James C. Hoffman, November 6, 2002
I have to say that I am just shocked at all of the history that
is being released about Harrisburg and the Negro members of that
town. I was born
and raised in Harrisburg and this is both surprising and very interesting
to me. Some of the areas mentioned I am familiar with, and played in
those locations as a child. I first lived on a street called Sarah St.
between Boas and Foster, then moved to a place called Hillside Village
which was off of Cameron and Kelker
Street. I recall an area very close where poor whites lived and they referred to the place as "Piss Ant Hill" (never
could find out why). I recall such areas as Sugar Hill, Wickersham School, Downey Elementary School and I also recall the Veterans homes that were built off of
Cameron and Monroe Streets. Again I am enjoying this history lesson. I am also trying to get information on
as I have relatives buried on those grounds.
Jackson, Jr, November 20, 2002
Just trivia, no need to reply. The office of
Dr. Richard Brown, class of 1923 Steelton,
was torn down today. The house stood at 1606 N. Sixth Street. I happened
to notice the demolition process and called Ken Frew.
Frew had researched the house in 1982 for Dr. Brown. It appears that the marble
facade was from one of the old Capitol Buildings that were torn down circa
1901. Dr. Brown bought the house in 1944. He was probably the first African American
to live above Reily Street on 6th. Ken and I took pictures of the house
Conrad, December 17, 2002
I have one more thing that might be interesting for your web site. It's not
about slavery though. It's an old book (one of many old family books that
came into my possession):
The Complete Letter Writer
Containing A Great Variety of Letters
New York, Leavitt & Company (no year shown)
On inside of front cover, in cursive:
__[hard to read - guessing from context it's 'bought'] not this book
for fear of shame _
for her[e] you see the
On back cover:
Bought this Book in
Pottsville Pa in
July 5 AD 1866"
"Gabriel Enty from
Mathintongo [hard to read, should be 'Mahantongo'] Townhsip
this book in Pottsvill
Price 40 cents"
In Schuylkill County PA Archives, Volume III (by Phillip A. Rice
and Jean A. Dellock), pg 20: Eighth US (Colored) Infantry (Civil
Gabriel Enty (Private).
(Gabriel, probably born about 1844 to Josiah Enty of Lower Mahantongo, one of
the few black families in the farming parts of Schuylkill County).
Anyways, I had thought it was an interesting item. There were only a
few black families in these parts. I can picture Gabriel, after the Civil War, buying
this book to become a better "letter writer". The Enty family has ties
to the Simmy
family of Schuylkill County (a black family with several tracts of land
in both Northumberland and Schuylkill County - I've stumbled across the
records in the Orphans Court and estate records of both counties).
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