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Notes on George's Creek, page 3

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ommenting the other day with the venerable D. Lindley Sloan a few things were spoken of concerning this Valley. David, Matthew and James Sloan arrived in 1837 at what is now Lonaconing. These brothers had come from Pictou, Nova Scotia, on learning of the opening of the Iron Industry in Georges Creek. Matthew was the grandfather of Judge D. Lindley Sloan. Matthew died in 1863. About the time the Sloans arrived a sawmill was being operated in Lonaconing which resulted in the deforestation of the Valley, which Jones referred to as a solid wilderness.

Mrs. Alexander Cross of Barton has written a history of the Barton Presbyterian Church which someday ought to be published by that congregation. In the introduction she says:

"In the year 1855, Mr. John Somerville organized the first Sunday School in Barton. It was started in a little log school on what was then known as Moor's Dam, now called Dog-Wood Flat. This building stood about three hundred yards up the Potomac Tramroad from where Mowbray's Store now stands. For two years religious services were held in this building, which was also used as a carpenter shop by the firm of Shockey and Arnold. In 1857 the school-house on Swanton Hill was built, and the Sunday School met there until the Presbyterian Church was built. At this time the officers of the Sunday School were: Richard Phillips, Superintendent, Crawford Shearer, Robert Wilson. There were 52 names on the Roll.


Felix G. Robinson

Today throughout the Allegheny Mountains one comes across scenes like this. Stripmining multiplies the hazards of soil erosion with many attendant evils. West Virginia has embarked upon a large-scale program of restoration, and is meeting with success. This scene was taken near Vale Summit (Pompey Smash) in Allegany County, Maryland.
Photo through the courtesy of Ray McCullough.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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