Behanna Boys-The Daily Republican (Monongahela) 13 Aug 1903
In my former letter I came to a bait on the Summit of Horse Shoe. The trolley line passes oyer the ridge or summit at a low point, on both sides of which is an elevation where a mag-ni mag-ni mag-ni Scent .view attracts the eye of the observer. Ou the north rises the Wall hill, on the west the white barn and brick mansion on the far off Pollock's hill, appear in v:ew. On the south looms up the majestic Krepp's Knot 'Like some tall cliff whose awful form, Swells from the vale but midway leaves the storm Whilsts round its base the rolling clouds are spread, Ktt-rnal Ktt-rnal Ktt-rnal sunshine settles on its head." On the east in bold relief rise in wonder wonder the blue mountains beyond Union-town, Union-town, Union-town, darkened at their base by the smoke from ten thousand coke ovens. As we go down from the summit on the rigkt we see the farm on which so long our friend John Shanton resided, but now owned by Adam Culler. On the left we pass the relics of the defunct defunct Granttown Here Robert and George Grant for many years held sway with their numerous progeny, among whom we -call -call to mind the eccentric Joe, Boss and Tiptoe John, all have passed away; here is Park Wickerham-it Wickerham-it Wickerham-it would besacrilege to call it by apy other name. William Wicker ham was a name very familier among the early settlers. He was the son of Adam Wickerham, who laid out part of Monongahela below Third street, known as Georgetown. William Wickerham was a great lover of fruit trees, and what he and George W. and Bradford Allen did not know about fruit was not worth knowing. On the ridge as you go toward the new town of Donora, you pass in view the Sampson, the old Macky home, the Rabe, Teeple, and finally the nice home of the late Ira Butler, whose father and family came in a carriage from the East in 1805. Wickerham Park is fast growing in favor as a health resort. It is hoped that modern pride will not do away with its original aopearaace, and that it will remain in the name of W'ckerham. At the mouth of this hollow the Behanna's in early days loaded coal into small fiat boats with the old-timed old-timed old-timed wheelbarrow. The Behanna boys had a peculiar fond-Bess fond-Bess fond-Bess for fishing, and their territory was pretty much confined to the good fishing in the deep water between Judge Baird's and Judge Hill's residence, residence, where a fish estimated to have been six feet in length held sway for years despite the expert rshermen. Extending from Wickerham's hollow to the stream at Black Diamond exists to this day the first tunnel ever made in the United States. It was constructed constructed to unite the water in the two streams for the purpose of furnishing motive power to the sawmill, long since passed away.