History of Selinsgrove.
OLD PENNSYLVANIA SELINS GROVE Events in the history of Selins - grove, Snyder county, have a habit of repeating themselves, massacres, fires and the form of government. Several years after George Gabriel penetrated this Central Pennsylvania area to become the first settler at the present site of the town, the two Indian massacres of 1755 occurred. occurred. The Penn's Creek massacre was in territory , adjacent to the present borough on October 16, and the massacre of John Harris' party, within the present borough limits, took place just a week later. Twice was the town threatened with destruction by fire, on February 22, 1872, and two and one - half years later, October 30, 1874. And twice also was Selinsgrove in corporated. It first became i borough, carved out of Penn town, ship, in 1827. The community sur. rendered its corporate form in 1829 and again was incorporated in 1853 Among the earliest settlers was John Snyder, a brother of Governor Simon Snyder. His property was bought by Anthony Selin, at Snyder's death, and the town laid out by the new owner, who called It Selin's Grove. Simon Snyder, three times Gov ernor of Pennsylvania, for whom the county was named, lived here in a stone mansion erected in 1816, which is still standing. The town, seat of Susquehanna University, has a population today of 2797.