James Cupples Harrisburg Telegraph 28 January 1882

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SfLY TELEBRAPE HARRISBURO, TA.: BATU11DAY EVENING, JAN. 28, 1883 (All Bights KejrYd.J MUTES ANUgOBKIBS XLVI1I. Historical ana Genealogical. Elder, Jacob (nT& Q., xli, th). - By rcforring to the Orphans' Court records, wo flad that Jaoob Elder was the oldestsan of John Elder and Elizabeth Awl, the ouuurea 01 wnom were as follows: i. Maiit b. 1781, m. Gen. John Fors - ter. Jacob, b. 1783. in. Jonx, b. 1785: IV. Robert, b. 1787."" v. Joshua, b. 1789. vi. Sally Ann, b, 1791. vir. Eliza Awl, b. .1793, m. Ilenry Al - word. Jacob Elder was a representative man of mo lamny, intelligent, and wielded a facile pen. lie died at the early age of thirty - thrco years. w. h. b. A - Traveling Court. The Orphans' Court of Dauphin eounty in the first years of its organization s?emed to have traveled around toe country, and by this means, no tioubs, the business thorecf was greatly facill - ta cd. The first court was held at Louis - burgh, tbe name given to Harris' Ferry upon tbe formation of the county, and by Which it Was known in thfl official reflnrda until the incorporation of the borough of j iianisou' - g oy tne act or 1781. it waa subsequently held at Jonestown, Myers - town and Lebanon, and this "itinerancy'? w.is kept up for ton or fifteen years. A NOTED OA1HOUO D1VINF. Tho following description of an old citi - z;n of Hcdford. Pa., the Rev. Thomas Ilaydtn. D D.. Is worthv of nre?ervaMrn ?vA; , ,8timon7oaYiit!ra8,th0,roughIy 1 shadowed his very name. And he is known irotcsrant as myself to the lovely character I rn f. onitr M iUnr Atin. Amnntr ot a Christian Priest. The Rev. Thomas T a a a ... nayucn is Known oy reputation, among and with them this old type of school mas tera. The pedagogue is now spoken of as "the teaclier." Ia those days he was called "The Master1' terms which sufficiently in - dicats the difference between the past and the proEent position of that important personage. personage. Tee names of the masters who taught here before the Revolution are aH forgotten save thit of Francis Kerr, who immortalized immortalized lrmaelf by organizing a clandestine lodge of masons, whose temple was the old Log Cabin. Daring the quarter century immediately following the Revolution, the celebrated "Master Allen" surveyor and school - master fills the most prominent placa. His reputation as an educator was great ana u s services in demand. In con nectfon with the common branches he taught latin and surveying, end waa looked upon by his cotcmporaties as one who had almost reached tne summit of tne hill of Knowl edge. In the the course of his long career he conducted schools in Paxtang, Derry and llano ver; ana almost all the surveyors, squires,, and scriveners in these townships, wao were in active service forty or fltty years ago, had in their youth sat at the feet of Master Allen, It is not kaomi precisely now long he kept school at the Meeting House; it is however certain that he was teaching there on the 29th of April 17J ; also that he opened schoel on tho 9th of May. 1785. at 7 shillings and 11 pane 3 per scholar per quarter and that he .was teaching there on the lath ot January, 1789. After this date we have been unable to fiad any record, but have frequently heard it stated that the first school attended by Capt. J. P. Rutherford was Mastec Al len's, at the Meeting House. Capt. Ruth erford was born in 1801. This would indi cate that Allen closed his career as maiter of tbe school, about 1803 or 1810. He af terwards taught at Gilchrist's nar Lingles - town. It is a cutious fact, that the Christian came of one so famous and who filled so large a spacs in this community for so many years should be forgotten. His character as "Master" eecms to have over men of letters, as the author of "A Me. mol r on the Life and Character of the Rev. l'iinco Demetrius A. da Gallitzln, Founder of Loretto, and Catholicity in Cambria County, Pa., Apostle of the Alleghenies. Hy V. Rev. Thomas Hayden, of Bedford, V. Balto. J. Murphy & Co., 1859." Ho published also a disoourse (preached in ISIS, on Rev; F. X. Bros! us) to the Calho lie World, November, 1865. And in February, February, 1800, delivered a lecture on the Life of Uallitzln at Birmingham, Pa, which wa not published. But I quote from the letter referred to. "To write of Father Hayden is, to me, a very great pleasure. I knew him inti mately and respected and loved him, as did everybody who enjoyed his acquaintance. H i was an eminently pure, good man, and In many respects a remarkable man. With t&lorits far above medioority, and a native intellect of high order, developed by edu - c ttlon, extensive reading and travel, he was nn innoosnt and unsophisticated ss a child HU piety was as unaffected as his faith was simple and undoubting. He was as ready to rive his money as his prayers orcounrol to the . suflermg. No one ever dreamed of suspecting his sincerity iu auyimofs, xie was mac :rare character M great man who did'nt know it." With many chances for advancement in the church, he remained hereof his - own cho'c 3,. as tho pastor of a little parish for 47 years, an j mioiitorcd to his people without Balary, aud often times he paid the incidental ex. ponso3 