Samuel Donner, Donnertown, Blair County, Pennsylvania

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Samuel Donner, Donnertown, Blair County, Pennsylvania - MEMORIES REVIVE OLD DONNER HOME Old Log House...
MEMORIES REVIVE OLD DONNER HOME Old Log House In Which Prim itive Blair Oountiant At tended Church Century Ago to Be Remembered. CELEBRATION PLANNED, TO BE HELD ON JUNE 1 Former Governor Brumbaug to Be Speaker Along Wit! Elder Sell, Last of Thos Worshiping There. In the early part of the Eighteen! century; there came a man from th east by the name of Samuel Donne nnd located in what ia now know MS Donnertown in Freedom township Blair county. Ha secured a tract o land in the wilderness and proceeds nt once to clear away the timber, an . «•• eel buildings and fences of th %7j»ioneer type. Here he remained ) rest of his life and reared a, family o sons and daughters. . • '••• Aa the children came to the estat of man and womanhood and. took un to themselves companions he parcelec oft a corner of the farm for each where they made their homes, reaVe families and never removed from th place until the undertaker wrappe them in a .winding sheet, and haule them away in a polished box. The could not continue by reason ot death One after another passed out. Onl; one of the name-survives and he. i the widely known hermit of Freedom township. This pioneer, Samuel Donncr, religiously of the faith of the Dunke (now Church of the Brethren) ant may have been one of the numbc who, on account 6C his religion, : w«: banished from Germany through thi severe persecution that raged aftc starting the reformatory movement- in 1708. . Worshiped In Private Home*. When the pioneer settlers first open r.rt up homes in the .unexplored for nsts, their religious services, botl private and public, were held In the! private residences. And these peopli were religious. The Bible was to then n, precioua jtreasure. They loved it read It and taught .their children tti precepts and held It in such reverence as to conform their lives to it* teach ing. . ' On the return of the weekly Sab Imth day, they- would; on foot or horseback go through the roadless woodland to some brother's house to hear i:ome one of their number who i was ordained, discourse on the issues V of time and eternity. , About one hundred years ago -.Samuel Donncr erected a house tha was not only 'up-to-date, but was rather in advance as to size and arch! tccture. For « quarter of a century or- perhaps longer, at leaat untl churches were built it was utilized for public worship, Tasted Intv »w Hands. The horn* finally passed out of the Donncr name. After a few changes l ; Ilnally came into the possession of the late Elder Bricc Sell, a minister of the .vamo church *.* Samuel Donncr. Ii is now owned by Elder Sell's daughter, Mrs. Carl 'Leonard. She and her husband have now built a modern house, and this spells doom to th« old landmark that has withstood the storms of a full century* However, before it ia dismantled and removed from the face ot the earth forever, Mr. and Mrs. Leonart proposed to have a ptlblic meeting as n. home coming to recount what history ta known, with auch reminiscence* as will mak« a memorable day for the younger generation. The project was favorably received by tho Learnersvllle church and the meeting will be held June 10.' An interesting program is in coiirs< ot preparation. The meeting will bo all day beginning at 10 o'clock. l-'vrmer Governor to Speak. The principal speaker of the day, both fore and afternoon will be the former governor of Pennsylvania pr. M. G. Brumbaugh, now president of Juniata college. The public is cordially invited. Bring n. basket nnd picnic for the noon hour in the orchard. It will bo.a wonderful treat to all lovers oC history, poetry and nature. The minister who labored in the spiritual welfare of the dcniaens of. the forest of that interesting far away time waa Elder David Albaugh, ar, lie had a son David, who waa also a. minister. Tho mantle ot the father Fell upon the son and thus for .half a century of the pioneer days of the bid Frnnkstown settlement, the spiritual wants of the people were provided for by these holy men of God. Some of their descendants are still about and will be at the meeting to participate in the program. . Elder James A. Seli of 233 Hickory street, Hollidaysburg, now In his 83rd year, so far aa known, iSjthe only living person -who attended church in the old Donner house. Aa a youth, Elder Sell, with other member* of'Ma family, Went there on Sundays to worship. lie ia master of ceremonies and has th* making of the program in hU hands. '•' A i

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  1. Altoona Mirror,
  2. 12 May 1928, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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