifax Township. So, this book also covers the general area–i.e., like the Greater Shamokin Centennial.

However…it said the location of the book was the PHMC (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) Library, and it was non-circulating. In other words, no ILLs. But I went back to the PA State Library home page, and it said only genealogical books were non-circulating. Halifax Bicentennial was not listed as genealogy. Therefore, I decided to give it a try anyway (one of them had to be wrong), and I called the Shamokin library to request an ILL for the book. Librarian had to look up the ISBN, so I had to call back later and she said she found it, and it’s only in one library in the state. (!) However, they will send for it. Now, it just so happens today is Thursday, and all ILL requests go out on Thursday. But I guess today’s batch is already sent out, because this request won’t go out till next Thursday. Well, at least it’s getting done. If I can get a hold of this book, it could be an important find. Would mention things like cemetery names, church names, school names…maybe even specifics on the Marsh or McConnell family.

Now for the book. Once my research is complete, I am going to compile what I’ve learned into a detailed narrative of the history of the Kulp and McConnell families in Pennsylvania. However, I’ve recently decided to get started on the book much sooner than I’d originally planned. Later, I’ll be able to write a second, more complete book, as I expect to get into a substantial collection of information sometime within the year, which will add considerably to my store of data. Right now, though, things are still developing, and I think it would be a good idea for me to get the word out in this area before the major information comes in. After all, I’ve already gathered much more information than is generally known about these families, certainly enough to publish a book about. So, why not start now?

Last evening I started off with a chapter outline of how I think the book should go. This, of course, will likely change in the course of the writing, but, while going over it, it became clear to me that there’s one important time period which is especially vague to me. I know considerably little about Monroe H. Kulp’s early years in Shamokin–late 1870’s to late 1880’s. Of course, there are plenty of other time periods that need work, but I decided it was time for me to focus on this one. I narrowed the subject down to his college days, an area which I think has good research potential. In the late 1870’s, he enrolled at the State Normal School in Lebanon, Ohio, which was primarily a teacher’s college but presumably he attended one of their additional departments. Contrary to what the biographies say, the official name of the school was at that time the National Normal University, but I think it’s the same place as State Normal School. Some of their old records are now kept at Ohio’s Warren County Historical Society. In fact, I emailed them a while ago about this, but was given a hard time…tried to get them to explain exactly what type of records the collection included, i.e., what was the scope and content, but although two different people wrote back to me all they could say was to remind me that their fee was $10 an hour. (Which I knew.) Wrote again to repeat and clarify my question; did not receive an answer. I think I will have to call them.

MHK also graduated from the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, in 1881. Some online searching led me to the New York State Library’s catalog, and they have a collection of records from the school, as well as some student photographs, but…they don’t do genealogical searches and the collections definitely don’t circulate. As for me going to Albany…well, you can figure it out. I went to the Albany County Rootsweb message board and asked, just in case, if someone can do a look-up or knows of a good low-fee professional genealogist, but this is a bit of a long shot.

I did find a few interior photos of various sections of the school, at Earlyofficemuseum.com. If you’re interested, follow this link, because you won’t catch me violating their copyright warning:

People who use material from this web site without giving proper credit are below green slime on the evolutionary scale.

Newspaper tidbits

While browsing about the Internet today, I happened across a few tidbits from Mt. Carmel newspapers on a site I visit all the time–don’t know how I missed them, the files have been online since 1997 (!). I think that’s before the days of RootsWeb even!

Well, what I found were brief notices in the Mt. Carmel Ledger, on various subjects. From Friday, October 28, 1892:

M.H. Kulp, of Shamokin, accompanied by his brother Chester Kulp, transacted business at Mt Carmel, Wednesday, October 26, 1892.

Friday, January 6, 1893, about his brother:

Gilbert Kulp, one of Shamokin’s best known young men, returned home from a week’s jaunt to Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. He also spent a day with his former college chum, A.Z. Kalback, at Lebanon, Pa.

Same day:

Gilbert Kulp, he who helped to complete the list of society young men of Shamokin was in Mt. Carmel between trains Wednesday.

Friday, March 3, 1893:

Superintendent John Williams and M.H. Kulp of Shamokin, transacted business in Mt Carmel on Feb 28, 1893.

Friday, March 27, 1893, regarding his brother Howard:

Howard Kulp, formerly of Shamokin, now running the lumber business for his father in Centre county, spent a few days in town this week.

Friday, May 5, 1893:

Monroe H. Kulp, the Shamokin, Northumberland county, lumber dealer, transacted business here on Tuesday.

A more abstract collection of ledger entries, from 1894, indexed in alphabetical order, references M.H. Kulp’s mother, Mrs. D.R. Kulp, sister Ella, and brother G. Gilbert (Gilbert G. is the same):

Kulp, D.R. Mrs. lived in Shamokin on May 11, 1894 m/o Miss Ella Kulp
of Reading Hospital
Kulp, Ella Miss lived in Shamokin on May 11, 1894 was in Reading
hospital ch/o Mrs. D.R.Kulp of Shamokin
Kulp, G. Gilbert at College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y on Jan 12,
1894, visited his parents on Dewart St. in Shamokin
Kulp, G. Gilbert b/o Ella Kulp both of Mt. Carmel
Kulp, Gilbert G. lived in Shamokin on Jun 15, 1894

Not sure why it says both Ella and Gilbert were from Mt. Carmel; never heard that before, although it may be possible they lived there briefly at one time.