of the church from his own resources. Ho refused to accept a bishopric: was a power in the churoh; his society was sought after by great men in Church and State. ' ' Ex - President Buchanan and many othors of our public men visited him annu ally when at our Springs. The little children children of our town were as easy in his pres. ence as if he were the grand - pa of them all. He was a native of Ireland and came to Bodford when in his twelfth year, with his parents. His father waa one of our early walthy merohants and Father Hayden in - hcnted his large estate from him. He was worth about f 100.000 when he died, which ho boqueated to his nephews and nieces, and the Church. His remains lie beneath a beautiful monument in the Catholic churchyard hero, beside his parents and and eurrounded by his relatives and par ishioners whom he baptized, married and burled. Ho wai a welcome guest in all the best families of the town, Protestant as well as Catholio He was usually invited to the funerals of Protestants and went in company company with the Protestant ministers, and at his own burial all tbe Protestant clergy attended attended in a body. He was Catholic in spirit, yet consistent ai a priest in the Roman Church. He never sacrificed his principles to expediency, but lis was so mild and gentle that it was to be all that 'invectives were like other peo - plo's pet names." If he felt it a duty to dUcusi in sermons what ho believed to be errors, he never called his opponents br any stronger terms than his "dear erring Protestant brethren." If his people were derelict or tardy in their alms giving (he required them to give to coneral charities and church nnrnoflpn in lieu of the salary not exacted by or paid to him) he would sometimes lose patience and lay: "Really you must do better; I am afraid I am spoiling you. If you don't give moro I will he obliged to insist on having a salary so I can give more myself." myself." When ho died, his people bewailed him and I think we Protestants felt nearly as much bareft as they. Ills monument is a massive cenotaph of white marble, surmounted by a very large crm of tame material. The inscriptions mo &s io'lows: East Side. "Sacred to the memory of the Very Rev. Thomas Hayden, D. D." West Side, Very Rev. Thomas Hayden, Born in County Carlow, Ireland, Dec. 21, 1798, and departed this life Aug. 25, 1870." South Bide. 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." North Side. ' ' II e was the beloved and zealous pastor tho Bedfoid congregation upwards of 47 years." Ills memory is a lragrance here still and influence in the sooial cordiality between Catholics and Protestants is "still apparent." apparent." I As tho lotter in which the above quotation occur.', was not written for the press, I not givo the name of the writer. n. e. h MUHUOt.8 AND BOHOOL - BIASTEBS OF PAXTANG VALLEY. No records of the schools of the valley been presented earlier than those relating relating to the free schools of the present All that we know concerning them gathered from a few entries in old memorandum memorandum books, receipts for tuition, "(he memory of men still living," and tradition. first settlers were principally Scotch - Presbyterians, and the present site of tang Church was early fixed upon as a suitable place for a church and school house In 1732, the church wasjorganized tho pastorate of Rev. William Bertram, but a buildiug had been erected and religious services oonducted at stated times Rev. Mr. Anderson and others, long ba - And there is every rea'.on ta believe tbe school was coeval with the church. different buildings were used at different tlmos as school houses the first and was a log cabin which stood a short distance north of the church on Thomas McArthur's land the second, a log house Thomas Rutherford's land, west of the the third was known as the "study a building belonging to the con gregation, erected for the convenience of minister, into which he could retire for meditation between sermons. The building have all long since disappeared to fame, only as Master Allen. Among tho many traditions concerning him, is one which represents him as a firm believer in the efficacy of the rod as a promoter of gocd morals and a quickener of the intellectual faculties. All were soundly drubbed daily, and those unfortunate youngsters whose indulgent indulgent parents spared the ro'd, received at his handi a double portion, in order that they might have es fair a start in life as their more favored friends who were properly properly whipped at home. His stern and forbidding forbidding aspect, as he stalked about the school room, rod in hand, struck terror into the hearts of all meditators of rebellion, and left euch a lasting impression upon the mind, that old men of three score and ten have been known to shudder as they recalled recalled it. In tho ccme'ery neir Hirrkbarg, anong thoso brought there Irm the old burying - ground in the city, is a grave marked by a marble &lab restiag upon four pillars of sand s.ore. Tne inscription is as follows: la Memory of Joseph Allen w7io departed this Vfe Feb 13th 1S19 Aged about SO years. There are many reasons for b3iieving th's to bs the last resting plac? of tho o'd autccrat of the school - room. Joseph Allen by his will, dated July 4th 1812, bequeathed his books and MSS to his nephew David Allen of the New Purchase. These documents may fttill be in existance somewhere, and doubtless contain much that would be interesting to U3 to - day, and it is to be regreted that he left them to one living so fir from the scenes of his life work and where lm name and fame were unknown. unknown. ' From Master Allen's school went out many young men who afterwards became promisent in their respective walks of life.. Among these may be mentioned Thomas Elder, member of the Dauphin County Bar, and eleventh Attorney General of Penn'a. John Fors'er, A distinguished citizen of Harrhburg. and Biigadier General in the war of 1812. Jonathan Kearsley, An OflL'or in the 21 Reg. U. S. Artillery served throughout the war of 1812, and lost alegin the defense of Fort Erie wa3 afterwards Collector of Internal Revenue for the 10 Lh district of Penn'n. And in 1820 was appointed by Mr. Monroe, Receiver for the Land Office at Detroit, a position which he held until 1847; was elected Mayer of Detroit in 1829, and was four times elected Regent of the State University of Mich'gan, and received from that Institution the Honorary degree of Master of Arts. Joseph Wallace merchant Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1838, and au anvnently useful citizen of Harris - burg. John Rutherford,, surveyor and farmer, represented Dauphin coun'y. in the 28h Legislature of Penn'a. Wm. McClure, a leading m:mber of the Dauphin county bar. Wm. Rutherford, farmer, Colonel of Penn'a Militia, and represented Dauphin county, ia the 80th, 31st, 40th and 41st Legislature of Penn'a. Jiseph Gray, surveyor and farmer, filled, with credit, the office of Surveyor of Dauphin county. Jam 8 P. Epy for many years a leading leading merchant of Harrieburg. These are a few from Paxtang. Had we the loll of Allen's scholars from first to last many distinguished names from Han over and Derry would undoubtedly be found upon it. Cotemporary with Allen at the Meeting House was Mr. Thomson, who began a quarter on the 29 cf May, 1786, at 5 shillings shillings per quarter; and Mr. Armstrong, who opened school on the 31st of October, 1786, at 5 shillings. Of this school,. we find re corded in Rev. John Elder's memorandum book, (which through the kindness of Dr. W. H. Egle, we have been permitted to examine) examine) the following: "Dec. lltb, 1786 This day he discontinued discontinued ye school on acc't of ye severity of ye weather." Allen, as has been noted, closed his. career career as teacher at the Meeting House, about 1810. He was followed by several men whoso names we have been unable to ascertain. ascertain. Iu 1814 and 1815, Francis Dodey an Irishman, conducted the school. In 1816, Mr. McClintock. In 1817, Benjamin White, of Vermont, noted for the severity of his rule. He in common.with all bachelor school masters, of that day, boarded around. ln 151s and lolU, John Jones lived in the house and taught the school. In 1820, Thomas Hutchison, of Union county, Penn'a. Mr. Hutchinson is still living living in Stephenson county, 111. A hale old man of more than four score. The rule for boarding which governed the master in his peregrinations around the neighborhood, may be gathered from some instructions given to Mr. Hutchison, when he opened school, by an Irish lady, who was one of his patrons; she had but one scholar, and he was a bound boy. "Now Tammy, where ye hae but the one scholar, ye stay bnt the one night." Iu 1821 James Cupples an Irish weaver, and a man of some attainments, particularly m uiameraatics, icepi scnooi in ine winter, and worked at his trade in the summer. His loom, for want of room in the house, was kept in the west end of the chuoh, which at that time was separated from the audience room by a board partition. As a school master, Mr. Cupples cannot take rank as a great man, yet he was in some respects far in advance of his age. He ruled with licttle or no assistance from the rod, a system of government which his patrons who had been brought up under the stern and vigorous rule of Allen could not fully appreciate. He stands out as a solitary ex. ample among bis oompeers of one whom no little boy ever determined to thrash as soon as he should be able, and from him dates tbe decline of the reign of terror in the school room. For thee things he deserves to be greatly remembered. After teaching several terms at the Meeting Hous9, he removed to Churohville, and in 1826 to Cumberland ccunty. where te probably probably spent tho remainder of his days. In 1824 Mr. M'Cashan was master of the school. In 1825 Samuel 8. Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford was a na'ive of the valley and for many years one of its leading citizens. He died on his farm near the church in 1872 From 1825 to 1839, when the school finally ciosed, we have a long list of teachers, teachers, none cf whom seem3 to have taught more than a tingle quarter. Amosg them are the names of Mr. LDckhart, Franci3 D. - Cummings (a man of varied attainments), Cornelius Kuhn, Rev. John Macbeth (a sketch of whom appeared in a former number number of Notes and Queries), Mr. Martin, David David Calhoun, Thomas Mifflin Kennedy, Robert Coop:r, JohnEbersole, and William Gold. Iu the fall of 1839, the free school system went into operation in Swatara, and the light from the old school at the Meeting House, which had cast its rays upon the valley for more than a hundred years, was extinguished. From the earliest time3, down to 1812, this was the only lamp by which the feet of the children of the valley were guided along the pathway to learning. In 1812 the over - crowded condition of the school compelled the erection of another building. The cite chosen was the North East corner of Jacob Walter's farm, in the woods, near a spring of water. The log3 were contributed contributed and hauled to the spot by the farmers farmers around, and John M'Cluro of Hanover, afterwards of Ohio, was the architect. The house was about 16 feet by 18 feet, with a ceiling so low that a tolerably active young man could stand on the floor and kick the joists. This building is still standing, and has been used for more than thirty years as a p'g - psn, a. use to which it is much better adapted than it ever was for a school house. David Calhoun, of Paxtang, a lame man and a distaut relative of the great South Carolina Nullifier, was the first master. He afterwards taught in Paxtang township, township, and at the Meeting House, and finally went to the West, where he died. He was followed by Thomas Wallace, who wielded a rod of such prodigious length that he was able to reach any scholar in the room without leaving his chair. Joseph way, of raxtang Valley, came next, ia lelo. Mr. Oray afterwards be came distinguished as a surveyor died on Irs farm in the valley iu lSbl, and was buried in Paxtang grave - yard. From Mr, Gray's time down to the close of the school many different men were employed as mast ers, among whom may be named ruyer Neal, a New England man and an excellent teacher; John Karr, an Irishman; Benja min White, of Vermont; Mr. Barrett, a Yankee: Curtis M'Neal, a Scotchman; William Walker, of Hanover; Murray Manville; Jf . K. Burke; Air. ltunyan; Mr. Robinson; Mr Norwood, an Irishman, and a great lover of strong water, who once de clared that when his bottle was empty he felt like the man described in the first lines of the "Beggar's Petition," "Pity the sorrows of a poor old man," &c, but when it was fall "No king upon his throne was happier." ' Following Mr. Norwood was a man of pompous carriage and courtly manners, manners, known as "Old Quality." What his came really was, no one now seems to know. And lastly, Mr. Anderson. Most of these men, and others not remembered, taught tut a single - quarter, and dieap peared. The new Board of School Directors divided divided Swatara township into seven districts and erected a school hou?e in each. Two of these, Nos. 1 and 5, were located in the valley and supplied the places of the two old houses. The new buildings were light frame structures and stood for twenty five years, .when they were replaced by the present suostantiai duck houses. We shall not go into the history of the free schools of Swatara, but cannot close the subject without mentioning two distinguished distinguished teachers of Nos. 1 aud 5 Edwin Edwin L. Moore and George Gunn. These two men were relatives and came to the valley in 1840 young men from Massachusetts, Massachusetts, and were examined as to their qualifica'ions by Rtv. James R. Sharon and received from him first - class certificates. Mr. Moore taught several terms at No. 1, then opened a school in Harrisburg, and was for many years Principal of the Mount Joy Academy. In 1861 he entered the army as paymaster and served until some time after the close of the war, when he settled in Nebraska, where he died about 1870. Mr. Gunn took charge of No. 5, or HockertoD, as it was called because of its locUion on lands of George Hocker, in November, November, 1841, and taught the tchool, wish two or three intervals, ;un - tii 1856; when he .married and engaged in fanning near Mentor. Ohio. where he d'ed in September 1862. Mr. Gunn was a gentleman of many social virtues, virtues, and when he left the valley for his new home in the West, he bore with him the good wishes of all classes, and left no enemy behind him. One old gentleman with whom he boarded for a time, charged him nothing. "For," eaid he, I consider his company worth his board." As a teacher he was second to no man of his day. His capacity for work in the Echool - room was enormous. His ability to impart knowledge and his skill in the government of schools, unsurpassed. The majority of hia pupils are etill living and in the nrime ! of life, and all look back with pleasure and satisfaction to ths lime spent under his iu Birucuons. - yy. F. R. LOCALS M Lae Jt a. T rr - n n . - . wo 10 j. u. lioner xor zrs. wtema - rft 2few Nalwnal Dyes. For brightixesa and durability of color, arc unequalled. Color Irom 2 to 5 Bounds. Price, 15 ceata. t tPnOGNOSTics. There i3 no surer in dication ot the coming of Spring, than to fee a small boy, - whose chief article of clothing 13 a raa tied around a sore tee. looking for a mud ruddle to swim in. and the great demand for Spiing Blossom for tnoroughly purifying the blood. Price, 50 cents, tridl bottles 10 cents. For sale by o. a. uoaer, jones nou3e uxug iS'.ore. 41f B3ETEcojfrOMT. 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